'I made over £3,000 in a year from mystery shopping and survey apps' - MSE News

A mobile-toting MoneySaver made over £3,000 last year using various survey and mystery shopping apps on his phone - and he's given his tips to help you make money too...
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  • Ectophile
    Ectophile Posts: 7,316 Forumite
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    How does this compare, in terms of pounds per hour, with earning minimum wage just doing a normal job? Without knowing that, it's impossible to tell if it's a money-spinner or just a badly paid job.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
  • calleyw
    calleyw Posts: 9,822 Forumite
    Name Dropper First Anniversary First Post I've been Money Tipped!
    I assume this was declared to the HMRC?

    If you are on benefits you need to tell the DWP as well.

    Yours

    Calley x
    Hope for everything and expect nothing!!!

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  • 20SmthngSver
    20SmthngSver Posts: 512 Forumite
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    I see how you can make decent money from this, but I downloaded BeMyEye and the PC World missions local to me for example had so much info to remember about processors, memory boards etc there's no way I could do it without looking at my phone and giving away that I'm a mystery shopper. Money to be had but it's sure difficult to get it for a fiver.
  • vegasvisitor
    vegasvisitor Posts: 2,295 Forumite
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    Seems easy if you don't realise you have to do a tax return. As Calley says, it can complicate matters if on benefits too.
  • MysteryMan00
    MysteryMan00 Posts: 148 Forumite
    When I did video mystery shopping, you could earn a reasonable hourly rate by going out and doing jobs all day. No big deal, really.
  • timmy963
    timmy963 Posts: 122 Forumite
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    Ectophile wrote: »
    How does this compare, in terms of pounds per hour, with earning minimum wage just doing a normal job? Without knowing that, it's impossible to tell if it's a money-spinner or just a badly paid job.

    First thing I thought too. I'm 100% sure just doing a part time job for a couple of days a week pays better per hour/year than this kind of crap.
  • I am thinking of applying to be a mystery shopper but am conscious of scams. Is there a verified list or any advice on how to start. Thanks in advance 
  • vegasvisitor
    vegasvisitor Posts: 2,295 Forumite
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    There's hardly any shops open, plus it would be pretty awkward trying to quiz a staff member when we're only meant to be out for essentials etc.  Many businesses have had to try to survive the downturn due to the pandemic etc. Not really much mystery shopping work about just now. 
  • sawanderer
    sawanderer Posts: 116 Forumite
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    WARRREN said:
    I am thinking of applying to be a mystery shopper but am conscious of scams. Is there a verified list or any advice on how to start. Thanks in advance 

    There's a great list of reputable companies on the main Mystery Shopping thread - https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/5159122/
    Understandably, that thread is a little quiet at the moment, but there are signs that the mystery shopping industry will be back... potentially a lot of covert Covid-safety checks on their way!
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