10 Reasons Why You Should Become An Image Consultant – By Dr. Joyce Knudsen, Ph.D.
Why should YOU become an image consultant?
Speaking from my own personal experience, because I have been a professional in the wonderful, rewarding field of image consulting for some 35+ years. I am fortunate enough to be one of the few people in the world who has earned the designation as Certified Image Master from The Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). Every day I counsel my own clients and train others to become image consultants – successful image consultants.
Here are 10 good reasons why you should become an image consultant:
(1) You Can Earn A Great Income
As an image consultant, you have the opportunity to earn whatever you want to earn.
Some image consultants charge their clients $50-$75 an hour; some charge $250 an hour and more.
Some work part time and make enough to cover all their living expenses.
Others make it their full-time career and earn high six-figure incomes every year.
(2) You Can Help People To Succeed And Live Better Lives.
A person’s image can make the difference between success and failure in personal life, social life and business life.
As an image consultant, you can take your clients’ lives in your hands and make them better by positively shaping and molding their images . . .
. . . not just their external images – but their self-images, too . . . the confidence and self esteem they feel about themselves.
In the process, you will earn their gratitude (and a sense of achievement from helping someone else that will stay with you forever.)
(3) You Can Earn The Respect Due An Accomplished Professional.
Think about this title: “Certified Image Consultant.”
That title says a lot. It conveys a picture of learning . . . of competence . . . of professionalism. It says to the other person, “This is a person of knowledge . . . of accomplishment . . . of skill – the kind of person who deserves my respect.”
(4) You Can Work When And Where You Want.
An image consultant does not need an expensive office or any fancy equipment.
You can work out of your home, if you want. You can choose to meet your clients in their homes or offices.
An image consultant does not have to work any set schedule.
You can work 12 hours a day or you can choose to work 12 hours a month.
You counsel your clients by appointment. And, you set the time and place.
(5) You Can Have The Fun And Enjoyment Of A Glamorous Career.
Some image consultants help their clients by going shopping with them to pick out the clothes that will make them look best.
I did that for a public official’s wife and picked up an extra $750 for a few hours of “fun” work. Others do the same thing for Hollywood Stars – even more fun. Some image consultants travel across town to advise a local business person on the proper etiquette for an important business dinner.
Others travel across the world to lecture large groups on the importance of image. I did that, too. I went to Hong Kong with my husband – all expenses paid for both of us.
(A LOT of fun!)
(6) You Can Be An Image Consultant Regardless Of Your Age Gender or Background.
Grandmothers become image consultants. So do their granddaughters.
College graduates become image consultants. So do high school dropouts.
People from big cities like New York and Hong Kong and little towns like, well, East Anywhere, become image consultants.
People who have lived in the same place all their lives become image consultants. So do people who have moved to homes in other countries.
(7) You Can Have The Job Security Of A Professional.
Styles change, but image always stays in style. It always has and always will. Cleopatra wanted a good image. So does Cleo Jones.
(8) You Can Have Clients Seek You Out And Come To You.
One thing you should know about being an image consultant . . .. . If you do it well, your clients will become walking, talking, praising, recommending, and referring “billboards” for YOU. Other people will see the great job you have done for Mrs. X and they will want that kind of image help for themselves, too. So, they will ask Mrs. X to tell them how they got that great look.
Then, your phone will ring.
(9) You Can Reach Your Horizon – And Then Go Far Beyond.
Think about you as an image consultant. What do you see in your mind’s eye? Do you see yourself advising a client about the best clothing style for his or her body type? What is their best hair style? What eye glasses look good on them? What type of shoe should they purchase? Do they know the right colors that will flatter them? Do they know proper etiquette?
That’s what you can do – and you can earn a good living . . . an outstanding living . . . doing it. But that horizon is not the last one for you as an image consultant.
Think about you in an entirely different setting – standing at the podium addressing a room full of corporate executives.
You are advising them what they need to do to mold their employees in an image that moves their company ahead.
Moreover, you are being paid several thousand dollars for a few hours of your time to do it.
Think about being called upon to appear on TV shows and being quoted in newspapers and magazines as an expert in the image field. (I am all the time.)
Yes, that is the horizon that is open to you as an image consultant if you do your job well.
(10) You Can . . . (Well, You Pick This One!)
We all have different aspirations in life. Nine of the reasons to become an image consultant I have listed above would apply to most of us. But you are not “most of us.” You are YOU. So add your own 10th “good reason to become an image consultant” to this list. You well know, of course, there are no guarantees about success in life, and I can’t give one either. Like everything else in life, what you achieve in image consulting is up to you. It depends on how well you are trained and how well you apply what you learn.