October 22, 2017  
 
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How to Start a Jewish Book Shop

This advice is written for those of you who want to open a Jewish books business. This is a must-read before you open up shop.

Wondering how to start a Jewish books business? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
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Characteristics of a Good Jewish Book Shop Business Plan

Every business plan is unique. However, the most effective business plans do address specific sound business plan elements:

  • Mission Statement A foundational statement of your company's direction and strategy.
  • Goals & Objectives A list of mile markers on your Jewish books business's road to success.
  • Financial, Marketing & Action Plans More detailed descriptions of how you will carry out your mission and achieve your Jewish books business's goals.

Location Selection

Your business will have a strong local presence. You may think you know your community well, but it's worth doing some additional homework on your area. Is the area changing? Does the community have the right demographics to support your new business? Great demographic data can be obtained from the Census Bureau, so that is a good place to start any site location research project.

Review Competitors

Before you open a Jewish books business in your town, it's essential to determine how strong the competition is. Use the link below to generate a list of competitors in your area. After clicking on the link, type in your city, state and zip code to get a list of Jewish books businesses near you.

Prior to opening your doors for business, be sure you fully understand the competitive landscape and where your new business will fit in.

Turning Competitors Into Collaborators

If you are interested in starting a Jewish books business, be sure to have a conversation with someone who is in the business. Local competitors are not going to give you the time of day, mind you. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?

However, a fellow entrepreneur who has started a Jewish books business outside of your community may be more than happy to give you a few tips, given that you don't compete with them in their area. In fact, they are often very willing to share startup advice with you. If you are persistent, you can find a business mentor who is willing to help you out.

Where do you find a Jewish books business owner outside of your area who is willing to talk?

It's not that hard. Just use the handy link below and enter in a random city/state or zipcode.

Three Arguments for Buying a Jewish Book Shop

For years, street-smart entrepreneurs have known that whenever possible, it's more advantageous to buy an existing Jewish books business than it is to start one from scratch.

You'll want to conduct a comprehensive due diligence process, but here are three arguments why you should think about buying instead of a startup.

  • Initial Revenue. If you're careful in your research, the Jewish books business you buy will have a track record of profitability a big plus since it may take months or even years for a startup to turn a profit.
  • Operational Efficiency. When you're shopping for a Jewish books business, be sure to look for ones that have all of the necessary processes and systems to ensure seamless operations from your first day of ownership.
  • Capital Acquisition. Lenders, investors and other funding sources almost always prefer business purchases to startups.

Don't Rule Out Franchising

The probabilities on your doing well in business are greatly increased if you go the franchising route in lieu of doing everything yourself.

Before you get too far along in your plan to open a Jewish books business, you may want to investigate whether purchasing a franchise might alleviate your startup process.

The link below gives you access to our franchise directory so you can see if there's a franchise opportunity for you. You might even find something that points you in a completely different direction.

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