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?
How to Determine If You Are Eligible for an EIN
An Employer Identification Number or EIN number is important for new businesses. It helps the Internal Revenue Service or IRS to monitor businesses. Through the nine-digit unique number assigned to different business entities, also known as Federal Tax ID Number, acts like a Social Security Number, it is only meant for a business or company.
If you are planning to start up a business or will restructure your current one, you need to obtain an EIN. The first thing to do to get an EIN number is to determine whether you are eligible for one.
Here are the different types of entities:
- Sole Proprietor – This refers to a lone ownership of an unincorporated company, which is not registered with the state as a limited liability company.
- Limited Liability Company – Also called an LLC, a limited liability company is formed by filing articles of organization with the secretary of state. The owners of an LLC are called members.
- Partnership – An unincorporated organization with at least two members.
- Corporation – A person or a group who establish an identity through filing an Article of Incorporation with the state secretary’s approval.
- S Corporation – A domestic corporation that elects its status through Form 2553 to avoid double taxation
If you are part of a farmer’s cooperative, a non-profit organization, or real estate mortgage conduits, then you are eligible to apply for an EIN. Sole proprietors who employ at least one individual must get an EIN too. An estate EIN is also needed if you have created a trust or represent an estate of a deceased business owner. Once you’ve identified your entity you can easily apply for an EIN online anytime for free at https://www.irs-ein-tax-id.com/. When you send your application online during business hours, you will receive your EIN via email on the same day.
The Secret Method for Establishing Your Child’s Financial Future
The innate drive I have as a parent to teach, influence, and leave a legacy for my children was unexpected. It was sparked at the hospital when they were born and hasn’t stopped since then.
While I was growing up, I wasn’t taught much about money, investing, business, and entrepreneurship. I had to learn a lot of painful lessons. I have been fortunate to establish a financial system from which my kids are already benefiting.
My system runs contrary to the traditional financial system parents and grandparents used to save for their kids’ future in many ways.
But the only way to get uncommon results is through uncommon means. This is my system for establishing for your child’s future.
The 529 plan, also called a qualified tuition plan, is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. These plans are very popular and have become a sacred cow, even though they have only been around since 1996.
When my two girls were born, my dad was insistent on contributing to a 529 plan for college. At the time, I was barely into my first job out of college and hadn’t learned what I teach now, so I decided to open one up.
Today, millions of people have them, and your kids and grandkids are attached to them. In my experience, saying no to a 529 plan is like telling a mother her baby is ugly.
I don’t want to say what you’re doing is bad. You’re planning for your child or grandchild’s financial well-being, which is commendable. But if you look at the nature of a 529 plan, it’s not set up for your best interests or the best interests of the child or grandchild.
It’s pitched to you as a benefit, but it’s just another way for Wall Street to sell you mutual funds and make money off your desire to do well by your kids.
The objective of the 529 plan is to put money away and pay for future college expenses while getting a tax benefit for doing so. The catch is, if the money is not used for college or some other qualified higher education expense, you have to pay penalties for withdrawing it. What if you don’t need the account anymore—your kid decides to skip college, for instance—and you want to use that money for something else? Is the penalty you pay on the 529 plan worth it from the beginning?
Additionally, the burden on families to completely fund college has an opportunity cost that is difficult to quantify. Because of that, the financial future of the family may be put in jeopardy. I have seen it bankrupt a few.
Here’s an example of what I mean. Assume your child is five years old and you have committed to taking care of their educational costs for a four-year degree.
Right now, the average annual cost to attend a public university is $25,000, rising by 5 percent a year. That means that by the time a five-year-old today is 18 and ready to go to college, tuition would be almost $50,000. Over four years, factoring in tuition rises, that comes to a total cost of $213,344.
For a 529 account to pay out that much when it’s needed, it has to start with $100,000 and earn a net 5 percent every year through graduation.
Or, you could just save $8,147 a year for 18 years.
To really drive this point home, the opportunity cost for the family during their later years is really where the price is paid.
If you saved $8,147 a year for 18 years and then let it grow past that point until your future retirement, your balance at the end of 35 years would be $551,602.
If you spent that down through a 20-year retirement, the cash flow would be $42,154.24 per year, for a total lost opportunity cost of: $843,084.80.
The opportunity cost that comes with following the typical college path doesn’t simply disappear if funded through a WMA—it only gives you more options.
You’re trying to prepare for something in the future that may not happen the way you think or may not happen at all. Consider the opportunity cost of that money—what that money could do between now and the time your child goes to college.
When I learned about what I do today, I cancelled the 529 plans I had and opened Wealth Maximization Accounts on each of my kids. Today, I have multiple policies for each of them.
However, the idea isn’t simply to treat these as 529 comparisons. The money inside a WMA can be used now, without any restrictions. In my experience, that has been a most powerful tool to teach kids, including my own, about money.
Instead of saying no to things they want, I can say yes. The money is borrowed against their policies, however, so it becomes their responsibility to pay it back. We call it our family bank.
For example, my daughter Meghan has used her policies to buy numerous types of electronics and a $400 gymnastics mat, amounting to thousands of dollars cumulatively. She had to create a payback plan before she was given the money. She felt she could earn enough for the payments by increasing the amount of babysitting she did in the neighborhood.
She also researched ways to earn bigger tips by giving better service, such as making little videos of the kids, making sure the house was cleaner than when the parents left, and leaving a handwritten note. This experience has given Meghan an appreciation for where money comes from, what a loan is, and what interest is—both the interest you pay and the interest you earn. I know that will benefit her in the future.
Wealth Maximization Accounts for your kids are the ideal way to teach them about money and also to prepare for their future purchases, such as a car, college, and beyond. Properly structured plans are a superior alternative to a 529 college savings plan. For more resources take a look at Paradigm Life.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Custom Paper Writing Services
In this day and age, students find themselves more often than not overwhelmed by college work which can lead to stress. To lighten your load and make your life a little bit easier, custom paper writing services have come to the rescue of overburdened students.
However, choosing the right custom paper writing services is important in order to ensure that the quality of your work is not compromised in any way. Below are essential factors that will help you decide on which custom paper writing services will get your assignment done.
Writing Experience and Skills
A legit and well-established writing agency like customwritings.com should have writers who are proficient and possess at least the essential basic skills in writing a paper. How will you know if they are good? They should be able to provide samples of their work. Remember to base your hiring decision on the following questions:
- Do the samples relate to your assignment?
- Are the samples clear, concise, error-free, and not plagiarized?
- Do the samples adhere to the basic writing requirements?
- Does the agency provide any kind of guarantee for their services?
Pricing and Discounts
Legitimate custom paper writing service is the first thing you consider before hiring the services of an agency. The next thing is pocket-friendly services. If the services of an agency are a bit high for a given assignment, they should be able to give you valid reasons for that such as academic level of the assignment, type of assignment, the length of your work and the urgency of your paper. Other than that, look out for accredited sites that also offer discounts to their clients, for instance, first-time clients may qualify for discounts and also repeat clients who give successful referrals. You should take advantage of such opportunities.
What are the agency’s ratings? Has any of their clients recommended them? Some of the good and accredited sites have testimonials from their clients. You can even request for customer contacts. Call those clients and find out what they have to say about the agency’s services.
The internet is full of useful information. Search through the web to find out more about them. Also, check their websites to see if they have any referrals from satisfied clients. A trustworthy and reliable agency should have more clients brought in by other happy customers.
Method of Payment
Does the agency require upfront payment even before they fully understand your needs? If that is the case, you may want to rethink your decision of hiring them. There are many scenarios on how this could play out. For instance, they may go offline and you end up losing your money or they may produce sub-standard work and either way you will still lose your money.
How is the communication like between you and the agency? Are you free to ask any questions you may have? Are they prompt in their responses to your queries and questions? There should be clear and open lines of communication between you and the agency. They should not delay in their responses and should you be concerned about the timelines, they should be able to reassure you of the progress of your assignment.