When it comes to running a school, there's one aspect that often gets overlooked and ends up in the shadows: the school store. Surprisingly, this little but mighty part of a school holds immense power to boost a school's finances. That's why I've decided to shine a spotlight on it.
Let's talk about why every school needs a store and a smart person to handle it. And let’s not forget the importance of the school administrator keeping an eye on things. You know I’ll always bring the school administrator into everything that concerns the school because you are the cornerstone, the coordinating point, holding everything that happens in the school together. And while doing this, please do not pay attention to only academics while neglecting the school store.
The Importance of a School Store:
Let’s talk about why every school should have a store.
A school store isn't just a place to buy stuff—it's a money-making machine! It brings in much-needed cash that can be used for all sorts of things like funding educational projects, supporting extracurricular activities, and even providing scholarships. Who knew buying pens, school uniforms, cardigans, school blazers, and T-shirts could be so beneficial? Well, it is, if you handle things the right way.
Running a school store is like getting a backstage pass to the business world. It gives students a chance to learn about entrepreneurship, marketing, and customer service in a real-world setting. These skills will come in handy when they eventuality get into the business world one day. In this case, I am talking about the school tuck shop.
Convenience and Accessibility
Having a store right there on campus is like having a 24/7 supply shop. It's super convenient for students, teachers, and parents. No more wasting time and energy going off-campus to find supplies. Everything you need is just a few steps away, making life easier for everyone.
The Role of a Super-Smart Storekeeper:
To make the most of a school store, you need someone who knows his or her onions.
Why is this so?
A top-notch storekeeper knows all about the products they offer. They can give you inside information on what to buy and help you find the perfect fit. With their expertise, they'll make sure the store is stocked with high-quality items that meet the unique needs of the school community.
Customer Service Excellence:
Seasoned storekeepers understand the power of excellent customer service. They create a friendly and welcoming environment, provide personalised assistance, and handle any concerns with speed. Building a great relationship with customers keeps them coming back for more.
Supervision by the School Administrator:
Besides having a good storekeeper, it's very important for the school administrator to keep an eye on things.
Oversight and Accountability:
The school administrator plays a vital role in guiding and overseeing the store's operations. They make sure everything runs smoothly according to the school's rules and policies. Regular check-ins and performance evaluations ensure everyone stays on track and keeps improving.
When the storekeeper and the school administrator join forces, great things happen. By analysing sales data, gathering feedback from the school community, and keeping an eye on market trends, they can make strategic decisions.
Here is the summary of what I am saying to you.
Don't underestimate the power of your school store. You can intentionally make a lot of money from there if you handle things right.
Before I end this article, I have the following questions for you:
1. Do you have a designated palace for a sore in your school?
2. Do you have a trained storekeeper or is the responsibility of managing your school store given to someone who plays another role?
3. Do you have procedures for the store’s operations?
4. Would you like to be thoroughly informed about managing your school store?
I have good news for you!
I have written a book titled, ‘The School Storekeeper’s Companion: Your Ultimate Guide to Managing Your School Store’, and I’d like to introduce it to you.
It’s first coming out as an ebook in July 2023 (this month), and this is your opportunity to pre-order your e-copy.
For only N1,500, this ebook will be yours between now and Wednesday the 12th of July. After that, the price will go up to N2,000 as a pre-order price. When the e-book is released, t is going to sell at N3,000 an e-copy.
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