We had the good fortune of connecting with Wade Bennett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wade, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve been fairly business-oriented since I was a kid and always seemed to have some sort of “side hustle” going on. I’ve also always been interested in tech in some capacity – whether that be making websites, buying the latest gadgets or offering tech support to friends and family. When I went to college, I figured I’d graduate and work for a tech company. But I eventually realized that I was not cut out for the working world. Naturally, I tried to combine my interest in tech with my business-sense, and that ultimately worked out in forming TechDaily.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m in the business of online content creation. More specifically, I make videos that center around all things tech. If you’ve seen an iPhone unboxing or headphone review, you might’ve stumbled across a video of mine.
The simplest term people use for me is “tech YouTuber.” I mainly create YouTube videos on my channel, TechDaily, and that’s where a majority of my audience is. But this year, I’ve also created content for Amazon and even branched out beyond tech. So I now consider myself an all-encompassing content creator and I’d imagine I’ll branch out even more next year & beyond.
I started my YouTube channel 5 or 6 years ago with the intention of turning it into a business. I saw plenty of others doing it, and I figured I could at least do a similar job and perhaps even offering something that other people weren’t. Obviously, you don’t start making money overnight, but after about a year of YouTube being part-time, I was ultimately able to grow it into a full-fledged business.
The biggest challenge with YouTube in particular is staying consistent. Growing an audience requires a constant stream of new, engaging content, and it is certainly a challenge to do that each week or even each day. You also have to enjoy what you do, and not just the topic/niche/idea. I enjoy checking out the latest smartphone & helping my audience make an informed purchase decision, but I also enjoy filming, editing & scripting my videos too. And most importantly, I also enjoy the business side of content creation.
There’s honestly a lot that goes in to being a “YouTuber” nowadays if you want to make it a full-time job or business. But it is one of the greatest jobs in the world, and I don’t take this incredible opportunity for granted.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Cave Creek is my old stomping ground, so I would take them around there and we’d hit up Harold’s, Dairy Queen, the Buffalo Chip and all the other small shops & stops in town. Downtown Scottsdale is also a great area for nightlife & weekend events. For a day trip, Sedona is always worth the drive up and there are plenty of hikes and scenic drives that have been on my bucket list.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who serve as my inspiration & motivators, and I in turn hope to do the same back for them. Creators like Kevin Breeze, Digital David, and Alex Guberman have been integral in my success, and their insight & advice has been invaluable.
Being an online content creator can be a lonely venture at times, so having even a few friends in the space is incredibly helpful. Whether it be bouncing ideas off of one another, learning from others successes & failures, or just being able to have someone who understands the creator space, they’ve certainly been a huge help.