Wow. It seems quite a large number of people have great ideas and just need a little more cash to get them accomplished. When I first heard of Kickstarter, I believed it to be a place to get indie films and projects accomplished. This was my first time really touring the site and discovering the different types of ideas, projects, and desires yearning for my cash.
With so much to look at, I decided to narrow down my search to my home city, Tampa, Florida. I have to admit, it is really cool to see what local artists, musicians, creative types, and just regular folk like me for which are trying to raise funds. I actually stumbled across someone I know, the lovely Lisa Casalino, a local jazz singer. I know Lisa from my boutique, and also because she sings at popular local restaurants and events – even singing the National Anthem for some of Tampa’s sports teams.
Lisa is currently trying to raise money to fund her second studio album, and I am quite impressed by how much she has raised already. I like that she offers incentives at different levels of donations including in-home concerts, tickets to the CD release party, and more.
(Also, shameless plug: on her Kickstarter site, she has a previous music video for her song “The Good Stuff” – filmed last summer at The Pink Petticoat! Check it out!).
I can think of a million things I would LOVE to put on Kickstarter to raise funds for: a nice dinner, a fun trip, and other trivial things. But I would never do that. Maybe a boutique expansion? Capital to open a second location?
My business is built more under the philosophy of working hard and reaping the rewards. I opened my store with my own capital, and every change and expansion has been cash funded through profits from the business. I think that I would feel guilty for taking other people’s pledged money. Also, what happens if you don’t raise enough funds for the project? Do you give the money back? Do you keep trying to raise more? I think there is a pretty large gray area with crowd sourced funding that I am far too nervous to venture into. I think for the time being, I will stick to selling underwear to make money – until the time comes that I really want to take that tour of Europe, fully funded by my friends online.