Li is showing her advertisement board, reading: “screen protector girl, provides door-to-door service, WeChat lsmo307”.
A mildly innovative idea from a person who’s really, really, ridiculously good-looking is occasionally all that’s necessary for a trending story on Chinese social media. This seems to have been the case for a female student in Liaoning, who became a massive hit online after setting up a mobile phone screen protector sticking service at her university.
Li is photographed at her stall.
Li Shumin, originally from Shaoyang city, Hunan province, is a dance student at the Liaoning University Benshan Art Academy.
Li learned her “screen protector-sticking skills” online after she failed to stick one on her cell phone. As her skills improved, many of her classmates asked her for help.
About a month ago, Li decided to make a business out of it for some extra cash. She set up a stall on the school square adjacent to the students’ cafeteria, advertising her services as a “screen protector girl”.
“There were so many people staring at me and taking pictures of me. Perhaps they thought my act was a bit strange,” she said of her first business day.
“The first day of business wasn’t good at all and I only had one customer who was actually recommended by a friend of mine. However, I was still happy because it’s better than no business.”
Since then, Li has made considerable profits from her business and gained popularity on WeChat.
Now that it’s colder, she does marketing via WeChat and provides door-to-door service with reservations. If the customer is female, she goes to her dorm to help; if the customer is male, she’ll meet him at the cafeteria.
This is Li in action.
Li said that she’s not at all embarrassed to make money by sticking screen protectors on phones.
“There is a huge market. The students used to seek help from hawkers who’d come and go, but you can’t find them when you have further problems and need their help afterwards. I provide good quality protectors for my customers. I also offer replacements if they don’t stick properly.
Li said she wants to reach out to students seeking financial support at universities across Shenyang and teach them the “sticking skill”. After graduating, she will continue her Errenzhuan dances performances, and if that doesn’t work out, she plans on going back to her hometown to take a civil servant exam.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Shenyang Evening & Weibo]