Looking to make some extra money in your free-time? Then mystery shopping could be the answer for you. Take a look at my Roamler review to see what you can expect and how much you can earn per hour.
I have had differing degrees of success with mystery shopping in the past. I have found some brilliant jobs which have earned me £50 from nothing more than a couple of phone calls. I’ve also had some fairly pointless jobs which have paid me £10, after spending £20 on dinner. Yes, it’s nice to have money off a meal but you can’t make money if you’re spending it!
Roamler is a mystery shopping company that I have only just got around to trying. Everything is run from an app on your phone, so almost anyone can do it.
What is Roamler?
Taken from their website:
Roamler helps the most important brands make sure their products are always visible and available in supermarkets, stores, bars, restaurants, etc. We’ll ask you to fill in short questionnaires, take pictures, act as a mystery shopper, refill shelves with products, build up promotional displays, and much more! Tasks will be displayed to you according to your location, skills, and experience level.
Like any mystery shopping site, Roamler doesn’t just give you a task and let you get on with it. First of all, Roamler explains what they expect from you as a mystery shopper and guidance on how to complete their tasks. You will then need complete a short test afterwards to make sure you understand. Don’t worry though, it’s all pretty straightforward.
As you complete these tests, you will be awarded with XP. This XP moves you up levels and the higher the level you are, the more earning opportunities you receive. You will need to complete 1 mystery shop before you receive paid tasks, but it’s a very quick job and takes just a couple of minutes.
Out of all the mystery shopping sites I have joined, Roamler seems to offer the most jobs. Even in my local (and small) town, there were over 20 jobs available. Most tasks will take you no more than a few minutes and the pay works out well.
Roamler is very good at explaining what is expected before you accept each task. With some other mystery shopping sites I have found that when you get to the store and open the task, suddenly the list that you need to complete gets longer and longer. But Roamler gives you a full explanation before you start.
The jobs on offer can be quite varied. If you enjoy a chat, you can accept a task questioning shop owners about a specific brand’s display in their store. Or, you can visit bar and order a pint to see if it’s poured perfectly. If it is, you tell the barman and they win a prize. If not, you just walk away. Unsteadily if you decide to stay for several pints. There were actually 2 of these tasks in close proximity when I checked, so great for an evening out!
It doesn’t take long for tasks to be reviewed and paid – usually within a couple of hours. However, when new and popular tasks appear, the review may take a little longer but Roamler will warn you.
For a reason I’m not completely sure of, to join Roamler you need to be sent an invite code. This may be to stop people setting up multiple accounts and completing the same jobs. Although the tasks are short, they don’t pay big bucks. Usually, you’re looking at £2-3 for each job. Generally, they’re not worth making a specific trip for but good if you happen to be passing.
Some of the tasks also require you to take quite a few photos. As you’re trying to manoeuvre back as far as you can to take a photo of a shelf, other customers will give you some odd looks. Roamler does provide you with a letter of authorisation in case staff ask whey you’re doing, but nobody has ever bothered to ask me.
You can withdraw your money through PayPal and it usually arrives in your account within an hour.
Your rate of pay is a difficult one to judge because of several factors, such as how far the task is from your home and the varying rates of pay. For example, the pint pulling task above doesn’t need to take any longer than finishing your drink (if you want to). And because they are very close together, you could earn £14 in under 30 minutes. The £2 tasks take around 5 minutes each and with travelling, you could probably complete 6-7 within an hour.
Expected pay per hour: £12
My Roamler review conclusion
This is a very good mystery shopping app. There will never be enough jobs to make a full-time living but it’s certainly a great way of supplementing your income. Plus, you could use it with the Task-360 app and earn even more when you’re out and about.
Visit The Money Shed if you are looking for a Raomler invite code and somebody from the forums should be able to provide you with one.
If you enjoyed reading my Roamler review, why not take a look at my favourite mystery shopping sites?