The one part of my business I hate the most is accounting, marshalling those invoices, expenses and whipping them into order, bringing them into line and making them do the things they need to do. It’s an agonising process and I always look forward to earning enough money to be able to outsource it to a bookkeeper. It’s at this point I need to put a disclaimer. I’m not a bookkeeper or an accountant, this article should not be taken as advice but as a springboard for your own research. I’m making no recommendations here as to which is the right kind of accounting package for your business. There are so many different accounting packages around it’s really hard to know which one to use.
Find yourself in a bit of a sticky situation? All gummed up with nowhere to go! Yes, you’ve guessed correctly, it’s an article about the glamorous and exciting world of label removal. Our store has a reputation for having clean and very gently used books. This is largely due to the beautifying ritual that we put them through. Each book that comes through our doors is examined for any possible flaw that we could improve, and any that need work are set aside to have the necessary treatments applied to them. One of the most glaring flaws is old labels. At The Book Man, we have a strict label removal policy – we always remove labels from other bookstores, thrift shops and the like. It
Acrylic Display Stands When it comes to selling tangible goods, presentation is everything. By showcasing the books you want to sell in an acrylic book display, you ensure that potential customers have the best possible shopping experience. They can see the books better and they appear to be more accessible than if they were hidden in a deep, wooden bookshelf. There are a lot more points that speak for this kind of bookshop shelving. One is that the customer sees the book so well, due to the transparency of the display, that they only take those books out of the shelf they are most likely to buy. Moreover, books less handled means they look “like new”, longer. Like mentioned before, these kind of showcases are
Books are shipped to many places across the globe. Have you ever wondered how they are packed to keep them tamper-proof until they reach the destinations, what are the costs involved etc? There are several methods of book packaging. Some of them may be more cost effective than others. But when they are cost effective they should also guaranty that no damages will be caused to the books during the shipping process. Books have to be packed very carefully because they are often vulnerable in two areas, the hinges and the corners. Other parts are less vulnerable to damages caused by shipping procedures. So while packing you have to take care of these two parts and ensure that they remain like new when the parcel
In a previous post I mentioned a Booksellers’ Boot Camp I’d read about where sellers of antiquarian and secondhand books learnt so much about the antiquarian and secondhand book trade. Some of the topics they learn about are: How to Handle Books Mail order/online bookselling, including ethics and traditions Acquiring stock Wrapping and Shipping Technology for Booksellers Database Creation and Management Cataloging Pricing I read this article with great interest and a lot of envy, I couldn’t help thinking how different the industry in Australia would be if we had a conference of this nature so I did some research online and I found the Australian Booksellers Association have some training and it looks really useful information. They teach things such as Loss Prevention, Helping