How to Become A Personal Shopper and Get Paid to Shop
Do you love shopping? Then learn how you can become a personal shopper, and turn your favorite leisure activity into a paid job!
If shopping all day sounds like your idea of a dream vacation, you might be surprised to find out you can actually get paid to shop. This up-and-coming career option is perfect for die-hard believers in retail therapy: after all, as any true shopping enthusiast knows, the best kind of shopping is the kind where you don’t have to whip out your own credit cards at the cash register!
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Cool Facts About Being A Personal Shopper
- Get paid to shop! As a personal shopper, you will be helping someone stock up their wardrobes. You might even be trying on fabulous designer clothes along with your client.
- Finally, a way to make real money from your fantastic creative fashion sense. All your life, you’ve been giving away your expert advice to siblings and friends for free, but now you can get paid to be a real fashion and image consultant.
- You’ll be in touch with the latest fashion, trends, prices and “in” labels, so when you go shopping for yourself and your friends, you’ll know where to find the trendiest clothes at the best prices with no added work.
- When you become a personal shopper, you become something of an industry insider. Say hello to special discounts, coupons, early sales and insider-only events.
Steps To Become A Successful Personal Shopper
On your road to becoming a professional personal shopper, start slow, and start small. Instead of jumping into independent business by yourself, get a job with Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and other such high-end retailers who provide personal shopper services to their customers.
Even if you cannot get in as a personal shopper right away, you might try becoming a regular sales associate at such companies. Then, keep detailed records of all your sales and your regular clients. Once you have accumulated a good track record and a long list of regular clients who appreciate your services, you can show your manager your files and ask to become a personal shopper or even an independent contractor focusing on their store, which might help you keep more of the commissions.
If you think your fashion sense needs some training up, you might be able to take a class or an online course on how to become a personal shopper.
Income Potential of A Personal Shopper
What you charge your clients when you become a personal shopper is very dependent on who your clients are. If you are shopping for highly paid executives in big cities who are too busy to do their own shopping, then you might consider charging $60 – $80 per hour, or perhaps a fixed hourly rate plus 10%-15% commission on the entire purchase. If you are grocery shopping for senior citizens who are too old to do it themselves, and who may be on fixed incomes, then you will probably need to charge a lower rate of maybe $20 – $25 an hour and no commissions.
In other words, your income potential varies from just a few thousand dollars a year to $80,000 a year or more, depending on how you fill up your schedule and who your clients are.
The Professional Guide To Becoming A Personal Shopper
If you are serious about become a personal shopper and like the idea of been paid to shop, the FabJob Guide to Become a Personal Shopper is for you! In it, you will find valuable insider tips and expert advice from industry experts including the Vice-President responsible for hiring personal shoppers for Saks Fifth Avenue, and personal shoppers who are earning more than $100,000 per year with their own personal shopping business.
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Tips & Warnings
- Get some retail experience. One of the best ways to get to know how the industry works is to be part of it yourself. You’ll also be in touch with trends, labels, prices and people so that when you go into business for yourself, you will be prepared.
- Always write down detailed reports of everything you did: what clothes you picked to show your clients and why, how your clients reacted, what they ended up buying and why, what they ended up rejecting and why, and any comments they made. This will help you track each client’s tastes and get more efficient over time at picking what your clients will love.
- When you go solo, market yourself! Offer your services to friends and family who are in high powered careers, or know people who are in high powered careers, who might be able to use your help.
- Advertise in your local high-end retail catalogues. Target the right type of demographic: people who have enough money to pay you and not enough time to shop for themselves.
- Do not count on meeting your clients in person for hours to learn their tastes and see what they like. Your clients are busy, that’s why they hired you! Instead, rely on email as a convenient way to understand their needs. Create an email questionnaire which is quick and easy to fill out, and you can end up with just as much information as a personal meeting, and it can be done whenever your client is free, without needing to find a time that suits both of you.
- Learn how to get items from stores “on approval”. This will allow you to show the items to your clients without having to pay to take them out of the store. It can free up you or your client’s cash flow tremendously to not need to return items all the time.
- Dress well, and present yourself as a sharp and fashionable person. Your image is how your clients will judge how good you are at your job!