Become a Gift Shop Owner

You will learn: what gift shop owners do, how to develop your skills to succeed in a gift shop owner career, how to start a gift shop business, how to successfully open and run your own gift shop, and how to market your gift shop and get customers.

What Happens in the Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course Online

The Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (iAP Career College Guide to Become a Gift Shop Owner). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Gift Shop Owner Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College. Topics covered in the Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course Online include the following:

Getting Ready

  • Skills and Knowledge You Will Need
  • Learning by Doing
  • Resources for Self-Study

Starting Your Gift Shop Business

  • Choosing Your Niche
  • Options for Starting a Gift Shop
  • Choosing a Store Name
  • Your Business Plan
  • Start-Up Financing
  • Legal Matters

Setting Up Your Gift Shop

  • Finding a Location
  • Store Design
  • Displaying Merchandise
  • Retail Equipment and Supplies
  • Obtaining Your Inventory

Running Your Gift Shop Business

  • Store Operations
  • Inventory Management
  • Setting Your Prices
  • Getting Paid
  • Financial Management
  • Employees
  • Working with Service Providers

Getting and Keeping Customers

  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Market Events
  • Customer Service

What Is Included in the Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Gift Shop Owners for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Gift Shop Owner Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you can print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Gift Shop Owner (e-book edition)

Register for the Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course

$149.00
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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

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About a Career as a Gift Shop Owner

If you love gift shopping and are looking for a creative and rewarding retail business to start, then opening a gift shop is for you.

When you open a gift shop, you will have a business that lets you get paid to indulge your passion for gift shopping while helping people celebrate some of the happiest moments in life. From birthdays to new babies to just because, gift shop owners have the satisfaction of helping people show they care.

As a gift shop owner, you will have access to high quality, exclusive wholesale merchandise from all over the world, plus prestigious and popular brand names.

You’ll see the joy on customers’ faces when they discover the treasures you’ve unearthed for them and find the perfect gift for someone they love.

When you open a gift shop you will have the freedom to make your own decisions and express your creative spirit through your store, including deciding what kind of gifts you want to sell.

You might choose to open a gift shop offering a wide range of gifts that appeal to many people. Or you could specialize in particular types of gifts, or gifts for particular types of people. For example, you might choose to open any of these types of gift stores:

  • Artisan gift shop selling arts and crafts
  • Card and gift shop
  • Ethnic gift shop
  • Gift boutique
  • Holiday store
  • Novelty shop selling gag gifts
  • Personalized gift shop selling items that can be personalized (e.g. for weddings, graduation, etc.)
  • Souvenir gift shop
  • Specialty gift shop (e.g. gifts for pet owners, nature lovers, etc.)
It’s very rewarding when you see a customer excited to find a great item, especially when you had them in mind when you bought the product at market. It’s exciting to see people come to the store and comment on how they like the store, they like the merchandise, and they like how things are displayed.
Cynthia Sutton-Stolle, Co-owner, The Silver Barn, Columbus, Texas (Cynthia is one of the gift shop owners who give advice in this guide)

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

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We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

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  • How Much Money Do Gift Shop Owners Make?
    As a gift shop owner, your income is determined by a number of factors, including: your experience, location, business model and how much revenue your gift shop generates. According to data from PayScale, the average income for a small business owner in the United States is $73,000 - however this can range up to $182,000 or more.
  • What Does a Gift Shop Owner Do?
    When you open a gift shop, you will have a business that lets you get paid to indulge your passion for gift shopping while helping people celebrate some of the happiest moments in life. From birthdays to new babies to just because, gift shop owners have the satisfaction of helping people show they care.
  • How Do I Start a Gift Shop?
    Earning a certificate as a gift shop owner will equip you with the principles and techniques for starting and running your own gift shop. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Gift Shop Owner Certificate Course you will learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional gift shop owner. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.