I mentioned in an earlier post that I am about to open a business and that I would talk more about it as it come closer to becoming a reality. The reality is here and now. I want to share this with everyone on blogger. Therefore, here is my dream in detail and the progress I am making with it.
Everyone here knows that since I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a published writer. I dreamed of seeing my works showcased on bookshelves in bookstores around the world. There is also another dream that lives within my soul. I have always wanted to own a bookstore. Since I love books, I wanted to be surrounded by them. I wanted to smell that scent that only a book can give off. It is kind of like those people who enjoy that new car smell.
Since going to school I have heard a lot about how if a chance to work in your field of choice comes up that you need to take it. Now they still wanted you to finish school but the teachers feel that you can still accomplish your goals while you are in school. A chance like that has occurred for me.
I went on a class field trip to a business here in Americus to a place called “The Maze”. To give you a little history The Maze is like a higher end mixed market that people are dying to get into with their businesses. The Maze holds a collection of different local businesses that houses antique, specialty, and retro items under one roof. It is a wonderful place and has an awesome rep. There is a waiting list to get in there as a vendor. I do not know why I did it but I signed up to be on the waiting list. I am number 13 (which has been a lucky number for me in the past).
The owner warned me that it might take several months before they could get me into the store. Once people get into The Maze, they usually do not want to leave. I cannot blame them. It is the local hotspot, especially around the holidays. I told him I understood and that I did not have an issue waiting. I figured while waiting I would help to develop a demand for my business. This is when Kim’s Book Nook went from a dream to a reality.
Kim’s Book Nook is Born:
You have to have seed money when starting a business. Well my beloved invested some money into my business after I explained what I wanted to do. I went to City Hall to get a business license. See I decided that I could establish an online presence for my bookstore to develop a loyal clientele that I could take with me to The Maze. This would allow me to make money that I could later use to invest in my fixtures, inventory, and other overhead items that I will need once I get to The Maze.
I found out that because I live in the county I do not need a business license. Since my home based business is conducted on the internet, I do not even have to worry about Code Enforcement. When I move to The Maze, it will change because I will be in the city limits. I then raced down to the bank and established a business account complete with a card with the name of my business on it. After that, I went on the hunt for inventory and a web-hosting site.
I have started out with a small amount of inventory. I have found a site that is small business and beginner friendly. Now all that is left is for me to design my site, list my inventory, and market my business. My site will have its grand opening no later than July 31, 2013. I will have the Facebook page up on July 5, 2013. I am seriously thinking of setting up a blog for my business too (input on that is welcomed). The dream is now a reality.
What is Kim’s Book Nook:
By now, I am sure everyone is thinking I am crazy to be opening a bookstore. The reality is that with the Kindle, Nook, and IPad now household names a bookstore would seem like a waste of time, money, and resources. Now I own a Kindle and I love it. I would not trade it for the world. The thing is that one cannot get the same experiences from a Kindle that one gets from the feel of a book in their hands.
The feeling of the pages beneath your fingertips as you get lost in a story. When one has had a rough day and the only thing that can make the day better is a nice hot bath and a steamy paperback. Because of these reasons and more, I feel there is still a market for print books.
Since I am a small business, I decided to make Kim’s Book Nook a niche market. I will be selling gently used and hard to find (within reason of course) paperbacks as well as hardcovers at affordable prices. I will also be displaying undiscovered writers in order to help them gain experience (myself included).
There is my dream that is seeing the light of day. I am so excited. This does not seem real and I feel blessed to have a chance to make this dream a reality. I am finally taking logical risks in life in order to live the dreams that once I never thought had a chance in the world. I want to thank you all for being a part of it.What dreams do you have that you would love to become a reality? What steps are you taking to make it come true? What hurdles are you facing you along the way? I would love to hear what you have to say.