you're considering your own? GREAT! The world needs
brilliant minds to do what they believe in! And those brilliant
minds need funding, and the voice of experience to guide them.
Kickstarter provides the funding, and I'll provide some experience.
you kickstart your idea?
Don't do it! (relax, hear me out)
all, you need somebody to
tell you "No". Like a Best Man on the morning of the wedding, "Are
you sure?". You can't have everyone saying "Do it!" or you
might make a bad choice. Consider not doing it and see how you
process can kill you.
· It will take 9 months or more, and upwards of 80 hours a week at
that. YES, 80. You got that kind of time? Are you ready to
commit to finishing every last step of it when you are burnt out and
irritable 6 months from now?
family needs you. If you have a Wife, kids, a 40+ hour a week
job, or a very attached vision for your project/art... you're not going
to have time for all of them. So it's time to give up your other
hobbies for a while.
going to get beat up. If you don't have a tough hide, a duck's
back, the soul of a Saint ...or are a Weeble... you are going to get beat
up by the system and unpleasant people's negative, often cruel,
comments. (I survived praying to have the soul of a Saint, and
all the while believing I'm a Weeble, FYI.)
fine, you can do it. But...
absolutely believe in your idea with 92% to 98.5% of your heart.
less is an insult to those willing to fund you, any more means you
won't do #4 below.
design already exists, has been tested and works, and is liked by at
least 74% of those who try it. (We can get
that percentage up with time, don't worry.)
have a FLAWLESSLY designed budget based on WEEKS of research, AND don't
expect to make mint. Because "Making Mint" is not something
that happens on Kickstarter.
#7 for tips on how to make a Kickstarter-ready
can take advice.
are (or can be) nice to people when they are mean to you.
family knows what THEY are getting themselves into.
prayed about it. — Look,
I know you're not all the praying type, and I respect you; but I am,
and I trust you respect me too; and I tell you that I would not have
survived without this one. You can take it or leave it, but I
will tell you that it's how I survived the rough patches.
are you still thinking about this?
course you are!
You're thinking: "Well, I don't know if I have all that yet...
but I might".
I know. I was there once too.
So, that's good enough for now. I hereby promote you to the next
article. ; )