Field Agent: Get Paid to Be an iPhone ‘Secret Shopper’


A new app has hit the App Store called Field Agent, to allow for companies to utilize the millions of iPhone users into their secret shoppers. By accepting jobs, users can get paid anywhere from $2-8 per job, with all payments paid out via PayPal. The app is available in the USA, Canada, UK, and Australia.

Here’s how it works:

The Field Agent process works like this:
1. One of our Clients logs onto Field Agent and creates a job.
2. Our system prices the job and releases it to Agents in the field.
3. Agents with the app installed are notified of the new job in their area via push or e-mail.
4. The first Agent to accept the job has 2 hours to complete it.
5. Once the information is approved, the agent’s account will be credited for that job.
6. Agents may cash out at any time. The funds will be transferred to their PayPal account within 48 hours.
7. The Client has the information they needed and the Agent made a few extra bucks. Mission accomplished!

After installing the app, you will be required to register by supplying your name and an email address. It will ask you to answer some questions to help build your profile. It is up to you whether you choose to supply info or not.


Canadian Field Agents Can Start ‘Working’ Tomorrow

Field Agent has Canadian clients setup, and starting tomorrow Loblaw stores (Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, No Frills, Zehrs, Loblaws, Provigo, Maxi & Real Atlantic Superstore) will have ‘jobs’ available for Field Agents, to kick off the Canadian campaign. These Loblaw jobs will be paid out $6.50. If you can complete your job in 10 minutes, that’s the equivalent of earning $39/hour. As more clients sign on, expect more jobs to be posted.

The app uses your location and with Push Notifications enabled you can get notified of jobs where ever you go.

Clients could be asking for agents to check something like store layout, signage, or pricing. Agents might be asked to snap a picture and submit it within the app. To check your balance, just login to the web portal at to check balances and to cash out. Agents get ‘scored’ out of 100, to ensure good agents are rewarded with points while those unable to fulfill jobs in time losing points.

Field Agent is for real–it’s not a scam. An early iTunes review of the app reveals a user was paid for snapping a picture of a Folgers coffee can. Now that’s what you call easy money. The example job below asks agents to take a picture of the video game section at a Target store in Bellingham.


I’ve been in contact with Jeff Doucette, the General Manager for Field Agent in Canada. He notes there is no minimum for cashing out your balance, and all payments are sent to PayPal in less than 48 hours. Check out the video below for more info:

For those with time on their hands, Field Agent looks like a promising way to make money to pay for that expensive iPhone monthly bill. This is the future for companies to receive valuable feedback for their retail operations, utilizing the power of iPhone users.

Click here to download Field Agent–it’s free.


  • Sounds interesting. This could be a way to pay for my Tim Hortons habits!

  • Auto Strada

    when I invoice clients, I calculate how many large dbl dbl’s I can get LOL.

  • I will save up for the next iPhone 🙂

  • Radvisions

    Like ok I created a new account and it still shows zip code instead of postal code like in your pic what gives????

  • Make sure your location in Settings on your iPhone shows Canada. Try that, then re-open the app.

  • Radvisions

    Ok.. Location services is automatic I don’t see where in IOS5 you can manually enter your location

  • Radvisions

    A screen shot or step by step instruction under settings. Please Thank you gary

  • Radvisions

    Ok… It had nothing to do with location… It had to do with your Region format

  • Radvisions

    Oh yeah… and if you change your region format and load F.A. it will tell you invalid account and crash

  • Settings–general–international

  • Carsonjstark

    No jobs near me…. Anyone else live in Vancouver/Fraser valley have jobs available? 

  • Jobs start tomorrow as mentioned in the post.

  • Carsonjstark

    Oops didn’t notice that, thanks.

  • Vitamin_vee

    What does the score mean?

  • It means if you’re a good agent or not, based on completing jobs in time.

  • Anonymous

    Read the agreement before you sign up.

  • Tomsiphone

    I downloaded it last night (Friday) and checked it when I got up this morning.  There were 5 jobs for Zehrs in the Barrie, ON area.  So, the wifey and I spent an hour going around Barrie and taking photos of the product.  Very nice app and smooth to use. 

    I don’t have a data package but used local wifi at either McDonalds or Timmys….there a zillion of each in Barrie 🙂

    So, now we’ll see if I get paid 🙂

  • Tomsiphone

    Update:  I got paid for all 5 jobs and cashed-out from the FA site to Paypal.  Not bad for one hour!

  • Wow nothing in T.O. just outside of it, would of been cool because i could just use the TTC to travel eveywhere.

  • That is awesome! Was it $6.50 per job? What a sweet app.

  • Tomsiphone

    Yup, $6.50 / job.  There were ten other jobs but most were 50+ kms away and I couldn’t string them together without a lot of back-tracking or else I would have done them, too!  But, there’s always tomorrow.

    But, yea….sweet app and a good way to make some cash when nothing else is going on!

  • Frankie

    I signed up, but nothing in my area.

  • Peter

    I too see “zip code” instead of “postal code” and I have Settings/general/international set to Region Format Canada.  What gives?

  • Hyperextension

    I just used this app for the first time today.  I am in the GTA and do a lot of driving for my regular job.  I was able to do a number of jobs for this app and they already paid me out $33.00.  That is for about 15 minutes of work.  I will keep using this for sure.  Extra cash is extra cash!

  • Hkz

    How do you get taxed in Canada on that income?  Who will issue you a T4A slip?  I read the terms and conditions but these referred to US tax slips … Any comments/ideas?

  • Julzglz

    Gee I really wish they’d pay out in 48 hours. It’s been a month already. No pay 🙁

  • nmyb

    I was almost arrested in Shoppers Drug mart for taking a photo. Its illegal to take unauthorized photos on private property like malls and stores. Thought I was careful but a staff member saw and told the manager. Next time have a buddy to watch my back and then shoot (photo) and run!