here because you want to start a Kickstarter but you have no idea:
A) How much it'll cost, thus...
B) How much you'll need to raise, nor...
C) Where to even start.
us begin with a bulleted list of everything you're going to need to pay
for (EXPENSES / "Liabilities") along this journey, by major category;
then discuss possible sources of income (ASSETS). On the next
page, Article #7.2, linked below, we'll break down each bullet point
into greater detail and provide a budgeting spreadsheet that you can
download (for free) to help itemize your own unique budget.
with the rest of our articles, this largely discusses game
manufacturing, but most budget items are ubiquitous; simply replace any
game term with your relevant item/term where necessary! : )
categories arranged in relative order of size, by greatest, to least,
Main Game's quote (from manufacturer)
(be prepared for this sneaky game changer)
(from manufacturer) (optional)
ordered (for self-fulfillment) (optional)
(self-game, bonus items/add ons)
for minis (3d or physical)
frames & backgrounds
- Graphic Design (arranging all this into final products)
Items (Flyers, Postcards, etc.)
Upgrades (Photoshop, Movie Editors, etc.)
Upgrades (Depends on the software upgrades)
Fees & State Franchise Taxation
& Amazon Fees
Manager Fees (not part of initial budget, but seemed worthy of a
now that we have the massive list of EXPENSES covered, let's talk
your Father to sell half his property so you can have your inheritance
early so you can squander it on a life of debauchery and board gaming.
#s 2, & 3 aren't going to work out for you very well, and #1 is
probably a lost cause or you wouldn't be on Kickstarter... you really
only have #4 to go on. Don't worry. It's doable.
pause for a chat....
if you don't have an answer (good or bad) to every one of the above
items, you should NOT launch
your Kickstarter yet. You do your backers (and self) a great
dis-service if you haven't figured out the above before you ask them
for money. Because if you haven't figured out the above, then
you're guessing at
the amount of money required based on other kickstarters you've seen,
and that's a terrible idea that will let you down.
don't worry - you
CAN, and will, figure this out. I'm going to help you.
to be brought to part 2 of this Article, the "Detail by Detail"
page with a downloadable Budget Spreadsheet that you can make your own.