Mystery shopping is a fantastic way to earn some extra money. In fact, some people are able to earn more than just a little extra money. Below are the top 10 mystery shopping companies that will pay you to do in-store shops. I have also listed telephone mystery shopping companies below that (those are great because you don’t have to leave your home)!

Contrary to popular belief, mystery shopping isn’t a scam industry. Still, you should protect yourself by learning about how mystery shopping scams work.

Curious about how mystery shopping works? I have a post explaining what mystery shoppers do that may help. I also did some further research to find out how much mystery shoppers earn if you want even more details before you start.

  • A Closer Look – Read A Closer Look Review – Lots of restaurant and hotel shops. Pays once a month for the shops you’ve done via paper check.
  • About Face – Read About Face Review – Pays once per month with Paypal. Usually you can expect to earn between $25 and $45 per shop.
  • Amusement Advantage – Read Amusement Advantage Review – Open to US & Canada. Amusement park shops.
  • Bare – This company has been in the mystery shopping business for about 30 years, and they have a pretty good reputation for being reliable. Pays is not disclosed but it apparently varies depending on the specifics of individual assignments. 
  • Best Mark – Read Best Mark Review – Complete in-store shops as a Best Mark mystery shopper. This company has been featured on Oprah and has a great BBB rating.
  • Confero – Read Confero Review – They have a need for shoppers in every US state and also Canada:  Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Mexico. Pays monthly with Paypal.
  • GBW – Read GBW (formerly GAPbusters) Review – Open worldwide. Pays monthly via electronic funds transfer.
  • Market Force – Read Market Force Review – This is one of the most popular of the top 10 mystery shopping companies I have listed. Has several fast food shops.
  • Secret Shopper – This is an established company that is incorporated as Sights on Service. Most shops pay $12 to $25.
  • Second to None – Read Second to None Review – Open to US and Canada. Pays monthly via direct deposit or Paypal.
  • Sinclair Customer Metrics – This company offers traditional brick and mortar secret shopping jobs, along with digital and phone inspections. Shops seem to pay in the range of $5 to $20.

Hopefully the list above will be helpful for those of you looking to get a start in mystery shopping, which can be a fun way of earning some side money, and a much more efficient use of your time than a lot of other extra cash schemes you find out there. Mystery shopping probably won’t earn you enough to pay the bills, but it can definitely make life a little easier when times are lean, and it’s the sort of thing you can find the time to fit in occasionally, even if your schedule is already pretty crowded.

Good luck if you pursue any of these!

Here's a big list of legitimate companies that hire mystery shoppers. Many are open worldwide and pay monthly with Paypal!

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Roland Millaner