Have you recently opened a bookstore?

You're excited, nervous, and possibly overwhelmed. 

Get the support you need and deserve by joining the Bookstore Year One mastermind group!

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Topics we'll cover

The mastermind consists of a 10-week session (we'll meet over Zoom on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern), offered 2-3 times a year with the size of each session capped at a maximum of 6 stores. This mastermind is designed for new and newish bookstore owners with less than 3 years of store ownership under their belts (whether you started your store from scratch or took over a longstanding store). Each store may have both an owner and a manager participate. 

The topics below are general topics I'm prepared to discuss, but we'll also have time to discuss whatever emergency du jour is overwhelming you that week. This flexibility is one of the main benefits of mastermind groups over courses.

Each session will cost $350 and can be purchased individually, or you can save $150 by purchasing three sessions up front! 

Satisfaction guaranteed! Past mastermind attendees have found these sessions invaluable, but if you attend and don't find the program worth more than the cost, I will be happy to give you a full refund provided you give me honest feedback on how to provide more value going forward.

Our next 10-week session will start on August 17th, 2023. Priority is given to current mastermind students; after that the session will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. So go ahead and reserve your spot using the form below

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Communicating Your Purpose

Values, mission, branding, your website, and your email strategy. You may already have your logo and other elements in place but this session will help you understand and organize the myriad of assets you'll need as you market your business going forward. The principles and guidelines you outline in this session will give you a strong foundation for making the complex decisions that bookstore owners confront on a daily basis. 

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Operational Nuts & Bolts

Financial recordkeeping and inventory management overview. Includes POS systems, using Ingram Wholesale (esp. for special orders), creating a credit sheet and opening new vendor accounts, returns, calculating COGS, and doing a year-end physical inventory. We'll answer all the day-to-day "what's the best way to do X?" questions.

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Planning for Sustainability and Growth

If you're not growing as fast as the economy in general, then you're actually losing ground. The bookstore is your baby, but going it alone for too long is a recipe for disaster. This session covers self-care strategies, education and networking opportunities, hiring/managing staff, and maximizing additional revenue streams like e-commerce, events, and services.

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