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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crowd Funding - What is worthy of your generosity?

I can't believe how much fun Kandy and I have been having at our studio and boutique!  The space is perfect for the two of us, we work so well together and love the gals at SCRAP Denton (our landlord), they are so good to us.  We have built in foot traffic and easy access anytime we need to supplies, we just slip over to SCRAP and find what we need (and so many fun things we don't need too).  Finding out all the cool ways to reuse materials has also been a blast.  It's is so delightful to make something old new again and know that we can be responsible stewards of our environment on some small level.

We are wives of wonderfully supportive husbands and moms of rapidly growing children. We desperately want to help contribute to our families financially, especially with college in the not too distant future. But we also want to have the freedom to work around our families schedules, we want to be there for them, we don't want to sacrifice our family time or relationships. We don't want to jump into jobs that we hate.  We want to show our children that you can do what you love and have a rich and rewarding life. We are conscientious of all these things as we are building our business and know that it takes time to become truly profitable.  We are not there yet and unfortunately running low on financial resources.

So here is where we discuss Crowd Funding.  If you haven't heard of it, it is a means to present your cause or project or goal to the masses and ask them to partner with you in achieving that through their financial support, or donation if you will. Indiegogo and Kickstarter are two avenues to pursue this path of raising financial support.  As a campaigner, you can set up certain levels of contributions with "Perks" that you would provide to your contributors.  In our case, it might be something like two of our handmade notecards at the $10 level,  a lovely fabric flower brooch at the $25 level and so on.

We would love to get your input.  If we were to run a campaign to raise $3000 to help cover our operating expenses and develop an ad campaign for 2013, to keep us doing what we love to do, be available for our families and help us become profitable, is this a cause you would find worthy of your generosity? Would you donate?  If you donated what perks would you like to see offered?  Please leave a comment with your thoughts, feedback, crowd funding experience or suggestions.  We would be ever so grateful!

Appreciate you!

1 comment:

Rustique Art Cindi Ablright said...

Fabulous post! I told you...all you have to do is write from your heart, leave all that thinking stuff somewhere else. You make several great points; family comes first, this is very evident in your text. But the independence and pride that comes from contributing financially to your household is huge, and to achieve this by doing something you love...that is even bigger. I'm so proud of you and elated that you are reaching out to your community and peers, allowing us the chance to come along side you, lift you, encourage you and support your business, whether that be through monetary means or something so simple and basic as prayer.
Love you muches and yes, this would be something I would support and promote with a passion!