Friday, December 14, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
|David Gardner, Ottawa, Ontario Canada|
David Gardner, Home Video Studio owner in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, is making money in his video studio. And the best part? He loves it! “My favorite part of my business is the “busy” - ness of it. I like to have so much work that my biggest challenge is figuring out how much I can get done at one time with the equipment I have. I like to feel like the plate spinner on the old Ed Sullivan show.”
|David Rookie of the Year - 2010|
|David in his Home Video Studio|
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
In June of 2010 Arthur Bradshaw opened his studio in Suffolk VA on a part-time basis. Less than a year later he made a big decision and went full-time in April of 2011. In a very short time Arthur has excelled at his new life - winning Hanley Awards for Best Company Promo, Best Studio Tag and Best Documentary. Most notably, however, Arthur took home The Rising Star Award at the Hanley Awards this past July at Home Video Studio’s Annual Getaway in Las Vegas.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A. I jumped into this business full-time after five months. Earlier that year, Suzie (my wife) and I decided that she should go part-time at her job in order to be at home more.
I had a very primordial feeling at the moment of going full-time that "we had to eat." Suzie was only making half of the salary we were once used to, so my deep-rooted sense has always been "I can't fail at this. I've got nowhere else to go." It has always been that message in the back of my mind that has kept me motivated.
Q. Do you think your business has “seasoned” in eight years?
|Chad prepares to shoot!|
A. Two things: Number one, listen for critical cues from your customer. Try to discern what they really want. Listen for and respond well to their concerns. Keep their objectives on the top of your mind and serve them well. Number two, stay on top of your finances at all times. Reconcile your accounts monthly and always know, at any moment, where you are at. I have over fifty creative awards in my studio, but awards mean nothing in your business if you can't show that your business is profitable and moving forward.
Q. Has your sales/marketing approach changed since when you first started?
A. Not a whole lot. I've always tried to stay focused on both the business-to-business and the business to consumer aspects of the business. It's easy to find yourself marketing for one portion of our business and not the other. However, it's really important to market both. That being said, it's even more important to know how to SELL all the profit centers.
A. We still have about the same mix of about 65% consumer business (tapes, photos, film transfers, etc.) to 35% corporate jobs (production, editing, duplication, etc.). With our store-front, we get lots of walk-ins for consumer-related business. The corporate work has stayed fairly steady from when I had the business in my home. Over the last several years though, the business has ramped up and the jobs have become more profitable, partially due to my comfort and confidence in selling the work.
|Chad and Susie Godfrey|
A. My first goal is to break... I've got some work to do to get there, but I think it's attainable. As with any goal, it will take focus and discipline to get there. It's the challenge of getting there that's exciting for me.
I’d like to one day open another studio, perhaps a "feeder store" in a mall, like a kiosk-type place. I haven't put too much thought into that, but I think that's the key to an additional source of income.
I'm also training for a marathon. My days usually consist of running for an hour or more. Running is great because I try to maintain focused on both business and personal development at the same time. I'm typically listening to a business book or podcast while I run to keep learning and to stay inspired. I'm a strong believer that exercise is a great thing for your business.
Lastly, I'd like to look into ways of getting more involved in the community. Perhaps be a member of a non-profit board of directors. Some way that I can give back to help those in need. It is in this work that life is fulfilling most of all.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
|Mike Wallace, HVS Rookie of the Year 2012|
|Mike Walace in his HVS Studio Store within a store!|
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Go here to register:https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/641634754
You could own your own Home Video Studio. What’s it like to own your own video business? How do you make a transition from what you do now to Home Video Studio? Do you want to break the GOLDEN chains of CORPORATE AMERICA? Would you like to start your own business and control your lifestyle? This is your opportunity to learn more about how you can own and operate your own Home Video Studio. Join Producer/Director Robert Hanley for this life changing Webinar on how you can start, run and prosper in your own Home Video Studio!
In forty-seven minutes we’ll cover:
1) What makes HVS the perfect business for the right person?
2) The basic principles that drive our business.
3) The training and support you will receive.
4) Home-based and Studio Store options.
5) Ramp up times – how quickly can you be profitable?
6) How you can start part-time or full-time.
7) Your questions and our answers.
Robert Hanley & Home Video Studio can take you from where you are now to where you want to be: controlling your life, your lifestyle, working when you want to and enjoying your family and friends.
Chad Godfrey started part-time and now owns a Studio Store.
Pete Gallo was in high end IT and started full-time.
Diane Osterbur had no experience and became Studio Owner of the Year.
Peter and Sharon Galluzzo started part-time and now are successful full-time HVS owners.
|Dan Weiniger turned his pastime into his profession.|
Home Video Studio is a real business that anyone can succeed in if they are willing to work hard and follow our plan. What are you waiting for? If you have questions, please call our National Sales Director Diane Osterbur at 1-800-464-8220.
We look forward to seeing you on the Webinar.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
|Ken Sander - HVS Studio Owner of the Year - 2012|
Sunday, July 29, 2012
|The 33 Hanleys!|
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
|Ken Sander in his Home Video Stuido|
|Ken at the 2009 Hanley Awards in Las Vegas|
Monday, April 16, 2012
Tony and Lori Melendez, Home Video Studio owners from Amherst OH, have an important anniversary coming up very soon! “Robert [Hanley, founder and CEO of HVS] told us the day we bought a Home Video Studio that we’d never forget the date,” says Tony, “and he was right! We decided to become studio owners on May 11, 2002.” That makes Tony and Lori nearly ten year veterans and, in many of their colleague’s eyes, the “Deans” of Home Video Studio owners.
What makes them successful? If you’re looking for secrets or shortcuts there are none. Tony and Lori exhibit the age-old traits of teamwork, a tireless work ethic, daily attention to goals and doing what needs to be done. They also display good old-fashioned kindness – a winsome quality that makes them a hit with their customers and a joy to be around.
Like many Home Video Studios Tony and Lori have worked as a team their entire married life. Tony spent his career as an educator - teaching and coaching - and has run his video business alongside of these demands, first on his own and then as a Home Video Studio franchisee. “A mentor told me when I first started teaching not to put all my eggs in one basket,” says Tony. Some teachers paint or clean windows on the side. I liked video so I started my own video business and worked it in the evenings, on weekends and in the summer.” Lori, who has a background in marketing and also ran a successful daycare while tending to the video venture, has partnered with him from the beginning. Together they took the daily steps necessary to fulfill their dream of a full-time video business. Upon Tony’s retirement from teaching last May that dream has become a reality. Not only that, but it is a family affair with children Evan, Kaitlyn, Rocky and Amanda chipping in along the way as well.
So how did they find Home Video Studio? “That’s really interesting,” laughs Melendez. I had taken on a wedding job and it was turning into a nightmare. It started out with my needing technical support and I couldn’t find any help – even with the manufacturer of my equipment. I happened to pick up a Videomaker magazine and saw an ad for Home Video Studio and called. Soon I was talking to a stranger named Robert Hanley who not only pointed me in the right direction for my technical problem but advised me on some pricing as well.”
With that Tony realized he wanted to be in business for himself but not by himself and soon Tony and Lori attended a Show-N-Tell in Indianapolis. On that fateful day in May they became studio owners and have enjoyed the income, support, expertise and camaraderie that Home Video Studio brings.
In the past ten years Tony and Lori have built a business and made money doing what they love…creating videos and making people happy. They have also won many international awards, including Studio Owners of the Year, Rookies of the Year, Best Video Production, Best Wedding and Best High Concept Video.
Do Tony and Lori have any advice for someone looking into being a studio owner? “This is a good time, maybe even necessary for some people, to go into business for themselves. If you have a passion for video this is the best way to do it.”
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Watch HVS Rookie of the Year Dan Weiniger give the Keynote speech at Home Video Studio's 13th Annual Advanced Training Dinner. Dan is the HVS Rookie of the Year for 2011-12.
Friday, March 2, 2012
HVS Rookie of the Year Dan Weiniger gives Keynote at Advanced Training 2012 Celebration Dinner. Dan spoke about his journey to Home Video Studio and what it has meant to him and his family. Congratulations Dan!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Day 2 of Home Video Studio's Advanced Training. We shifted into TRACK MODE. HVS is running five tracks of training in marketing, production, editing, green screen, photoshop and everything else you can imagine. Chad Godfrey's class on Shooting web videos was a huge hit!
We kicked off our Annual Advanced Training for HVS owners with our 1st Annual Oscars Party! This year we have approximately 42 studios from 3 countries attending including owners barley 3 weeks old to owners with 9 years experience.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Pete Gallo, our Home Video Studio owner in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, is not one to rest on his laurels. 2011was his best year ever – and it came on the heels of 2010, his former best year ever. "There are many things I like as a Studio owner," says Pete, "but the most satisfying is the feeling of self-determination and empowerment. There is plenty of opportunity to grow every day.” Pete, a former Studio Owner of the Year, is January's Studio Owner of the Month.
So how did he set out to grow in 2011? “Definitely marketing!” says Gallo. “I put a concerted effort into consistently getting “out there” in my market and making my presence known...and I saw the results.” Pete credits much of his marketing skill to his HVS Training.
Pete, who came to Home Video Studio with an Electrical Engineering background and as a video hobbyist, is grateful for the ongoing training that is provided, especially the necessary marketing aspect of being in business for yourself.
"When I first considered Home Video Studio I knew I wanted to do video for a living, but I had natural concerns about starting from scratch and going it alone," says Pete. "Home Video Studio seemed like the perfect foundation because I would be involved with people who had been there before. This has proven to be the case."
Now Pete has a great home-based business and many happy clients. Whether it's Video Transfers, Film Transfer, Video Shooting and Production or any of the other Home Video Studio profit centers he enjoys the diversity and mix of services he offers. His expertise is also on display as a recipient of several Hanley Awards including Best Short Video and Best LIFEStory.
What else did Gallo build on this past year? Well, Pete is quick to say that any success his enterprise enjoys springs from a genuine desire to help people. One award of note that adorns Pete's studio is The Relationship Mindset Award, and it serves to remind him daily that he is in business because he takes care of his customers.
What does 2012 hold for Pete Gallo? “The most positive thing I see,” he says, “is a trend of more people coming in, more people calling - more inquiries in general. I believe a lot of that has to do with peoples' more optimistic outlook on the economic climate, so I'm going to keep marketing and get ready for an even better 2012.”
If the past is any indicator Pete Gallo will have a great year!