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?
Moms and the Side Hustle: Making Extra Money for the Family
Have you heard about mompreneurship? It’s a new trend in the world of entrepreneurship. Momtrepreneurs describes women who start or run their own company while also serving as a full-time parent. There’s no denying that balancing work and family obligations is extremely challenging. Heck, being a full-time mom is a major job all by itself. That said, the rise of technology is providing moms with more opportunities to earn money. Successful momtrepreneur stories are becoming more prevalent. Here are best practices for stay-at-home moms to earn extra money and become momtrepreneurs themselves.
Sell Sell Sell
If you have a knack for arts and crafts, there is a marketplace for you. In fact, you can sell your products on sites like Etsy, Ebay, Amazon Marketplace and Facebook. Think of creating and then selling products that suit the season. For example, summer is fast approaching and people will be outside. Have you ever thought to build your own bike and then sell it? Many people earn money by putting their hybrid bikes for sale. While there may be selling fees on certain sites, the pros heavily outweigh the cons – the cost of supplies are minimal, and you can work on a schedule that is convenient for you.
Share Your Skills
It’s time to take advantage of your talents and passions. Discover what they are and use them to make money. For example, if you are gifted at math, become a math tutor. Job sites frequently have postings for virtual tutors. Tutoring is also effective if you can advertise to fellow parents. You can help their kids and do it from the convenience of your own home. The same can be said for any number of skills. Are you good at piano? Guitar? Saxophone? If so, how about sharing your talents by offering music lessons to kids in the neighborhood or to classmates of your children? What about fashion? You can post tutorials on YouTube or begin a blog. If enough people visit your pages, businesses may advertise with you.
Whatever your side hustle, it’s important to sell yourself. You must have an online presence, as a quality website is essential for almost any type of business. If a person is seeking information, they are probably using the internet to find it. When they look for a service or product you offer, you need to show up in their search results and look professional. A website is often the first impression a company puts forth to potential customers. It’s imperative that first impression is a good one. Make sure your site is mobile-friendly, accurate, visually appealing and informative (location, contact information, hours of operation, etc.). Make sure to have active social media representation as well – this includes pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
In addition to an online presence, market yourself with business cards. Your business card is your brand, serving as a showcase for you and your organization. A business card serves as a physical product that can meet real-word, face-to-face needs. It provides customers and contacts with something tangible that can be referenced later when they are thinking about products or services pertinent to your industry. You can get creative (double sided business cards) or stay traditional (classic business cards) but remember to design a piece that is identifiable, visually appealing and professional.
The rise of the internet has made it easier than ever to make money from home. You can earn extra cash by selling products, sharing your skills and marketing yourself. Ladies, it’s time to join the long list of successful momtrepreneurs.
No more wasting time trawling online shops – the online shopping centre is here
Lets face it, our lives are busier now than ever. Work life balance is a constant struggle and when you’re trying to juggle a family, work, keeping fit and healthy, running a household and try to have some semblance of a social life any little thing that gives back some precious time is well worth it.
One thing that seems to be a huge time stealer is shopping. Dragging yourself and the family to the local high street or retail park is time consuming, often stressful and generally not enjoyable. There are definitely better things to be doing.
Of course there is always online shopping. No need to leave the sofa during those precious spare 5 minutes you have after the children have done to bed but before you have to run around preparing for the following day.
After all any retailer worth their salt invests heavily in a decent online presence. The perfect answer. Greater choice, 24/7 access, competitive prices and delivery straight to your door. It is no wonder it is the busy person’s go to for all their household needs.
Yet even that is becoming tiresome. With access to shops from all round the world, the web is now reaching saturation point. Busy shoppers are becoming overwhelmed by the sheer volume and spend hours trawling hundreds of retailers for the right product at the right price.
Step forward the next generation of online shopping – online shopping centres like Buyviu UK have finally opened their digital doors to the British shopper.
Anything you could possibly need, all in one place
Of course the real benefit of online shopping is speed and convenience, any time by any device you happen to have to hand. We want to get what we need quickly and easily so we can get on with whatever the next thing is on our mental to do list.
What we don’t want to be doing is spending hours scrolling and scrolling through hundreds of sites looking for a good price. This is why the online shopping centre is a master stroke. It takes all of that scrolling away doing all the hard work.
It brings together hundreds of retailers and thousands of products in one easy to use site. Imagine going to the biggest shopping centre in the world but without the crowds, the nightmare parking and bored kids.
Buyviu UK does exactly this, bringing together everything from fashion, jewellery and shoes to grocery staples, car parts, home and garden accessories and appliances and sports equipment. It is quite literally a one-stop-shop.
You can find anything you could possibly need for home, family and the odd little treat for yourself. So instead of wasting a whole weekend visiting the garden centre, the pet store, the car garage, the craft shop, numerous clothing stores, the sports store and the home appliance store, you can save yourself hours and not even move from the sofa. Sounds great right?
The range available in this online shopping centre is incredibly wide ranging. Whether it is school supplies for the kids, household appliances, pet accessories and even food. It has everything.
In the fashion section you can find all the top brands in clothing, footwear, jewellery and sports, from Nike and Adidas to Swarovski and Marc Jacobs. And if you are looking for gifts, there is a huge range of toys and baby products or beauty and home products.
So if you find yourself needing a new lawn mower at the same time as a new clarinet – Buyviu have got you covered.
It even sells car parts, sports equipment and arts and crafts. With such a lot of choice, navigating the website needs to be carefully planned. Buyviu make this easy, organising categories by brand or type, with the ability to search and filter by size, price, colour, merchant and material across all products. No matter what you need Buyviu will find it for you and get you to that shop to make your purchase.
Top brands right at your fingertips
The great thing about an online shopping centre is the easy access to all the top brands you know and love. Brands like ASOS, Dolce & Gabbana, Adidas, Nike, Zanussi, Bosch and other well known household names is second to none.
The baby range is particularly good with brands like Baby Bjorn and Bugaboo easily accessible. The site covers everything from potties, to prams and car seats and of course clothes for children of all ages for when they inevitably grow out of absolutely everything in record time.
Within a couple of clicks you have access to hundreds of retailers. There is just no need to spend hours on the internet going for site to site when it is all in one place for you already.
To make it even better, there is also an easy to access outlet section, all year round. The site pulls in discounted products across all the ranges and retailers and puts them in one easy to search location.
No more waiting for seasonal sales, or a long drive to the nearest outlet village for bargain hunting. Shoppers can do it all from the comfort of their sofa.
Discounts on well known brands are incredibly tempting, in places as much as 70% off, with a much greater choice. It is no wonder that shoppers prefer to spend their hard earned cash online, and the great filtering and search speeds the whole process up considerably.
Take back your free time and go and enjoy yourself
So with all those household needs met, and money saved from super bargains, all you need to do know is decide what to do with your spare time instead. Now you can avoid the weekend shopping chaos why not do something more fun for all the family? Nothing is more important and why not make the most of it.
We finally have a new way to surf the net for purchases. The online shopping centre is the way forward for busy people everywhere.
If you’re interested in starting a small business in Florida, one of the first things you need to consider is the current climate in your chosen industry. You don’t want to launch into a field that’s oversaturated while also offering a minimal demand from the public. Differentiation is key, but you should also look for indicators that there’s a strong customer base for your goods and services in a particular area. A souvenir shop will do well in parts of Florida where tourism is high, while a business focused on home repair services is best situated among residential neighborhoods.
Florida is a welcoming state for small businesses. In fact, over 99 percent of businesses in the state are classified as small businesses. This means that you’ll be in good company here, but you’ll also have a lot of competition. At the end of 2016, 18,474 small businesses shut down. Make sure your company isn’t among those to close their doors by taking care of your due diligence before you make that first sale. Planning is critical for new business owners who want to achieve long-term financial success.
From labor costs to tax laws, there’s a lot that you need to know about the area that you choose for your new business venture. Florida offers a wealth of benefits for prospective entrepreneurs. Learn more about the small business climate in the Sunshine State with this infographic. You’ll get valuable details to help you pick the perfect spot for your next venture.