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#1 cooltate23

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:23 PM

Hi All

I am wanting to be a personal shopper, I constantly shop online finding bargins etc for my own children, but want to do this professionally for others.

Where do I start? and how do I get the word out there that I do this??

What cost would someone pay for this service?

Also, would love if you could give me feedback on my website.



Edited by cooltate23, 27 December 2012 - 12:14 PM.

#2 Rainbow Lemur

Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

I am not sure that the people who would use a personal shopper are motivated by price?

Have you done some research as to the profile of the person who would use such services and what they want?

Personally I would pay for some-one who would save me time by sourcing what I need quickly and perhaps show me stuff I didn't evn know was available.  How much I would pay would be based on how valuable that knowledge was to me.

#3 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

If you were going to do it - I think you should aim at people who are not internet savvy. So you'd have to market externally. Because the people who are good at technology probably already are shopping online. I think you need to target those people who have no idea how to find something through search engines, know nothing about shopping carts etc.

Edited by Katakacpk, 24 December 2012 - 10:10 PM.

#4 Rainbow Lemur

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

Katakacpk why are you thinking the internet savy would not be interested?

For me it is about time being precious.  Just because you can do something doesn't mean you have the time and motivation to do it.

#5 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

Because I think those who are already online are already internet savvy and therefore know how to find a bargain online, and are already those that make online shopping big. However the people who want to find bargains online but do not know how, would be those you want to target I think.

#6 Rainbow Lemur

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:57 AM

I guess I am wondering if those waitng to find bargains would be happy to pay a fee if they are so cost sensitive?  Perhaps I am wrong.

I was picturing those with a higher income and perhaps time poor wanting to outsource it.

#7 FeralAlpacaWarrior

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

I'm ok at shopping online but time poor, so I would love it OP. I hate searching and trawling for bargains, I would be an ideal customer original.gif

#8 Rainbow Lemur

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

QUOTE (stopwhiningatme @ 26/12/2012, 01:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's more than being able to find a bargain on-line though, it's being able to source an entire outfit that works.  I'm internet savvy, and can find great pieces - it's just putting them together that I have problems with.

Because for me, a person shopper is responsible for putting together a 'look' for you, not just finding bargains.

Yes, that was the direction I was coming from.  The people I know who hav used personal shoppers are cashed up and want professional advice as to what would best suit them.

#9 cooltate23

Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

i dont want to be a personal stylist for someone.  I am no good at finding clothes for someone else

Its more about finding christmas, and birthday gifts etc for time poor people.

Mums who can't get out to buy gifts for their children, older people who don't have time or don't have any ideas for their grandchildren

I would research and source the products for a small fee, then get the item wrapped and shipped to the customer. (but providing the customer with all the details first before proceeding with purchase)

Edited by cooltate23, 26 December 2012 - 02:44 PM.

#10 skylark

Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

I am sure I have posted about this before, but I used to do casual work as a personal shopper. I worked for another woman who had established the business. Her business model was based around receiving kickbacks/commissions from the retailers involved, the fee from the customer wasn't really where the money was (at all). She was able to do this due to her business contacts and hardcore networking. The customer base was universally quite affluent, not really the average mum and dad type people. Tbh I don't really think there is much money in what you are describing, unless you are able to do a very high volume somehow, or create relationships with retailers.

#11 cooltate23

Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:58 PM

I have relationships with retailers...I just need to find customers to use my service

#12 mygirlcharlotte

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:57 PM

QUOTE (cooltate23 @ 23/12/2012, 06:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi All

I am wanting to be a personal shopper, I constantly shop online finding bargins etc for my own children, but want to do this professionally for others.

Where do I start? and how do I get the word out there that I do this??

What cost would someone pay for this service?

Also, would love if you could give me feedback on my website.



i reckon it is a good idea hun , If you can could you please message me thanks

#13 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:59 AM

I think you're kind of defeating the purpose of your 'shopping around' personal shopping idea, by selling products on your page as well. If its the personal shopping part you're most interested in, I'd take the shop off your web page.

#14 MrsLexiK

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:36 AM

I don't think your market matches your idea unfortunately. Sure you may have a few cashed up mums and grandparents but most wouldn't be cashed up that they would use the service and therefore spend more on the presents then if they had done it themselves. And that is what will happen because they will be charged a fee and wrapping normally will cost more plus they may not be happy for it to arrive gift wrapped if they hadnt sighted it first. Also who will be responsible for timeframe of delivery?

#15 cooltate23

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:54 PM

There would be no fee for my service, the only cost incurred would be a membership fee, then the goods cost and delivery to the customer.

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