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The Benefits Of Crowdfunding

The Benefits Of Crowdfunding

Having a great idea but not having the ability or opportunity to bring it to fruition can be frustrating. It can be difficult to get funds or find investors who believe in your idea or vision enough to bank on you and invest in it. This is one of the reasons crowdfunding is changing the way people get their projects and businesses funded. From education to technology and even solar energy, a lot of projects have gotten their start thanks to crowdfunding sites. These are sites that help get projects funded with the help of the masses.

If you have a new business or project, crowdfunding is one of the best ways for you to get the funds you need from well-meaning people who connect with the project’s story and are willing to help. There are lots of crowdfunding sites out there, and each specializes in different aspects of crowdfunding. Choose a site that meshes well with your idea and interests.

Although the main goal of a crowdfunding campaign is gaining funding, it can also serve as a medium to validate your business, gain interested customers, and generate ideas. Through a successful crowdfunding campaign, you can find lots of people who are interested in your project and also convince new people to become interested. This builds a fan and customer base of people who will follow your project as it progresses.

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Here are four benefits of crowdfunding.

It’s an efficient way to raise funds.

At this early stage of your business or project, you are faced with the difficulty of attracting seed capital, and you don’t mind exploring all the funding options available to you.

When you weigh your options, you may find that it is potentially more effective and efficient to start a crowdfunding campaign rather than pursuing other funding routes. For example, the procedure for applying for loans may be cumbersome, and then you would need to await approvals that you might not even get. The interest rates and terms of the loan if it is approved are also a major consideration. Seeking out investors and pitching your idea to them is a huge undertaking. By setting up a successful crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe or alternative platforms, you will be able to find and get your message out to people who are actually interested in your project. With the right platform for your project, you can tell the story of your business and enjoy the benefit of having potential funders find you. It’s more efficient than traditional fundraising.

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    It helps build interest, community spirit, and a customer base

    A good crowdfunding campaign can enhance your visibility, validation, and trust. When your campaign is discovered and funded by interested people, it enhances interest and trust in your project, as other persons are likely to buy into your idea too. This demonstrates that potential customers believe in your idea or vision, and that’s a good thing.

    It helps you gain loyal advocates

    A crowdfunding campaign helps you gain potential brand advocates and early adopters. These are the (early) people who believe in your idea, project or story enough to take a chance and fund it. They share in your vision and could even help share your story on social networks to promote your project.

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    Opportunity for critique, scrutiny, and idea refinement

    It also gives your ideas the opportunity to be scrutinized and vetted by would-be backers. One of the major interests of most startups is to identify important and unattended needs that customers have and do something about it. Thus, it is important to seize any opportunity for customer feedback by taking every criticism and suggestion in stride, then evaluating the feedback for relevance when developing your startup.

    Crowdfunding campaigns help you get close to potential customers and give you the opportunity to answer questions, hear complaints, get feedback, and consider ideas from potential customers. This could even be where you get your next great idea!

    In fact, crowdfunding brings with it many benefits, and it’s now a great way for people and startups to find capital, gain support, validate their business, and get exposure. Crowdfunding has made a lot of good things possible: it has helped unleash people’s creativity, saved lives by helping fund medical treatments for lots of people, and helped startups and projects get off to a good start.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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