Owning A Bookstore Training

Online Training & Workshop Retreat

If you've had a dream of owning a bookstore that just won't let go, you have found the place to gain the information and skills you need to confirm your next career path and learn how to open and operate your bookstore business.

Learn online, then attend the workshop retreat.

Part 1 - Online Training Study online with 12 training sessions in Part 1 of the Owning a Bookstore training program, Foundations for Your Success. Whether you've already made the decision to own a bookstore or if you are curious about opening a bookstore, but not sure, this is the place to start. You'll learn what you need to develop your business plan narrative and projections, a valuable process that becomes the foundation of your new venture. Once you've confirmed plans to own a bookstore, continue your learning in Part 2, preparing for your opening.

Part 2 - The Workshop Retreat (a.k.a "Bookstore Boot Camp") Once you've completed the online training segments, join us in person for Part 2, the workshop retreat, for detailed training on computerizing, inventory selection, merchandising, marketing, staffing and more.

Registration for the Owning a Bookstore Program: Online Training & Workshop Retreat

Tuition: $1,395 USD per person and includes one copy of Owning a Bookstore: The Essential Planning Guide (or credit for your prior purchase). Call us to register colleagues from the same store at the reduced rate of $995. 50% deposit ($697.50 USD), due when you register, will hold your space. ABA members receive a $200 discount (please call us to register with the ABA discount).

Here's the Workshop Agenda and tips to help with your travel planning for Amelia Island.

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Part 1 (Online): Owning a Bookstore, Foundations for Success

You may have a number of questions about the bookstore business, including how much it will cost, how much you can earn, and whether your community would support an independent bookstore. Part 1 addresses all of these topics and more. See page 2 of the Workshop Agenda.

Move at your own pace through the segments of this online training program. Repeat segments as you wish. Segments vary in length, but all are under one hour, so you can take in a segment during your lunch period or after work in the comfort of your home.

To facilitate your learning and help you develop your business plan, you’ll receive:
  • Information and insights from industry professionals
  • Hand-outs
  • Book industry research
  • Links to valuable resources
  • Exercises & case study
  • Spreadsheets for opening costs, financial projections, and a timeline for planning and tracking your opening tasks

You'll get answers to your questions and tons of detail to help you develop your business concept.

Tuition:  $495 USD per person. Register Now

Part 2: Owning a Bookstore Workshop Retreat, Ready, Set, Open for Business! February 23-26, 2020

Prerequisite: Complete the online training segments in Part 1: Foundations for Success before attending the workshop retreat. Here's the Workshop Agenda and details for your travel planning for Amelia Island. Opening a Bookstore Retreat

Join us on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida for what prior trainees have renamed "Bookstore Boot Camp" ... three and a half busy days packed with opportunities to learn, network, and gain confidence  as a bookstore owner.

The American Booksellers Association, previously known for its booksellers’ school, now looks to The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates to provide bookstore training for people who want to learn how to open a bookstore and those who have purchased an existing bookstore so everyone can begin with a strong business foundation.

New and prospective bookstore owners from around the world have joined us for this one-of-a-kind professional training program that focuses on the success strategies of launching and managing an independent bookstore.

Whether you’re interested in a children’s bookstore, small bookstore, bookstore cafe, new and used bookstore, or any kind of specialty store that includes selling books, all of the retail strategies will apply. If you’re ready to plunge into the book business, or even if you're a seasoned bookseller looking to be more profitable, come for the full week. If you’re trying to determine whether owning a bookstore is right for you, come for the first two days.Some of the things you’ll learn:

    • Tangible competitive advantages indie booksellers are using now
    • Design strategies that will make your store memorable
    • How (and where) to buy books and shape your inventory selection
    • How to create and use a planogram
    • How to merchandise books, cards, toys and a variety of merchandise you'll want to carry
    • What bookstore computer systems do for you, what the screens look like, and how to use them to help run and manage your new retail business
    • Buying and inventory management strategies to help you create a fabulous inventory and create profits
    • Ways to drive traffic to your store
    • Strategies to develop customer loyalty
    • Ways to use technology to organize operations and create efficiencies
    • and more

With all new businesses, there are pitfalls and hazards you want to avoid by assuming you can pick things up as you go. When 6 in 10 people who open a bookstore fail to invest in any serious training for their new career, you can easily understand why bookstores fail.

Prerequisite Complete the online training segments in Part 1: Foundations for Success before attending the workshop retreat.