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The Largest African American crowdfunding site input2funding

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When little Annan started his kissing booth he never thought he would be overwhelmed by so many kisses. Now he’s thinking he needs to expand his business and hire some employees. He is going to create a kissing booth campaign and raise the money he needs. Input2funding is the largest #African American owned crowdfunding site and Annan will support his future with #input2funding… Follow Annan’s example and Come build with us…..

 

 

How Crowdfunding Helps Boost the Economy

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The modern world is indeed a digital world and with the influx of new ways to stay connected to people around the world has come the growth of crowdfunding. This rapidly growing trend has clearly shown that it’s not just a passing trend and that it is far from a casual trend that will soon die out. If anything the steady growth and advancement of this new modern form of funding and partnership has shown that the world is ready for a new way to support businesses and a new way businesses can approach budgeting and backing. Crowdfunding helps create a better way of life for many involved in the process, either directly or indirectly.

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It helps startup companies succeed and get off on the right foot with funding and backing, already established and successful businesses can provide more goods and services to customers as they grow, and even the surrounding communities can benefit from strong businesses and more community involvement through the crowdfunding campaigns. This helps not only that particular area, but the United States as a whole, and it does this quite effectively by bringing in taxes, adding more money into the local spending pool, and helps to build and bolster the economy. More businesses are able to form and succeed and this also means higher income per household, thus allowing more people to put money back into their local economies. It is a win-win situation and the power of crowdfunding is just now beginning to be fully realized as it is finally being taken seriously.

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“The impact of crowdfunding as a whole is nearly overwhelming. The average successful crowdfunding campaign is approximately $7,000 for rewards and donations based on crowdfunding. Those that earn at least 30% of their goal in the first ten days are more likely to achieve success. Social media marketing helps immensely by connecting the general public to the crowdfunding platform through an inbound link” (Crowdfunding Boosts).  The unique thing that separates crowdfunding apart form other forms of support and financial backing is the source of the funding. Rather than approaching strangers and lenders for large sums of money, much of crowdfunding starts with friends and family members and follows those branches as friends of friends of friends find out about the campaign and give to support it. This opens the door to business that might not qualify for loans from big lenders to be able to still fund their project and see it come to life.

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The other unique feature of the crowdfunding campaign is that it can be supported by anyone. Anyone who finds the campaign can contribute to it and help the project become a reality. It allows anyone who has an interest in a campaign to help give it a chance. Whether they donate one dollar or on-thousand dollars they are able to do their part. These things may seem trivial at first, but when you consider the biggest perk of crowdfunding for the contributor it is easy to see how these make the platform all the more appealing.

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The biggest reason, aside from believing in a project or being intrigued with a business idea, for contributors to support a campaign is the rewards and perks that are part of the crowdfunding platform setup.  Crowdfunding backers can get rewarded for supporting their favorite companies and for supporting new start ups and projects that they find intriguing and worthwhile. This gives them another reason to help business ideas and projects. They can feel good about themselves knowing they helped a business get started or helped someone get one step closer to making a dream into a reality. They also can feel good knowing they are helping the economy and making a difference in more than one way for more than just themselves.

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The surprising success of  crowdfunding proves that the majority of people in the US do care about small business and startups and they do want to be involved and make a difference. Crowdfunding platforms boost the average American’s ability to invest into a new business or project while also gaining something for themselves and at the same time helping the community and the nation as a whole. So check out all the great crowdfunding campaign platforms and find a campaign to invest in as you enjoy the rewards that come with it!

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Are Business Cards Obsolete?

 

Running a business is becoming a feat of technology. Payments are taken online and marketing is done through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. One aspect of marketing that will never become obsolete is the infamous Business Card.

Business cards are compact and easy to distribute.They are also an amazing marketing tool that many business owners often forget. Word of mouth is a great tool but a business card is tactile and has all the information so a business owner can be reached at any time, night or day.  Here are some marketing tips on distributing business cards.

  1. Keep your business cards on you at all times in a nice holder so they do not get disfigured or dirty. Be professional. No one wants to touch the business card you picked up off the floorboard of your car with a muddy footprint on the back or the one you dug up from the bottom of your purse with a sticky mint attached, right next to your name and address.
  2. Attach your business card to EVERYTHING!!!! Hang your business card on grocery store bulletin boards. Also, put your card in the “win a free meal” container at local restaurants. Paperclip or staple your card to every piece of mail you send to anyone, including personal correspondence. You may think this is overkill but everywhere you put your card is potential for new business.
  3.  Use your business card as scrap paper when leaving a note for someone.  When you go somewhere and the person you are looking for is not available, leave a note on the back of your business card. They have your contact information and a note letting them know what you were needing right in front of them.
  4. Get creative with your business cards and give people a reason to keep them on hand. Put a calendar on the back of the business card, measurement conversions, or a coupon asking them to present the business card upon redemption of the coupon.

If you are a paperless company, and the thought of carrying around the 500 business cards in the trunk of your car has you feeling queasy, try using a digital business card. Forbes.com lists several reputable digital business cards.

  1.  Feathr allows users to manage their contacts, take notes on conversations they’ve had with new acquaintances, manage event agendas and speakers at conferences and connect with social apps like Twitter.
  2. Infoduce puts business card data in a smartphone format but also allows users to create business profiles, purchase a product online, download a resume, connect via a social network and more. Through a QR code scan users can also link to print media.
  3. SnapDat is a digital card company that offers a product that is free to download, gives users the tools to build their own business cards on their own phones, using photos, logos and preloaded templates. Cards can then be sent via email to contacts and information automatically input to the receiver’s iPhone. Once a small library of business cards has been collected, users can swipe through contacts on screen.

Business cards have been the gateway to new business for decades. They are not going anywhere, but they are being updated as we move with the technological times.

Input2Funding  

Tel: 866-255-0693
Email: info@input2funding.com

Are Business Cards Obsolete?

 

Running a business is becoming a feat of technology. Payments are taken online and marketing is done through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. One aspect of marketing that will never become obsolete is the infamous Business Card.

Business cards are compact and easy to distribute.They are also an amazing marketing tool that many business owners often forget. Word of mouth is a great tool but a business card is tactile and has all the information so a business owner can be reached at any time, night or day.  Here are some marketing tips on distributing business cards.

  1. Keep your business cards on you at all times in a nice holder so they do not get disfigured or dirty. Be professional. No one wants to touch the business card you picked up off the floorboard of your car with a muddy footprint on the back or the one you dug up from the bottom of your purse with a sticky mint attached, right next to your name and address.
  2. Attach your business card to EVERYTHING!!!! Hang your business card on grocery store bulletin boards. Also, put your card in the “win a free meal” container at local restaurants. Paperclip or staple your card to every piece of mail you send to anyone, including personal correspondence. You may think this is overkill but everywhere you put your card is potential for new business.
  3.  Use your business card as scrap paper when leaving a note for someone.  When you go somewhere and the person you are looking for is not available, leave a note on the back of your business card. They have your contact information and a note letting them know what you were needing right in front of them.
  4. Get creative with your business cards and give people a reason to keep them on hand. Put a calendar on the back of the business card, measurement conversions, or a coupon asking them to present the business card upon redemption of the coupon.

If you are a paperless company, and the thought of carrying around the 500 business cards in the trunk of your car has you feeling queasy, try using a digital business card. Forbes.com lists several reputable digital business cards.

  1.  Feathr allows users to manage their contacts, take notes on conversations they’ve had with new acquaintances, manage event agendas and speakers at conferences and connect with social apps like Twitter.
  2. Infoduce puts business card data in a smartphone format but also allows users to create business profiles, purchase a product online, download a resume, connect via a social network and more. Through a QR code scan users can also link to print media.
  3. SnapDat is a digital card company that offers a product that is free to download, gives users the tools to build their own business cards on their own phones, using photos, logos and preloaded templates. Cards can then be sent via email to contacts and information automatically input to the receiver’s iPhone. Once a small library of business cards has been collected, users can swipe through contacts on screen.

Business cards have been the gateway to new business for decades. They are not going anywhere, but they are being updated as we move with the technological times.

Input2Funding  

Tel: 866-255-0693
Email: info@input2funding.com

Who’s Best For My Business?

Business Competitor At Starting PositionCrowdfunding offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for start up businesses or a business that wants to expand but Who’s Best For My Business? The options can be overwhelming. There is so much to think about, so much to learn. Our best advice is to research, but you need a starting point. Think about how big and how far you want to take your new or existing business, then re-think it and make it real and obtainable. Of course the sky is the limit and we all want to be successful billionaires. It all starts with that first step. It must be solid and you must know what you want and need to make your business thrive. The variables are many including but not limited to the economy, patent rights, and mostly- how to raise the funds. When you are ready or just need a little insight, give us a call or email us. We are happy to help.

Input2Funding  

Tel: 866-255-0693
Email: info@input2funding.com

Design Counts

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Grab a cup of coffee and join me. Introducing Guy Kawasaki, Contributor to Entrepreneur.com .
5 Things I Learned About Successful Startups From Steve Jobs is an awesome, informative article, and a great read for business minded professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs alike.  Design Counts is only one of 5 startups that Guy shares.

It might not matter to everyone, but design matters to enough people to make a startup successful. Simple functionality isn’t enough anymore. Now your product or service has to do the job in an elegant and pleasing way. Steve Jobs and Apple have raised people’s expectations forever.

 

4 more successful startup tips from Guy & Entrepreneur.com

Estimating The Cost

Male And Female Staff In Coffee ShopThe US Small Business Administration shares How to Estimate the Cost of Starting a Business from Scratch.

Start-up costs are technically defined as the costs you’ll incur before you start making any income. It’s an important distinction to make because it will impact your tax return. These costs are broken down as follows:

1. Expenses – These are the costs involved in preparing to open a business and may include things like market research, the mileage costs involved in researching a location, advertising, training, wages, and any fees paid to professionals or consultants such as a lawyer or accountant.

Many (but not all) of these costs are tax deductible, Continue reading