Photobooth unit and other profitable photography ideas
Photobooth unit and other profitable photography ideas
Hire rates up to £400 / 4hrs, photobooths can be profitable - but expensive to buy. My plans let you create low cost units and more
Hire rates up to £400 / 4hrs, photobooths can be profitable - but expensive to buy. My plans let you create low cost units and more Read more
About this project
Back in the Summer of 2014, I became aware of the concept of the photobooth business. It looked to be a fun enterprise - profitable too - but WOW! were the ready made units expensive! You're talking a few THOUSAND Pounds for the frame alone without the "skins" that cover them. And the actual photo units were even higher prices. Being a DIY fan, I thought "For what they are, I can built it for less"
So I built one unit ... then another ... then another. Each of these builds have been documented in a 250 page manual. More about this in a moment.
A few images from the manual, (just to prove that it actually exists!)
I have now mentally designed the next version of the phot unit / exterior - which I would like to include in the manual. But I no longer have any spare funds I can use. This is where the first part of the funding will be used. It uses an "X" shaped aluminium profile, and a 25mm square tube system used to build frames. It will cost about £150 to develop the exterior, and around £350 for the photo unit to include PC motherboard / monitor and webcam.
The manual will be marketed to the "Biz Opp" market as I feel there could be other people interested in earning £100 an hour by hiring out booths.
The guide also includes other profitable photo ventures, such as school photography and event / sports protography.
Unfortunately, getting single copies of this manual printed using the "On Demand" method would cost about £55 each! So I plan to print them myself, and 'comb bind' the pages. This is where the second phase of the funding it to be applied: the purchase of a comb binding machine at about £150
** In an ideal World, I would also purchase a speedy printer that prints the whole width of the A4 page rather than the inkjet carriage moving back and forth. But I would fund this myself, lest I exceed my target.
Incidentally, the book will sell for £97 ~ £250. (In UK, several well known Mail Order publisher sell a range of manuals averaging 67 pages for £147 - £240!)
Now this book would also need promoting. Whilst I would make some sales via affiliates, it would still need a few paid ads / solo ads to get the ball rolling. This is where the third part of the funding comes in
I have also developed software for the school photography / event photography ideas, and they will launch with the book. However, the software will only work with one company ... and the (rather expensive) yearly sub is coming up for renewal at £240 This is where the fourth part of the funding will be used.
"If photobooths are so profitable, why not fund everything from that?" If only! These units use a special 'dye-sublimation' printer, and they are by far the most expensive item at around £700 each: This is where the fifth part of the fund will be used
To recap, I am seeking funding to ...
1) Create the next version of the photo unit and exterior (£500)
2) The comb binding unit (around £150) ~ (**£400)
3) Ad budget for the manual (£500)
4) Renewal of the website licence (£240)
5) Dye-sublimation printer (£700)
This all amounts to around £2000. With Kickstarter fees / payment processing, I need to hit around £2200
If you check my "About" page, you will see I am not sitting back and hoping that everybody else will fund everything for me; I am trying to help myself as well. It's just that for somebody who literally doesn't have a Pot to make a cup of tea in at present, this is a big target to hit!
The booklet / software will be promoted under the name of "PicSnappa". Why this is mentioned here will become obvious in a moment.
What Can I Offer?
So what can I offer you as incentives to "buy in"?
For people willing to pledge £3:50 ($5) I will offer 250 of my logo above as a 50mm pin badge.
For £17:50 ($25) I could offer you an ebook version of the manual I've worked so hard on ... but this won't be available till April - May at the earliest as I need to take a few more photos / build the next version proto-types.
Next up, I can offer a copy of a book I created that I'm currently promoting on CreateSpace. It's called "Lifebook: It's all about You" It's a 64 page "fill-in-the-blanks" book that allows people to document such things as:
- where they were born,
- where they went to school,
- their first Love,
- where they got married etc.
As well as being a potential heirloom for future generations, its main intention is for a person to record their life NOW, written in their own words. Then, should dementia strike at a later date, relatives could read through the book, and chat with their relatives about things they might not even have known. Would you know who stole your Mother's heart the first time? Would you know your father's school mates? With the book as your guide, you'll help that person relive those memories.
For UK backers, a printed copy will be despatched from my home address in Essex. For US backers, you can find it previewed on CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1187118
** Yes, I am offering it here at a higher price than purchasing directly from CreateSpace ... but I'm trying to raise money via this Kickstart promotion!
For £50 ($70) I will get up to 25 hard copy versions made. Bear in mind I plan to sell these for £97 ~ £250 (Overseas would incur an extra $10 fee for Airmail delivery from UK unless I get something else sorted in between - such as finding people with printer / comb binder who can print / mail from within US)
** I'm also currently looking into how to add a "Marryoke" option to the photobooth - which may also find its way into manual. For the uninitiated, it's a sort of Karaoke for people getting married with the difference being that the individuals are in a booth whilst they sing / fool around, and their antics are recorded to disc.
So as you can see, I've got a lot of ideas for the future. Would you feel like supporting me?
Risks and challenges
What are the risks? Well, I've already built the proto-type, and have the paper plans for the next generation, so the is no chance of the units not being constructed. The manual is 2/3rds written, and I know how I plan to print it, so no foreseeable problems there.
Marketing could well be an issue.
The software is created, although only tested on a PC, not in the real World. I'm still working on the portable app - time permitting! So cannot see a problem there, The label making software is "ready to rumble"
It's just a case of getting the next gen booths built, getting the photos done and getting the finance behind me to push forwardLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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