ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to make money selling books from home bookstore

Updated on November 27, 2011

How I make money selling books from home based bookstore

l have been making money selling books from home for three years now. At first, I was not sure that this business would work well because I did not have enough capital to start it. With the help of my parents as the guarantor, a local bank gave me loan. I started my book selling business from my living room which I converted into a bookstore with the bank loan worth 65 million rupiahs (around 6,500 US dollars). and around 10 million rupiahs from my savings account.I named it Xavier Bookstore.

In the first month of its operation, we could only sell books worth about 5 million rupiahs (around 500 US dollars) with the gross profit of 150 US dollars. I was worried at that time. Could this bookstore survive? It was in December 2006. I worked hard to promote the bookstore, clean every bookshelves and print new book info which I gave to most of the customers who visited our bookstore. In January 2007, the selling of the books rose nearly 100%. At the moment, the average amount of books that I sell every month has reached between 28 million rupiahs to 38 million rupiahs (around 2,800 to 3,800 US dollars).

Xavier Bookstore

My Home based Xavier bookstore
My Home based Xavier bookstore

Selling books that people are looking for

How can I increase the selling of the books to those levels? The answer is simple. Sell books which people are looking for. Before we order books from publishers, we provide wish list to our customers to fill in. Every time they come to our bookstore to find the books that they need and we cannot provide them, we will always provide a form where they can order. Most of our customers fill out the form. The next two weeks, the books that they order will arrive and we only send them text messages to notify them to come to the bookstore and take the books.

To boost the selling of the books, I launched an online book selling service using wordpress blog. You can see it here, Xavier Bookstore. Although, the number of books sold through the internet is only 5 to 10% of the total monthly selling, we continue to update the blog every day. There are around 300 to 400 unique visitors in the blog per day. I am happy that I can make some money from running that online blog based bookstore that is hosted by Although my brick and mortar store closes during holidays and at night, the online bookstore continues to develop another streams of income. Besides wordpress is free, it can always serve our customers who live in many cities around Indonesian islands, the largest archipelago in the world.

Last year, I put watercolor paintings on the walls of my Xavier bookstore. Some are mine and the others are made by a Papuan artist who is my close friend. I also print these paintings in the postcard formats to meet the demand of such products from foreign tourists.

Well, that's my personal experience making money from home selling books. In today's economic downturn, many people become unemployed. I was like them three years ago. I was confused how to survive in such situation. My suggestion to them, "look inside and around you, turn your talents and combine them with the resource that you have at the moment., you can be another millionaire this year."

For those who are planning to run their own home based or online bookstore, I have provided a lot of tips in my blog Xavier bookstore. Please, see this article: Bookstore Management.

Also read: How to make money after traveling


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • papalopp profile image


      8 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Your Story is inspiring. Wishing you and yours continued success and health.

    • charlesroring profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. I love books that's one of the reasons why my bookstore is quite successful.

    • Dame Scribe profile image

      Dame Scribe 

      8 years ago from Canada

      It is so refreshing to hear positive outcomes from situations that seem dire. Congratulations and I love bookstores, lol. Great article! :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)