How to Become a Personal Concierge / Shopper

How to Become a Personal Concierge / Shopper

About How to Become a Personal Concierge / Shopper

How to Start a Personal Concierge / Shopper

Want to start a personal concierge / shopper? Our startup guide will provide you with a clear roadmap to success. Available with or without our award-winning business plan software, the Personal Concierge / Shopper Startup Guide will put you on the fast track to small business success!

Personal assistants aren't just for the rich and famous anymore. More and more people are willing to pay good money for personal services that help make their lives easier. Our guide will show you how to get started in two high-paying and exciting personal service businesses: personal concierge and personal shopper.

As a personal concierge, clients will hire you to plan trips, make dinner reservations, get concert tickets, pick-up dry cleaning and myriad other errands they simply don't have time to do themselves. Love to shop? Become a personal shopper and get paid to shop for gifts, fashions and just about anything else people buy. Some personal shoppers even act as wardrobe consultants to celebrities.

Startup is easy. Overhead is low. And you can even work out of your home. All you need to get started is a phone, some business cards, and this essential guide. It teaches you everything you need to know, including:

  • Making the right contacts to find great business and individual clients
  • Using the internet to make your job easier
  • Building loyalty among clients and getting glowing referrals
  • Choosing what services to offer and setting fees
  • What it takes to gain the competitive edge

Whichever path you choose, our guide is your key to success. You’ll learn everything you need to know to start and run your new business. Sample forms, additional resources, checklists and work sheets guide you through every step of the startup process, putting you on the road to success in your own concierge business today!

Excerpt from this guide

Concierges have been around in one form or another for centuries, but the personal concierge burst onto the scene only in the late 1990s. Today, more people have less time for everyday tasks, and many of them rely on personal concierges for everything from walking the dog to getting dinner on the table. There are few tasks a personal concierge won't tackle, as long as the chore is legal, of course.

Although personal concierge services really just came about in the last decade, the number of companies that serve time-starved clients is mushrooming, right along with customer demand for such businesses. One San Francisco-based concierge business saw its client base double in 2002 and continued to grow up to 50 percent annually for several years after that. Some 2,000 miles away, a Chicago concierge firm that began with 25 clients in 2003 grew to serve more than 85 clients in just a couple of years.

In this chapter, we'll explore the new trend toward personal concierge services as well as the history of the concierge profession.