Everyone knows that buying an iPhone isn’t cheap. Even if you pay the subsidized pricing, you’re handing over $200 to become the owner of the best smartphone available today. To ease the burden of such a cost, it would be a helpful if a service was available for your iPhone that would allow you to make a little, if not all, of that money back.
Enter Field Agent, a company that offers information collection for clients in which you are the information gatherer. After the jump I’ll explain how ridiculously easy it is to earn a few dollars by completing a Field Agent job.
What is Mystery Shopping?
At the heart of it, Field Agent is a company that provides mystery shopping services. Mystery shopping is a tool used by companies to determine if company standards are being followed. Therefore, your task as an Agent is to go to a store and determine if said standards are being adhered to. Specifically, your task more often than not will be to determine if if a manufacturer’s product is being displayed in a specific manner. You’ll also run into jobs in which you’ll look for a product demonstration (typically in grocery stores) and answer a series of questions based on your experience.
When you open the app for the first time, you’ll need to create an account. The app will prompt you to enter your name and email address, and to choose a password. Then, a notification will pop-up informing you that you’ll need to answer several survey questions before you’re eligible to complete jobs. The survey inquires about general information (gender, race, education, household income, etc.) and asks specific questions about your shopping habits. All in all, the survey should take around five minutes to complete.
Finding & Accepting Jobs
After saving your profile, a splash screen will appear welcoming you to Field Agent and providing basic information regarding app navigation. There are four tabs in the bottom navigation bar — Jobs, Execute, Stats and Settings. The first page you’ll be taken to after tapping Get Started on the splash screen is Jobs.
The Jobs page displays a list of jobs in your area. The top navigation bar features two buttons — Near Me and Zip Code. By default, it will list available jobs within 30 miles of your current location, which can be altered on the setting page. If you tap the Zip Code button, jobs within 30 miles of the zip code you provided in your survey will be listed.
For each job listed, you’ll be provided with the job’s pay, distance from your current location and icons detailing what type of information you will need to collect. By tapping the Tips tab at the bottom of the page, a screen will pop-up and explain what each icon represents. For example, if a job displays a camera icon, you’ll be required to capture a photo.
To learn more about a job, tap the green Details button. The Details page provides the same information on the previous screen, but also offers a set of instructions regarding requirements for the job, such as what store you must visit and between what hours you must perform the job. If you want to perform a job, tap the Accept Job button at the bottom of the page. A new page will pop-up asking if you’re sure you’d like to perform a job, and it is hard to back out once it has been accepted.
When you arrive at the store and are ready to complete your job, tap the Execute button in the bottom navigation bar, and then tap the Complete button next to the job, which will be followed by another“are you sure” screen. The process for completing a job is extremely easy, as the app provides all the information you need.
Specifically, each step of your job includes a Request and Instructions. The Request is an outline for that particular step of the job, such as taking a photo of a product. The Instructions field will provide a list of information in regards to the Request. Using the previous display photo as an example, the Instructions field might tell you to go to a department in which you should find the product and the type of display on which it should be present.
As you go through each step, you will always have the option of going back to previous questions, if needed, by tapping the Previous arrow at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve completed each step, you’ll be taken to a page to confirm your answers. If you like what you see, tap the Complete arrow and the information will be sent to Field Agent for review.
After completing a job, it usually takes a day or two to pass through Field Agent’s editing process. To determine if your job has been accepted, go to the Stats page. In addition to displaying Jobs that are “getting the okay” (displayed at the bottom of the page), you can also see your Agent Score, the number of jobs accepted/completed and how much money you’ve earned.
Collecting Your Money
The money you earn from completing jobs will stay stored in your account until you’re ready to cash out. It’s worth noting that there is no deadline for cashing out, so you can keep accruing money for as long as you like. When you’re ready to collect your money, you’ll need to visit the Field Agent website and click the big Cash Out button on the right side of the page. You’ll then have to enter an email address associated with your PayPal account (the only method for payment at this time).
I have a lot of experience with mystery shopping and I have to say that compared to other mystery shopping companies, Field Agent definitely offers the most pain-free method of making a few extra dollars. Most mystery shopping companies require you to go through several steps before you are able to perform a job, and the jobs are typically far more complicated and pay about the same amount of money as Field Agent’s.
In addition, a lot of people are under the notion that mystery shopping is a scam, but rest assured that Field Agent is free to use and you are never under any obligation to perform a job, unless of course you have agreed to complete one. If you’re interested in earning some additional income, Field Agent is definitely worth taking a look at.