I’m Chris; I’m a pastor, husband, father of 4, full-time employee, and of course photo booth rental business owner. My wife and I have run a successful and profitable photo booth business for over 5 years and have learned a lot. When I first started out in the business, I couldn’t find a really in-depth, long form blog or useful site about the ins and outs of the photo booth business. I know there are many aspiring and new photo booth business owners out there, and my goal is to provide you with valuable information and content.
In the fall of 2013, my then employer assigned me to work on a special project, which required me to commute to lower Manhattan most days. This had me in the car for about 4 hours a day, which gave me the opportunity to find and listen to new podcasts. Among many other great entrepreneur podcasts, I found Sean Malarkey’s, The Money Pillow Podcast, which was a great podcast, I’m not sure why he doesn’t produce episodes anymore. While driving into lower Manhattan on FDR drive, I listened to an episode where Sean interviewed Mike Tecku and Mike Hansen, owners of Strike a Pose Photo Booths. (UPDATE: As of January 2018, this company is no longer in business) These guys started a business out renting photo booths in Wisconsin and then decided to design their own photo booth and sell it. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/4d0UADAFXFY
When I got home I checked out the Strike a Pose company website and read some testimonials that some people were making $20,000 – $30,000 a year on their rental business. I inquired about the cost of the photo booth and it was significant, nearly $8,000. Needless to say I didn’t just hand over my credit card number and order it. However, after careful consideration, research and validation of the business idea, we did ultimately order the photo booth and go into business. In our first year of business we had 51 rentals and $25,000 in revenue.
Excited? Stop. Don’t just go out and buy a photo booth, you must determine whether a photo booth business is right for you.
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