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If you would have told me five years ago that I was going to build a successful porn company, chances are I’d say you’re crazy (or probably call you something worse). But here I am, CEO and co-founder of ManyVids, and I could not be prouder or more professionally challenged. This is my dream job, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

So how does a girl like me wind up in a place like this? It’s been a wild ride. Starting my own business was always in the cards, from setting up a lemonade stand as a child, to studying business in University. Everything seemed to be going according to plan as I was busy running my own clothing store, but when a flood destroyed my inventory and wiped me out financially, that’s when things went from bad to weird. Desperate for cash, a friend of mine suggested I could make some quick money as a cam girl. I had never heard the term before, so as soon as he explained that “camming” involved stripping or performing simulated sexual acts in front of a camera, I let him know exactly what I thought of his not-so modest proposal. There is no way I would EVER do something like that! But two weeks later, amid growing debt and no light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, there I was, adjusting the lighting, fixing my hair and setting up for my first cam show.

 

I soon put everything I had into being the best cam girl there was. I researched it day and night, worked on my wardrobe, my technique and building a loyal audience. Spending this time inside an industry that is pretty much in the unknown to most people, I was shocked to discover a world I had never given much thought to. The people who work in the adult entertainment business, from the men and women creating amateur cam videos to porn stars in adult films, they were all lovely, gentle, and clever human beings who deserved to be treated with respect and have greater control over what they do. Porn is a multi-billion-dollar industry and from what I can tell, these “porn stars” weren’t making their fair share of the profits.

So, I put on my entrepreneurial hat once again and decided to step away from in front of the camera to build a website that was an e-commerce platform for these sex workers that would make each one of them entrepreneurs as well. They would have their own marketplace, where they set up what they’d like to sell, setting the price, producing and promoting their content on their terms, and they would have full copyright ownership of their work, a huge deal in an industry full of pirated content. Plus, we would promote sex-positivity and raise awareness about the issue of abuse among sex workers. And so ManyVids was born. In the beginning it was just the three of us, Sed, my friend and now boyfriend who had originally introduced the idea of camming, along with our friend Gino. Together we worked in a basement apartment, the guys worked on the coding and the back end for the website and I came up with the marketing plans to launch our product and managed all the financial aspects of running the business.

After 3 months of intense work, things started to take off and it kept growing faster and faster.  As the company grew, success came with a whole slew of different problems: basically, how do we keep up? There were cash flow problems, lack of resources, lack of experience, lack of time and lack of space. We converted our apartment into our official ManyVids Office. We kept one room to sleep in and transformed the rest of space for working. At that time, every decision we took was a huge risk. Because of the lack of funds, one wrong move and everything, the business, our dreams would be over. We hired our first team members without having the proper funds. We believe it was the right decision and it was. We moved the MV Offices from the basement apartment into a much bigger, much nicer office space, moving a few times as the team grew, to our current 16 000 square feet office in Montreal, Quebec.

Today, almost 4 years after the initial launch of ManyVids.com, the MV Team is composed of over 100 dedicated team members that believe in our vision and mission and wish to help adult content creators from all over the world become successful independent entrepreneurs.

 

At ManyVids, we have the utmost respect for all our strong and courageous MV Stars. There are over 17,200 performers on our site and the most important thing that we want to get across to them is this:

“You are not alone! You are important and you can and will accomplish amazing things in this world”.

I am incredibly proud of everything we’ve accomplished and it’s just the beginning. There is an incredible amount of work ahead of us that to help change perceptions and conditions for these people who give so much of themselves. I truly believe that it’s possible to have a profitable business that considers caring and helping a top priority that influences everything we do. What could be better than that?

Bella French is CEO and co-founder of ManyVids, the world’s fastest growing adult clip site. She launched the platform in 2014 and brought with it her vision to revolutionize the adult industry by offering a safe haven that promotes sex positivity and the fair treatment of adult entertainers. A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, ManyVids is her third business venture. She has focused her energy, passion and expertise into establishing the ManyVids marketplace platform, empowering content creators to become successful independent entrepreneurs in their own right. Bella studied Marketing and Logistics at business school HEC Montreal and lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Bella French also served as ManyVids CFO from 2014 until 2017.

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The Who, What And Why Of Meeting Madness (And How To Avoid It)

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The office meeting can be the newest place to hang out, or alternatively, it can be the place where much work is accomplished. Australia’s cities definitely have enough hangout spots, so your office meeting should be the one place to take care of business. The problem relates to retaining the attention of meeting members without skimping on valuable information they might need to take care of business. Most of the problems that cause a meeting to fail relate to setting the stage so that when attendees do arrive they are primed to listen to presenters.

Common problems associated with making a meeting dreary include meetings that last too long or meetings that are very tangential. Other issues that can make a meeting an unpleasant experience relate to the meeting unravelling and facilitators having little control over the room and command over the discussion. Regardless of the size of the room, by following a few simple rules your business can avoid the common woes of the modern business meeting.

Continue reading to find out how you can make your meetings go off without a hitch and avoid major meeting mishaps.

Where

Meeting room space is prime real estate in some office buildings, and to make sure you have an appropriate place that comfortably seats attendees is another way to guarantee a successful meeting. State-of-the-art meeting rooms similar to Servcorp meeting rooms have the latest technologies that can make the meeting experience great for both presenter and attendees. Alternatively, meeting rooms that are cramped and do not have the requisite equipment can have the opposite effect.

Who

When organising a meeting, one of the best ways to guarantee the meeting goes on without any major snags is to announce the meeting well in advance to attendees. Send reminders the week before the meeting, which clearly state the location, time, presenters, and purpose. A million things happen in the course of the business day, and for those with a packed schedule, one reminder can mean the difference between someone who makes the meeting and someone who does not.

What

Many meetings that are routinely held have a number of topics to be covered with little focus. As the speaker moves through the topics, attendees might or might not listen to the topics. The worst thing that can happen is that staff members begin to feel like the meetings are a waste a time, and while attending meetings is a part of the job, the goal is to create an atmosphere where attendees pay attention to the message being conveyed.

Clearly understanding the goal of the meeting can be one way to effectively guarantee that meeting attendees not only are active listeners but participate in the discussion. This is primarily because your goal, or the task you want to accomplish, will help you build the agenda. While it might seem obvious, clearly understanding what the goal is in the meeting can prevent going into a meeting with a number of topics to cover but no focus.

And Why

The purpose of the meeting, which, if well-organised, will be addressed on the agenda. Your agenda should list all of the topics covered in the discussion, and if done well, they will be centred on one theme. Leave a few minutes at the beginning so that late arrivals won’t interrupt valuable information and at the end to address questions tabled during the meeting.

Avoiding Meeting Madness

Well-coordinated meetings always have the most positive effect on attendees, and simply because they clearly address the goal and purpose of the meeting. Furthermore, this clarity reduces that amount of time simply because conversations are structured. Finally, clear directives given in a short amount of time create opportunities for active engagement.

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Which Clover Station To Use for Small Business?

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Depending on what type of business you run, you may have been having a little trouble deciding what kind of payment processing system you should upgrade to. Figuring out exactly which one is best for your situation may seem a bit confusing since there are so many options available to replace the old stationary cash register model.

Clover Station is one popular option available with credit card processing service from Merchant Account Solutions that offers you different configurations depending on what type of business you operate. Here is a quick rundown on the available systems.

Clover Station 

For a traditional type store setting with a twist, you may find Clover Station best fits your needs. The Android tablet-based system is stationary but features a swiveling stand to allow customers interaction with the screen. 

Clover Mini

If you are tight on space, but you still the capabilities of a full-featured payment system, consider the Clover Mini. The Clover Mini has a small footprint but still sports a large screen and the same intuitive interface as the larger Clover Station system. It comes ready to accept all forms of payment types.

 Clover Flex 

Clover Flex lets your POS move to serve your customer better. Give them the convenience of checking out anywhere in your store. You also have the freedom to take your POS with you as you perform residential services.

Take the Plunge

Regardless of size, all Clover Station systems from Merchant Account Solutions come ready to go to work taking payments and tracking your key metrics. The power of integrating Cloud-based software into your operation will revolutionize your business by letting you see your information anytime from anywhere. A plethora of apps from the Clover App Marketplace will help you effortlessly customize the service you provide.

Prefer the iOS Apple interface? Try the Revel POS System for the same functionality on a more familiar feeling device.

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What Do I Need to File When Starting a Business?

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Starting a new business can be an exciting time in someone’s life but it can be even
more stressful as you begin dealing with paperwork for things such as taxes. When
starting a new business there are several licenses that one must obtain but a very
important thing to get is an employer identification number or an EIN number. This is a
way for the Internal Revenue Services or IRS to keep track of your business for tax
purposes. It is how they can identify your business as a legal entity. When starting a
new business, you must first decide what entity you should file under such as:

 Sole Proprietor/Individual
 Corporation, S-Corporation, and Personal Service Corporation
 Limited Liability Company
 Partnership
 Estate
 Non-Profit
 Church Controlled Organization

After deciding which entity, you should file under, you can then apply for your employer
identification number, also referred to as a FEIN. To bypass dealing directly with the
IRS, you can use the website IRS-EIN-Tax-ID.com to file for your tax identification
number. They have broken the sometimes-confusing process into three simple steps.

1. Select Entity
2. Enter Information
3. Review and Submit

When you begin the filing process, they have agents that will help you with the filling
and processing. They have extensive knowledge that they will use to answer any
questions you may have. This ensures that all the information you are submitting is
correct and the application will not be denied. After applying, you will receive your EIN
number the same day, typically within an hour as long as it was filled during business
hours. It will come via email and will be formatted 12-3456789, which is similar to a
social security number. Filling through this website is much faster and helps you start
your business up sooner rather than later.

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