How to Become a Personal Shopper

Become a Personal Shopper

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a personal shopper and the skills needed to become a personal shopper.

What Does a Personal Shopper Do?

A personal shopper works with clients to assist them in finding products that suit their needs.  The client might be someone who doesn't have the time to shop or someone that just doesn't have the knowledge of what they ought to by.  You could be helping someone with fashion choices, or assisting someone in a one of purchase of a gift for a wedding or birthday.

As a personal shopper, your day to day tasks might include meeting with clients and finding out what it is they need help with, discovering their likes and dislikes, the budget you must keep within, conducting product research, liaising with current clients, providing clients with the products they require.

It is important to appear professional at all times, be eager to please and communicate effectively with clients.  Your priority is to get them what they want and ensure that you have their repeat custom.

You will often work for a retail company, but there is also potential to work as a self-employed personal shopper.

Is Becoming a Personal Shopper Right For Me?

The following skills and attributes are vital for a personal shopper:

  • A genuine desire to help your client
  • A love of shopping
  • A flair for fashion and style
  • Self-motivation, confidence and a strong sales ability
  • Time-management skillsThe ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent team working skills

How Much Can a Personal Shopper Earn?

A personal shopper will usually earn between £16,000 and £25,000 a year depending on skills and experience.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Personal Shopper?

There are no qualifications necessary to become a personal shopper, though understanding what is 'on trend' and what fashions will suit someone and their shape is a must.