The phenomenon known as crowd funding is still going strong. Many people have seen their ideas come to life using popular sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Yet for every successfully crowd funded project, there are a dozen or more projects that never get the funding they need and thus the final products never get to see the light of day. To increase your odds of succeeding at crowd funding, you must make the process fun and enjoyable. Here are various ways to enjoy crowd funding the next time you have a great idea that you want to make a reality.
Choose an Idea You’re Passionate About
To fully enjoy crowd funding, you should choose an idea that fills you with a fire deep down inside. You need an idea that causes you to jump out of bed early in the morning and remain working on that idea late at night long after your bedtime. It should be an idea that has to get made no matter what. Once you have that idea solidly formed in your mind, put it on a popular crowd funding website to get the process started.
Gather Like-Minded People
You can’t crowd fund an idea all by yourself. You need people and lots of them, and preferably with deep pockets. The best way to find those people is to use social media. Start with those you already know, such as your friends, co-workers, family and neighbors. Get excited about your idea and do your best to get those you connect with excited about your idea, too. If you want to enjoy crowd funding, it becomes easier when you have those you know and love rallying around your idea, especially if the rallied come through with some much-needed funds.
Choose Rewards That Motivate You
Crowd funding sites allow you to establish a number of rewards that you will offer to your followers in exchange for their hard-earned money. They donate to your cause and you offer them a credit in your movie, an acknowledgement in your book or a video made by you thanking them personally. The idea goes like this – the more substantial the donation, the bigger the reward.
If you want to enjoy crowd funding, choose rewards that will be fun to put together and that your followers will truly love. Get them excited to earn the rewards and you’ll all have a blast making your idea into a product or service that others all over the world can finally use and appreciate.
Host a Crowd Funding Get Together
Google+ hangouts or even Skype are great platforms to use to get your followers together for a crowd funding shindig. These gatherings can be held at regular times or they can be reserved for the end process when your idea finally gets the funding it needs. Your followers will love being part of something so special and you will be able to enjoy crowd funding even more when you know that there are so many others who are excited for you and the project you’re trying to create. To really ramp up the excitement, you might even choose to offer extra prizes at the event on top of your already exciting crowd funding rewards.
Offer Advice to Those Who Need It
Nothing feels as good as giving to another in need. Just as other people are donating to your crowd funding idea, you can give back to the community by searching for projects that aren’t doing so well and by offering your expertise and advice.
Once you have successfully enjoyed the process of crowd funding, you can help others enjoy the process by telling them to get excited about their idea, by offering rewards that others can get behind and by hosting events that are designed to nurture one’s crowd funding followers and overall community. You never know, the ideas you assist with could go on to become some of the most successful in crowd funding history. And even if you don’t get a piece of the action, at least you can feel good that you paid a little of your success forward. That is what the whole phenomenon of crowd funding is all about, after all.
There are many ways to enjoy crowd funding, not just the ones listed above. Take this advice and make it your own, but whatever you do, enjoy the process however you can. The next successful project could be yours; but there’s no sense getting involved at all if you’re not going to have a ball doing what you love.