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Featured Studio Owner


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Date: 10/19/2015

One of the reasons Don Robinson, owner of Robinson Video Services in Maineville, Ohio, came to HVS is that he was looking for balance in his life. After all, as an accountant is there anything more important than seeing balance at the bottom of the page? He also realized, after working in the no-nonsense world of numbers all day he needed the balance and creative side of life that photos and video bring, and wanted to turn his hobby into a business. But what Don has ultimately learned on his journey to HVS ownership that life sometimes doesn't add up like a balance sheet, but one can learn to manage life's ups and downs in a positive and creative way. Meet Don Robinson, our October Studio Owner of the Month.

Don grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Louisville. After twenty years and many positions in both private and public accounting he first came to Home Video Studio about five years ago. Like most of our studios owners he was looking to turn a hobby and pastime into a profession and a lifestyle. "Honestly, I was really tired of the corporate world," says Robinson. "It has been good to me and I have had many successes. But I really have always wanted to have control over my work hours and how much money I make."

What attracted Don to Home Video studio was, first of all, that it offered a way to make a living in something that he absolutely loved to do. Second, he saw it was composed of a large network of fellow owners who availed themselves and their knowledge so he could tap into the lessons of other's successes and failures. As Don attests, "It was comforting to know I wouldn't have to head down this road alone."

But at the beginning of the journey came an unexpected turn. As he and his wife were seriously on the path to becoming HVS owners his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. "Obviously her diagnosis became our priority and the opportunity became something of the past."

Don's wife passed away last fall and as he began to reconstruct his life with their son it was with the newfound realization that life is fragile and transitory. Opportunities may not always appear, let alone reappear. Wanting to revisit his desire for a video business opportunity he reached out to Robert Hanley again and gave him a call. "I was very blessed with a handsome inheritance from my wife's passing and was willing to invest a portion of that into a business," says Don. "I knew it had to be the right one because I knew I wouldn't have a second opportunity if it wasn't." Another reason to go forward again with the studio is his son. "Now, more than ever, I want to be able to be with him and attend his activities. That's a huge part of this lifestyle," says Robinson.

So last May Don opened his studio part-time, and is planning on going full-time soon. "While I am getting my feet wet and learning the business, I am looking to just supplement my spouse's income that I lost when she passed away. My long term goal is to take this business full-time and let it grow."

Don has already learned a few things in his short tenure as a studio owner: "Well, let's see," says Don, "I was really shocked at the power of social media and especially Facebook in my advertising. Also, I've already learned to be patient with the advertising and marketing. I am a results driven individual and want them immediately. I'm learning to be patient and persistent. The phone calls and emails will come."

And Don's biggest asset? "I've certainly learned that there are no guarantees in life, but I think as a business owner you have to have a good work ethic," says Robinson. "I have always been a hard worker during my career."


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john and tammy
"Tammy and I came to a Show 'N Tell Saturday. The initial conversation was Robert talking about what it is to be a Home Video studio Owner. Of course we'd listened to the CD's over and over in our car for a couple of months. I think Then we had the presentation and we signed right there at the end of the presentation."
- John Montgomery - Newark, OH.
tony and lori
"Our Show 'N Tell Saturday was on May 11, 2002 - Mother's Day weekend! We were already operating our own video business, but we wanted to run it at a higher level with better equipment. We needed a plan and a system like the one offered by Home Video Studio. If you're thinking about HVS, you should go to Show 'N Tell Saturday."
- Tony & Lori Melendez - Amherst, OH.
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Here's what we'll cover at Show 'N Tell Saturday.


MAKING MONEY
The number one thing we'll cover is making money in the video business. I'll cover pricing video as well as collecting the money. What's the difference between a $500.00 video and a $5000.00 video? Are you leaving money on the table? I'll teach you how we do it! Oh... what about a $30,000.00 video?
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
This is the great unknown for most people who attempt to enter our industry. How do you get business and find clients? I'll share with you.
TRAINING & SUPPORT
I'll cover our 12 month and 21 day in person training program in depth. How do we take you from where you are now to where you want to be? We are very good at this as long as you can take that first step and get to Show 'N Tell!
STUDIO EQUIPMENT
You'll be in my studio all day so we'll definitely get into the nitty gritty on equipment and gear. How will you outfit your studio? Do you have current equipment that can be used? Maybe and if so that will save you some money.
FINANCIAL GOALS
Home Video Studio is a short cut to success. You may be looking for both financial success and creative achievements - money in the bank and an Oscar! We make no promises except to put you in an environment with others who have the same vision. Our mission is to help you achieve success as you define it.
CREATIVE GOALS
Not everyone is out to make a fortune. Home Video Studio is a very fun and exciting business and lifestyle. Want to turn your hobby into a real live functioning studio? We can do that for you. Want to get your family involved in the business? We'll help train them. This is a very family friendly business.
TRANSITIONS
We'll discuss transitions and getting started. Going to quit your job? Come out of retirement? Convert a 401k? Will you work the studio part time until you can go full time? We will start designing a plan for you at Show 'N Tell Saturday.
FUNDING
We are experts in funding and financing. If you need us to help you find the money we would be happy to. It is easy to convert a 401k or IRA with zero penalty. Many people do a refi or a home equity loan. There are other avenues as well. One of the things we do on Saturday afternoon is cover financing. It's not that difficult. If you need consultation on funding call us.

We suggest you bring your spouse/partner to our Show 'N Tell Saturday. That's our treat. You'll know a whole lot more about running a Home Video Studio by end of day on Saturday!

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