Since bookstores typically have low margins, finding other ancillary sales is an important tool to grow sales. Check out our blog on some tips for opening a coffee shop. And make sure you have a point of sale system that can handle both your retail bookstore and coffee shop needs. Inventory can be consolidated under one umbrella, keeping your sales and data accurate. A great way to compete against Amazon and other online bookshops is by including a used book section in your brick and mortar bookstore. This section of your store could be in a small corner or even outside in front of your store.
Your used books can go in the same inventory management system as the rest of your products. Also consider selling used and new books online. Hosting authors for talks and book signings is a great way to draw a crowd and sell a lot of books. These are great for building your word-of-mouth marketing and fostering a sense of community around your store.
Book signings are fun and simple publicity. You might also consider hosting open mic nights and book readings for local authors. Building this local community is important for keeping brick and mortar bookshops afloat. In many cases, new stores have been largely funded by small neighborhood donations. Check out these great stories from the New York Times. You need associates who can recommend new titles and authors but also come with a vast knowledge of historical works.
It personalizes the shopping experience and is a great way to push certain titles if you need to move inventory. A great team can also help you with book purchasing. This is an organic way to build your inventory. You first have to determine if a neighborhood needs a bookstore. If there are already a few, consider looking elsewhere. Existing bookstores probably already have a strong community and its best to leave that be. Next, determine if the area can support a bookstore. This is trickier. Look for other neighborhood shops that would attract a similar clientele.
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The lessons from Greenlight are being put to use in other places. Brad Johnson, the store manager of a location of a California bookstore chain, Diesel, is using a community lender program that draws direct inspiration from the Brooklyn store. Emily Russo, the co-owner of a bookstore named Print in Portland, Me. Bagnulo said there were two major questions to consider when deciding where to open a bookstore: Which city neighborhoods are in need of one, and which can support one. Santos, 29, is evaluating a location in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the borough.
She said she was confident that the area could support a bookstore, saying The Lit Bar, as her store will be called, will be the only independent bookstore in the Bronx. Even if you get all your book stock through store credits, that's still a hit to the profit you receive on each book so you need to take it into account.
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I also presume that the gift stock is new or purchased from somewhere, so that's another cost. If you don't intend to have any other employees, think very carefully about opening hour feasibility. The more you are closed, the more it affects your popularity and utility as a store. Even business owners with multiple staff end up working long hours and taking copious amounts of paperwork home. If not, it needs to be done after closing time and adds more hours to your working day. Taking a holiday or even a short break is damaging to your business if you need to close it for the period you are away.
Related to that is if you get sick and have no other staff then you must halt operations and lose income when you may need it most. There are probably a million other things a good small business course will introduce you to, but those are the main issues I've noticed in the time I've been working for a small bookshop.
I don't want to discourage you entirely, I just thought it might help to have perspective from someone sort of inside the business. Folks I've talked to in the book business have said you have to be prepared for it to be your whole life and these were people who have employees. There's a huge amount of background work that has to be done, like keeping abreast of prices so you offer the right store credit, doing online selling in addition to in-store selling, doing the accounts and if you can't you have the expense of a book-keeper and an accountant , etc.
I can barely get a 4 to 6 hour day in outside.
The owner's name is Victor Newman an d the name of the store is Mandala Books. I see that this thread is old, but I just read through it and I am curious. What did you decide? Did you take any of the small business courses and what did you learn?
I understand that the profit margin is very slim on books - especially new ones, but that there is a bit more room in used books. My local trade-in shop has an interesting way they do it.
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Then each book you buy decreases your point balance a bit, and costs you a small amount of cash. I believe this is to keep the bookstore and owner solvent. I know changing the rules might be hard on existing customers, but I think it could be done if properly handled and might increase your monthly gross enough to make this worthwhile. I hope that books don't go away. I keep struggling with the idea of buying a Kindle and have not yet been assimilated. Also, can you compete with the low prices on amazon? Can you list some of your stock on amazon and abe books for additional sales?
Can you go through the inventory and donate multiple copies of things that won't sell and take the tax credit and then manage the inventory better? I am excited for you, even though it is a very big deal and risk. I don't want books or bookstores to go away. I'm also interested in how this story worked out having once considered the used book store business. Another thing that needs to be factored in is sales tax. In my state even if books are traded in and there's no cash involved the buyer still owes the seller the sales tax for what the transaction would have been worth.
Caesar wants his share, at least in NC. So, my plan is to win enough in the lottery to buy a bookstore, break out the south wall and add a laundromat because, you know, you meet the interestingest people in places where they're stuck for a bit. I decided not to buy the store.
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They do already have a trade credit system at that particular book store and it works very well. However, the owner stated she makes the majority of her money off the gifts and trinkets that she sells as well. A magical used bookstore would be a wonderful thing. We just got a new trade-in bookstore in town and I have been trying to support it, but I know the guy really needs to earn a living with his store and I wonder if that is even possible for a used bookstore in a medium-sized town.
Here's hoping he does well. Of course, many people buy their books online rather than in used bookstores. On the other hand, many people buy their books online from used bookstores, via sources like Alibris and Abe. I am conjecturing, only, and will certainly accept correction from people who know more directly, but I would think that the ability to reach a national customer base in that way has to be a help, overall. I just hope this guy does on-line business as well.
I wonder how difficult it is to sign on with Abe or Alibris. I know from personal experience that amazon can actually end up costing you money on the cheap books unless you are a very large dealer - for whom they have some sort of different pricing structure.