Boost your Income with Mystery Shopping

boost your income with mystery shopping

You may have heard about Mystery Shopping before, it’s a great way to boost your income on a flexible basis. I have been registered with several companies for around 8 months and I’ve done a handful of assignments with each. I have earned just under £120 plus reimbursements from 16 assignments in those 8 months. Whilst your not going to get rich doing mystery shopping it’s a bit of extra money that could be used to pay towards debt, savings or for a little treat for yourself and family.

It’s important to remember that carrying out this type of work classes you as self-employed so you will have to register, complete annual self assessments and if you pass the income thresholds pay your own tax.

Some of the Mystery Shopping companies I am registered with are:
  • Retail Maxim

I have carried out more assignments with retail maxim that include hair & beauty visits; I’ve been paid to have my hair cut and my nails done – you have to pay it out of your own pocket initially but this is reimbursed once they receive your completed questionnaire and receipts; high-street fashion stores, telephone enquiries to travel agents and other retail stores. Assignments are booked via telephone and email and payment is paid straight into your bank account. Retail Maxim have the highest rates of pay that I have come across. If your interested in registering with Retail Maxim you can do so via this link.

  • Market force

I have carried out a few assignments with Market Force that have included pharmacies and supermarkets. I have found that there are always assignments available with Market Force which are mostly cafe’s, restaurants and betting shops. The pay with Market Force isn’t great, it’s a usually a couple of pounds, but something is better than nothing and if your local café/restaurant is on there then you’ll get a certain amount that they’ll reimburse you to complete your visit. Assignments are booked via their website (they also have an app although I am yet to try this) and payment is paid straight into your bank account. If your interested in registering with Market Force you can do so via this link.

  • Grassroots

I have carried out a few assignments with Grassroots that have included supermarkets and travel agents. I find that Grassroots assignments don’t come up very often in my area and tend to go very quickly. The pay rates are very reasonable.  Assignments are booked via their website and payment is paid straight into your bank account. If your interested in registering with Grassroots you can do so via this link.


There are a few more companies of which I have recently carried out Mystery Shopping assignments however I am currently waiting on payment so I will update once I have received these.

I’m taking part in the Money Making Madness Linky hosted by Charlotte Burns from Lotty Earns, Emma Bradley from Mum’s Savvy Savings, Emma Drew from EmmaDrew.Info and Lynn from Mrs Mummy Penny.

13 thoughts on “Boost your Income with Mystery Shopping

    1. Thank you Emma for your comment. Hope you enjoy Mystery Shopping, you’ll have to let me know how you get on after a few assignments. 🙂

  1. I’ve done mystery shopping a few years ago. I did quite enjoy it but as I live in a small town I had to travel 20 miles or so to do it. Its a handy way of making some extra money

    1. Thank you for your comment. That’s a shame, I would imagine that restricted you a bit which what assignments you could. I’m glad you enjoyed and made some extra money. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comment Ana. With Market Force I find that they don’t call you. You have to log into the website or they email if they have something urgent in your area. Retail Maxim are my No.1 though can’t fault them at all.

  2. I’ve never done mystery shopping before, but i’ve definately thought about it. It’s a good way to make a bit of extra cash

  3. Not sure about the others but with market force it’s often worth emailing or calling and asking if they will pay travel I have had anything from £5 to 34p a mile

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