First off, I want to thank everyone for the supportive comments, emails, texts and calls. I was really starting to doubt if I could make my dream business a reality, and your encouragement really helped me to stay motivated. Since I know how amazing it felt to get words of encouragement from complete strangers, I went ahead and sent a stranger words of encouragement. Someone who I funded on Kickstarter has been having a hard time with her project so I sent her an email telling her not to give up. She said it made her night! It doesn’t take much time to lift someone up and it makes such a big difference.
That said three unrelated people have told me I should use kickstarter to fund my project. If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a website where you can find out about new, interesting projects and help fund them. You get great prizes for every level of funding. For instance I helped pay for an urban garden in Queens. For $100 I get to take a tour of the garden, a lesson in apartment gardening, and know that I personally helped make Queens more environmentally friendly! When my friend’s movie got into the Berlin film festival Kickstarter helped her raise the $15,000 she needed for plane tickets, promotional material, and last minute editing improvements. I’ve helped fund the publishing of a graphic novel, and someone’s knitting enterprise. It feels awesome to be able to help people achieve their dreams and also feel like a part of these exciting, diverse endeavors. So I definitely need to keep this in mind once I have an exact amount I need to raise.
And my last bit of news is that I got a part time job teaching ESL! I used to be an ESL teacher before my last job, and I always loved it. You get to learn about so many cultures without even leaving your city. I figured taking on a part time job would help me feel more financially stable, so I won’t be as scared of taking big risks with BeddyBye. Also, just getting out of the apartment and being productive makes me feel more motived and competent!