Saturday, September 7, 2013

Crowd Funding - Let’s Get Started

Got an idea for a business startup? Got an idea for a special project? Need funding? Don’t know where to turn?

You have landed on the right spot to do the research. I will provide you with links to places to get your funding. Your research can get a good start, and possibly end, here on this web site.

Here is a link to a PDF for H.R.3606, the legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012 “To increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies.“ You should be familiar with this bill before you go much further in your research. You should also copy and file it as the first page in your research file. However, you should not spend so much time trying to read and understand the “government speak” that you get discouraged from finding a place and the people to fund your business or project.

Points to consider:

1.) What is my project? The links in this article point to several different sources of “crowd funding”, and not all of them will consider the type of project you need funding for.

2.) Will this be permanent business adventure, or a project connected to a permanent business? Your widget may be “the next big thing”. Your album may turn gold, or even platinum.

3.) Who wants the product/service you wish to receive funding for? Not everyone is interested in spending hard earned money on a product they will never use, but they may be interested in investing in the company that produces or provides the service.

4-) Who are your investors? Most likely you would need to seek funding from people who would be most interested in owning what you have to offer since they are the ones who will be footing the bill for what you produce, or the service you perform. But, lots of investors may just like your business plan.
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The following is a partial list of links for crowd funding companies that may be the key to your successful business. This is only a starter list, and will be permanently displayed in the right hand column of this blog. And, I will ad links to this list as often as I possibly can. Believe me, there are a lot of crowd funding companies out there, and one of them was founded for the express purpose of funding your project.. Your job is to figure out which source you want, and which source wants you.

1.) Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/
2.) Pave: http://www.pave.com/
3.) Upstart: https://www.upstart.com/
4.) Indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/

More to come!
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Keith Birmingham is a Las Vegas, Nevada based photojournalist with a growing catalog of “Event, Lifestyle and Travel Photography". Bad Habit Photography is the online portfolio he uses to attract professional photo buyers, clients and viewers of his work. If you use articles written by this author for any kind of publication you must include this resource box with the article. For details please contact Keith Birmingham.


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