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How to Become a Freelance Fashion Stylist

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There is more to fashion styling than most people think. It takes a lot of creativity and experience to work your way up in a fashion role. There are many different forms of fashion styling such as shoots for magazines, films and TV shows such as X Factor, celebrity styling, catwalks which could include London Fashion Week, styling for retailers and brands such as ASOS and Topshop and personal styling for individuals (this doesn’t necessarily mean celebrities).

A fashion stylist’s role consists of the following tasks:

  • Long hours and travel to obtain the right clothing and accessories for the end client
  • Rearranging the clients wardrobe
  • Styling the clients for all events
  • Personal shopping
  • Selecting outfits to suit each individual style and shape

Qualifications and Training for Freelance Fashion Stylists

You can complete courses and degrees for fashion styling however it is not essential in this field of work. Most of the time, creativity comes naturally and it is just about practice. The most important thing to have is good work experience. The best way to gain training and experience is to become an apprentice stylist or take part in an internship. A lot of high end brands do offer work experience and internships to build up your experience.

It is easy to find work experience and internships with any company by just searching the web.

It is important to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends and always be looking into the future so you know what trends are coming. It is also important to have people skills and the ability to adapt to different clients as each client you deal with will be different.

Going Freelance as a Freelance Fashion Stylist

There are numerous benefits of freelancing as a freelance fashion stylist, for example:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Working on different and various projects
  • Great wages
  • Being your own boss

Your daily rate depends on your clients and what sort of job you will be doing. If you are doing an editorial job, these will usually pay the least and if you are a television or advertising campaign or styling for a spokesperson, these will pay higher. The daily wage can vary from £130- £6,500 depending on your experience and reputation.

Our freelancer take home pay calculator shows how much you could be taking home as a freelancer.

Finding Work as a Freelance Fashion Stylist

If you start off styling for a company, your reputation could be shared through word of mouth. However, the best way to market yourself will be to set up a creative website for yourself that shares your experience, training and a portfolio of your work so clients can see what to expect.

Another way to get yourself known by the public is by contacting local slimming groups and appearing as a speaker to give the members advice on styling while they are losing weight.

You can also get yourself listed in directories of the specific field you are in. These directories can be found in newspapers, magazines and on the internet.

Having made the decision to freelance, whether it be full or part time, you’re going to need consider appointing an accountant for all your personal and business tax needs.

Easy Accountancy's fixed fee packages cover all your business and personal taxation needs for a low cost fixed monthly fee. Prices start from just £60 +VAT a month for freelancers and £90 + VAT a month for limited company owners. For more details on how our accountancy packages can be tailored to you, and to get a bespoke quote please call us on 01442 275789 or email

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Easy Accountancy offers a low cost, fixed fee accountancy package with all clients receiving their own dedicated, friendly, approachable accountant.

All of our accountants specialise in providing accountancy services to the self-employed, freelancers, sole traders, small to medium sized limited companies and private individuals. All accountants are employees of Easy Accountancy and we never outsource or offshore work.

Our low cost, all-inclusive fixed-fee accountancy service includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant throughout the year and covers all your business and personal tax affairs needs.

All our accountancy services include:
  - Unlimited access to your accountant
  - Ongoing advice on how to manage your business
  - Proactive tax advice throughout the year
  - Updates and reminders so you'll never miss a deadline
  - Free bookkeeping software

As a sole trader our fees start at just £60 + VAT a month, for this you receive the above plus:
  - Completion of your Self-Assessment tax return
  - Advice on how much Income Tax to pay
  - Guidance on National Insurance contributions

As a limited company our fixed fee packages are bespoke to your needs, however typically you’ll receive the above, plus:
  - Completion of your year end accounts*
  - Completion and submission of your annual return Companies House
  - The director/s Self Assessment tax return
  - Payroll bureau
  - Dividends and corporation tax computations

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of Easy Accountancy for one year or have made 12 monthly payments.