Sharon & Peter are living the American Dream with their own Home Video Studio biz.
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.
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. The rest, as they say, is history!
THE WONDERFUL JOURNEY OF ROBERT HANLEY & HOME VIDEO STUDIO
Film and video Producer/Director/Editor Robert Hanley spent the 1980’s building what was, by any definition, a successful video business with a long list of corporate clients, a wall of awards and a feature-length film under his belt. But even with this resume Hanley grew weary of the “feast or famine” aspect of the business. So, in 1991, Robert reinvented himself. Beginning with an idea and three VCR decks, a VHS camcorder and a Sam’s Club tripod Hanley built a home-based studio in an upstairs bedroom. Within a short period, what had begun as simply a video duplicating service for businesses and consumers grew into an outstanding home-based video production and post-production services company.
Hanley realized he had developed a unique business that could be duplicated and a system that worked. Home Video Studio is now the world’s largest franchisor of video services franchises, with over seventy studios throughout the United States, Canada and Sweden.
Contact info: Diane Osterbur, National Sales Director. 800.464.8220 – 317.946.8048
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Startup info: Prior experience not necessary. Ongoing technical and marketing training is provided by the company on a regular basis.