January 16, 2023
Jasmine John

How To Start A Bookshop In India

If you're looking to start a bookshop in India, then you've come to the right place. This guide will help you figure out everything from funding your business and buying books to how much it'll cost and how long it takes before your store becomes profitable. We'll also talk about where to find investors and the best places for getting started with online or physical bookshops.

Bookshops In India

Bookshops have been growing rapidly because they provide an opportunity for people to buy books at affordable prices, which makes them popular among students and other consumers. The Indian government supports this industry by offering tax breaks on imported goods; encouraging publishers to produce more books; providing subsidies for literacy programs that promote reading among children; expanding libraries throughout the country through donations from foreign governments (like Canada); supporting university presses so that scholars can publish their work without worrying about publishing costs or copyright infringement issues!

Starting Online Or In A Physical Space?

The first decision you'll have to make when starting your bookshop is whether you want to start online or in a physical space.

Online is cheaper and easier to start, but it's not as profitable as a brick-and-mortar store. This can be because shipping costs are higher, or because there's less demand for books that require shelf space (for example- textbooks) than those that don't—so even though they're more expensive, they'll sell fewer copies at any given time. In addition, online bookshops don't have any overhead costs such as rent or staff wages associated with them; all of these things add up quickly if you decide against opening an actual store! If all else fails when we look at our hypothetical scenario above: "I'm going into business selling books," then we'd probably focus on selling only those titles which were hard enough for people who didn't live within easy reach of our store location (like say…New York City).

How Much Will It Cost?

1. Rent: The average rent for a bookshop in India is about Rs. 75,000 per month. This can vary depending on the size and location of your business, but it's important to factor in how much you'll need to pay each month for utilities, property taxes, and other expenses related to running your store.

2. Books: Depending on what type of books you stock—and how many people want them—you'll need at least Rs. 25 Lakhs worth of inventory before opening day (more if any major events are coming up).

3. Staff: You'll also need someone who knows how to run a bookshop well; this person will likely be trained by an experienced owner or manager who has worked at one before themselves. If they aren't available immediately after launch (or even after hiring), consider partnering with another company that does bookshops already so that you get some hands-on experience early on!

How Should I Set Up My Business?

1. Choose a location

2. Choose a name and logo for your store

3. Decide on the brand for your store, with its own identity and personality

4. Pick out a website domain name (you can use www.) and web hosting provider/hosting plans from which you’ll be able to create an online presence for yourself in India.

5. Decide on payment gateways like Google Pay, Paytm, and more importantly user-friendly payment methods such as mobile wallets so that customers don't have any issues using these methods when shopping at your bookshop; this way they can pay securely without having to go through unnecessary steps.

6. Have an efficient billing system. One way to achieve this is with Swipe- it is a free GST billing software, that helps you track your sales, purchases & estimates in real time. With Swipe, you can easily manage your inventory, file GST returns, and create & share professional invoices.

Funding Your Bookshop

The amount of money you need to start a bookshop

The amount of capital required to get started varies from one business model to another. If you want to open a physical store, the cost could range anywhere between Rs. 50 Lakhs and Rs 1.5 Crores depending on location and other factors. But if you’re interested in e-commerce and online sales only, then it becomes easier for people who don't have any experience in this field. In such cases, as long as they have some knowledge about computers or software development then they can easily set up their website without spending too much time or money on it.

Buying Books For Your Bookshop

Buying the right books is an important part of owning a bookshop. You will be spending time with your customers, so it's important that you have the right books for them to read.

The best way to find good titles is through online searches and word-of-mouth recommendations from fellow booksellers who have been in business for years. Once you've found some books, make sure they're available at a reasonable price by checking out the current market price on Amazon or Flipkart (or any other online marketplace). If there's no one else selling them locally, try buying bulk orders directly from publishers via email if possible—you may get better deals this way!

When it comes down to getting rid of excess inventory which doesn't sell well enough (or even worse: doesn't sell at all), don’t worry too much about making money off those leftover copies; instead, just put them away until the next season when sales pick up again."

How Do I Build A Customer Base?

1. Build a website.

2. Get a business license from the government.

3. Advertise online and in person, including at book fairs and festivals. Be friendly, and helpful to customers, and have a good selection of books for sale that can be showcased online as well (such as “How To Make Money on Amazon”).

4. Use social media to promote your store: Facebook pages are great ways to get people excited about your business!


We hope that this guide has helped you understand the basics of setting up a bookshop. Remember to always do your research and remain vigilant when it comes to keeping your store safe. The most important thing is to have fun!


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