YouHelp Responds to Crowdfunders

We previously wrote UHelp Frequently Asked Questions to answer some of your crowdfunding questions. Crowdfunders have asked us some additional questions so here are the answers!

3) How long do I have to wait before contributions come in?

That depends on how well you promote yourself. In order to reach out to a wider audience, utilize social media together with public relations tools, like press releases. Once you hit the Go Live button, your project has 90 days to reach your monetary goal.

But, if your project is not complete with all the requirements, especially the campaign description, we will be unable to make it live on UHelp. Remember to make all adjustments the crowdfunding mentor requests of you, ASAP.  The clock on your 90 days or whatever amount of days you choose will start ticking when you hit the Go Live button and it will not be Live (without all the requirements).

4) What are the fees associated with UHelp?

This is a great question. In keeping with our competitors we are giving you the best possible rates. UHelp will only charge a platform usage rate of 5% of collected contributions after the project closes. Bank processing fees account for an additional 2.9% and $0.30 charge per contribution .

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5) Should I choose fixed or flexible funding?

There is an option to have your funding project or campaign at UHelp be flexible or fixed. We advise using the flexible setting because you will be able to retain whatever you raised if you did not meet your full goal. If, however, you choose fixed and do not meet your funding goal, the money will be returned to the contributors. Fixed is used when the project cannot be completed with the full amount of money.

Be Proactive!

We hope we’ve answered some of your questions about UHelp. Remember to post your campaign to your social media feeds regularly by utilizing the option on UHelp’s homepage. Also, email your contacts on a weekly basis to remind them of your project. Send out press releases to local newspapers and TV stations about your campaign. With a crowdfunding campaign, you get what you put it. So, it is not something to be forgotten. Be proactive!

Crowdfunding Schedule

Here at UHelp, we recommend following a daily to weekly schedule to promote your crowdfunding campaign. This will keep your contributors engaged and make it more likely that you get donations.

A Crowdfunding Mentor

UHelp is a unique platform that offers a one-of-a-kind tool. In addition to providing you with a crowdfunding platform, we provide a personal mentor to help you share your campaign on social media, through email and more. A crowdfunding mentor is here for you every step of the way. The mentor will help you get your project off the ground and be a continual point of contact for suggestions about how to promote your project on social media. It’s important to socialize your campaign and bring in donors to browse your UHelp project. You attract donors when you or your friends posts your campaign to social media.

How Do I Start?

Sign up for a UHelp account here. Once your campaign is approved and has been posted, just look for the Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ and Email buttons under your campaign on the UHelp homepage.

UHelp suggests that you frequently share your campaign (see the schedule below). You can pay a small amount ($1.00) to have your post reach a wider audience on each social media platform. For example, Facebook has an option to boost posts. This has worked for our previous campaigns. Request your supporters to share your campaign, too!

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What If I Don’t Use Social Media?

Even if you don’t use any form of social media, you can get the word out about your campaign through emails, text messages, phone calls and press releases. Be sure to consistently contact your closest friends, family, community, and the public. The more you talk about your project, the more likely others are to contribute.


Below, is a daily to weekly checklist for you to follow.

  • Step 1: Sundays

Post your campaign to all of your social media accounts.

  • Step 2: Mondays

Email/text your contacts about your campaign. Include a link.

  • Step 3: Tuesdays-Wednesdays

Write a one-page press release and include an image or photo and the link to your project – send it to local online newspapers.

  • Step 4: Thursdays

Make follow-up phone calls.

  • Step 5: Fridays

Create a unique hashtag for your project and repost your campaign to all of your social media accounts (use the same hashtag every Friday).

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