No previous experience is required. Simply bring your passion for hard work, customer service, and—of course—books! The Walls of Books® franchise concept is perfect for just about anyone in any job situation – the recent retiree, the person looking for a career change, or simply someone who wants to own their own business but doesn’t know where to start! This might be your perfect opportunity.
The total projected initial investment is $77,900 to $170,700. As with any business, start-up costs are not set in stone. Many factors will determine the total initial investment necessary to open your own Walls of Books® store. We have a low ongoing royalty. We aim to make this process as economical as possible.
Yes. Walls of Books® offers a full training program which includes classroom, on-the-job, and on-site instruction for operating your Walls of Books® store. We will teach you how to buy, trade, and sell used and new books by giving you the tools, procedures, and systems that have already proven successful. You will be trained for 3-4 days at the Gottwals Books/Walls of Books® corporate headquarters in Byron, GA. Prior to opening, our team will meet at your store’s location for on-site training and store setup. This process usually takes 4-5 days. After that, you’ll have a fully-functioning used/new bookstore!
Yes. All Walls of Books® owners receive a protected marketing territory as defined by the Franchise Agreement. This territory will be based on population density, demographics, traffic patterns, competition, and other factors.
Yes. We will help you find the perfect location for your new store and offer advice concerning the lease agreement (when applicable and requested; we are not licensed attorneys, so we always recommend seeking legal counsel).
Depending upon the size of your store, you may begin with no labor costs at all. All markets are different. We will help you assess your need, giving advice about how to best balance the necessity of hiring with the costs involved.
You can easily set up your office at the bookstore or in your home. No additional space besides your Walls of Books® store location is required.
You will benefit from both national and local marketing strategies. There are certain methods that have proven beneficial for our bookstores in the past, and we want to show you how to maximize every marketing dollar.
When done properly, profit margins from the resale industry are quite good. As long as you know how to balance your buying and trading procedures, your margin on each sale will be high. The used book trade is a unique industry because you do not operate through the normal channels of a typical retail store. For the majority of your inventory, you will be trading books (rather than buying; no cash expense) from customers instead of ordering from a vendor catalog. The costs of goods sold is very low.
Gottwals Franchising, Inc. has affiliates who can provide your initial inventory. Most of your start-up collection can be shipped to your door, priced and sorted in hundreds of labeled boxes! This process is unique to this industry. We also have tools and resources for supplying your bookshelves, signage, and other fixtures.