ZCom Finances 2014 Projections / Monthly Averages After Cost Cutting…

Z costs and revenues are not particularly complicated.

There are infrastructure costs, typically called fixed costs, that are rooted in basic existence. We have a staff of three and a half which requires not only salary but diverse taxes, health insurance, and upkeep costs associated with staff, materials, etc. as well as rent, electricity, heat, etc. There is also accounting, computer maintenance, office supplies, etc. The projection you see here includes reducing the salaries of Lydia Sargent and Michael Albert each by 50%…for cost savings. This is not preferred, but necessary.

Then there are costs of operations each month, which depend on scale – and on what is being done, of course. These correlate largely to product output. Here we have paying creators, costs of printing Z Magazine and video manufacturing, costs of delivery and all kinds of mail and promotion. Here too are ZMI deficits and ancillary political trips and events we relate to and costs of the online operations including bandwidth, servers, and programming as well as online fees for materials, etc. These numbers take into account cuts due to creating a new web system, etc.

On the revenue side we have revenues from Z subscriptions, video, book, and other sales. And then, critically, we also have Sustainer and One Time Donor revenues, plus,, and this is new, revenues from external labor and donations.

Here is a summary of monthly projections for the coming year, after various cuts, etc. Of course, things will vary somewhat…


Income per month on average

Sustainer Donations –          $15,000

Quarterly Fund Raising –     $5,000

Z Magazine Subs –                $5,500

DVDs Books –                         $   500

Services to Telesur –              $5,000

Extra Donations –                  $3,000

                              Total:  $34,000


Costs per month on average

Salaries –                                  $12,000

Health Insurance –                 $  5,000

Rent –                                        $   2,500

Utilities / Internet –               $    1,000

ZMag Production –                 $    5,000

Delivery… –                              $    2,000

Fees/Contents –                      $    1,000

Web Maintanence –               $    1,500

Transaction Costs –                $    2,000

Accounting –                            $        750

Supplies, Computers…          $        750

                                    Total: $33,500

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