Mystery shopping + Family= ??

My goal for mystery shopping is to add supplemental income without taking a substantial amount of time away from my family.  For me, this is working well so far. I usually search for assignments, take quizzes to become eligible for shops, and fill out reports while the kids are asleep and while sitting on the couch with my husband. Additionally, I primarily do "family friendly" shops where I can take the husband and kids along. Of course, some clients specify NO children are allowed to shop with you on a particular shop. Sometimes these may be in a mall where your husband could take the children in another store with him or sometimes you may want to get a sitter for the afternoon. I've actually had several shops that have come up that required me to have children of a certain age with me, so you never know what you might find.  At this point for me, I am enjoying "family friendly" shops and do not find that it is taking time away from my family time at all. Anyone else have a comment on this issue?


  1. Thanks for this post. I've been considering mystery shopping, I have even signed up with one company, but I have been hesitant because often I would need to take my small children. I hadn't seen anything about this in the instructions and just didn't know if it was acceptable or not. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Deborah- I'm glad you found the post helpful. Whenever I have had questions about whether children could go or not I have found easy communication with most schedulers for the companies.