When you’re becoming a business owner, it can be pretty scary not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from. When considering going into personal styling, many women considering our programs reach out to us with the same question: can I start my personal styling business and keep my day job? Our answer is absolutely. We’ve seen it done time and time again.
In fact, all of our Committed Program style mentors began their businesses while also working full-time. With time, their businesses grew to the point that they were able to rely on them to provide a steady stream of income and leave their other jobs. Our philosophy is that it’s always a wise idea to keep the financial safety net you need (which looks different for everyone) to feel secure when you begin to explore launching and running your own business.
Each woman that has gone through a Paid Stylist program has entered at different points in their professional life. So while not everyone who completes one of our programs left a full-time job to start their own business, many have. Others have left the workforce to raise children and felt called to personal styling and entrepreneurship. Regardless of our alumni’s varying starting points, anyone that has gone through our programs and put in the time it takes to complete it has been able to get their styling businesses up and running. Some do it while working a full-time or part-time job. Others do it while raising a family at home.
If you’re starting to consider if being a personal styling is the right career path for you, it’s important to remember that this is a business you can start with very little overhead costs. As we discuss in our Curious Program, you don’t even need a website when you get started. You need a computer, a phone, and internet connection. Many of the tools we recommend to stylists trying to market their new business and attract clients are free. Next week we’ll be talking more about the most effective ways to market your business when you’re getting started but for this week we want to remind anyone considering becoming a personal stylist that you don’t have to have it all figured out to get started or to begin building your business. A strong personal styling business doesn’t start with a hundred clients or even a dozen. It starts with a loyal few and it grows.