Many people seek higher education upon graduating from college or university to become further marketable. This is also true in the personal styling and personal shopping industry. Credibility is based on education and experience, and when you seek out certified personal stylist or personal shopper training, you’re further educating yourself to become a highly desirable commodity. Often business people seek a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) to become even more credible business professionals. When you seek higher education in the personal shopper or personal stylist industry, you are showing your commitment, dedication, and credibility within the industry to become a top-notch personal shopping and personal styling professional who gives scientifically based advice regarding the art of styling.
As a Certified Personal Shopper, you are able to bill clients a higher hourly or daily rate than non-certified personal shoppers or stylists. And your clients will be eager to pay, because they trust that you have truly mastered the principles of image and style, and they know that their image goals will be achieved under your guidance.
In many mid-sized to major cities (in the US, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia), a personal shopper without professional training who is launching her business can realistically look to secure clients at an hourly rate equivalent to $20-$30 USD per hour. However, if you add the credibility of professional training, your starting hourly rate can range from the equivalent of $50 – $100 USD per hour, depending upon your market and your target clientele. Within your first 3 years, you will be able to raise your asking price to $100-$150 USD per hour because now you have training and experience.
During your first year of professional personal styling, you can realistically expect to work with an average of three clients per month depending upon how aggressively your pursue clients and how well you utilize your network. Given an 8 hour personal styling and personal shopping session – this means that as a non-certified personal stylist, you can expect an income from $480-$720 USD per month.
A Certified Personal Shopper who launches her business working with an average of 3 clients per month at 8 hours per session can expect to earn from $1200-$2400 USD per month. As you can see, because you have invested in professional training, you are already on your way to seeing a real, lucrative income from personal styling and personal shopping become a reality within the next 2-3 years.
During your first 1-2 years as a professional personal shopper, you will most likely need to seek an additional source of income in order to sustain your living expenses, or be supplemented by your partner, spouse or family. But as you will learn below, if you continue to actively pursue your new career, you will be enjoying a full-time, lucrative income through your personal styling business within 3 years!
During your second and third years as a professional personal stylist, as a non-certified personal shopper, you will be able to raise your hourly rate to $30-$50 USD. With dedication to your business, you can also expect to double your client load to an average of 6 clients per month. Given an 8 hour session per client, a non-certified personal stylists can expect to earn from $1440 – $2400 per month, equivalent to $17,000 – $25,000 per year. Based on these numbers, you can see that a Certified Personal Stylist worked half as much and earned the same income during her first year as a non-certified personal stylist earned working twice as much in her second or third year.
As a Certified Personal Shopper, you can expect to raise your hourly rate to $75-$150 per hour during your second or third year and can also realistically double your client load to 6 clients per month. By investing in Personal Shopper Training now, in two-three years you can expect to earn from $3600-$7200 USD per month. That’s a yearly income of $43,000 – $86000 achieved during your second or third year as a Certified Personal Shopper! Obviously, it goes without saying that these numbers are achievable through hard work and dedication to actively seeking clients and consistently building your network. However being your own boss also has it advantages and provides you with more flexibility and freedom than working in a retail establishment or for a company.
Personal Shopper and Personal Stylist Salaries Across the Globe Range From:
Dubai Personal Shoppers: 350 – 550 AED per hour based on their experience and training
London Personal Shoppers: £ 30 – 45 without training and £ 50 – 80 on average with training
Australian Personal Shoppers: $100 – 175 per hour in a major metropolitan city such as Sydney or Melbourne
European Personal Shoppers: € 55 – 90 per hour on average in a fashion capital, based on credibility and training
Hong Kong Personal Shoppers: HK$ 550 – 1250 per hour depending on experience, training and target demographic
Nigerian Personal Shoppers: ₦ 15175 – 22750 based on target demographic and personal stylist training
The personal shopper and personal stylist industries are growing rapidly in countries including: Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Hong Kong and China, Singapore, Shanghai, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea, The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Nigeria, South Africa, and across Africa. With the US Dollar currently weaker in value against the Euro, now is the time for aspiring personal stylists from Europe and Asia to invest in the Sterling Style Academy’s World Traveler Training Programs, 2.5 Week Training Programs, New York 4 Week Training Program, and our at home training products.
Imagine launching your business as a Certified Personal Stylist and earning a salary equivalent to your friends in the corporate, cubicle world of 9-5 in less than 3 years. Imagine earning an income that increases by 50%-100% each year based on your own hard work and merit. In no time at all, you’ll be enjoying the life and career of your dreams!
Through personal shopper training in 10 cities around the world, online training, at home training products, and the Sterling Style Academy Marketing and Business Brand Identity Launch Kit, your goals of creating a full-time personal shopper and personal styling business can be achieved! Making an investment in yourself is making an investment in your business.
About the Sterling Style Academy
The Sterling Style Academy is a leader in the field of image consultant training and offers a variety of certification programs including Personal Stylist and Personal Shopper. Our training courses attract students from across the globe who are interested in launching a career in the fashion and style industry. On-location training programs are held in fashion capitals around the world including Miami, New York, Paris, London, Dubai, and Hong Kong. In addition, the Sterling Style Academy offers interactive Online Training, Teleclasses, and Short eCourses. Sterling Style Academy enables students to become style experts and icons by giving them a competitive edge in the image consulting and personal styling field.