How To Start A Christian Store

If you are looking for an extension of your Christian ministry in the field of business, then starting your own Christian store may be an option for you.

You can help your fellow Christians strengthen their faith and help spread the gospel through religious books, music, videos, and other novelty items.

Guide to Starting your Christian Store

Like any regular business, everything starts with a business plan. Outline your goals, your vision for your store and your strategies on how to execute them.

Decide whether you will put up a physical store or an online business. This will depend upon your startup capital. Do note that a physical store requires a bigger investment because of bigger overhead costs than an internet-based store.

“Brick and mortar” Christian store

A very important factor for the success of your “brick and mortar” Christian store is location. When looking for the perfect spot, take into consideration which site will give you the best exposure to your targeted customers.

Secure necessary business permits and licenses to operate in your area. If your startup capital is not enough to put up a store, look for sufficient financing with reasonable interest rates.

You will need an accounting software program to help you track pertinent information such as sales, taxes, and inventory. A good software program will save you lots of time in handling the volume of figures and data that you need to process. Choose wisely.

Learn more about the retail business and marketing strategies before you open your store. You can use your network in the church and affiliation with other religious organizations to promote your store.

Research wholesale stores that carry the items you want to sell in your store. You can also check out clearance items from other online Christian store distributors to avail of discounted prices when you buy bulk orders.

It is also important to ask your potential suppliers how fast they can fulfill your orders so you can schedule your purchases and replenish your inventory. Major Christian publishing companies such as Zondervan and Concordia Publishing usually take two to four weeks to deliver your shipment.

Keep your inventory and promotions current all the time. You can provide a wide variety of selections for your customers both young and adult like Bibles, Christian books, music, videos, novelty and fashion items like shirts and hats. You can place a listening and booth so that customers can sample music before they make a purchase.

As a Christian store, it is very essential that your store operates with integrity and honesty. When hiring staff, make sure you screen potential employees thoroughly not just on their professional qualification but also character.

Online Christian store

You might want to consider starting a pre-made bookstore, wherein a third-party will provide your entire inventory. Your responsibility is maintaining your website. You can find a list of sites in your search engine when you enter “start a Christian bookstore.”
 

31 Comments

  • Douglas Moji said on April 7, 2010
    What are the requirements of starting of an online christian store
  • joan m adams said on June 14, 2010
    I would like to start a Christian Bookstore in Lumberton, Mississippi, USA
  • Cozette Wilson said on July 6, 2010
    I would like to start a Christian Bookstore in Graceville, Flordia, USA
  • Minerva Clarke said on December 6, 2010
    I would like to start a online christian store and eventually a Christian store in: Mcallen, Tx.
  • Wilber Boyd said on December 9, 2010
    i would like to open a christian book and music store in Lubbock Texas or where ever God leads me.
  • Jordan Henderson said on December 22, 2010
    I would like to start a christian book store/cafe in wise county, texas
  • mark locklear said on January 21, 2011
    i would like to start a chirstian book and music store in fairmont n.c
  • LISA BRIGTHMAN said on February 15, 2011
    I WOULD LIKE TO START UP A CHRISTIAN STORE EITHER IN A STORE FRONT OR EVEN START OFF ONLINE.
  • Cindy Doop said on May 5, 2011
    I am researching to open a used Christian bookstore and tearoom/retreat place. I am in the Brenham Texas area . If anybody interested please let me know.
  • Ruth Garcia said on April 16, 2012
    I would like to open a Christian bookstore in Deltona, Orange City or Debary Fl. Just praying that if is God's will for him to open doors for me. Thank you
  • Jamie Easthom said on April 16, 2012
    I hope to open a Christian "bar"/cafe hangout in Findlay, Oh. Praying for open doors, and to get past my own fears of starting this. ("bar" because I want to serve virgin drinks etc, planning on having it geared toward high school/college age kids)
  • Olivia said on May 9, 2012
    I would like to start a Christian Business. I am interested in selling Antiques, christian books, clothing, shoes brick a brac etc.
  • Wame Ncube said on March 12, 2013
    i want to open a christian bookshop, used books n new ones in Gaborone the capital city of Botwsana. Any one willing to help in Jesus name?
  • Jozie said on March 22, 2013
    I would like to open a christian shop, where i can sell books, bibles and christian clothing
  • Susie said on April 24, 2013
    I have a strong desire to start a Christian Bookstore in Miami, OK. I would like to sell Books, Videos, Music, fashion items, etc. I would also like for the store to have a listening booth for music, and a quiet area for customers to be able to sit down and enjoy a book along with coffee or tea. This has been my dream for many years.
  • Annchen said on May 26, 2013
    I would like to start my own christian shop, with n place where christians can come together and talk like n christian coffee shop. I live in Rehoboth Namibia our town is a christian town and there is no christian store.
  • Mr.Imsong said on August 31, 2013
    Sir i am Mr.Imsong from India. i just want to share my feeling to you. sir i am a very good christian boy and i too complete my M.A in Christian Education but still i am jobless because of the financial problem but i really want to start my business but i don't have any idea. so i request you please kindly help me from your side
  • jack journey said on November 19, 2013
    I WOULD LIKE TO START A CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE IN SOUTHMONT, N. C. BUT I NEED HELP. CAN ANYONE HELP ME GET STARTED? THANKS
  • jobin-dean pietersen said on January 29, 2014
    I would like to start my own christian book shop. where I would sale books, cd's, Bibles, dvd's and things that would lift ones spirit. it is in Worcester South Africa where I want to start it. how much money do I need to begin? and can you please help me?thank you
  • Jane said on July 13, 2014
    Hi. i would like to start up a Christian business to sell Christian jewelries, books, music etc in Nairobi Kenya. please help
  • autie gandy said on September 12, 2014
    I would like more information about opening up a good will
  • Brandy said on October 2, 2014
    I can totally relate to all of you, God Bless, God has put it in my Heart to open a Christian Gospel Store, A calling I never imagined I would have. GtG! This store will be opened in Laredo, TX.
  • Tyrone said on October 14, 2014
    I've been feeling the calling and need for a bible book store with all of the other things such as T-shirts, gifts, etc. Location will be in Gonzales / Prairieville / Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I need all of the help I can get with information about start up cost and retail wholesale. I pray God move someone to help me. God bless and thanks!!!
  • david jeff said on October 20, 2014
    i will like to purchase 200 copies of bible bonded leather from your store, let me know the total cost with freight to NIGERIA, looking forward to your reply. Thanks
  • ARV HALL said on March 5, 2015
    I would like more information on opening up a Christian store with, books, christian boutique jewelry, purses, scarves etc. how much will this cost me on line to follow my dream. Please help! I want to do whatever I can to promote God to his children.
  • Sonja Morin said on April 24, 2015
    The location is in Amory, Mooreville or Fulton MS. I live between all three places looking for a place and looking at land to even build if necessary. I will want an online store too. I am looking for unique things for the store and a flower shop will be included. Thank you for your time.
  • Colin Benjamin said on August 24, 2015
    Its a Christian gift shop operating from home and marking online
  • Robbin Henry said on December 22, 2015
    I am interested in opening a Christian Bible book store and coffee house in Middletown NY. I have no idea where to start.
  • Lucinda Daniels said on May 3, 2016
    I WOULD LIKE TO START UP A CHRISTIAN STORE EITHER IN A STORE FRONT OR EVEN START OFF ONLINE.
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  • NGOLLE Silas said on July 18, 2016
    My name is NGOLLE Silas, a Cameroonian living in the city of Douala. As a christian and somebody who wish to serve God I need to know how I can get this vision accomplished. A Christian Relaxation Centre with the facilities of a bookmart, grocery, snack/restaurant and a guest house in the future. If you can help me with the budgeting, I will be very please. Kind regards, NGOLLE Silas, ngllsilas@yahoo.co.uk, +237 674 88 48 58

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