Now, like everyone, I’ve had various ideas with regards to my goals for the future and what my “dream job” is and I can honestly say that one of the jobs I’ve considered most in my 18.5 years on this Earth is opening up my own bookshop.
Some may laugh and say that it’s a ridiculous idea and that I clearly haven’t thought it through, but I’ve put a ridiculous amount of thought into this.
My dream bookshop would have a small café, selling tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes only, with comfy chairs for shoppers to begin their new books, or simply to sit and chat.
I’d love to have the shop divided into two sections, for brand-new and second-hand books, making it possible for anyone to shop there, regardless of their budget.
In an ideal world, my bookshop would be ran by myself and a handful of my closest friends, and possibly even a few family members.
Obviously, with a vast range of other bookshops selling both brand-new and second-hand books, my shop would be up against a great deal of competition, therefore making it important to ensure that it stood out.
I’m not aware of any form of book clubs or groups in my local area, so a good place to start would be to set one up within my shop (this could take place in the café area). Depending on popularity, it may even be possible to arrange and hold events for children (e.g. a children’s book club in addition to the normal one).
With all that said, when opening up any form of your own business, you’re bound to come across any number of difficulties, some of which you may not have even anticipated for; whether it be issues with budgeting or ordering of stock, or even be due to an underestimation of the level of competition from other businesses.
However, for now, this bookshop is nothing but a dream…but who knows, maybe one day I will open up my own bookshop (fingers crossed)!