Do you have a really good idea for an online part time job? Do you lack the funding to get started? Kickstarter.com can help. If you’ve never heard of Kickstarter before, it’s an online crowd funding platform for creative projects. If you have an idea for a really great product or service, you can create a page for it and set your funding (and deadline) goals and allow others to pledge money towards making it happen. If you reach your funding goal, the money is yours and you can begin your project. How great is that?
The best part about Kickstarter is that they have turned crowd funding into a pretty big business. Go have a look around their site – as you will see, there are countless people out there who are anxious to help others launch their creative endeavors, and at the time of this writing, over 44% of the projects listed on their site reach their funding goals. This is too big of an opportunity not to be a part of!
If you choose to use Kickstarter, there are some important things to keep in mind:
- Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. That means your project funding goals must be met 100% (in the time allocated) in order to receive the money.
- You’ve got to give something back to everyone who pledges money for your project.
- You’ve got to be really good at convincing why people should pledge money for your project. Just throwing up a page with a couple pictures and a few words isn’t going to work – you need to be highly persuasive, and having a very big reach on the internet via social media will help.
- Finally, you’ve got to follow through on your goal. You can’t just take the money and run. Doing so may anger a lot of people, your name will be tarnished, and you could possibly face legal issues.
Whether or not you choose to use Kickstarter will depend on the type of job or project that you want to do. They do require that your project is of a creative variety that adds value to others, but that’s subjective and could mean different things to different people. Take advantage of that: fine artists and musicians are successfully using Kickstarter to fund art exhibitions and studio recordings. Be creative!
Uusing Kickstarter would essentially be “crowdsourcing” your start up costs for your online part time job. It may seem like a crazy way of doing business, but for the right type of project, it could be a fantastic way to propel your way to success.