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How to Become a Personal Shopper 1-2-3

With our busy lifestyles, more and more people find the need to hire people to do their shopping for them. Personal shoppers have lots of opportunities because they can help with a variety of different tasks.

For instance: shopping for busy families, buying designer items for wealthy people, helping businesses find gifts for clients, assisting senior citizens with grocery shopping and lots more.

Is Personal Shopping for You?

Are you looking for a flexible work schedule? Many of these tasks can be scheduled at times that work convenient to your lifestyle. You can also set up a home office and work from home.

You also need to be a good listener and be able to work well with people one-on-one. As a personal shopper, you need to take the time to understand your client's needs. Furthermore, knowing about new trends and products in the marketplace is essential.

This career also requires that you are able to take instructions from others and meet deadlines.

How Do You Charge Clients?

Many personal shoppers charge clients a consultation fee and a percentage of the sale of purchased items. Some charge a flat fee or commission only. The choice is up to you. So how do you compete with large department stores who office personal shopping services free of charge?

If you shop frequently at certain stores, you can receive a discount on purchases, which you can then pass on to your customers. Your clients are able to purchase items from multiple stores, and the discount you pass to the client can cover your service fee. This gives them a great reason to shop with you.

How to Become a Personal Shopper:

Home Business ExpertLaura Harrison McBride is a veteran personal shopper, and she's put together a very useful business start-up guide for personal shoppers. You can conduct your personal shopping business part-time, or you can launch a very lucrative career.

In her step-by-step guide, Laura interviews several personal shoppers who own their own businesses and are six-figure earners...

  • Ways to get insider knowledge on products and trends and quickly get personal shopping experience through volunteer work.

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to get started, plus how to start your personal shopping business with little or no money. Sample invoice, contract, resume, prospective client script and more.

  • How to set up your office, price your products and services, identify clients and how to market yourself effectively.

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  • How to choose the best personal shopping companies to work with, the best way to do a client consultation. Stay competitive and save your clients money by getting up to a 50% discount on your purchases.

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How to Find Personal Shopping Clients:

Begin by networking with your friends and business associates. Let them know you are going into business by providing them with business cards, brochures and your website address. If you don't have a lot of experience or you have limited resources, may find it helpful to take part-time work (see below) to build up your network of contacts.

Join local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, industry groups like the Association of Image Consultants (AICI) and social network sites like LinkedIn.

Connect with people looking for personal shopping services through online merchant networks where you can receive leads in your local area.

Get to know influential people in your community and demonstrate your skills and knowledge. This can give your business lots of exposure without you having to be a salesperson or pay for advertising.

  • Host a free workshop for women's Meetup groups on topics like gift giving ideas or time management (many groups welcome speakers).
  • Volunteer for a local fundraising event where you oversee or manage projects. Donating your time also shows people that you are generous and a good person - someone that people can trust and like to do business with.


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