Thursday, June 14, 2012

It All Started 21 Years Ago Today...

Twenty-one years ago today, I went to a Denny’s for breakfast and changed my life. I will never forget. When I walked in (it was the Denny’s on East 82nd Street in Indianapolis) I was tired, very down and dead broke. When I walked out nearly two and a half hours later, I was even broker (having spent $9.95 on breakfast) but I had a new attitude and a new direction for my life. Basically I decided to focus on making money. I took action. It was that simple. 
Flash Forward Twenty-one years and Home Video Studio - that business we started in the upstairs spare bedroom of our suburban home is now the number one video production services franchise in the United States. Home Video Studio has seventy-four studios in three countries: The United States, Canada and Sweden. Ten of those are retail locations (Studio Stores). It’s a wonderful business for the right person. 
I like ritual and tradition. I went back to that Denny’s this morning and had breakfast. I reflected on the past and the future. I love the promise of the future. 
If you’ve ever wanted to start your own business, be creative, do something you love, stay home with the family, leave the rat race, and run your own business – then call us. We would love to have you join the Home Video Studio Family.
You can call Diane Osterbur, our National Sales Director at 800-464-8220 or 317-946-8048  You can call me, Robert Hanley at 866-714-1956 or 317-358-5932. We’re both available most days and evenings. Just call us. We’d be happy to chat with you. 
You have the power to start now if you are willing to take action. 
May the Force Be With You!
Robert Hanley
Indianapolis, Indiana

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Entrepreneur Magazine Says We're #1!

Home Video Studio is proud to announce that it has, once again, been selected by Entrepreneur Magazine as the Number One Franchise for Photography and Video Services in 2012.  This is the second consecutive year that Home Video Studio has garnered this ranking.  Home Video Studio also ranked #277 in the Top Overall Franchises, as well as #83 in the Top Homebased Franchises.
This is Entrepreneur Magazine's 33rd Annual Franchise 500, an annual ranking that reveals popular industries and the trends making an impact on the future.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Deborah Williams - HVS Owner of the Month - May

Home Video Studio owners come from all walks of life. They come from different backgrounds and cultures. They all have natural strengths and areas that need improvement. But one common trait among successful studio owners is a drive to take on the day; a willingness to try things. A thirst to drink what life has to offer. An exemplary model of this attitude is Deborah Williams, Home Video Studio owner from Erlanger KY. Deborah is our May Home Video Studio Owner of the Month.

Deborah's resume reads like a Hemingway novel. She's an accomplished flutist, a graphic designer, a wife, a mother of two boys and a personal trainer. She also has a sixth degree tae kwon do black belt and is a first dan in combat hapkido. Oh…and she also loves to knit and crochet. And how do all these life experiences and interests factor into her studio? "I like to take action and do things." says Williams. "I've never been one to shy away from things that interest me –no matter the investment. You've got to try." Deborah certainly took that approach when she decided to become a studio owner.

Spending eighteen years as a freelance design and layout artist, Deborah knows the risks and rewards of being in business for yourself. But, as with many talented professionals, she was finding it increasingly difficult to traverse the peaks and valleys inherent in such a position. "With no marketing plan I was finding it hard to get business while doing the work I had - then trying to get more when I was finished," Debra asserts. However, things changed.

A proven marketing plan was one of the things that most attracted Deborah to Home Video Studio. She had been looking for franchise opportunities when she saw an ad online. She liked what she saw, including Entrepreneur magazine's recognition of Home Video Studio as #1 Franchise Opportunity for photo and video services. Deborah called, asked some questions, got some answers and eventually attended a Show N Tell in Indianapolis. Soon she was in business with her own studio, opening her doors on November 16, 2011.

Williams is now running her business part-time and has already landed several film orders, a huge video transfer job and many editing jobs – including sports highlight videos. She is aiming to go full-time soon. Woman of action that she is, we know that when the time is right Deborah will be ready to take that step.