Jump to content

Personal Shopping & Feedback of my website


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#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.

http://www.cleverideas.com.au

Thanks

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


#2 Ninja 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 Ninja 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 Ninja 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 Feral Alpacas

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 Ninja 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.

http://www.cleverideas.com.au

Thanks

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.




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Metal shards hidden in playground

Pieces of sharp metal have been seemingly deliberately placed in rubber matting and across equipment at a kids' playground.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.