How to Get Paid to Shop
Companies across the nation are paying willing individuals to shop whether to try out new products or to report back on the overall experience at their store. These opportunities exist both online and offline. Here are just a few ideas:
A handful of rebate sites across the web gives cash back just for shopping. This payment will come in the form of either cash or points that you can redeem for gift cards and so on. What you receive depends on which sites you utilize. These sites make their commission through a shared link you use to do your shopping. You, in turn, receive a piece of this pie in some shape or form.
Common examples include:
- Swagbucks.com: Gives you “Swagbucks” for your purchases from the retailers they are contracted with. You can even make money with them by filling out surveys. But, that is a post for another day.
- Ebates.com: Pays you up to 40% cash back when you shop one of the stores on their list. Plus, when you join, you’ll receive a $10 Welcome Bonus.
A personal shopper is exactly what the title sounds like: someone who shops for a living. You are paid to purchase goods for individuals or companies. As a personal shopper, you may buy fashion merchandise for retailers like Nordstrom or Macy’s. You could also offer your own services and help people shop for clothes, run their errands, and so on. Part of your duties may even include researching online for the best deals. But, overall, you can determine your niche if you decided to become a personal shopper. If you really want to be taken seriously, though, consider getting certified.
According to American Mystery Shopper Provider, you could earn up to $28 an hour for shopping and dining out as a mystery shopper. Mystery shoppers primarily collect customer service and merchandise information for companies. By sharing your overall experience at their business, you could create a lucrative side income for yourself. In many situations, you are not only paid for participating but also reimbursed for your purchases.
Interior designers help plan interiors of businesses or homes, and part of their job involves shopping for the materials needed for the project. From paint to furniture, they shop to pull a room (or several rooms) together.
If you love theater and the film industry, a job as a wardrobe assistant is likely right up your alley. As one of the individuals behind the scenes, your shopping would help bring together the wardrobes and costumes needed for the set to bring the show together.
Now that you know how to get paid to shop, you can make your shopping productive while also saving money.
What gigs would you add to the list? Will you be looking into any of these yourself?