In the past 30 days, I tested legitimate secret shopping apps and earned $224.75 in 4 hours and 15 minutes. In hourly terms, I earned $54.16 per hour.
- FieldAgent – $123.30 (most available shops)
- GigWalk – $56.00 (made in 1 hour)
- EasyShift – $7.70 (only a few shops available)
- Mobee – 3675 points ($36.75) including bonuses
If you included the time I was stuck in traffic or the time I sat in the car too nervous to do an audit (this happened a few times), I spent an additional 2 hours and 15 minutes. Adding that time to calculate an hourly rate, I still made $34.58 per hour.
I paid no tolls and mileage amounted to about 108 miles. I either walked to the stores, stopped at the mall on my way to a friend’s house, or went to the big box retail store in the same strip mall before going to the movies.
During the test, I made sure I wasn’t going out of my way to complete secret shops. I was only taking jobs that were relatively close by or in the path of any destination I was going to. In hindsight, I could have made more if I drove an extra mile or two. However, my goal was to see how much I could earn if I didn’t change my lifestyle.
I was using 4 apps and sometimes different secret shops were available with each app at the same store or multiple shops within the same strip mall. It helped maximize return. I completed 38 audits meaning I earned $5.76 for each one.
Again this amounted to $224.75 in earnings for 4 hours and 15 minutes of work time.
How much you make can vary greatly and the amount of time can be significant. An audit I performed at a Walmart took me 35 minutes to complete, but I earned $14. While an audit of the Advance Auto Parts across the street took 8 minutes and earned $6.
Don’t game the system. Use it to earn money. When you do secret shops and audits you must read the description and follow it completely. Incomplete or false audits will not be paid and may cause your account to be suspended.
Of the 38 audits I completed, only one was rejected. I challenged the result and I was informed I incorrectly answered a question based on a photo I submitted. However, the company eventually decided to pay for the audit.
Knowing how legitimate these apps are in helping you earn extra money, you can be more intentional and create a plan to maximize earnings.
So how can you earn extra money with your phone using secret shopping apps?
My goal for this research was to share legitimate and non-scam ways to earn extra money using mobile apps. This was my criteria:
- Earn money performing secret shops, audits, or store tasks with no purchases required
- Must be a mobile app available for iPhones and Androids
- A company established for at least 2 years
- A large number of available shops and audits
- Easy and quick payouts
I also wanted to determine how helpful customer support was for any issues that arise from mobile app bugs, in-store issues, or payout problems. These companies were responsive and offered solutions and answers.