Saturday, November 2, 2013

Home Video Studio Owner of the Month - November

Tim Welch

It started with a nibble.  Tim Welch barely felt it, but he sat up straight and zeroed in. Experience had taught him that the biggest catches usually appear no different than the smallest at the start - both feigning an indifferent casual curiosity.  But, as he had hoped, each nibble become a little bolder as he waited and patiently responded to each reaction with a calculated counter move.  Then he felt a firm bite and gave the line a tug.  Feeling the hook set he slowly started reeling, feeling various amounts resistance - sometimes mild, sometimes strenuous - with each turn of the crank.  It almost got away a couple of times.  That's when Tim called for some help and settled in for the "long day" of give and take required to land a monster.  When it finally came in there was no big finale or crowds or celebration.  It was just the culmination, six months in the making, of daily patience and diligence.  But Tim had a trophy.  He had hooked the largest film order to date in the history of Home Video Studio - "weighing in" at 65,000 feet!

Tim Welch seems to have a penchant for landing the big corporate fish out there who need their old media archived.  In fact, we have more fishing stories, but we'll talk about them later.  Meet Tim Welch, studio owner from Home Video Studio Sherwood AR and our November Studio Owner of the Month.

The beauty of Home Video Studio's turnkey operation and in-place support system is that there are many stripes of people who become studio owners - and all have the potential to succeed.  Some have a strong creative background.  Some, in fact, are seasoned video professionals.  Some barely know how to focus a camera but have impeccable sales and customer service skills.  Many owners, including Tim, come from a computer technical background. 

In fact, Welch enjoyed twenty-plus years as a computer engineer after graduating from electronics school.  But nothing stays the same, especially in the technical field:  "When I started my career the computer rooms housing a company's information system might take up several floors," says Welch.  To a "hardware guy" those days of mammoth machinery were the good ole' days, but then he noticed the hardware side of computer technology diminishing rather than burgeoning.  "Now," opines Tim, "the same capability takes up the corner of a room. I really didn't see anything exciting on the horizon of computer hardware - and the disposability of computer hardware in general made my future somewhat vulnerable."  

Tim decided a change was in order, so he considered turning a long-held passion into his profession.  An interest in photography for many years led him to video.  Here he enjoyed the creativity of working with images and sound, and he especially liked giving his friends and family meaningful mementos of their most cherished possessions - treasured memories.  So he asked the big question:  "Can I make a living at this?"

He looked into launching out on his own but as he was searching online one day came across Home Video Studio.  A phone call started him thinking that joining a franchise was the way to go.  Welch attended a Show 'N Tell in Indianapolis to learn more and was
soon on his way to opening up his studio.

"I was relieved to find a place that invented the wheel already," says Welch.  "I enjoy the support staff of Home Video Studio, the camaraderie of  fellow owners and the recipe to follow."

Today Tim Welch is in his fifth year of business, a milestone for any entrepreneur.  He daily takes on projects large and small.  In fact, the significance of Home Video Studio's motto "Video Services for Everyone" is that Tim was more than likely handling a customer's transfer of one tape to DVD when he learned a few weeks ago he had landed another big corporate job:  including 30,000 feet of film, 65 various formats of tape, 40 audio tapes and 600 Kodachrome slides.

"That's why they picked me," says Welch.  "They wanted a one-stop shop that could handle everything - and that's me!"

And now back to the fish stories:

How did Tim land a 65,000 foot film transfer order?  "It started with a simple email inquiry," says Welch.  "It took patience and making sure I was talking to the right people.  These are things I learned when I got involved in this business."  

What about the big order he just landed?  "Funny," he says, "it all started when a lady saw my Home Video Studio vehicle sign."  

What does the future have in store for Tim?  "I love what I'm doing.  I plan to keep building the business and have it sustain me for a long time."  "And," he says with a twinkle in his eye, "wait 'til you see the big project I'm working on landing's huge!"

Happy angling Tim, and may they keep biting for years to come!  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ken Sander's Ten Tips on Home Video Studio Success!

Ken Sander of Fairfax, Virginia spent three decades with the Federal Aviation Administration focusing on the safety of our nation's airline industry.  One day he traded it in to make money focusing his video camera. "Even as a manager in a government agency I always had an entrepreneurial side," says Sander, "I worked with video, graphics and animation as a serious hobby for over twenty-five years." So, when the opportunity for optional retirement came, Ken knew it was high time to start his own business in the field he loves.  Now in his eighth year of business Ken is a Seven Star Studio, a former Studio Owner of the Year, and a multiple Hanley Award winner.  Ken also finds himself in the weekly top earner's list more often than not.
We caught up with Ken recently and, since September means "back to school" we asked him to give us the top ten lessons he's been "schooled on" since he became a Home Video Studio owner:

  1. Be Friendly:  "As I meet people in the studio, networking, or generally anywhere, I purpose to be positive and friendly.  We live in a somewhat cynical world. Being friendly to customers, associates and people everywhere helps me to be more positive about the world and the world more positive about me."
  2. Be Ready – Always:  "I have found that customers come in all 'styles.' I really work to be ready and prepared mentally, emotionally and even physically to “meet them where they are."  When I’m with someone they are my absolute focus. I expect objections so I am ready to listen, provide feedback and respond specifically to what they are feeling.
  3. Be a Marketing Machine:  "We provide video services to everyone - but – what is our business as owners? We are in the Marketing Business. I do everything possible to market our services, every day, in as many ways as I possibly can."
  4. Be Consistent:  "I try to work on a pattern or schedule. I work the most important things every day at the same time and then schedule everything else. I make lists and keep my focus on the list. I work the list - check off, add new items and keep doing it."
  5. Be Teachable:  "I am always ready to learn. I seek experienced people to help me.  If I get stuck I ask other owners.  I have attended every training opportunity Home Video Studio has offered. I take on-line courses. I read or listen to books on marketing and sales and how to run a business."
  6. Be Responsible:  "This is my business. I am responsible for its success. It falls on no one else but me. I own it." 
  7. Be Tenacious:  “Never Give Up – Never Surrender” (“Captain” from Galaxy Quest). I repeat – I do whatever it takes to make it happen." 
  8. Be Adaptive:  "Try, try and try again, but, adapt to what works. That means I do what I’ve been taught first. Then I may adapt it to work for me. Insanity is doing the same thing I’ve always done (or not done), over and over, but expecting the outcome to be something better."
  9. Be Working ON THE BUSINESS:  "There was a short time when I really got frustrated about the business. I realize, thanks to  obert and some other Studio owners, that I was no longer in charge – I blamed everyone and everything else for my situation. Take charge and know what is happening and what to do next. Plan, track, evaluate and adapt. If I get stuck, I find help. I now have a mentor and a coach to help me." 
  10. Be Humble:  "I feel I was very successful in my FAA career. I was very blessed. I feel the same way about Home Video Studio. I have been blessed and get to do what I really enjoy doing. I am so thankful for that."
We are grateful to have someone like Ken at Home Video Studio.  These are good lessons!  He is a great teacher because he is a great learner.  Congrats Ken Sander, our September Studio Owner of the Month!  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tony Miklos Celebrates Ten Years With Home Video Studio!

Tony Miklos
Tony Miklos had a great July at his Home Video Studio in Brecksville OH.  Not only did he post one of his personal best income months but he was recognized as a ten year studio owner at the 13th Annual Hanley Awards in Las Vegas.  Ten years is quite an achievement for any business - and it couldn't happen to a better guy!  Here's to Tony Miklos, our August Studio Owner of the Month.

Tony is beloved at Home Video Studio and is regarded as one of our seasoned owners who has seen a lot, knows what to do, and is eager to pass his experiences along to others.  Besides winning many Hanley awards for video excellence he has garnered multiple achievement awards on his journey including Studio Owner of the Year. 

Like several of our owners Miklos came to Home Video Studio with a technical IT  background and a creative passion for video. But he also knew he wanted to make money. "I was looking for a franchise opportunity and came across Home Video Studio on the internet," says Tony, "and was immediately attracted because of the profit potential and the track record that I saw."  Tony was soon in Indianapolis at a Home Video Studio Show-N-Tell and shortly thereafter opened the first retail store-front for Home Video Studio in 2003.
Tony Accepting Studio Owner of the Year 2011
With the help of Home Video Studio's marketing plan and turnkey system he learned the ropes as an entrepreneur, mastering all aspects needed for a successful studio, especially the marketing and customer service areas. "What I found along the way is that I really like helping people and enriching their lives by doing what I do."  

Even after all these years Tony is still especially fond of providing home movie transfer services for his customers.  "I live in an older, more established part of the city and I see a lot of film, both 8mm and 16mm, come in needing this old media migrated to a modern format.  It's satisfying to see people being able to enjoy their past heritage."  Miklos, like any self-respecting Clevelander, also enjoys sports and gets a kick out of producing sports scholarship videos for his community's athletic hopefuls.
As a veteran Home Video owner Tony has graciously provided us with ten tips (that's one per year) that he follows:
  • Be fluent at multitasking - "A busy studio should have at least four profit centers going at once."
  • You must advertise - "In my case Google Adwords is a necessity."
  • Follow the plan - "You became involved because you were attracted to a proven plan.  Don't get so "smart" that you begin to deviate from it."
  • Call different owners often - "There is such a wealth of support and knowledge from other owners.  This is a beautiful thing.  Take advantage of it."
  • Upgrade and Maintain your equipment - "Being current and being operable is your lifeblood.  Don't neglect it."
  • If customers bring in 8mm or MiniDV tapes ask if they still have the camera and offer a discount for it - "This helps eliminate the customers' clutter if they've upgraded, and it keeps you in backup equipment."
  • Have annual open houses - "We are a business in the 'neighborhood' and people enjoy spending time with their neighbors.  Also, serving fine wine to your neighbors doesn't hurt a thing!"
  • Marketing, signage, advertising..."Be (and stay) visible - "If people know you're there they will come."
  • Enjoy life - "This is a great business!  Enjoy it.  Take time off once in a while."
  • "Did I mention call different owners often?"


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Arthur Bradshaw - July Studio Owner of the Month!

Arthur Bradshaw in his Home Video Studio

The Suffolk VA area is rich in history.  Between the American Revolution, The Civil War and even a trading post dating back to 1608 this area is a cradle of many events that shaped our country.  But Suffolk's richest culture lies with her people, and Arthur Bradshaw, one of her native sons, daily works in his Home Video Studio to ensure the preservation and memories of this heritage by providing 'Video Services for Everyone".  Meet Arthur Bradshaw, Home Video Studio owner from Suffolk VA and our July Studio Owner of the Month.
"This is the area I grew up in and love," says Arthur. "I knew that after college there was no place else I wanted to be. So I chose to return and make my life here. I have family here and a deep appreciation for all the wonderful people of this area."
Arthur attended high school in Suffolk, then attended Coker College, a liberal arts college in South Carolina as a biology major.  "People ask me if I majored in biology because I wanted to be a dentist like my dad," muses Bradshaw, "but really it was more like I had to pick a major and biology -  starting with a 'B' - was near the top of the list."   But Arthur did excel in his scientific classes, learning the importance of discipline, attention to detail and how systems worked together.  He even began master's classes in endocrinology.  
But Bradshaw had a few other passions as well.  One was being creative and working with video. "I was always making slideshows for friends," says Arthur, "and my buddies and I made little movies, and I enjoyed the process of conceptualizing a story, shooting it, and especially editing."  He also met a pretty girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with - and so he took a position with a leading multi-national distributor of industrial supplies, equipment, and other commercial items.  
Arthur spent ten years in this position and learned many skills that would suit him later on.  He learned to be a self-starter and made "getting the job done" a way of life to personally meet the needs of his clients.  But he also knew that it was time to heed a voice inside him.  "I knew I had always pictured myself having my own business and it felt like time," says Bradshaw. "I was thankful for the skills I had developed but I still wanted to try doing something for myself in a creative field."
Arthur Bradshz
Plus, as he looked around at the corporate world he sensed a certain uneasiness.  Acquisitions.  Closings.  Layoffs.  "I know I am not immune to the things that life hands you," says Arthur, "but I at least want to handle things on my own terms."  So Bradshaw began looking at business opportunities.  It wasn't long before Arthur's wife, as wives often do, found the answer.      

"One day Brenda saw an opportunity on the web for Home Video Studio ownership. I filled out some information, got a phone call, attended a webinar and before long I was on the road to owning my own video business."
In June of 2010 Arthur opened his studio on a part-time basis. Less than a year later he made a big decision and went full-time in April of 2011 - as he had planned and on his own terms. In a very short time Arthur has excelled at his new life.  He is frequently among the top income earners of Home Video Studio.  And creatively he has won Best Company Promo, Best Documentary, Best Studio Tag, and The Rising Star Award at the Hanley Awards, an international award ceremony for video excellence. 
Was Home Video Studio a good decision for Arthur Bradshaw?  "This truly is like a family," says Arthur, "and, like a family, I can always count on support when I need it - from the home office to other owners in Home Video Studio."
All his life Arthur has been preparing for success in his business.  He has learned creativity, attention to detail, getting the job done, knowing his clientele, asking for support when he needs it, and giving support when others need it.  We have a feeling Arthur Bradshaw will be a success well into the future.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

John & Tammy Montgomery of Newark, Ohio Have the Right Stuff!

A business grows in steps.  It takes patience.  It takes planning.  It takes faith that today's labor will yield tomorrow's fruit.  John and Tammy Montgomery have been diligent to daily take the "next right step" since they opened their Home Video Studio a year ago - and its already paying off with rewarding projects, satisfied customers and increasing income.  Meet Home Video Studio's June Studio Owners of the Month, John and Tammy Montgomery from Newark OH.

Like many HVS couples John and Tammy are a team, complementing each other with their respective strengths and abilities. John usually stays busy with the production, creative and technical issues and is the networking "face" of their business.  Tammy keeps the business end afloat and, as administrative master, takes care of the books, pays the bills and, as she coyly admits, "keeps John from going down rabbit holes."  

Another vital aspect of this dynamic duo is their tandem marketing.  This is a necessary part of any  Home Video Studio and rarely a day goes by that they aren't sowing seeds for future business. "Something that never ceases to amaze us is the positive energy that is created when we are active with our marketing," says John. "There isn't always a direct correlation between marketing and the business we are marketing for, but there does seem to be a correlation between being active in your marketing and having business come in." 

John's successful modus operandi of taking the next best step began early in his life.  John accepted an internship at a new local TV station while still in high school in Prescott AZ and, after a couple of months of running the teleprompter for the evening news, he was given an opportunity to work as a Master Control Operator.  Upon graduating from high school he soon added production assistant to his duties. In 1985 (the same year he and Tammy married) he was promoted to Production Manager.  Now John was a young man in all his audio-visual glory, spending two years as a one-man-band shooting, directing and editing numerous commercials and studio shows. 

Tammy was born and raised in Arizona as well. She has always had a keen eye for visual arts as well, studying calligraphy and interior design after high school, as well as doing modeling work. Another area of keen interest for Tammy has been equestrian activities, an interest in which she was very involved, helping their daughter participate in Hunter Jumper events as well as Pony Club. 

The Montgomerys changed course in 1987 when they heard duty call and John joined the Navy. Once again John followed his plan of stepping through the ranks - literally.  He became a Damage Controlman and did his first at-sea tour aboard USS Okinawa (LPH-3). Then things moved quickly!  "We were halfway into our deployment when Iraq invaded Kuwait,"  says John, "and ours was extended.  We participated in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and our deployment set a modern record for amphibious ships that was only surpassed last year."  While on that tour he was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program. 

After John left the USS Okinawa he went to the University of Arizona, studying Political Science as a major and Russian as a minor. He also received his commission as an Ensign and soon was back to sea. He received his MBS at Naval Postgraduate School, with the highlight of his remaining military career as second in command on the USS Oak Hill. 

As John prepared to retire from the Navy he knew he wanted to work for himself so he began to investigate various franchise opportunities.  After considering some of them John heard the siren call of video again as he ran across the HVS franchise website in February of 2012.   John and Tammy were intrigued by the prospect of a proven plan to make money in video.  It also looked like a great husband and wife business.  So once again, in systematic fashion, John and Tammy took the necessary steps to see if this would be a good fit.  In March they attended an HVS webinar, in April they came to HVS headquarters for a Show-n-Tell and by late June they were installed and ready for business!  

It's been a year now and these days you will find the shelves in their studio full of various types of video projects.  "Photo keepsakes are always enjoyable," says Tammy, "because the clients are always thrilled to see new life breathed into their old photographs.  Plus the keepsakes are usually done around a major milestone in someone's life."  They are also currently in the middle of a DVD duplication project near and dear to their hearts for the Veterans Initiative Program involving a joint effort with the Vietnamese that is focused not only on recovering Americans, but also assisting the Vietnamese with locating their own troops who were buried by U.S. forces.    Plus, they just wrapped up their first full production job, a four minute promotional video for Look Up Ministries. "That was satisfying because we could flex all of our skill sets and learn some new ones," says John. 

What's their favorite Home Video studio profit center?   "Honestly I'd have to say film transfer orders." John reflects.  "There's something extra special about film. Often times it hasn't been seen in several years or even decades. It's rewarding seeing people reconnect with their old memories."

Besides learning plenty about modern video production the Montgomerys have learned even more valuable lessons about business.  "This past year, has been a huge learning experience for us,"  muses John. "Neither of us had any business experience, and just about every pre-conceived notion about how to run a business has been challenged."  

If they have seen anything it's that "Customers are everywhere" and a maxim they have learned early and apply often is "treat your customers well."  John and Tammy have also seen the significance of a persistent market presence and follow-up:  "Just this afternoon I followed up on a prospect who was going to come in and then got distracted by life. He thanked me for the call and said that he would bring his large order of video tapes in on Monday. Then a lady who came to our open house last November came in to take advantage of our Memorial Day sale e-blast special. All of this happened in an hour." 

No stranger to setting and reaching goals the Montgomerys have set their sights, this year, on really becoming established in the community and being looked upon as the expert in "Video Services for Everyone."  They know what it takes to reach their lofty financial goals as well.  And we have a feeling, if the past is any indicator, that they will reach them as they always have - one right step at a time.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pete Gallo Is Living His Dream... and Making Tons of Money!

Pete Gallo in Studio

Peter Gallo is living his dream.  On a clear morning he can walk outside, gaze east and watch the sun rise over the  Manhattan Skyline.  On any given evening he's a short train ride away from the sights, sounds and sizzle of the world's most energetic city.  Peter's days, however, are his biggest dream-come-true:  He has turned his passion into his profession. 

Last year, as the owner of  Home Video Studio in Hasbrouck Heights NJ, Gallo netted over $100,000.00 providing "Video Services for Everyone" - from simple tape/DVD transfers to full-blown shooting and editing - to his many clients, both personal and corporate. And the best part?  He did it all from home. "New York City is a great place," laughs Gallo, "but I wouldn't want to work there."  

Pete's journey to this uncanny yet enviable position began over eight years ago as the happy outcome of a "misfortune" that seems increasingly common these days.  Enjoying a career as an Electrical Engineer he suddenly found himself laid off from his corporate job.  Isn't it times like these that the entrepreneurial urge seems to surface in self-determined people?  It sure did for Peter.  He realized that sometimes life kicks you...but he could at least determine the direction!

Film Transfer
What could have been a bad time for Peter Gallo became a season of clarity.  "I sat back and looked at my strengths," says Peter.  "I loved video as a hobby but I thought 'I wonder if I could do this for a living?'  Plus I've always had an attitude of self- determination and know?  If anything is going to happen it's up to me.  It seemed like the right time and I just figured there's got to be a way to do this."  His only reservation was, naturally, some concern about going it alone.

Ironically (or not) Gallo then became aware of Home Video Studio by way of a friend (who later became a Home Video Studio owner as well) who had seen an advertisement about their home-based video franchises. Gallo followed his hunches and attended a discovery day in Indianapolis called Show 'N Tell.  He liked what he saw.  

"All my concerns about entrepreneurship were addressed," say Pete.  "Here was a company that had a proven plan...had taken the lumps...had invented the wheel so that I didn't have to."

So Peter made a decision to be a Home Video Studio owner.  He opened up his studio in August of 2005 with modest goals that he meticulously set out to attain.  "My first goal," laughs Peter, "was to not be a statistic.  I remember reading somewhere that most start-up businesses were gone within five years.  I did not want that to happen to me."

Pete Gallo at the 2011 Hanley Awards in Las Vegas
Peter gets serious, however, when he reveals his heartfelt beliefs on what has guided him from the very start and sustained him for over eight years:  "It all comes down to attitude.  Failure is not an option to me, and I take full responsibility for my business.  I harbor no feelings of entitlement.  If something goes wrong I take the blame.  On the other hand, I enjoy when things go right.  It's all on me.  That's what I was looking for when I started this and that's what I have."

Pete brings this attitude to work with him every morning, and it shows:
It shows in his daily marketing activities.  "Home Video Studio has a plan on how to make your studio visible in the market.  If you follow it your phone will ring," says Gallo.  

It shows in the respectful faces of  his clients.  "I have really learned how to relate with my customers.  "Out of all my awards for video excellence I'm very proud of The Relationship Mindset Award." 
It shows in his Home Video Studio colleagues, among whom he is a past Studio Owner of the Year:   "... the camaraderie, support, the training, the advice has been the most valuable.  We have over sixty studios.  That's a lot of colleagues to share and compare notes with.  I also like the competition...we push each other.  I want to excel and be at the top, that's just the way I am!"

 And it shows in his daily bank deposit.  'Nuff said.

Does Pete Gallo think he's successful?  "There's plenty to learn every day, but I'm on the right track,"  says Pete, "I make a good living doing something I enjoy so much I can't even call it work."  And, in the offing, is a probable move to a storefront.  "We've grown so much that I'm waiting for the right circumstance to open up a retail space.  I'm in negotiations right now and it looks promising!"

Here's to the next eight years!

Friday, April 19, 2013

HVS NAB MacBook Pro Offer ends May 18th!

A MacBook Pro Can be Fun and Make You Tons of Money!

We  are doing our NAB special again this year for new franchises who come aboard between our Show ‘N Tell’s from May 3rd to May 18th. Just like last year, we are throwing in for free an Apple 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display. This is a $2000.00 value! You may purchase over the phone or in person at Show ‘N Tell to receive this offer (and of course you new MacBook Pro). Make your plans now. This offer ends with our May 18th Show ‘N Tell Saturday!

Call us at 1-317-358-5932 or 1-866-714-1956. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day 4 of NAB - Russell Carpenter Lighting Workshop

Well it's the fourth and last day of NAB. I attended a workshop on Lighting by Russell Carpenter. Perhaps running your own Home Video Studio would light up your life! Call me - Robert Hanley 866-714-1956.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 3 of NAB - Adobe Creative Cloud is Red Hot!

Wow! I can't believe that it is day 3 at NAB! I am at the Adobe complex and I can say the the atmosphere is sizzling around Creative Cloud and all of the Adobe tools for video. I am reminded again that there has never been a better time to get in the video business. What fun! Call us today! 866-714-1956!p

Monday, April 8, 2013

Home Video Studio at NAB

It's opening day of NAB - National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas. There are over 100,000 people here from 150 countries. New technology, new ideas and new ways to make money with Video! Want to start your own Home Video Studio? Call us! 1-866-714-1956.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Home Video Studio Comes to Main Street!

In a world where, lately, we seem to hear plenty about Wall Street it's a pleasure to see that "Main Street" is alive and well in Apex, North Carolina.  There, from a charming location in the heart of Apex's historic downtown, Peter and Sharon Galluzzo own and operate Home Video Studio.  Daily they apply their firmly held beliefs in a vision, some hard work, faith and, yes, love to provide "Video Services for Everyone" in and around this Raleigh suburb.  
Their journey, from first thoughts about starting a home-based business to their recent move from home into a retail store, is a well-documented story of strategic planning and daily diligence to doing the right thing at the right time.  This is the stuff of a successful Home Video Studio owner. This is why we proudly salute them as March's Studio Owners of the Month. 
Peter and Sharon's success story begins, as many do, back in the days of their youth.  Peter had always had an interest in computer technology and, as a kid, wrote video game programs.  Naturally he gravitated to Computer Science in college.  This is where he met Sharon who, always outgoing and people-oriented, obtained her degree in English Literature.  Upon graduation from Hofstra University they soon married and started their life together in New York with Peter applying his computer skills in corporate America while Sharon commenced her career in public relations with its attendant duties of administration, fund raising and event planning. 

The next dozen years produced a wonderful life for the Galluzzos:  two beautiful daughters, career advancement and an opportunity to move to the Raleigh NC area - a gorgeous part of the country and a technology hub.  But Peter is not one to stand pat, and  a couple of thoughts had been gnawing at him.  One was a little "entrepreneurial bug" that kept biting him and giving him an itch to leave the corporate world and build a business of his own. The other was a growing hunger to work with video, tweaked by his involvement with the AV team at his church. So Peter and Sharon  began to investigate the idea of making money with video - not always the easiest prospect.   Lo and behold they found Home Video Studio, a business opportunity that boasted many success stories and a proven plan.  Here was an opportunity to work from home, be close to their two daughters, work as a team and make money doing something they loved. 
There's an old saying: "The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win." No Home Video Studio owners exemplify this maxim quite like Peter and Sharon.  "When we first began to inquire about Home Video Studio and whether it might be a good fit for us we realized we needed to take some preliminary steps to ensure a successful venture," says Sharon.  "The first of these was to take care of some personal debt so we wouldn't have that pressure added to the cares of starting a business." 
In the meantime they talked to several studio owners to get some wise counsel.  "We were sold on the idea of a franchise from the start," says Peter.  "The franchise would shorten our learning curve and that's what we liked initially.  We also liked the prospect of staying on the cutting edge with constant training opportunities - not to mention the tech support, the graphics department and a maintained website. The website has always been our number one front door and we've never had to do a lot to keep that door looking great." 

"Plus when we spoke with other successful owners we saw some consistent qualities that we believed in and  wanted to emulate," says Sharon.  " We could see that the excellent studios were big on planning.  They were positive.  They were confident yet teachable." 
So after their due diligence and at the right time (in their case after a couple of years) Peter and Sharon crossed the last of the preliminary preparations off their list, took a deep breath and opened their studio in their Apex NC home in June of 2008. 
Sharon and Peter Galluzzo at 10th Annual Hanley Awards
"Our original plan was for Peter to work his corporate job full-time until we got off the ground and established,"  says Sharon.  That would mean Peter devoting his evenings and Sharon devoting her days (in-between full-time mothering) to the studio.  "Then Peter would leave his full-time job, work the studio and I would get a job."  This "straddling" lasted a little over two years - then it became evident it was time to pull the trigger again.  Says Peter, "Our business was growing and we needed to make a decision.  After looking at our original plan we felt we needed to revise it.  We decided both of us working in the studio was the best way to yield the income we wanted and needed for our family."

This choice to work their studio full time was a risk, but aren't most major life decisions?  This is what they had wanted, and they began to make an immediate impact.  Soon the Galluzzo's name began to be mentioned regularly in the weekly top income list - and continues to be mentioned.  Soon many awards began adorning their shelves and walls - including the Quickstart Award, The Relationship Mindset Award, eleven (and counting) Hanley Awards for Video Excellence and  the most coveted Studio Owner of the Year in 2010.  Soon the Galluzzos became not just mentored, but mentors.  Sooner than planned Peter and Sharon saw the need to move out of their home and into a retail area.  "We really just make a plan and follow it," says Sharon describing their success." Sometimes it changes...sometimes things happen even quicker. Peter quit his full time job sooner than expected and we recently - again earlier than expected - moved into a store front."  

Yet these successes are not a surprise to them - just a realization:  "If there's any 'success formula' someone can draw from," says Peter, "it's that from the beginning we were running a successful business in our minds. We have been in "excel" mode since day one. And it wasn't do or die, either. It was just 'do' "  Sharon adds, "Now we have another hurdle to jump.  We must hire employees in order to keep growing.  This is new territory for us, but it's a must!  The important thing is that we had a solid foundation and the experience of nearly five years to build on when we're making decisions." 

The Galluzzos have learned a few things about being Home Video Studio owners.  Peter shares a few of his highlights:  "Number one, market your business consistently and daily. Number two, get referrals.  You need word of mouth business!  Number three, customer service.  Customers like the word "yes" and we try to say it often." 
Sharon shares Peter's sentiment on the importance of customer service and relationships.  "We love that what we do touches the hearts and spirits of our customers.  They trust us with their most precious memories and we feel honored that they let us do that.

The Galluzzos are certainly on a success track rooted in the basics.  They continue to set goals and plan.  They regard their business as the working out of their faith, their integrity and their commitment to community.  And what kind of business building is in store for the Galluzzos in the future?   "That's easy," laughs Sharon, "I want to have multiple locations.  And one of them has to be at the beach!" 

If that's their plan you can bet it's written down and acted upon a little bit every day...that's the Galluzzo way.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Are You Considering A Career Change? Attend This Upcoming Webinar

Here are three quick questions that you may find intriguing. 

1. Are you considering a career change this year? 
2. Would you like to start your own home-based video business? 
3. Are you happy with your current situation? 

These are life-changing questions. Our next webinar can help you find the answers. 

I invite you to join us for “Home Video Studio’s Start Your Own Studio Webinar.”   
This is an educational webinar about making the transition from what you do now to owning your own Home Video Studio.  This is a life changing webinar. 

We'll be discussing the Home Video Studio Opportunity and how it could make a difference in your life. We have some pretty amazing Studio Owners out there who have achieved some pretty good results with their Home Video Studios. We hope you get a chance to join us. 

Three things you will learn by attending this webinar! 

1. How you can change your life by running a successful home-based video business. 
2. How to finance the business and make the transition to a successful Studio Owner. 
Start Your Own Studio Today!
3. How you can replace your current income and get more time with your family! 

How do you break the GOLDEN chains of CORPORATE AMERICA? How do you start your own video business? This is your opportunity to learn more about how you can own and operate your own Home Video Studio. Learn from President and Founder Robert Hanley. We look forward to seeing you! Learn how you can make money with video from the comfort of your home. Join America's fastest growing video franchise -- chosen as Number 1 in our category by Entrepreneur Magazine. 

You can find out more about Home Video Studio here:

Thanks again! 

Robert Hanley 
CEO & Founder Home Video Studio

"Start Your Own Home Video Studio Webinar"

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Webinar Tonight! Join Us! 7:00 EST - Who Starts A Home Video Studio?

Anthony Sellers, Traverse City, MI
Who Starts a Home Video Studio?

That is an interesting question!
Who are these people? What are Home Video Studio Owners like? Are they single? Married? Divorced? Do they have families, kids, or pets? Did they mortgage the house to get started or convert a 401k? 
What were their former careers? Are they just video geeks? Are they like you? Why did they join Home Video Studio? What's their story?

These are great questions. Join us tonight, Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. Eastern for a Life-Changing Webinar on how you can work from home, stay home with your family and run your own Home Video Studio. 

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Webinar Title: Start Your Own Video Business. 
Home Video Studio - Two Questions

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
Debbie Williams in her Home Video Studio
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Check out our website at

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Why Not Follow Your Passion?

Dan Weinier was a former stock broker. 

What's your passion? What if you could follow your passion every day instead of going to work at a job you just don't like. Let's face it... most people don't like working for someone else. Many yearn to work for themselves.

What about you? Where are you at in your life? Would you like to make a life change?

Home Video Studio is a business that anyone can run and be successful at.
  • Work from home or a retail store front.
  • No experience needed.
  • Low overhead - no employees needed.
  • Proven marketing plan.
  • High income potential. 
Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.

QUESTION: Can I start the business part time?

ANSWER: Yes you can. In fact this is how many HVS Studio Owners start out. They just can't leave their day jobs. We are very experienced in helping you make a transition from your current job to eventually working your studio full time. 

QUESTION: Do I need any experience in the video business?

ANSWER: No you don't. Many of our owners have played around with IMovie, Windows Media Maker, Vegas Video, Premiere Pro or even Final Cut Pro and have made videos for their kids, family etc. You may have done a video and asked yourself this question: Can I make money doing this?

QUESTION: Can I make money doing video for a living.

ANSWER: Yes, if you follow the HVS plan.

Call me to discuss. I am Robert Hanley, Producer/Director/Editor, CEO & Founder of Home Video Studio. Let's take a look at how you would make the transition from what you do now to running your own Home Video Studio.

My cell phone is 317-577-8220 or Toll Free - 1-866-714-1956.

We have a Webinar on Thursday evening, March 7th at 7:00 Eastern. If you are reading this you should attend. Here are some details.

I  invite you to join us for “Home Video Studio’s Start Your Own Studio Webinar.”
This is an educational webinar about making the transition from what you do now to owning your own Home Video Studio.  Over 95% of attendees have said "It was well worth my time".

We'll be discussing the Home Video Studio Opportunity and how it could make a difference in your life. We have some pretty amazing Studio Owners out there who have achieved some pretty good results with their Home Video Studios. We hope you get a chance to join us. You can find out more about Home Video Studio here:
Home Video Studio - Two Questions
Thursday, March 7, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Home Video Studio Advanced Training 2013

Miguel Salas - Jacksonville, FL
Home Video Studio Owners from as far away as Stockholm, Sweden and Ottawa, Ontario Canada (and from all over the United States) convened in Indianapolis for what we call Advanced Training - six days of intensive training on everything tech but also including sales and marketing as well as Home Video Studio Operations. 

HVS presented classes on Premiere Pro, Green Screen, Photoshop, After Effects, Video Production, Event Videography, Sports Videos, Selling Video, Pricing, Marketing, Operations and much more. 

Dan Weiniger, Westfield, NJ
If you are considering opening up a video production business, you should contact us. We can teach you this business and have you up and running very quickly. 

Give me a call anytime: 317-358-5932 - 1-866-8273. 
Perhaps you will be at our next major training in Las Vegas! 

May the Force be with you….

Robert Hanley

CEO & Founder, Home Video Studio

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Advanced Training 2013 Kicks Off!

Diane Osterbur, Todd and Jennifer Piper
 We have HVS Studio Owners from all over the world training this week in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 13th Annual Advanced Training. Want to own your own Home Video Studio? You could be here with us next year! This year's training runs through Saturday. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dan Weiniger of Westfield, NJ Studio Owner of the Month!

Dan Weiniger in his Home Video Studio
 Dan Weiniger, Home Video Studio owner from Westfield, New Jersey is our February 2013 Studio Owner of the Month - his second SOM recognition. Dan “hit the ground running” as a new owner two and a half years ago.  His zeal and ensuing success resulted in his being named April 2010 Owner of the Month.  Since then his enthusiasm has only grown.  Besides consistent personal and financial accomplishments he has garnered, among other awards, the Relationship Mindset Award and Rookie of the Year honors. 

Here is Dan’s original 2010 article along with an update:

Dan Weiniger has worked in high finance at the American Stock Exchange, in high calories as the owner of two ice cream shops and now in high tech as a Home Video Studio owner. Obviously Dan isn't afraid of heights and his daily discipline to move his business upward is paying off. That's why Dan Weiniger is April's Studio Owner of the Month. Dan, like many of our studio owners, came to Home Video Studio by way of his love for photography and video as a hobby while working in a different field. Although he grew up in New Jersey Weiniger got a degree in finance from Arizona State University and soon found himself owning a seat in the bustling environs of Wall Street and later on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. How cool is that? Just like the movie Trading Places! "It was cool," says Weiniger, "but it was very hectic and, like any other business, a trend started where smaller margins and larger operating costs were making it harder for me to squeeze out a profit and I began to wonder if it was worth it for me." Dan's natural entrepreneurial instincts kicked in another cool direction, literally, and he decided to own and operate a couple of ice cream stores is Florida. But alas, Dan's financial muse called him back to the business of selling for Northwestern Mutual Life. Soon after Dan met his wife Jan and they found themselves back in New Jersey and, after the adoption of their daughter, Dan settled in to be a stay-at-home dad and enjoy his family. As life sometimes goes, however, there was a curve in the plan. Dan found out that he had congestive heart failure and had suffered a heart attack without even knowing it. Upon recovery he made the decision that there would be a few changes in his life. His abiding love of video and photography caused him to enroll in a class in visual communications. It was in this class that Dan met Pete Gallo, who was in the video services business, was enjoying it and was making good money at home. Pete, one of our very successful studio owners, told Dan about Home Video Studio and soon Dan was on the road to studio ownership. "I went to Show-N-Tell feeling good about this business," says Weiniger. "I got a good vibe from Robert's humility and from the energy of the studio owners that I talked to." Dan is now in his eighth month as an owner. His daily diligence, his creativity, his customer service skills, his drive and his sales skills all fuel the stuff that make for a good Home Video Studio owner. "I like running a successful business and I like being home with my family, “says Weiniger, “that’s why this is a perfect fit for me!”
Dan and his daughter 

  • Dan, since your last Studio Owner of the Month award a lot has happened, including being named Rookie of the Year in 2011.  What do attribute your success to?

  • I have a deep abiding belief in the value of what I do for my customers and I strive for amazing customer service.   

  • So you attribute your success to this enthusiasm more than anything else?
  • I tell people I may not be the world’s greatest videographer or even the world’s greatest businessman but what I have is enthusiasm, purpose and excitement.  I see these qualities in my daughter and it makes her life joyful.  That’s the same thing I want to give to my customers and they respond to that.

  • Anything new in 2013?
  • Learning as much as I can, tending to relationships business and otherwise, getting  more involved in my community.

  • What about goals?
  •  I want to be the number one grossing studio in the franchise.

  • Any parting words?
  • Yes, People don’t buy what you do, they buy what you believe in.

Thanks to Dan Weiniger, Home Video Studio’s February 2010 studio Owner of the Month.  We look forward to seeing what’s in store for you next!