June 25, 2011
Many busy people in society just have no time left in their schedules to do their own shopping. This may include shopping for clothing, for gifts, or for travel arrangements. In fact, personal shoppers are becoming more common for busy executives today than ever. It used to be that only the wealthiest of the wealthy would have a personal shopper, but nowadays, personal shoppers can be utilized for a wide range of clients from the elite to the busy mom that just doesn’t have the time to do her own shopping.
As a personal shopper, a person has to be able to learn and anticipate the needs of their employer. They must also have a keen eye, and able to discern between what they like for themselves and what the client for whom they work likes.
When a personal shopper is given a task, say for example, to go out and select a new outfit for an upcoming event, they must be able to pick out something that is appropriate for the event, and not just choose anything that the client may like. What is acceptable for one occasion, a beach dinner, for example, is definitely acceptable for an awards dinner. So, as a personal shopper, the person has to distinguish between types of attire that are acceptable for one occasion over another.
As previously mentioned, personal shoppers also are asked to buy gifts for the clients loved ones, or perhaps for a business acquaintance. When undergoing this task, the shopper must know the intimate details of the person for whom they are buying the gift. After all, the client that they work for has hired them to be an extension of them in essence, and the gift is actually coming from the client not the shopper. So, the personal shopper needs to know what the likes and desires are for the gift, and must choose a gift that is representative of what the client would have bought had he or she actually gone out and done the shopping themselves. This area is very important when working as a personal shopper, as the gift that is bought could end up making the client look bad if it is something that the recipient already has, or does not like.
Lastly, personal shoppers are often utilized in the capacity of a vacation planner as well. They are given the responsibility of seeking out a destination of choice, and planning the trip from beginning to end to suit the client’s tastes and likes. In this role, the personal shopper, again, must know the personal preferences of the client, and must make the trip that has been planned as one that is memorable and at the same time, one that the client would have planned himself or herself had they had the time to do so.
Being a personal shopper, one must work closely with their employer to learn the likes and dislikes of the person, and must make sure to take note of the little intricate details that make everything seem special and custom at the same time. Although very rewarding, being a personal shopper is no easy task, and can even be a chore at times. However, at the end of an assignment, seeing the client happy will surely make the entire experience a rewarding one.