Bookshop Info Dump

As you may or may not know, opening a children’s bookshop is a wee bit of a dream of mine, and to that end I’m just going to dump ideas and thoughts on this post to keep track of my ideas before expanding each elsewhere.

  • premises – suitable size and central – what sq ftg needed?
  • Shopfitting
  • Getting authors in
  • Diplays
  • Events/book clubs
  • Annual diary: international days, national days, birth+death days, national weeks
  • Minimum finance for 2 years: renting and buying
  • Check patreon goals
  • Event calendar on web
  • author birthday celebrations
  • flyers and contact local schools
  • Totes
  • internet / telephone
  • stackable chairs
  • check all business awards
  • projector and scree?
  • board games library / sales
  • publishers/distributors – get list of contacts – also RP
  • Reps?
  • cash registers / point of sale / cc machine
  • business bank account
  • initial stock / core stock
  • sole trader / Ltd?
  • safe
  • solicitor/accountant
  • annual insurance
  • 30 day invoice terms
  • epos, which one?
  • contact Gardners/Bertrams re. account
  • staffing regulations
  • kickstart/crowdfunding and possible rewards (Patreon and Ko-Fi?)
  • small van for external events
  • incoming tenant legal fees
  • mailing list / newsletter
  • bookmarks/cards/bags/book plates?
  • podcast/videos/reviews?
  • IKEA for internal fittings? wooden book dumps mix and match
  • music system and licensing
  • try and get 6 months funding to give a grace period
  • small business advisor
  • primary hour once a week? open late once a week for a primary class to browse/storytime
  • regular school visits? Monthly?
  • cafe?
  • annual book membership? benefits?
  • cloth bags and paper bags / source/price
  • what licenses are needed?
  • initial stock?
  • encourage local authors
  • community activity space?
  • logo/signs/letterhead

Get early tools

  • Guillotine
  • Printer
  • Inked business stamp
  • Bookmarks
  • Book plates
  • Postcards
  • Business cards

Things a bookshop does:

  • orders books
  • book search
  • pre-orders
  • community involvement
  • events
  • campaigns

Possible crowdfunding rewards?
Four different membership levels:
Bronze:
Silver:
Gold:
Platinum:

  • Poster
  • Book
  • Birthday party
  • Plush
  • Names in mural
  • Postcards
  • % off any classes
  • Shout out – FB/Website/Twitter
  • % discount off books
  • Branded items
  • Early access to events
  • Book a month
  • Mug
  • Tshirt
  • Fridge magnets
  • Opening party
  • Lunch box
  • Smart phone case
  • Private Story Time & activity session
  • Stickers
  • Tote Bag
  • % off at events
  • Named Area
  • Bookmark
  • Pin
  • Badges
  • Custom Art
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