Today we’d like to introduce you to Cody Calton.
Hi Cody, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
A few years ago, I started out as a helper for a gentleman who had been in the window tinting industry for years prior. From being his helper, I acquired the skills of the trade within no time. I started working for local tint shops in the area, and one day decided to step down to start my own business. About a year and a half ago, I started out by buying a Toyota Tacoma and becoming a mobile tint service. From there I branded the name of my company, Dark Knight Window Tinting all over Orlando, Florida, and quickly became known through google with over 250 5-star reviews in less than a year period. I had a lot of amazing mentors coming up when starting so was never alone with a huge support system along the way. This past March I grew into a shop right in Winter Park off Edgewater Drive. Through honest, loyal, and quality work, I’m able to set myself apart from other window tinting shops in my area. Selling one of the highest-grade tinting products on the market by SolarFX Window Films. We are sure to enhance your driving experience!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Starting a business was not easy. For many years prior to this point, I went through a lot of trials and tribulations, and I had failed at everything I tried to accomplish. For the first time in my life when starting this business, I had confidence and determination to no longer be that person I use to be that constantly had no self-worth or doubt when trying to attempt something new. I had to ask for help this time around from business owners who had that experience of how they started there own and succeeded. Through that, little by little, I acquired the business license, the business bank account, the website, and everything that went along with starting a business. All in all, this period was tough, but I pushed through it becoming overwhelmed at times but also filled with joy and happiness. Goals were being met and I look back on such a short period of how the business has truly grown . Having faith and putting down all my fears has allowed me to see my full potential as a business owner. This is just the beginning, and excited to see the span of what Dark Knight Window Tinting has in store for Orlando, Florida.
As you know, we’re big fans of Dark Knight Window Tinting. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
At Dark Knight Window Tinting, we are providing professional automotive window tinting. As of right now, I am the only employee who is trained and experienced with multiple years of experience installing film protectants for all types of vehicles. Here at the shop, we have computer cutting technology to make sure every job is precise and cut to the design of your vehicle’s glass. We strive to bring a high-end experience to customers by providing the best products and services at reasonable prices. What sets us apart is for me, it’s not all about window tinting, it’s about giving the client an experience they will never forget. That starts from the way I answer the phone, to setting up the appointment, to greeting them when they come in the door with a smile, to showing them our products and services, and finally breaking down what is expected in the aftercare instructions for their vehicle. Each of these points makes a huge difference and keeps my clients coming back for not just the window tinting but because I wowed them from the initial pickup on the phone, ” thank you for choosing Dark Knight Window Tinting, how may I best serve you?”
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Being a business owner, I believe every day, I’m taking a risk. Keeping a business afloat and not knowing if the phones are going to keep ringing is a fear within itself. Having a shop there is a significant amount of overhead and bills that need to be paid first before I even see an amount of profit. Some weeks I do not even pay myself because I need to make sure that this business keeps going. Luckily, I have been extremely blessed since I started, so I have not seen that; this is as well why I save every little bit I can. Just in case!!
- SolarFX CarbonFX Series (sides & rear of vehicle): $200
- SolarFX IRFX Ceramic Series ( sides & rear of vehicle): $300
- SolarFX FXxtreme2 High Performance Nano Ceramic Series (sides & rear of vehicle): $400
- SolarFX FXxtreme2 High-Performance Nano Ceramic Series ( Full Front Windshield): $130
- Website: www.darkknightwindowtinting.com
- Instagram: @darkknightwindowtint
- Facebook: @darkknightwindowtinting