My dream has been to own a bookstore, but I’d like to have someone else manage daily operations until I can transition into the business full-time. Where can I find a manager?
There are a couple of considerations here. First, the financial dynamics often won’t accommodate both hiring a full-time manager and offering any financial return for a non-working owner. Second, the book industry has not done a good job creating career paths in bookselling, publishing, marketing and agency work. As a result, many managers have only learned by trial-and-error from another bookstore operation. If you’re considering employing someone who has worked at another bookstore, you’ll want to know whether the store was profitable, what roles your potential employee held, and what technologies were used on the job. You want to avoid the assumption that just because a person worked in a bookstore, they will be beneficial to your bookstore.