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Open Your Own Gift Shop
Start a Gift Store Business

If you love gift shopping and are looking for a creative and rewarding retail business to start, then opening a gift shop is for you

When you open a gift shop, you will have a business that lets you get paid to indulge your passion for gift shopping while helping people celebrate some of the happiest moments in life.

From birthdays to new babies to just because, gift shop owners have the satisfaction of helping people show they care.

While gift sales are highest on holidays such as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and especially Christmas, spending on gifts for year-round occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries is growing, offering greater opportunity for gift shop owners.

As a gift shop owner, you will have access to high quality, exclusive wholesale merchandise from all over the world, plus prestigious and popular brand names.

You’ll see the joy on customers' faces when they discover the treasures you’ve unearthed for them and find the perfect gift for someone they love.

When you open a gift shop you will have the freedom to make your own decisions and express your creative spirit through your store, including deciding what kind of gifts you want to sell.

You might choose to open a gift shop offering a wide range of gifts that appeal to many people. Or you could specialize in particular types of gifts, or gifts for particular types of people.

For example, you might choose to open any of these types of gift stores:

  • Artisan gift shop selling arts and crafts
  • Card and gift shop
  • Ethnic gift shop
  • Gift boutique
  • Holiday store
  • Novelty shop selling gag gifts
  • Personalized gift shop selling items that can be personalized e.g. for weddings
  • Souvenir gift shop
  • Specialty gift shop selling gifts for people who belong to a particular group:
    • based on demographics (e.g. gifts for a particular age group, gender, religion, etc.)
    • based on interests (e.g. gifts for pet owners, nature lovers, science buffs, etc.)
As long as you have the desire, you can become a gift shop owner. No special education or experience is necessary to break into this business and succeed.

If opening a gift shop sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Gift Shop Owner is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in the gift store business.

The gift shop guide offers insider tips and expert advice from successful gift shop owners and industry insiders. The experts who share advice in this guide include: 

  • Rich Honea, owner of Scott James East Village, a unique gift store which has been voted #1 in San Diego four years in a row by San Diego Magazine
  • Barbara Lenhardt, Director of Retail Services, Virginia Museum of Fine Art Shop, and former owner of a gift shop called Victorian Treasures which she sold after 15 years
  • Frank and Georgeann Mondelli, co-owners of Nikki’s Card & Gift Shop, an award-winning Hallmark Gold Crown Store in Maywood, New Jersey, just outside of New York City, that has been in business over 22 years and has grown from 1,200 to 4,000 square feet
The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to open a gift shop in the United States or Canada, plus helpful advice for stating a gift shop in any country. It includes:

How to Start a Gift Shop Business

  • How to create a business plan for your gift store (includes a sample business plan for a gift shop)
  • Deciding what kind of gift shop to open
  • Buying an existing gift shop (including how to find gift stores for sale)
  • Starting a gift shop business from scratch
  • Choosing a name for your gift shop store
  • Where to get start-up financing for your gift store business (includes sample start-up budgets)
  • Information about important business matters including insurance and whether you should incorporate
  • How much space (square footage) you need to open your gift shop
  • Equipment and supplies you need to start a gift shop business and where to get them
  • Where to locate your store to attract gift buyers 
  • Interior and exterior design of your gift shop
  • How to get inventory for your gift shop including information on:
    • Where to find suppliers of gifts
    • Tips on negotiating the best terms with suppliers
    • Obtaining items for your gift shop on consignment (includes a sample agreement)

Managing Your Gift Shop

  • How to develop effective systems for running your gift shop business on a daily basis
  • How to set your prices to maximize your profits
  • How to organize inventory in your gift shop
  • Accepting payments from customers at your gift shop
  • Theft prevention techniques
  • Computer software that can help you manage your inventory
  • How to find and hire great gift shop employees
  • How to market your gift store
  • Ways to attract customers to your store through advertising and low cost publicity
  • Promotional events to attract customers to your gift shop, including a plan for organizing your grand opening
  • Creating a website for your gift shop
  • Increasing sales with effective customer relations, including how to get referrals
  • How to handle difficult customers
  • How to sell to gift buyers
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
  • Other services you can offer to increase your income, including:
    • Gift registry services
    • Gift certificates and gift cards
    • Gift wrapping
    • Other services
  • Valuable samples and checklists for starting your gift shop, including: 
    • Sample business plan for a gift store
    • Sample gift shop floor plan
    • Sample lease agreement
    • Sample budgets for a gift shop
    • Sample daily sales report
    • Sample gift shop press release
    • Checklist to evaluate competing gift stores
    • Checklist for finding the perfect location for your gift store
    • Gift shop supplies checklist
    • Store operations checklist
  • 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 how to open a gift shop. The FabJob Guide to Become a Gift Shop 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 costly mistakes, and give you information you need to open your own gift shop.

This guide has been selling for up to $39.95 U.S. for an e-book alone. SPECIAL OFFER: If you buy the gift shop guide today, Friday, November 21, 2014 you can have this valuable insider information for the incredible price of only $29.97. You can earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus this guide can help you open a retail gift shop 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 gift store.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Gift Shop Owner will take you step-by-step through what you need to know to open and operate your own gift shop. You'll learn the ins and outs of running a gift store and be ready to get started in a new and exciting career as a gift shop owner." 
Brenna Pearce, Editor

"It’s very rewarding when you see a customer excited to find a great  item, especially when you had them in mind when you bought the  product at market. It's exciting to see people come to the store and  comment on how they like the store, they like the merchandise, and  they like how things are displayed."
—Cynthia Sutton-Stolle, Co-owner, The Silver Barn, Columbus, Texas


"I can tell you without hesitation that I have the same passion for my business that I had when I first opened.  I love the people, the store, the area, the shopping, the merchandise -- everything! I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
—Rich Honea, Owner, Scott James East Village (gift store voted #1 in San Diego four years in a row by San Diego Magazine)

Cynthia and Rich are two of the gift shop owners who give advice in this FabJob guide

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Learn how to open a gift shop and start a gift store business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Gift Shop Owner offers step-by-step advice about how to open a gift shop, including information for opening a gift boutique, artisan gift shop, novelty shop, personalized gift store, or souvenir shop.