The way others see us directly affects how successful we are. Image consulting is a growing field for people who project a professional, current image, enjoy public speaking, and are active in their community. An image consultant advises clients such as attorneys, sales representatives, television reporters--even retired people looking for a new direction--on clothing fashions, hair and makeup styles, mannerisms, and speaking.
This business can be started at home with basic office equipment and a steady supply of magazines and books on fashion, beauty and business topics. Study the local and regional corporate culture and get experience in public speaking, retail clothing sales, cosmetic sales, or modeling. Become active in community organizations and place ads in their newsletters. Offer free self-image sessions to students and free seminars to conventions, corporations and community organizations.