Becoming a Franchisee


Thank you for visiting our website and a special thank you for taking the time to have a look at this section on our business opportunities.

My name is Bill Concannon — I am the Managing Director of the Mary Ryan Bookshop group and, because we take a prospective business colleague very seriously, this is a great time to share some ideas about business and your future.

You are thinking of going into business for yourself because deep down, you know that doing it for yourself is much, much more important to you than merely holding down a decent job, earning a wage, and keeping a boss happy. We understand this ...

Going into business for yourself is about money and rewards, that is true, but it is also true that there are other things that mean as much, if not more, than just the material rewards of owning your own business. It's about you reaching out for your potential — removing the shackles of a job, taking control of your own destiny, testing yourself against the world out there, doing it well, and winning.

At Mary Ryan's, we understand this passion, because we have it ourselves. Like you, we have a passion for exceptional customer service, attention to detail, and an absolute commitment to working in tested and proven ways that deliver results and working satisfaction. And above all, we love books, from the new horizons they explore to the knowledge they bring to enrich our lives.

A successful Mary Ryan's shop owner has a strong sense of local community and its special local culture, and that same person deeply enjoys interacting on a daily basis with the people of the local community. The love of books and reading is a powerful and common human bond that has existed for hundreds of years.

Unlike setting up in business entirely on your own, Mary Ryan's has a proven model for doing business in the local community and has already made the initial mistakes inherent in most new business start-ups. A lot of the hard work, wasted time and money, have been worked through for you when you become an independent Mary Ryan's shop owner. You get experience on your side right from the start.

The business systems behind Mary Ryan's, the ongoing training and support, combined with being part of the Mary Ryan's business team, will give you a feeling of balance — between running a business on your own and yet still enjoying the benefits of a strong support network with like-minded people.

A Mary Ryan's bookshop is a demanding business commitment not to be undertaken lightly. The successful shop owner knows the value and importance of being personally involved in the 'hands-on' of the business, making sure the critical details are well-managed, and being highly involved with the shop's customers. That involvement and commitment makes the world of difference ...

So, if you are reading this, and the words here ring true with you, pick up the phone right now and ring me, Bill Concannon, on 3510 5065, and together we can get the ball rolling. 

Your future is in your hands, and I wish you well.


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