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How to become an Image Consultant

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What does a Image Consultant do?

Image consultants use their knowledge and skills to advise individuals and companies on all aspects of personal impact and appearance.

With a client base of private individuals, this can include colour analysis, style analysis, choosing and applying make-up, wardrobe management, personal shopping, talks and demonstrations.

With corporate clients it can include the above plus training workshops, formal talks and presentations, key-note speaking, branding, audits, executive coaching, body language, etiquette, and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).

Image consultants can work with people from all sectors: public and private companies, politics and media, adult education, charities, fashion and retail.The media increasingly require image consultants to contribute to television and radio programmes, and to articles in local, national and specialist press.

What's the working environment like working as a Image Consultant?

The majority of image consultants work from home, where a suitable space is required. Alternatively, they may travel to visit clients at home or at work. Hours are flexible and depend on the client base, so it is quite usual for consultants to work evenings and weekends.

What does it take to become a Image Consultant?

To be an image consultant you should:

  • have a natural flair for style and colour, and often be complimented on your appearance
  • be interested in working with people and gain satisfaction from helping making a difference to their lives
  • have good interpersonal skills
  • be articulate and able to converse with all types of people
  • have the ability to put clients at ease, be tactful and a good listener
  • be persuasive and influential in getting clients to follow your advice
  • be positive and self-motivated
  • want to run your own business full time or part time.

Image Consultant Career Opportunities

Almost all image consultants are self-employed. Some work for large agencies (sometimes international), and specialise in a particular area.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Image Consultant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

The Federation of Image Consultants (TFIC)
The Gables
Lammas
Norwich
NR10 5AF
Tel: 07010 701018
www.tfic.org.uk

Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA)
Oxford House
Sixth Avenue
Sky Business Park
Robin Hood Airport
Doncaster
DN9 3GG
Tel: 0845 2306 080
www.habia.org