Interested in starting your own journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Adam Janeira, Founder of Teyvah Ministries, located in Franklin, IN, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Teyvah Ministries is a production company with a defined goal and sense of self. THE HEBREW WORD "TEYVAH" IS LOOSELY BASED ON THE EGYPTIAN WORD FOR SARCOPHAGUS…
At first glance, this may seem a little morbid, but that casket served as a vessel to their version of the "afterlife." In the Bible, Teyvah appears twice: First, to describe the Ark that Noah built. Second, to describe the "ark of bulrushes" that Moses was placed in as an infant to avoid the genocide of his people. So, we want to embody what this "vessel of life" represents and seek to serve the LORD in all that we do. We want our videos, our studies, and our everyday work to connect others to LIFE.
While we specialize in video production, we are inherently also a marketing team, a graphic/website designer, and a technical consultant. Our clients don't just ask us for video work but utilize us as a resource for multimedia production.
Tell us about yourself
I started out as a mechanical engineer with a passion for film. When I realized the company I was working for was struggling to market the products we were making in the way I felt best represented them, I created a role that helped translate engineering speak into marketing speak. In 2017 I branched off and created I'm The Villain Films, a production company that focused on short films and making marketing video content for various businesses. In 2023, my wife and I felt led by God to rebrand to Teyvah Ministries to focus our efforts on churches and nonprofits. We now follow Jesus in our personal and professional lives and strive to show others what His redeeming love looks like.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would say for any business owner, the greatest accomplishment is three parts: making a living doing what you love, working in a way that doesn't sacrifice your morals or work/life balance, and getting to help others make a living in the process. I can say that while it isn't always easy, I've been able to do that.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest part about owning a business is always feeling like you could be doing more. Sending more emails, making more calls, creating more, etc. It makes it hard to relax when you don't exactly clock in and out each day.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
I would tell people to realize that starting a business is the most daunting part but also the easiest. For those worried about running a business, I would remind them that not all things need to be DIY. You can't specialize in everything, nor should you, but you can also push yourself to take on something you've never done before. It's a balance.
Where can people find you and your business?
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