If you are at the point of your life when you have figured out you want to be involved in the world of fashion, this short guide will give you a short summary on how to make money as a personal stylist.
First before you can start being a personal stylist, you need to consider a complete fashion training course, if you don’t have one yet. Secondly, you will need to be well aware of the history of fashion and the current fashion trends.
Once you have a proper background, you can start by offering your services for free to friends and family members in order for you to gain more customers and as way of building your brand. Over time, all these people will become your clients or bring more clients to you.
Even if you’re still very young, you should try to treat your profession seriously. Ideally, you could start as an assistant to an already established professional stylist in order to gain experience and connections. Once you have the right experience, you can then start your own and hire an assistant to work with you.
What Makes a Good Personal Stylist?
Every stylist who wants to be successful should be a good psychologist. The proper amount of attention and compliments directed at your clients will make them agree on your choices more easily.
But it is a matter of professional ethics – you should always say what you think, but, of course, try to make it as easy for them as possible.
At first, your clients may not be satisfied with your selections, but when they go out and people compliment them, it enhances your reputation in their eyes, and they will be coming back to you over and over again.
What Kind of Services Can You Offer?
Classic services of every personal stylist include: advice on personal style and image, formation of the wardrobe and shopping support, among others.
It is better to have a few, but very close clients. Be available 24 hours a day at any time, as your clients may want to call you and ask for advice. You should always, if possible, be nice to them and always answer their questions without criticizing.
In this case, you simply explain to a people what type of clothes fit them, what colors they should use, how to adjust the shapes using the clothes they usually wouldn’t wear. These one time orders mostly cover your consulting services.
2. Wardrobe Audit
It is a painstaking process, which requires you to revisit the entire wardrobe and decides what to throw away and what to leave. But wardrobes are different and some of them can be huge.
In the process, you will have to convince your client to throw away or just stop wearing certain things. It’s always hard because some things can be very expensive. Such revision may take up to six hours a day. So, try to stay in a good physical shape.
3. The Formation of a Wardrobe
People who hire personal stylists are usually very busy and they have no time to dress up but they need to look good every day. As a personal stylist, what you do is visit them and prepare sets of clothes for every day. Then, your clients may choose their favorite looks out of all the sets you have prepared for them.
4. Shopping Services
The best way to save your client’s time is to go shopping in advance, then choose all the necessary elements of the wardrobe and call your client to come and evaluate your choices.
You can also make a deal with a shop owner and get 5-10% discount on the purchase prices for bringing new clients to the store.