Danny W. has worked for the City of Fremont for 14 years doing street maintenance. After selling his stake in another investment, he knew he wanted to start a side business but he wasn’t sure where to turn. “I wanted to earn extra income and knew we couldn’t have the toys we wanted with my base income,” he says. Then he found Selfie Station.
His family inspired him to get started with the company. “We were really drawn to the technology. It was so different from the old school photo booth.” That’s when Be Your Selfie Photo Booth Rentals was born. “Starting a small business is never easy, but it’s made easier when you have great people in your life who come thru to lift you up and support you,” he said referencing the help he received from his family.
We caught up with Danny recently to talk about how his business is going so far:
WHATS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART SO FAR?
Danny W: Running gigs and seeing people’s faces light up when taking their photos. I love putting smiles on people’s faces and watching them have a good time. WE CREATE MEMORIES!
HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO GENERATE BUSINESS FROM NETWORKING AT YOUR EVENTS?
DW: Yes! People need to see your booth in action. Otherwise you’re lost in a sea of photo booths. They’re also not just renting your machine, they’re renting YOU! You need to fun and outgoing, willing to engage people with a smile. That’s what keeps people coming back.
WHAT OTHER MEANS OF MARKETING HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE?
DW: Social media mostly. In the end, word-of-mouth and people experiencing our booth is what draws the most attention.
HAS SELFIE STATION BEEN ABLE TO BOOK ANY EVENTS ON YOUR BEHALF?
DW: Yes! And I’m very grateful for them. They’ve been great events and the experience has always been positive.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE IDEAL QUALITIES OF A SELFIE STATION OWNER?
DW: A go getter. Persistent. Not easily discouraged when you get a “no”. Must be friendly and not shy. Sometimes you have to entice people to take a photo. You need to have a welcoming demeanor.
WHAT IS A SURPRISE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS?
DW: The amount of side income I can generate.
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