According to conventional wisdom "There's no such thing as a free lunch".
That's generally true BUT...
There is a way to really have a free lunch and also to get paid for it! This is so awesome that people can hardly believe it! They are skeptical at first - as you may be -
but they are so glad after they give it a try.
Most of us don't know it but we can earn money for many of the activities we do everyday: eating in restaurants, shopping in stores, enjoying a movie at your local theater or playing golf!
In the U.S. over 700,000 people are paid every day for such "jobs". It is called Mystery Shopping.
Secret shopper jobs give us the opportunity to earn an extra income just for shopping and filling out a questionnaire. You can work part time or full time and decide on what assignments you want to take. Shoppers are paid $10-$50 per hour just for having fun!
The Wall Street Journal has recently featured an article on earning huge money with mystery shopping assignments. It explains how Jennifer Voitle, a mystery shopper living in Baldwin - N.Y., makes about $7000 per months from her various assignments. We bring here an excerpt of this article:
"Jennifer Voitle has mastered the Freebie Economy. A former investment-bank employee who was laid off two years ago, Ms. Voitle has found a new career in the arcane world of dining deals, gift certificates and "mystery shopping," where companies pay her to test their products and services. She gets paid to shop, eat at restaurants, drink at bars, travel and even play golf. Last month, she made nearly $7,000 from her various freebie adventures. By the end of the year, she could be making more than she did in investment banking, not counting her steady supply of handouts.
She gets free gas, free groceries and free clothes. When her car breaks down, she gets paid to have it repaired. She can make $75 for test-driving a Land Rover, $20 for drinking at a bar and $25 for playing arcade games (she keeps any winnings). Golfing is her latest passion, and in addition to playing on courses around the country free of charge, she gets free food and drinks and gifts from the pro shop.
Weekend trips to Hawaii and Mexico? "I don't pay for anything except occasional meals," she says. She does much of her work on a free hand-held computer.
"My friends tell me I should just get a job," says Ms. Voitle, who is slim and blond and gives her age as "somewhere over 30." But, she says, "most full-time jobs out there don't make economic sense."
Ms. Voitle never planned on becoming a freeloader. A trained engineer and financial expert, with four advanced degrees and a gift for numbers theory, Ms. Voitle worked for years as a
number-cruncher for Detroit's auto factories. Her real dream was to make it big on Wall Street. In 2000, she got her break when Lazard LLC, the storied investment bank, hired her to analyze fixed-income derivatives in the firm's asset-management business.
Single, with a salary of more than $100,000, Ms. Voitle bought a house in leafy Baldwin, N.Y., complete with a pool and gym. She spent weekends golfing, traveling or playing with her cats -- Continental and Northwest. In the fall of 2001, she was laid off. With thousands of other investment-bank workers losing their jobs, Ms. Voitle couldn't find any financial work. Last summer, her unemployment checks ran out and both her electricity and phone were shut off.
"I woke up one morning and said, "That's it. I have to start looking for money, wherever I can find it," she says.
Trolling the Internet, she discovered an ad for mystery shopping. "I thought, 'this looks too good to be true,' " she says. Mystery shoppers get paid to sample a company's service or products and write a report on their experience. For companies, mystery shopping is popular way of checking on quality. For Ms. Voitle, it was a quick source of cash and freebies.
Her first assignment was a Pathmark grocery store, where she received free groceries and $10 for a quick report. She worked her way up to gas stations, clothing stores and restaurants. She quickly discovered that the best-paying mystery shopping jobs were for upscale businesses like banks and high-end car dealers. She earns $75 for test-driving a Land Rover, compared with about $30 for a Ford.
Volume is critical. On any given day, she will mystery shop gas stations, grocery stores, golf courses, clothing stores, casinos, hotels, insurance companies and restaurants. She even gets paid to shop for apartments and interview for jobs. She can make as much as $50 for applying for a job at a major company, and reporting back on the performance of the people who do the hiring.
..."I couldn't believe there were all these opportunities out there," says Gordon Stewart, a friend of Ms. Voitle's who works in finance. "She's discovered this whole other economy."
Source: Wall Street Journal
Wow, can you believe that Jennifer makes up to $7,000 just for shopping and completing simple questionnaires? Do you think you can do it too?
You might not make $7,000 a month like Jennifer, but even if you only made $1,000 or $2,000, wouldn't it help a lot?
Mystery shoppers are needed all the time and there are jobs all over the US, Canada, Australia and UK.
The best way to go is to subscribe to a professional resource for secret shopper jobs. You will get a step-by-step guide on how to get started successfully (a must for new shoppers) AND you'll have access to an extensive database of shopping jobs in your country and in your state.
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