Today I noticed that the CouchSurfing 2008 finances have been updated for the whole year. I whipped up a graph to show where the money goes.
Employee related expenses account for 62.8% of total expenses. In that figure I’ve included salaries, tax, payroll fees, rent, travel, food, and staff development. Admin expenses includes anything not in hosting / verification. Hosting is server costs plus telephone / communication. I suspect most of the telephone / communication expenses belong in Employees, but I left it there to be on the safe side. Finally, verification, the source of 99% of the income, costs only 6% of total expenses. I included printing and mailing in the verification cost.
The numbers are:
Admin Expenses: $116’901.33
Hosting costs: $86’723.33
It costs more than $400k to staff CS Inc with how many employees? Five? That would be a cost of $80k per person per year.
Hopefully this helps to understand where the money goes.