Are there job openings for secret shoppers?Absolutely! Your best bet is to do an internet search for shoppers in your area. Many are contracted through natinal companies but not all companies serve every market. DO NOT WASTE MONEY PAYING TO GET ON A LIST!! There are many credible companies that are happy to have you on the list and charge you nothing.
Here are some points to consider before you start searching.
This is a more for fun gig than a job for money.
Most companies want you to prove yourself on a hard to fill job before they will give you one close to home, or whatever your preference may be.
It is competitive, companies will routinely place you if you show consistancy, reliability and flexibility.
If you are ever a no show, forget working for that group again.
There is a lot of paperwork involved. Well, online paperwork anyway. For example, I was once assigned a shop for Bass Pro Shops. It took more than an hour to fill the requirements of the shop and more than two to fill out the report. To add insult to the waste of time, I only got $27. instead of $30 because they considered it incomplete because I was unable to get help in the ladies dept.( I waited 25 minutes and had an associate paged twice.) For all that time, it was not worth it.
The best ones are the restaurants! Basically, you go, you eat, you get comped. There is no great paycheck but it is nice to eat out and get a refund on your meal. These are some of the easiest to book, too.
Some shops require you to prequalify with a test about the establishment. I found that these set ups took a lot of time for very little reward.
You can expect many shops to pay less than ten bucks.
It used to be that you could shop and keep some item that you bought. These days most companies will have you buy something and then return it on another trip. You do not get credit for the shop unless you do the return and you do not get to keep the item for free.:( This is a big pain if you only get paid for the whole job and not each trip.
If you are just looking to discover some new places and get out of the house then go for it and have a great time!
Ted's Montana Grill is a great place to eat and they contract shops all the time. Have fun and go try some Bison!
One last thing: when you search your area, do multiple searches under these headings: Mystery Shopper and Secret Shopper. DO NOT GIVE OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER! DO NOT PAY TO JOIN ANY SHOPPING SERVICE!