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  1. I love your website idea, which shows how even people with disabilities can now make a decent living.

    Mystery shopping may seem a great idea, but if you are disabled, you will have to rely on somebody for transport, unless you can get jobs in this way online.

    Working from home though is an excellent way for the disabled to become financially independent and get a sense of self worth.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Yes indeed, thanks Michel!

      1. Howard Hall says:

        I have been doing secret shops for over 25 years. Like any other job you have to prove yourself, When I started I got paid an average of $15-$20 a shop. Now I won’t accept a job for less than$100, I had a job this spring that I was flown to a casino/resort in NC for three days. I only got paid $90 but I had a great time at the casino.

  2. I applied once for a mystery shopper job with little success. I can see now that you are correct — you have to contact several different companies. I only applied to one.

    I do live in the country, so I’m sure there weren’t too many assignments because of that — I had to drive at least 1/2 hour to get to the nearest city, and also spend my own money at the places I visited. They were mostly restaurants and service business like getting my oil changed.

    It would be worth trying this again with a number of different companies, and I may try that in the future. Lots of information in this article. Thanks.

    1. Hi Patsy, I’m glad my article gave you some food for thought. Remember, there are also opportunities online you could try if there’s nothing close by you.

  3. Great article! I was always under the impression that all mystery shopping jobs were scams. Thank you for pointing out that there are legitimate companies out there and the ways to avoid the scams. As a mother of a son with an invisible disability (PTSD and back pain), I appreciate it so much that you are providing these opportunities for people who otherwise might not have them. Keep up the good work!

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Hi Carol, thanks for commenting! Yes, I also thought all mystery shopping jobs were scams but there are legitimate opportunities out there, you just have to know where to look. Best of luck to you and your son!

  4. I have heard of mystery shopping before but never have done it. To me this article seems pretty similar to doing surveys online. The jobs are pretty random, and the payout quite low. Also to qualify you need to jump through a number of hoops.

    It sounds like a better way to make money online is to trade or become an affiliate marketing.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Well, it’s a nice way to make some money if you enjoy shopping so in that way, it’s quite different from completing surveys. Best…

  5. Stephan, thanks for this. Even though you’re not a fan of mystery shopping, you’ve left us with a treasure trove of information on how to avoid scams and find reputable companies to work for.

    This is invaluable information for anyone thinking about mystery shopping, let alone someone with a disability. It’s all here.

    Thank you.

  6. Thanks for this helpful information. I have two friends who are mystery shoppers and they both do mostly restaurant jobs. It gives them and their guest(s) a free meal once in a while. I didn’t realize that they get paid, too. One friend took a summer trip several states away and was able to enjoy “mystery meals” all the way down.

    I researched mystery shopping a few years ago but everything I found looked like a scam. I could easily tell because they were promoting jobs in my area for types of locations that do not exist in this small rural community. If I ever consider it again, I will follow your links and find reputable companies.

    Thanks for the information! Theresa

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