Am I ready to be a full-time stylist?

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

"I want to quit my job and become a fashion stylist full-time. What should i do?"


Here’s a question I run into often. Before becoming a fashion stylist, I would recommend asking yourself these questions:


1. WHERE AM I NOW?

2. DO I HAVE A PLAN?

3. HAVE I SAVED ANY MONEY?

4. IS THIS REALLY MY PASSION?

5. DO I HAVE ANY RESOURCES OR SUPPORT?

6. AM I CONSISTENT?

7. DO I KNOW WHAT I AM GETTING MYSELF INTO?


Where am i now?


Jumping out on faith to become a fashion stylist full time can be quite the overwhelming experience. The fashion industry is very fast paced meaning one day you could be the next big thing.. and the next day, no one knows who you are.


Doing the mental work is a huge MUST before becoming a fashion stylist. Stylists self-help includes but is not limited to;


• DEVELOPING TOUGH


SKIN

• BECOMING YOUR OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM

• STAYING INFORMED ABOUT THE LATEST TRENDS

• EDUCATING YOURSELF ON THE INDUSTRY

• BEING ORGANIZED

* STRENGTHENING BOOKKEEPING + NOTE TAKING

• SETTING SPECIFIC + REALISTIC GOALS

• MASTER SCHEDULING


Do i have a plan?


Speaking from experience, quitting your job without a plan is a big NO NO! I understand unwavering passion, however, the old saying “Fail to plan, Plan to fail” is a real thing.


Granted, the fashion indu


stry is extremely unpredictable so there is only so much planning you can do.. however, being as detailed as possible about what you want out of your experience will definitely assist you in your new journey.


Having a plan also means setting goals. Where do you see your brand in the next year? Next 5 years? Most importantly, how are you going to get there?


Do i have any money saved?


Fashion styling is infested with hidden and unpredictable fees. Are you financially prepared for anything?

Is it possible to jump out on faith and become a success without saving money? Yes, but why torture yourself this way?



A successful company is one that has all of the essentials. Essentials cost. Branding costs. Marketing costs.


After giving yourself an “official quit day”, begin planning, create a budget and SAVE SAVE SAVE.


Is this really my passion?


Fashion Styling is not a


hobby. I repeat, FASHION STYLING IS NOT A HOBBY!


Before telling everyone that you’re a stylist, understand that fashion styling isn’t as simple as throwing cute clothes on a client..


Becoming a full-time fashion stylist isn’t glamorous.. AT ALL,

so before continuing full-time, make sure fashion is something you’re genuinely passionate about.


Do i have resources or support?


Before leaving your job full-time, ask yourself “What do I have to start with?”



Do I have a portfolio? Any prior fashion styling experience? How’s my relationship with social media? If I share my dream with those around me, will they support or share?


My suggestion would be to create a REALISTIC list of resources and identify your core support system. This will come in handy soon and very soon!


Am i consistent?



Rule of thumb: Finish what you start. Repeat.


Although there is no blueprint, finishline, or race.. finishing what you start and being as consistent as possible will be your greatest help. Things will get hard but it will be worth it so NEVER STOP.


Another thing.. ANNO


UNCE NOTHING UNTIL THE INK IS DRY. Things happen, dates changes.. and it is completely normal to be overly excited, however, your credibility could be called into question over empty promises.


Do i know what im getting into?


Before becoming a fashion stylist, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is “Do I know what I’m getting myself into?”


What do you know about fashion styling? Catering to different body types? What to do in a style emergency? Am I able to sew if needed? Where will I get clothing?



All in all, fashion styling is filled with amazing perks and can be extremely promising but you must prepare in order to be successful.


I hope these tips were helpful in organizing your “pre-quit” journey..


For more tips, follow us @DearStylists on all platforms.


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