Bookseller | Selby College
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Booksellers buy books from publishers or wholesalers and sell them to customers.

Potential salary

£14,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • persuading and negotiating skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • serving customers – taking payment, giving advice, answering enquiries and ordering in books
  • stock control – assessing the market and ordering new stock
  • admin tasks – accounting, distributing orders, arranging deliveries and dealing with returns

You could work at a store.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

With financial backing and a lot of experience, you could open your own bookshop.

You could also work from home as a book dealer, or set up an online bookshop.

You can find more advice about bookselling and setting up your own business through the Booksellers Association.

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