Cash for the Holidays…tis the season!

# 66 – Be a Personal Shopper

How many times have you heard, “I have no idea what I’m going to get so-and-so for…” depending on the holiday in question?!  You could offer to be a personal shopper for friends, colleagues and even strangers.  You will need figure out your fee structure for shopping and then if you need to ship items, you’ll also need to come up with shipping and handling fees.  If you decide to deliver in our local area, make sure you account for mileage and how much gas costs and charge accordingly for a local delivery. 

I’m not sure what the going rate is for a personal shopper and this could vary greatly depending on what part of the world you live.  So do your research and get a good idea what other personal shoppers are charging in your area and in other areas that may be comparable.  You could get this started by word of mouth but you may want to think about setting up a simple  Word-press site and then set up a Pay-pal account so that you can take payments online from your customers.  I would recommend that you collect payment before you actually purchase anything.  I think it would be a good idea to come up with a questionnaire that cusotmers fill out and send to you on your contact form (on your site). .This will help you know the type of person you’ll be shopping for,what their budget is and if there are any items that are totally off limits.  Follow-up is key for any kind of service business, so make sure you check in with your customers after you deliver the gift or gifts to make sure they meet their expectations and they are satisfied.  This will help you get repeat business too.

If you are notoriously a great bargain shopper and frequently find great deals on fantastic gifts that your friends and family always love, this might be right up your alley. I believe people who are busy and time is not on their side, would welcome this service as helpful and cost effective.  Time is money to many people.      If you love shopping, always find great deals and think you could fit this service into your life why not try it?  Wouldn’t it be great to actually “make” money while you’re shopping with someone else’s money?!