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How do you find legitimate companies looking for secret shoppers?

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A good way to find legitimate companies seeking secret shoppers is to join the Mystery Shopping Providers Association of North America as an independent contractor member. Independent contractor members can get certified and access an opportunity board populated with mystery shopping listings. You can also apply directly to mystery shopping companies such as BestMark, IntelliShop and Market Force.

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MSPA North America offers its independent contractor members several certifications that are not mandatory, but may be helpful in getting mystery shopping assignments. The main goal of its certification programs is to educate mystery shoppers. Certification courses offered by the MSPA-NA include Gold Certification, Professional Responsibility and Ethics and Professional Industry Writing. Certification courses are only available to organization members who have an online account. MSPA-NA doesn't hire mystery shoppers or recommend shoppers for shopping assignments.

Legitimate mystery shopping jobs are offered by BestMark, an industry leader that services numerous businesses including those listed as Fortune 50 and Global 50. To sign up with BestMark click on the Become a Mystery Shopper tab. Mystery shopping companies don't charge a fee to register, and you can choose how often you want to work. Mystery shopping does require certain skills such as engaging employees in conversation and writing detailed reports. Shoppers are usually required to make a purchase while on assignment, but companies offer reimbursements to cover this expense.

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