‘For most of us, a lunch break is an opportunity to grab some food and get away from our desks for a little while.‘ BARE shares an excerpt by John Fitzsimons for Love Money on “How to Get Richers on Your Lunch Break.”

‘But if you’re a bit savvy, you can turn that break from the day job into a spot of extra money making.

Mystery Shopping

Retailers always want a better idea of how good the service really is in their stores, and that’s where mystery shopping comes in.

You go into the store, posing as a legitimate customer, and then relay your experience back to the firm, all in return for payment.

You’ll need to sign up with a mystery shopping business first – you can’t just pop into your favourite store, write a review of your experience and demand payment!

Once you’ve been approved, you can search for participating stores in your area.

You’ll need to follow certain tasks, for example requesting help with specific items, and you should be able to claim expenses if your assignment includes spending money (for example if you’re testing a restaurant).

You may need to fill out a report on your experience within a small time window following the mystery shopping exercise, while some firms ask that you take pictures too.

Test Websites

Along similar lines, plenty of retailers will pay you to test out their websites, so that they get an insight into how easy they are for users to navigate and understand.

This may involve testing the site on your work PC or even on your smartphone.

One thing to bear in mind is that some of these sites will need you to record your experiences, so this may not be an option if your office is particularly busy and loud. It’s worth doing a little homework in advance before you actually sign up.

Filling Out Surveys

Businesses are always desperate to get a much better idea of what people think and feel about their products, and so task market research firms with conducting surveys.

While some of these firms will call you in order to carry out this research, you can sign up to fill out these surveys yourself online and make a bit of money in the process.

The amount you’ll get will vary sharply between different survey firms, as well as how long it takes you to complete the survey.

Those that require a greater time commitment will generally reward you with a healthier payout…

Get Reviewing

Chances are that if you’re interested in buying something, you’ll read a few reviews first – very few of us rely entirely on a retailer’s marketing spiel.

Some sites will pay you for sharing your thoughts on products you use. Individual reviews won’t pay a lot, but it can quickly add up over time. The items you review can range from household products like hairdryers and toasters to computer software and even TV programmes.

Depending on the site you go for, you may be paid either through PayPal or in the form of Amazon vouchers.’

Do you enjoy sharing your insights about your experiences? BARE is always looking for evaluators interested in making a difference by providing their insights to business all over the world. Discover how you can do this too!

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