Personal Services

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Personal Services

Could you imagine actually getting paid to shop?

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Everyone is busy these days, and many of us need help with the simplest tasks, like picking up our laundry, shopping for clothes or making dinner reservations. That need creates an opening for anyone with good organizational skills and a willingness to tackle any task -- no matter how mundane.

Virtual concierges act much like the concierges you encounter at hotels. They do everything from running errands to making travel reservations for busy executives. A concierge might be asked to pick up dry cleaning one day, and track down 500 white roses for a marriage proposal the next.

As a concierge you can work for yourself, or for a concierge company like VIP Desk. Having your own concierge business is riskier because you need to drum up your own clients, but it also means you can set your own hours rather than working a fixed schedule.

Another type of personal service professional is a personal shopper, who actually gets paid to shop! People with limited time -- or fashion sense -- hire personal shoppers to create outfits and accessories that match their style. If you love spending time in your mall and local boutiques, this is the perfect job for you. The greatest asset a successful personal shopper can have is good taste. If you are also good at helping people design their makeup and hairstyle, then you can be a personal stylist or image consultant.

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