Start and Run a Gift Shop: 2nd edition (How to Books: Small Business Start-Ups) Paperback – 22 Jun 2009
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About the Author
Author Val Clark has over ten years' experience of starting up shops, running and selling them as well as importing and wholesaling. She has traded in a wide variety of goods, from clothing to furniture. Her latest venture, a mainstream gift and jewellery shop, opened in September 2007. This business is thriving, proving that her methods are successful and that times of economic downturn are also times of opportunity for the canny shopkeeper.
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I am enjoying every part in this book and living the dream
I bought this as a book - kindle was not available at that time - and it's appearance isn't inspiring. Cover graphic and font are cheap looking and old fashioned. On the inside though it's a whole different matter. For a complete novice like me this book is full of valuable detail. Tips for negotiating on your lease, how to lay out the shop, how to price your stock, how to recruit staff, what words to use to upsell to your customer - even how to set up the tray in the till.
My only niggle is that it is a bit out of date - it talks about 2010 being in the future for instance so VAT is 17.5% and £2 coins are a novelty. Updated and more contemporary Internet resources would be useful.
Having said all this I am buying the Kindle version too so I can share all these gems with my daughter (and business partner) - I don't want to part with my book.
Secondly, the author appears to have gone bust or something (so you might not want to follow the advice) her shop no longer exists and there is no trace of her current business. I'm a speaker for the princes trust and tell all the young people to only take advice from those that have achieved what you want to achieve. When I can't quantify whether or not this woman has had her house repossessed for a failed gift shop I find it hard to trust the advice.
On the plus side there were a few bits of useful information which were valid. But the one thing that is a burning question for me is how much stock I should buy to open with wasn't answered and is still my burning question. I just wish that there was a book to replace this one that was more current. Well there's an idea maybe if our gift shop works I'll write one in a few years :) but then again I might be bust but I'll have fun seeing if it works out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very personal account from an experienced trade
But its only one perspective on the business
A range of writers would have been a better overview
A concise and easy to follow book. Great examples. Lots of practical help and ideas. Good to use as a point of reference.Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by Mrs C O'Donnell
Well written with really helpful advice for the novice. Anyone looking to start up a Gift Shop with little or no experience would do well to buy this book. Thank you Val Clark!Published on 29 July 2012 by K.E.C.
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