Entrepreneur · 3 March 2022

5 Business Ideas for Book Loving Entrepreneurs

business ideas for book loving entrepreneurs

Did you know it’s World Book Day? If you have a deep love for literature and you’re thinking about taking the leap into starting your own business or becoming self-employed, you might find this list of book businesses particularly inspiring.

Creating book-themed stationery and gifts for book lovers

If you have a creative streak and love getting stuck into product development, you might want to consider starting a brand that creates and sells book stationary, and gifts for book lovers. This business concept has brilliant scalability, but you can easily start small, selling on third party sites like Etsy or eBay. Designing and producing bookmarks, literature themed stickers, and artwork is great starting point for a small, online business, especially if you are starting this business independently and don’t have a team of people to rely on from the get-go. Selling through social media has brought some small businesses brilliant success and the book community on platforms like Instagram and TikTok are a great market to tap into.

Quite the wordsmith? Start offering an independent proofreading and editing service

Are you looking to start a freelancing career or become self-employed, but you find taking the first step overwhelming or you are not ready to leave full-time employment just yet? Starting a proofreading and editing service that you can market and sell online is a great place to start. You can advertise your services on sites like LinkedIn and Twitter and complete the work in your spare time. This side-hustle idea might require quite a lot of your time and attention, especially if you work with authors looking to self-publish who want an extra pair of eyes on their work. However, it could be the start of an incredibly rewarding, freelance career that leads to more flexible and fulfilling lifestyle for you. If you want to guarantee your potential customers the quality of your work, you might want to look into obtaining a CIEP qualification, which shows your clients that you’ve worked hard for the proper certifications.

Re-sell second hand and vintage books

If you are quite the collector and you’ve got the room to maintain stock, setting up your own virtual book shop might be a great way to live your bookselling dreams without the overheads that come along with running a physical bookshop. Having an eye for great quality vintage collectibles or picking up second-hand copies of expensive university textbooks is a great way to earn extra money, especially as it is fairly easy to incorporate this business venture into your current routine. Starting your own website might be quite a big investment to start off with, so third-party sales website like Vinted, eBay, and Depop are a great way to test the waters. Once again, social media is your best friend when it comes to a re-sale business model. If you’re looking to put a unique spin or establish a recognisable brand, you could sell mystery or themed boxes that include a second-hand book and a few extra book-themed gifts, a strategy that works brilliantly on a subscription model and could guarantee a certain amount of income each month.

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