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Personal shopper If getting paid to spend other people’s money on luxury items seems too good to be true, prepare to have your mind blown right apart by the world of personal shopping. The perfect career choice for good communicators with a love of fashion and an eye for a good buy, personal shopping is so much more than just going nuts at a department store while someone else foots the bill. Usually hired by high net worth individuals who have little time to shop, personal shoppers spend their days sourcing items for their clients who don’t mind paying top dollar to get someone else to do the running around. From finding the latest ‘must have’ Chanel pumps to securing a whole summer wardrobe for an upcoming Caribbean beach break, personal shoppers leave no stone unturned in the quest to fulfil their clients’ (sometimes insatiable) retail desires. But finding items from a list isn’t all personal shoppers do – many also make suggestions and assist their clients to make the right purchases. That bejewelled red leather jacket may seem like a good idea when a client is going through a Nashville phase but what will it be worth next season? Personal shoppers are there to guide wayward clients out of bad wardrobe choices and steer them towards investment pieces they will wear for decades. Same goes with Christmas gifting. Christmas is the time for personal shoppers to shine – finding that sold-out must-have toy or rare vintage timepiece takes patience, persistence and inventiveness. Many personal shoppers operate their own business and charge a consulting fee or retainer, but some high-end department stores and shopping centres also employ in-house personal shoppers to help customers to find the ultimate wardrobe or gift haul. If you choose to strike out on your own and develop your own freelance personal shopping empire, then it’s possible to earn a very healthy

living, especially if you nab a few celebrity clients with deep pockets and the ability to refer you on to their other cashed-up celeb friends. Some celebrities even pay for their personal shopper to accompany them to fashion shows in Paris and buying trips in London. Even though being surrounded by luxury goods and mixing with celebrities are highlights of the job, one of the best parts of pursuing a personal shopping career is that almost any enterprising person with good people skills and an eye for a good buy can do it. There are no educational requirements or qualifications needed to position yourself as a personal shopper. Just simply research the retail scene, get to know your labels, stores and dealers, make connections within the retail sector, set up a website and start marketing yourself as the personal shopper you’d be crazy to spend money without. Of course, you will have to deal with your fair share of nightmarish The Devil Wears Prada-type characters who will make you want to tear your hair out in rage, but you’ll also get extreme satisfaction out of delivering that rare, first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice to your delighted (well-paying) client. Oh, and then there’s the whole getting paid to spend other people’s money thing. That’s the sweetest part of all.

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: None. Experience required: None. Training: None. Restrictions: None.

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I can get paid for that?  

NOTE: This e-gallery is for press purposes only. No images or other copyrighted materials seen here may be reproduced. Contact patrick@smi...

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