Become a Mystery Shopper!
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Become a Mystery Shopper!

Get paid to shop, eat & play: Everything you wanted to know about the best part-time job but didn't know where to start
4.7 (33 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
169 students enrolled
Created by Bethany Mooradian
Last updated 1/2013
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify the different types of market research work available
  • Understand the requirements that make a successful mystery shopper
  • Write objective evaluations according to company standards
  • Identify scams from legitimate opportunities
  • Learn the proper way to find assignments and contact companies to receive assignments
  • Understand the legalities and responsibilities of being an Independent contractor
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  • No special software required

Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch! Companies hire people, just like you, to make observations on their stores and employees. They need the information to train workers and improve customer service, and the result is that you get to earn money while you shop and eat! Learn the secrets of mystery shopping from a professional with over 14 years in the industry. Discover who is hiring, what companies expect, how to write a great evaluation, tax reporting, common scams, and how to get started in the best part-time job ever!

Bethany Mooradian has taught nearly 300 classes on Mystery Shopping and working from home, helping a staggering 9,000+ students get started in the industry.  She has been a shopper, scheduler, editor, mystery shopping consultant, and is the former owner of Shop Incognito, a full service Mystery Shopping company.  Bethany is a twice-published author and has presented at the national Mystery Shopping conventions. Her work-at-home and mystery shopping advice has appeared in  such publications like Good Housekeeping, AOL Jobs, CareerBuilder,, US News and World Reports, and others. 

The course contains over 2 hours of video, and 150 pages of supplemental written material with over 170 legitimate mystery shopping companies. 

Course Outline:

  • Basics of Mystery Shopping
  • Responsibilities of Companies
  • Responsibilities of Shoppers
  • Keeping track of your business (including tax information)
  • Tools of the trade
  • Different types of Market Research
  • The types of Mystery Shopping assignments
  • Going through an assignment: beginning, middle and end
  • How to write an excellent report
  • Getting more assignments
  • Breaking the Myths of Mystery Shopping
  • What to do if you get caught
  • When shops go horribly wrong
  • Should you pay to shop?
  • Mystery Shopping scams
  • Starting your own mystery shopping company
  • Go forth and shop!

Who is the target audience?
  • Adults, required minimum age of 18; 21 for those interested in restaurant evaluations
  • Those who have basic Internet and email skills
  • Must live in a fairly metropolitan area, or be willing to travel
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Become a Mystery Shopper!
9 Lectures 01:07:48
Meet the instructor, Bethany Mooradian, and learn about her 13+ years of experience as a Mystery Shopper. 
Preview 04:26

Go through key terms of the industry
Chapter 2- Glossary

An explanation of Mystery Shopping, it's origins and how it works.
Chapter 3- What is Mystery Shopping?

Frequently asked questions about the Mystery Shopping industry.
Chapter 4- Frequently Asked Questions

Your responsibilities as a Mystery Shopper.
Chapter 5 - Your Responsibilities

How to keep track of your business when working for multiple companies, (and you will!)
Chapter 6- Keeping Track of Your Business

Tools you need to be a successful Mystery Shopper. 
Chapter 7- Tools of the Trade

Not Quite Shopping: Other types of Market Research gigs that can earn you extra money. 
Chapter 8- Not Quite Shopping

The different types of Mystery Shopping Assignments available. 
Preview 09:42
Assignments- Beginning to End
4 Lectures 26:18
Getting started in Mystery Shopping. 
Chapter 10- Ready, Set, Go!

How to do an assignment from start to finish. 
Chapter 11- Doing an Assignment

How to write a good Mystery Shopping report. Sample forms and blank forms included. 
Chapter 12- Writing Reports (sample forms included)

How to get even more assignments. 
Chapter 13- Getting More Assignments
Beyond the Basics
7 Lectures 32:18
Breaking the myths of Mystery Shopping.
Chapter 14- Breaking the Myths

What happens when you get caught in the act!
Chapter 15- Getting Caught

Various anecdotes of when shops go horribly wrong...and what you can do to keep your cool. 
Chapter 16- When Shops Go Wrong

Very specific guidelines of when you should and should NOT pay money in the Mystery Shopping industry. 
Chapter 17- Paying to Shop?

Mystery Shopping Scams: what to look for, how to protect yourself. 
Chapter 18- SCAMS!

Things to consider when starting your own mystery shopping company. 
Chapter 19- Start Your Own Mystery Shopping Company

A quick-start guide to get assignments quickly, and the resource guide has all the links you'll need for companies and resources. 
Chapter 20- Go Forth and Shop/ Resource Listings
About the Instructor
Bethany Mooradian
4.7 Average rating
46 Reviews
249 Students
2 Courses
Queen of the Random Job

Bethany Mooradian (Queen of the Random Job) has never held a traditional job for longer than nine months. Working as a Mystery Shopper, Virtual Assistant, Dog Walker, Puppeteer, and Ronald McDonald's bodyguard as well as many other roles, she has found unique ways of making ends meet and living her avant-garde passions. Now, Bethany spends her time helping others find legitimate work at home jobs and avoid scams through her books and seminars. 

Bethany is one of the few people who has experienced nearly every aspect of Mystery Shopping. Starting out as a shopper in 1999, she also filled the roles of editor and scheduler. She began teaching mystery shopping classes in 2003, and wrote a book, as well as created an interactive CD rom about the industry. Small businesses have called on her expertise to help train their employees, while Mystery Shopping companies have sought her talents in recruiting and training shoppers. For two years, she ran Shop Incognito  as a full service mystery shopping company in the Detroit area. Bethany has held over 300 classes and presentations, and has even spoken at the national mystery shopping conventions.  Her unique insight into the work-at-home industry has led to press in such publications like Good Housekeeping, AOL Jobs, CareerBuilder,,, The Detroit News, The Toronto Sun, US News and World Reports and others.