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    I have a question for INA.

    First, I have to say that I have always dreamed of beginning my own business: watching it grow, begin to turn a profit, become able to support me with a full-time salary, then growing to be able to support other people with full-time salaries.

    I was wondering if INA has grown enough to support all of the administrators as a full-time job or if you have a day job or another part-time job to support your needs.

    I don't mean to pry into anyone's private lives (how much they make, etc.). I was just wondering how INA was doing and if it has taken flight yet. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] I guess I just want to live vicarously until I start my own business. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    bg

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    I have a question for INA.

    First, I have to say that I have always dreamed of beginning my own business: watching it grow, begin to turn a profit, become able to support me with a full-time salary, then growing to be able to support other people with full-time salaries.

    I was wondering if INA has grown enough to support all of the administrators as a full-time job or if you have a day job or another part-time job to support your needs.

    I don't mean to pry into anyone's private lives (how much they make, etc.). I was just wondering how INA was doing and if it has taken flight yet. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] I guess I just want to live vicarously until I start my own business. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    bg

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    • #3
      Hi bg,
      I work full time here at INA. We have over 9,000 members now. With bandwidth charges alone up to $10,000 a month, and two servers in Irvine, CA. and our dedicated video server in Canada, plus five office computers, traveling, payroll, office help, paying for the studio, editing, photos, all day long phone calls, etc. We are still only breaking even at the end of the month and heavily invested. But we have big plans. We are growing fast and the future looks very bright! We have very dedicated volenteers and employees that believe in naturism. The internet is one of the best ways to get the word out.
      The main thing is to believe in what you do so you enjoy it. Good luck in everything you do!
      Corky

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      • #4
        Only answer this if you are comfortable with the info.

        I was wondering after I read this, with the large amounts of money going out. Where is it coming in. Does INA have other sources of income than what the registrated members give on a yearly basis?

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        • #5
          The income is from private donations, INA store, and the annual membership dues. Oh, yes, and a little from the NudistCasino.com.
          That's it.
          Corky

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          • #6
            Rise old post... Rise from the dead... [evil laugh]

            I was going through my old posts and came across this one and was just curious how INA's situation has changed in the last 3 1/2 years (has it really been that long [feeling old])?

            Better I assume. Number of servers, bandwidth, etc? Full time employees? Any skyrise offices yet? Any positions available for freelance writers? (had to throw that in

            Stay nude.

            bg

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            • #7
              Things are better. Same amount of servers. Bandwidth charges have gone way down. We closed NudistCasino.com. We will be taping the documentary "Naked in America" in December as mentioned on our front page at clothesfree.com.

              No full time positions at this time. But we pay for articles. Plus we pay for good photos and video. Send video of your club or resort and we will highlight it on our show.

              Contact me anytime at: [email protected] or call 559-642-7381

              Thanks and have fun!

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              • #8
                Just my 2 cents:
                There seems to be alot of anti-capitalist sentiment in the U.S. nowadays (and even on these forums), but I believe the most effective, complete way to meet the needs of nudists is through for-profit organizations/properties, etc.. That's not saying organizations should get "greedy" and try to get rich overnight or make money in some unethical way, but that via at least modest profits, people/organizations are naturally motivated to think harder, work harder, and in the end, end up providing better services. There are many examples nowadays of corporations with ethics/values above and beyond what the law requires. I think such value/principle-based organizations will succeed in the "industry" of nudism (combined with brilliant business strategy, of course).

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                • #9
                  quote:
                  There seems to be alot of anti-capitalist sentiment in the U.S. nowadays


                  Which is silly. Every organization, and every person, needs to have some sort of income equal or greater than expenditures to survive in the long run. Profit is not evil, it is good and necessary. The excessive love of profit may be considered immoral - because it can lead one to harm others in the blind pursuit of it. But profit itself is a great good.

                  CFI had better have a good income stream to continue its work. You need good profit to do good work.

                  Even a non-profit organization needs to have income greater than or equal to expenditures to survive. And many for-profit companies fail for lack of profit.

                  The one little gotcha is that part of the income can be credit. But eventually that borrowed 'income' must be paid back - or defaulted.

                  For the first time since the depression the United States of America has become a debtor nation - we - all of us - government - corporations - organizations - and individuals - spent more money last year than we earned. We used to be the largest creditor nation in the world, now the world is propping us up - mostly China, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and ... wait for it ... Mexico.

                  We'd better start pursuing profit again soon. Profit for everyone - especially the dwindling middle class. The current binge of borrow and spend is rapidly turning the US into a 3rd world nation.

                  -Mark

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                  • #10
                    quote:
                    For the first time since the depression the United States of America has become a creditor nation - we - all of us - government - corporations - organizations - and individuals - spent more money last year than we earned. We used to be the largest creditor nation in the world, now the world is propping us up - mostly China, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and ... wait for it ... Mexico.
                    True, but you need to edit the typo in the first line above -- we are now a debtor nation, one of the biggest if not the biggest in the world.

                    Are you sure that happened just last year? I thought it's been true for a fair number of years. For example, our Trade Deficit and Balance of Payments deficits have been growing unchecked for years.

                    And Japan is also one of the countries propping us up. For many years. Has that changed?

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