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Best Secret Shopper Apps to Earn Extra Money 2022

A list of the legitimate mobile apps that will help you earn money performing secret shops, store audits, and simple tasks.

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
  • Shopkick – 9,785 points ($35.00) flexible options

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.

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My goal for this research was to share legitimate and non-scam ways to earn extra money using secret shopper 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
  • Helpful customer service support for auditors and secret shoppers

FieldAgent: Best for Variety and Quantity

FieldAgent is an easy secret shopping and audit app that can help you earn money by completing various tasks. You can easily find available shops in your area and apply for them. You usually will have two hours to complete each task.

FieldAgent lists the amount of money you’ll earn so you can decide what audits to take based on the payout. Once you’ve completed the job, it will be verified and payment will be approved into your account. You can then transfer the amount to your bank account.

Customer service and tech support are very responsive. The mobile app is very easy to use.

  • Very easy account setup and can reserve jobs for two hours
  • Find audits, shops, and other tasks locally
  • Quick turn-around time for audit approvals
  • Transfer money earned into your bank account in 2-3 days

Shopkick: Best for In-store Experience

Shopkick is a different type of secret shopper app. You don’t technically get gigs assigned to you but it’s worth adding to the list. With Shopkick, you earn kicks (points) by entering retail stores and points for scanning products. In a way, you’re doing a mystery audit when you’re walking around the store scanning barcodes.

There are lots of opportunities to earn kicks from walking into a store to scanning products to watching 15 second videos. I think I’ve rewatched a Starbucks promo a few times.

Once you have enough kicks you can redeem them for gift cards or Paypal credit. I currently have mine set to Amazon.

  • Simple signup process
  • Add your debit and credit card for automatic kicks
  • Check the app when entering stores
  • Kicks rewarding almost immediately for most
  • Fast redemption of kicks to electronic gift cards

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Gigwalk: Best for Highest and Quickest Payout

Gigwalk has been around for many years. It was among the first to offer people an opportunity to earn money as a secret shopper. The gigs available at Gigwalk vary from store audits of product placements to storefront marketing placements. Gigs can take place at small shops or large retailers.

Make sure you read the entire audit description. You’ll be required to take photos of storefronts and may be asked to speak with an associate too.

Gigwalk has an easy mobile interface. You can apply for jobs up to 24 hours in advance. You’ll get notified if you’re selected. The quicker you can complete a gig the better chance for approval.

Payouts are quick with Gigwalk. They actually have the fastest turnaround time from the apps I’ve tested. Customer service was very helpful as well and responded within 36 hours.

  • Very easy account setup
  • Find audits and shops locally
  • Apply for jobs up to 24 hours in advance
  • Once the audit is approved, the payout is immediate and sent to your PayPal account

EasyShift: Best for Planning Your Time

EasyShift allows you to apply for a shift to earn money completing simple audits and shops of local retailers. It’s very easy to set up an account and begin applying for shifts.

Each job has a payout range compared with other apps that have a fixed amount. For instance, a shift I performed at Target was $6.70-9.80. My work resulted in a payout of $7.70. Not too bad for 15 minutes of work.

EasyShift will review your work and finalize payment by sending it directly to your PayPal account. In my experience, it took 24 hours to get paid after completing the shift. The app works great and customer service was quick to answer questions. The only drawback for me was the limited number of audits available.

  • Simple account setup
  • Find audits locally and apply for “shifts” with a scaling payout
  • Completed shifts approved within 48 hours
  • Payments made 2-3 days from approval directly to PayPal account

Mobee: Best for Rewards and Giftcards

Mobee is a rewards app giving you the opportunity to earn points auditing the places you shop. They are different from other mobile secret shopping apps in that they offer points for completed and approved missions. You can then exchange the points for gift cards or cash into your account.

Mobee does not allow you to reserve missions ahead of time. You must be in front of the store in order to start a mission. You can view the mission ahead of time to determine the scope.

Compared with other apps, Mobee doesn’t pay the most and often times took more time to complete a mission. What they lack in mission payouts they excel with bonuses. Some bonuses are worth 500 points = $5.

Additionally, Mobee takes longer to approve a mission once you’ve completed it. There were missions that took 4-5 days to be approved. However, I found Mobee customer support to be really helpful.

  • Easy account setup
  • Find local audits and shops. You cannot reserve shops in advance
  • Earn points redeemable for gift cards or cash
  • Get additional points by completing bonuses and getting badges
  • A review of your shops takes longer about 3-5 days than other apps

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My Smile Summary: Earn extra money for your goals

You don’t have to change your lifestyle to earn extra money while you’re out living life. These apps are really great for adding a few extra dollars to your pocket. Use the money to grow your emergency fund or pay off debt. You can also use the money made from these apps to start investing with micro-investing apps.

Are you looking for additional ways to earn extra income? As noted we’ve partnered with Steady, a free app, that helps you connect with hundreds of side hustles. Earn more with Steady.

I want to be clear that I’ve used these apps myself to give you an authentic idea of how much you can make. Nothing is guaranteed. I may have made more than others because I was intent on figuring out how to make money with these apps.

What I’ve made so far using the secret shopper apps (Updated 03/29/21):

You can certainly give all of them a try. Let us know what worked for you.

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  1. No offense, but most of these apps are laughable. Either don’t work right, or nothing useful far as actual earning gig work. I seriously doubt the actual pay is than $150 a day ? if they’re lucky. Most of the reviews are people getting ripped off by these gigs. But it certainly didn’t hurt for you to share 🙂

    1. Thanks so much. If you have any ideas for better apps or services, let us know. If you also want to do your own write-up or reviews of these apps, we do pay freelance writers.

  2. Excellent list of the best legit apps like these that help you find gig short tasks etc, appreciate you narrowing it down to some of the best!

      1. The topic of extra income will always be of interest to people. Especially in our time of consumption of goods and services, mobile applications really simplify people’s lives and give them an opportunity to earn money.
        You created a great collection of applications!

  3. Jason – I’m interested in the Freelance writer opportunity. Since driving for the high end Uber Black/Suv from 2014-2019, I never went back to working at a brick and morter establishment, but instead have only opted to work for app based companies. Everything from scooters to secret shopping. I can vouch for your findings in this article by sending you screenshots of my earnings pages and offer success tips.. there is one you listed where I have made $1000 in about 3 weeks, and another that you don’t have listed where I have made over $12,000 in the past year..
    PLUS… I can offer even MORE legit apps that have secret shopper type opportunities. I’m going to include my contact information in the boxes under this section (for privacy…I’m not going to put it here obviously), and ask that you get in touch so we can talk about my contributing to your site. THANKS and oh yeah BOO! Happy Halloween!

  4. Jason thanks for your email, and I have written back. If you haven’t received it, let me know and I will resend it. Thanks!!

  5. I work for all these companies and love them all and yes I can provide screenshots of money made or tons of gift cards.

  6. Observa is a task based app that doesn’t pay very much at all ($6/9 per observation) but they pay within 12 hours, no more than 24 hours of completion via PayPal. Having done observations with them for about 5 years, the holidays they usually have more opportunities and higher priced. ($10/15 ea). I also second field agent, approval of payment within 24 hours of completion.

  7. Jason, thank you for sharing different ways to make extra money. I appreciate meeting you at Lake Trust Credit Union in Michigan. I have completed reading your book Saturday. I see how you poured everything into your book to direct people in the right direction. What a wealth of informative ways to prosper and to begin a journey for success. Thank you, for your time and guidance and being open to my situation (listening to me).

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