Overview

Some avid readers will go to extraordinary lengths to find a used or rare book that they’d relish having in their private collection. Whether you’re providing this service in addition to running a bookstore (as many rare book specialists do) or running it as a separate business, you’ll need to be highly detail-oriented and well organized to make this business profitable. The good news is, there are plenty of publications that you can subscribe to, and these provide monthly listings of what books are currently available through other dealers. Sometimes, you’ll be lucky enough to work out an even trade (and maximize your own profit on the book you’re selling to the customer). Most often, however, you’ll derive your income from a search fee ($10–$15 in some areas) and a sales commission on the book itself, which you will have priced accordingly to suit your bank account’s needs. The older and more rare the book, the harder it is to locate. But if you can manage to drum up one yellow paged copy, your earnings could be quite high on just one book.

What You Will Be Doing

 

Qualifications Needed 

 

What You Can Earn

 

What You Can Charge

 

Startup Cost

 

What You Need to Succeed

 

Marketing Advice

 

Other Services You Can Offer

 

Equipment Needed

 

Staff Needed

 

Where to Begin

 
 

Books/Magazines/Periodicals

 
 

 Education/Courses/Training/Videos

 
 

Social Media

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Facebook

 

Flickr

 

Google+

 

Instagram

 

KIK

 

LinkedIn

 

Medium

 

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Reddit

 

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SoundCloud

 

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Tinder

 

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Twitter

 

YouTube

 

WhatsApp

 

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