Personal Shopper

Get paid to buy groceries or goods for on-the-go clients.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $73,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Personal Shoppers do?

A Personal Shopper finds, selects, and purchases items — including clothing, for instance, collectibles and furniture — for people who are too busy, too important, or too inexperienced to do their own shopping. In other words, a Personal Shopper is paid to spend other people’s money.

Although it doesn’t require running, blocking, or tackling, shopping for some folks is a sport. After all, finding a bargain is like scoring, while credit card debt is the equivalent of a foul ball. If you love shopping — and want all the glory, but none of the guts — you should consider being a Personal Shopper.

While as a Personal Shopper, you’re often a freelancer, you may also work for high-end retailers and image consultancies, which pay you to assess clients’ needs, then hunt for the products that will best suit them. Typically, that involves face-to-face meetings during which you ask clients about their budget, tastes, and lifestyle, followed by a period of intense field research that involves visiting websites, stores, and showrooms in order to find the best, highest-quality products.

If your clients trust you, you may be asked to make purchases sight unseen. Just as often, however, you take clients with you to make final selections once you’ve done the initial legwork of studying and sourcing. In the case of clothes, especially, you may also play the role of Fashion Stylist, helping clients not only fill their closets but also learn how to wear what’s in them.

Regardless: If you love spending, this is your chance to finally shop until you drop!

Should I be a Personal Shopper?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Merchandise Shopper, People Greeter, Personal Stylist, Professional Shopper, Shopper's Aide, Special Shopper See More

    How to become a Personal Shopper

    We recommend at least a Certificate. Check out these schools offering Personal Shopper-related education!
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