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Become a Personal Shopper
 

A personal shopper assists customers with a level of individualized attention and service beyond what a retail associate would offer.
A shopper can help a customer pull together an entire season's wardrobe based on his or her needs, budget or style, or find just the right gift based on a client,s suggestions.
Personal shoppers usually work in upscale department or specialty stores; some work on commission, while others are salaried.

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In our busy society an increasing number of people need to hire someone to do their shopping. As a result, personal shoppers are more in demand than ever before.

As a personal shopper, you will have a job that is fun, interesting, and rewarding. If you start your own personal shopping business you will enjoy the freedom of being your own boss.

You could specialize in shopping for gifts or clothing, or you might shop for food, furniture, jewelry, toys, or anything else a client wants. Here are some of the types of shopping done by personal shoppers. Which ones can you imagine yourself doing?

Taking care of shopping for busy families


Shopping for designer clothing, home furnishings, and other items for wealthy people
Finding the perfect gifts for companies to give to their important clients
Buying groceries and other items for senior citizens and other people who find it difficult to get around
 

Buying Christmas presents

Selecting gifts for other special occasions such as:
anniversaries
new baby
bar mitzvahs
birthdays
get well
graduations
retirements
Valentine's Day
weddings
Working as a personal shopper for a boutique, department store, or shopping center
Being hired by busy executives to buy gifts for their employees or family
Preparing gift bags for special events such as awards shows and conferences
As long as you have the desire, you can become a personal shopper. No special education or experience is necessary to break into this career and succeed. You can become a personal shopper immediately.
 

Personal Shopper FACTOR:
Some personal shoppers offer their services as freelancers, building up their own clientele.

Tech-savvy personal shoppers create Web sites to attract customers.

Many celebrities use their own personal shoppers (called stylists) to pull outfits for award ceremonies and movie premieres.





SKILLS

Employers look for candidates possessing a strong understanding of fashion and product knowledge.
Also critical are patience, tact, good communication skills and the ability to build relationships and trust with clients relying on the personal shopper's best judgment.


EDUCATION
There are no formal education requirements for this position, but a background in fashion and retail is especially helpful.


OUTLOOK
Demand for retail salespersons tends to decline during economic downturns. Employment depends upon significant numbers of people preferring individualized attention while shopping.
Because there are no education requirements, competition for these positions can be stiff.
 

Example of Personal Shopper Service
 

Case 1> Eluxury

Personal Shopper Service
Personal Shoppers provide one-on-one guidance with your purchases. Our experts will give you gift suggestions, recommendations and the latest eLUXURY fashion trends. You may call your Personal Shopper at 1.877.730.7171
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Case 2> Nieman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Online Personal Shoppers provide one-on-one sales assistance for all merchandise sold through NeimanMarcus.com, Neiman Marcus by Mail, and Neiman Marcus Stores.

Case 3>Macys

Macy's By Appointment is a free personal-shopping service tailored to your taste and budget. Whether you need a new professional look, sharp gift ideas, or cozy home accessories, Macy's By Appointment provides the fashion consultants and personal-shopping staff to get it done quickly and with style. Shop in person by appointment, or let us know by phone, fax or email what we can do for you. We offer the following free services:

Individual appointments
Personal Profile of your gift and wardrobe preferences
Wardrobe consultations, including businesswear
Birthday, anniversary and special-occasion reminders
Advance notice of exclusive events and promotions
Custom gift wrap
Shopping parties

 

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