Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hit the Ground Running

Hello and greetings to all.

Welcome to my blog and my first post.  Thank you for reading and for your support.

In November 2004, I decided to make a significant life and career change.  Having been an audio/video producer and director for other companies, it was a long-time dream of mine to go into business on my own.  It was a scary move and an inopportune time to take the plunge into self-employment.  I walked away from a decent job with decent benefits.  Our only child at the time was 20 months old.  A few months prior in August 2004, my wife Suzie and I had decided there was more value in her staying home for half of the week with little Madeline than in working full-time.  So, that school year Suzie entered a "job share" where she shares teaching a 2nd-grade classroom with another teacher.  This meant cutting her salary in half and relinquishing all her benefits.  

What a risk!  Our only financial guarantee was half a teacher's salary each month.  What's more, we went into debt to buy our business, a franchise of Home Video Studio (more on that later), and to get our business up and running.  Why did we do it?  It all falls back on that long-time dream to own and operate my own business.  That dream defied all logic and all reason in our lives.  However, my desire to be creative and to serve others was at a very primordial level.  I was determined to make this career work for me and for my family.  I was bound to be unstoppable.

Now, almost four years of self-employment later, I still stand.  I am forever grateful for the love and support of Suzie; our two wonderful children, Madeline (5) and Ethan (2); the friends, family, and many clients I have served; and the many blessings that have been bestowed on us.  I still have many of the same desires as when I began in business, to be rooted in creativity and technology and to serve clients in unique ways.  

In the time that lies ahead, I will share with you ways in which we creatively serve others.  I'll discuss projects that create joy and restore peace of mind through the preservation of family memories, whether it be with your photos, slides, family videos, or old home movies from yesteryear.  We'll talk business and our unique methods of creating market share for companies large and small through powerful audio and video experiences and communication with impact.

I'll look forward to spending more time with you.  Again, thank you for your support.  All comments are welcomed (and encouraged).  Please stay subscribed.


Alan R Jones CPA said...

Chad, layout looks great, hope this does what you want it to for your business, wonder if I could figure out how to do this?!

Suzanne Godfrey said...

Great blog, Chad. I look forward to reading more.

Wendy S. said...

Great artical in the Lee's Summit Journal. Congratulations!

Matt said...

Love the idea of blogging, and I really liked your entry. You have inspired me to try to blog. So here goes...