Who am I competing against to win mystery guest jobs?

Who am I competing against to win mystery guest jobs?

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One of the great things about being a mystery guest is that you really only need to meet a few basic requirements to be able to get paid to shop.  It can be very flexible in terms of time and location and is therefore attractive to people from all walks of life.

Through my discussions with a range of different mystery guest companies, I’ve identified who your competitors are when you’re bidding for jobs.

School leavers and tertiary students

If you’re just out of school or studying at university/Tafe, you may be interested to know that there are plenty of people like you who are seeking to get paid to shop.  Partly, this is about supplementing income for entertainment or other purposes.  Some students take mystery guest jobs more seriously and use it to fund their education-related costs.

Stay at home parents

My wife did her first mystery guest jobs when my oldest child was just a baby.  I think for new mums and dads, this provides a way to get paid to shop (and thereby bring in a little bit of income) and arguably do some ‘adult’ work in the midst of so many goos and gaas.

Because most mystery guest jobs require that you do it unaccompanied, mums and dads are either going to need to rely on a relative or a partner to look after the kids.  This may mean that jobs after hours and on weekends are likely to be more competitive among this group.


I heard recently that people in their 50s and 60s are the fastest group of people joining Facebook.  What does this have to do with working as a mystery guest?

Some people could be forgiven for thinking that retirees are less likely to do mystery guest jobs because they’re not as IT literate. It’s true that some IT skills are essential for entering the results of your work.  The Facebook statistic above suggests that IT skills for older people may not the hurdle it once was.

One mystery shopping company mentioned to me that they have a retired gentleman who practically makes effectively gets paid to shop as a full time shop.  If you really went nuts, earning $100-$200 per week (up to $10,000 per annum) is quite possible.


In the ‘other’ category are people who maybe do mystery guest jobs just because they find it fun, not so much for the financial reasons.  Rather they see it as a way of providing some pocket money, perhaps for a hobby.

I started mystery guest jobs after hours even though I had a well-paying full time job.  I had moved interstate a few months ahead of my family and with all the time on my hands, was frankly a bit bored.  I was happy to receive some pocket money and a number of the fringe benefits that comes with the work.


As a mystery guest, you have a number of potential competitors out there.  Your best strategies to maximise your mystery guest income are:

  1. Register to be a mystery guest for as many businesses as you can (the Mystery Shopping Guide simplifies this process enormously)
  2. Make sure you are a valued employee by the mystery shopping companies.  Have a look here for further guidance


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