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As a bookstore owner you can get paid to read, recommend, buy and sell books

You will discover what books are new and exciting. You will remember books that are old favorites and not-to-be missed classics. You will be able to stock your shelves with books that you feel really matter.
"I love selling books. Books change people's lives. Whether new books or old, I couldn't sell anything else." 
     - Gayle Shanks, Co-Owner
       Changing Hands Bookstore
       Tempe, Arizona
In our culture, bookstores are seen as social, intellectual and downright hip. Many bookstores are a place of community where people gather and know one another and talk. Your bookstore can also be the site of exciting events, including book signings with famous authors.

As a bookstore owner, you will have the freedom to make your own decisions and express your own creative spirit. You have the luxury of selling the type of books you want to sell. 

You can sell all new books, all used books, a combination of both, or even rare and collectible books. You could have a bookstore that sells a variety of categories of books, or specialize in a niche such as science fiction, Christian, feminist, children's or art books. 

You can also enjoy an excellent reputation as an important part of your local business community. Many booksellers make a significant impact on the city or town where they live. You could open a bookstore that becomes a town institution or a must-see for tourists. 

If being a bookstore owner sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Bookstore Owner is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in the bookstore business. 

Guide author Grace Jasmine has spent the past 15 years working directly with bookstore owners and publishers. To write this e-book, she picked the brains of "who's who" in the bookselling industry. The experts who share insider advice in this powerful how-to guide include Oren J. Teicher, Chief Operating Officer of the American Booksellers Association, Suzanne Brooks, President of the Canadian Booksellers Association, plus a dozen other book industry professionals and bookstore owners.

The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to open a bookstore, including:

How to Start a Bookstore Business

  • How to create a business plan for your bookstore
  • Deciding what kind of bookstore to open (new, used, specialty, etc.)
  • An overview of options for your bookstore business: 
    • Buying an existing bookstore (including how to find bookstores for sale) 
    • Buying a bookstore franchise 
    • Opening a new bookstore 
  • Choosing a name for your bookstore
  • Where to get start-up financing for your bookstore business
  • What to consider when choosing a location, including information about permits and leases
  • Interior design of your bookstore with tips on signage, reading areas, displays, etc.
  • Equipment and supplies you need to start a bookstore business (e.g. book shelves, shopping bags, cash registers, etc.) and where to get them
  • Tips for setting up a café in your bookstore
  • How to get inventory for your bookstore including information on:
    • buying direct from publishers
    • book wholesalers
    • remainder books
    • finding used books
    • buying sidelines (gift items, greeting cards, bookmarks, coffee mugs, candy, etc.)
Managing Your Bookstore
  • How to develop effective systems for running your bookstore business on a daily basis
  • How to find and hire great bookstore employees
  • How to organize books in your bookstore
  • Setting your prices
  • Computer software that can help you manage your inventory
  • Ways to attract customers through advertising and free publicity
  • Organizing events at your bookstore 
  • Creating a website to sell books locally and internationally
  • Customer relations, including how to use customer feedback to develop your business
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
  • Valuable samples and checklists, including:
    • business planning checklist
    • sample floor plan
    • inventory checklist
    • store operations checklist
    • marketing checklist
    • sample customer feedback form
  • How to organize your bookstore's grand opening, plus what to do in the days leading up to your opening
  • How to get professional help to start your bookstore business
  • And more! (including free updates)
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about opening a bookstore. The FabJob Guide to Become a Bookstore Owner contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more. 

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some common mistakes, and give you information you need to start your own bookstore.

This guide has been selling for up to $39.95 U.S. for an e-book alone. SPECIAL OFFER # 1: If you buy the e-book today, Monday, November 24, 2014 you can have this valuable insider information for the incredible price of only $29.97.

SPECIAL OFFER # 2:  Although this guide has previously only been available as an e-book you can get a print copy together with a CD-ROM that includes sample forms, plans, checklists, and more. This 2-in-1 Book and CD-ROM Set is only $5 more (plus $5 shipping). Plus, as a bonus, you will also receive an e-book so you can read it immediately.

NOTE: Only a very limited number of copies of this popular guide have been published in print, and are available on a first come first served basis. The previous edition sold out, so if you would like to have a print copy of the new edition, we strongly suggest that you purchase it immediately.

You can earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus this guide can help you open a bookstore much more quickly and profitably. If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to open a bookstore and become a successful bookstore owner.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Bookstore Owner will take you from your initial idea of opening an independent bookstore, through the first day you open your doors, to the day you realize that you are a success!"
- Grace Jasmine


"Thank you for the wonderful job you did in the FabJob Guide to Become a Bookstore Owner! I am so grateful for all the useful tips and in-depth info."
- Nikki Thomas
Richmond, VA

"Without a doubt this is the single greatest resource an aspiring bookstore owner can have. It's an absolute must read!"
- Rick Segel, author
Retail Business Kit For Dummies

"I found the FabJob Guide to Become a Bookstore Owner very informative and the links to all of the resources are most helpful. As with anything new, you don't always know the questions to ask. The sample worksheets with all the pertinent questions are very valuable and the quiz to see if this type of job would be a fit was also beneficial."
- Erin Buss
Pineville, MO

"I bought a copy of 'Become A Bookstore Owner' from fabjob in April 2008. By following the advice from the book I was able to successfully open my own bookstore (Castlegate Books) in December 2008, with no previous bookselling experience. I've almost completed my first year and I found the fabjob guide to be invaluable throughout. I'm based in the UK but the information given was still relevant. Thank you."
- Gary Cooper

"What she did find especially useful was The FabJob Guide to Becoming a Bookstore Owner (FabJob, Inc.)"
- From an article about new bookstore owner Karen Emmerling of Beach Books in Seaside, Oregon, published in the January 24, 2006 issue of the American Booksellers Association newsletter "Bookselling This Week"

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