Based on my personal experience I would think it is impossible to make a living by mystery shopping. I struggle to make even minimum wage for the mystery shops I complete. However, My Frugal Miser has been making $2000 to $3000 a month from mystery shopping so it is possible to do mystery shopping as a full-time job. He has gotten mystery shopping down to a science.
Since my Census Bureau employment will officially be ending tomorrow I have decided to see how much money I can make from mystery shopping. I do have online income coming in so I won’t need to make all of my money from mystery shopping. If I could make $1000 a month from mystery shopping I would feel like I was doing pretty good. Right now $1000 a month seems unlikely but for the next month I am going to take every mystery shopping job I can, as long as I feel the job will pay me at least minimum wage. At the end of the month I will report my results and whether I feel that mystery shopping is a viable main income source for me.
*** There is a chance that I will start a medical study midway through June. In that case I will report my results for the next two weeks.