The New York Institute of Art and Design offers online image consultant training and because we do, we like to provide free tips for image consultants. Enjoy!
Many of our students have expressed interest in pursuing personal style careers, but are unsure about how much money they can make within that field.
It’s important to remember that the amount of money you make in this quickly-growing industry will largely depend on what specifically you chose to do as far as your day-to-day workload. If you’re interested in freelancing with a handful of local clients (helping them shop each season, prepare for special events, put together outfits, etc), you will likely charge these individuals by the hour. A fair starting price for this service could depend on where you’re located (which will affect the finances of your clientele demographic). For example, if you’re working in Manhattan, the amount you could charge more high-end clients would be understandably greater. In other locations, $20 per hour might be fair. You’ll have to discuss this with your customers before writing up a contract.
Once you’ve seemingly established a going-rate for the services you provide in your area, you’ll be able to calculate how many clients you’ll need on your workload in order to start making the type of money you hope to.
Contrarily, if you decide to work in a department store or within a larger corporation, you will likely be a staff member with a salary. Depending on where you work, the success you gain in the industry and the amount of time you’ve been there, a stylist can make up to $300,000 a year.