Before you invest in any style or image training these are the 10 key questions to ask the training provider.
1) Has the training programme been audited or certified by an outside body?
I’m not saying that a course that hasn’t been certified is bad, but being certified will give you piece of mind that a third party has approved the course content.
2) How flexible is the course?
Can you take individual modules and build your knowledge over time or do you have to do the full course all at once? You may not want or need to do all the modules.
3) Are there online training options on offer?
Is there an online, home study option if you are unable to attend a fixed training venue. This could be because you live too far away &/or it is difficult for you to be away from home or work for days at a time. Or you want a cost effective solution.
4) What equipment is included in the course fee?
Be aware of any hidden “extras”. Do you have to buy drapes or swatches, for example, on top of the quoted training fee?
It is important to remember that there will always be some extra costs associated with setting up and starting any new business – such as business cards, a basic website and networking fees.
5) Does the course include any business planning or marketing advice?
This is vital because if you want to trade as an image consultant, personal stylist or personal shopper, you will need to understand how to run and market your new venture and find clients.
6) Am I buying into a franchise?
Although in principal the concept of franchising is great for image consultancy, in practice I think it is difficult to remain within a specific geographical area. Also, you may not be given the freedom and flexibility to try new ideas, as you are tied into using the company name and their business practices.
7) Are you taught how to conduct a wardrobe sorting session or a personal shopping consultation?
This a very lucrative and popular area of work, both online and in-person. Several existing image consultants have come to me for top-up/additional training, as these areas were not covered in any depth on their original courses.
8) Is there an option to learn how to conduct colour and style consultations virtually?
Being able to work with and consult your clients online is becoming increasingly important and popular. Are there training options available to allow you to learn how to do this?
9) Do the courses offer any sort of assessment or assignments during or after the training?
This is really important for your confidence and in your ability to do the job. As well as, ensuring that you have understood the concepts that you’ve been taught.
10) What support do I get from the training company before, during and after the training?
At the very least, you should have email support, on-going mentoring and the opportunity to link up with other trainees – either in person or virtually.
I would love to help you get started in this amazing business.
Book a call with me or email if you have any questions about your training options…