Whether you own a bookstore or just work in one, you know how important your profession is, as well as how much fun it can be. However, there are a lot of challenges that come along with being a bookseller too. It can be hard to decide which books to carry, how much to charge, what types of events to host, etc. If you are a bookseller in need of a little extra help and advice, here are 4 tips for you!
Hire Professional Unloading Services
For being made out of paper, books are extremely heavy, especially when each box contains several. They can be tough to lift and back injuries can occur if the lifting and moving is not done properly.
So many boxes of books will go in and out of a bookstore each day that there is no way around having to move them. For this reason, it’s smart to hire professional unloading services to unload large freights for you whenever you get a delivery so that you do not have to do it yourself.
When you’re working all the time helping other people to choose what book they are going to read next, it can be difficult to find time in your busy schedule to read books yourself. Make sure to make reading a priority though, no matter what.
This will also benefit your work because you will be able to stay in the know about all of the current books even more than just hearing about them. Since you will have actually read them yourself you’ll be able to make recommendations based on your own opinions.
Networking with other booksellers both in your area and all over the country and world will help you to stay connected to the book world as a whole and stay in the know about current book events, what is selling well and what isn’t, and other issues that only others in the same industry will truly understand. By networking at book events you will not only gain professional insights but you will also make lots of new friends, so it’s really a win-win.
Take Advantage Of Discounts
If you own a bookstore or work in one, you are most likely someone who loves books and loves to read. This is where discounts on books become a huge plus, so be sure to take advantage of them and stock up on all of the books you want or need.
Being a bookseller is not always easy and sometimes it is a thankless job, but the role of bookstores in our society is a noble one and people like you work hard to ensure that they will always exist. Keep doing what you’re doing, and hopefully, these tips can help you to become an even better bookseller.