We had the good fortune of connecting with Dania Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dania, what is the most important factor behind your success?
It’s hard to name the “most important factor” because I believe my success is the result of a number of factors – and they’re all tied together to play a part in my success. These factors include being disciplined, not procrastinating, always putting my best work out there and going the extra mile for my clients , being honest, taking responsibility for everything I do, and sticking to my brand’s promise. But if I had to choose The most important factor behind the success of Sipnsmokellc and myself is that my clients are #1 and they know it! I built my business from the ground up taking a few clients here and there after my full-time job and my side hustle as a hairstylist I have been in bartending for over 9yrs and when covid came , I was devastated bc my work place closed down bc of the social distance, one day while at home just writing in my journal I thought to myself what can I do now where people are still able to enjoy themselves without leaving the house? So that’s when I came up with the idea of SIP N SMOKE ON The go… I knew I create some of the best cocktails and I could make a great hookah so why not have the bar life on the go at people convenience…, I would provide everything from the alcohol to the hookahs . And what’s better than being home and enjoying yourself. If my clients get tipsy there is no need to call a Uber bc u can fall asleep right at home. I showed my loyalty and got to share my passion and talent. In a very recent experience my client booked me for their birthday/ anniversary party and they had family from all over come out I was so nervous , I needed to have everything done right. By making sure everyone lived there drinks , my presentation, my consistency, my approach. . It was really hard in the beginning. Sometimes it seemed like it wasn’t working out no matter what i did. I was spending more money than I was making at times . However, giving up was not an option. I pushed through the struggles, sacrificed a lot of things, but i knew the struggling and sacrificing will only be temporary. I overcame the challenges by fighting for what i wanted. And that was a mobile business for clients to still enjoy themselves, stay safe all while being amongst family and friends . I never gave up. If something didn’t work out, i searched for a different alternative, but never gave up. My first year in business was a little slow but after covid slowed down… I was being booked for events from 5 people to 250 people. I created contracts for my clients for their protection and mine. I now have different package deals depending on the number of people expected.
Most importantly I learned , The primary purpose of a bartender is not to simply make drinks and put money in the till. The primary purpose of a bartender is to deliver warm and welcoming customer service, and to give your guests the best nights of their lives. Making there event one to remember.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Sip n smoke on the go is different from many mobile services bc I build relationships with my customers. While working nightlife at bars I also built relationships some clients would come sit and just simply wanna talk and have someone or listen and I was that person them not knowing that i myself was battling issues and I needed someone to listen as well. I stop just doing it for the money and know was making drinks and the best hookahs bc it was a passion something I loved doing. I am where I am today bc of many trials and hardships in life, from going to making no money at all too having customers who would hit me up and ask me to come buy and make them drinks and hookah at their home and treated me as family blessing me with big money tips and knowledge for my business.
I’ve learned that many times it’s not about the dollar amount you make but the relationship you build with people , the impact you can have on them just by being a comfort, listening ear , and a shoulder to lean on when going through hard times , a long day at work etc.
I want the world to know that sip n smoke on the go is not just a mobile bartending hookah service but a business that cares about my customers, that wanna see them smiling happy and enjoying life no matter what your going through.
The perfect drink and gray hookah after any long day can make the saddest , hurt, person feel better. I care for my customers and I love being able to make their day better
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.
I would take them to the downtown Atlanta area where there are many things to do . First I would take them for some of the best seafood at sea salt, then I would take them to Sivas hookah lounge for drink as and they best hookahs. Next we would go to the selfie museum and just walk the streets of downtown enjoying the scenery. Atlant has so many exciting , interesting people and places so It’s hard just narrowing it down to a specific place or person .
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to my kids , because Of them I believe in myself more I know I can do anything I put my mind too. They watched me fo from coming home making all this money to support them to not having enough when covid hit. So I decided to step out on faith and start my own business doing something I love and with them on my side as well as god it has been a success