I have been a mystery shopper for A Closer Look for about 14 years. I have always loved working for them, and I have never had a problem being paid (even before I became an editor for them almost 3 years ago). They are a high-class company with high-class standards.
The good thing about ACL is that they treat everyone with respect. They bend over backwards to be fair to their shoppers and, in my case, their independent contractors. It is rare for them to deny payment to any shopper who has made an honest effort to complete their assignment. I’ve even occasionally seen them pay shoppers who really did not deserve to be paid. However, that’s how ACL works. They are genuinely nice, and they genuinely want to do the right thing even if it means extra expense for them sometimes.
This company shops many types of places. They do fast food, casual dining, fine dining and hotels. They are also branching into retail stores and professional services. The list just goes on and on. ACL is so large that they have thousands of assignments available every month. There have many opportunities throughout the country and even in Canada.
To register with A Closer Look, click here and sign up!
There are a few things you should know about ACL before you sign up:
1. Pop quiz! There is a test that shoppers have to take to work for this company. When you take it, give your best effort as it may affect what types of assignments you will be allowed to complete when you start. Don’t worry. There’s no math involved.
2. A Closer Look expects quality reports. They want reports written in complete sentences and using good grammar. They want all the facts of the report to match and make sense. (This is actually true of every company in the industry.)
3. They have a quarterly drawing for a cash prize if you refer a friend. After you start with them, refer your friends. If they sign up, you and your friend will be entered in a quarterly drawing. If you win, you both get $50 cash! I have not included a link to enter me in the drawing if you sign up. Just getting to work for them is reward enough for me!
4. When you start working for them, you can expect to get feedback from the editors. This is not meant to be a criticism but a chance to help you improve. ACL is committed to helping shoppers be the best they can be. Just know that we (the editors) are only trying to help you get better assignments by improving your reports. The feedback will always be phrased positively. We won’t slap your hand with a ruler or tell you you’re fired. I suggest that you take the tips and put them to use, so your reports can be even better! The editors will love you, and you will get even more opportunities for awesome assignments.
So, that’s the low-down on this great company. I really could keep writing. I could pledge my undying love to them. I could beg you to join the team. I think you get the point. If you are thinking about being a mystery shopper and you skip the opportunity to work for A Closer Look, you are missing out! -Al