When someone sees a need and acts, it's to be commended. Those are the people who change the world.
Many people might see the need, but only a few are change makers. It takes a special type of person to start their own business or nonprofit and take the risk.
Crowdfunding takes some of the onus off the inventor, developer or start-up business.
"To succeed in business you need passion, persistence and drive." Libby Hikind, CEO and Founder of GrantWatch advises. "Find something you love, something you know well. Do the research and test the market. Research will tell you if a good idea is a great idea or just an idea."
Sometimes the passion and purpose are born out of adversity, as was the case for Javier Camacho, of Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017, Javier Camacho, a self-taught software developer dedicated a year to provide solar powered electricity using recycled materials by himself. He provided solar powered electricity to 49 families, and developed a prototype for a generator and a kit that people can put together themselves, wanting to get them to as many people and places as possible, so those hit by hurricanes and other natural disasters will never be devastated by a failure in the infrastructure again. His DIY Solar Generator is a product that's not difficult to produce. He is seeking funding to complete the project for public distribution and bring it to market.
"There are tried and tested methods for starting a business that can be followed for a higher chance of success. YouHelp assists campaigns with six-weeks of mentoring, guidance and advice," says Hikind.
"Successful entrepreneurs and business owners are often happy to help those just starting out, interested in following in their footsteps. Don't be afraid to ask."
People starting a business can often find grants on MWBEzone.com. Nonprofits can find grants on GrantWatch.com, and both nonprofits and small businesses can use YouHelp platform for crowdfunding for start-up costs, testing the market and for expanding their businesses and organizations.
Some of the expenses mentors recommend when starting a business include: training, building a website, advertising and promotion to create awareness for the new business. While looking and applying for grants, entrepreneurs become proactive and start crowdfunding campaigns on YouHelp.
For more information on starting a YouHelp crowdfunding campaign, see How It Works.
"All the business services under the GrantWatch umbrella were created to help nonprofits, small businesses and individuals raise the funds they need for projects for the common good; through the daily updated grant database, the crowdfunding platform, providing the latest news on grants for nonprofit and business leaders, or helping people find and hire a grant writer. We offer support and mentors to work with you for the best results," said Libby Hikind, CEO and founder of GrantWatch and affiliate sites, MWBEzone, YouHelp, Grant Writer Team, GrantNews, and the next project in the works, the Grant Writer Institute.
"We have made the process simple to open a YouHelp.com crowdfunding campaign. YouHelp.com, a free fundraising website, offering the best in crowdfunding capabilities to forward-thinking men and women who are looking for funds for a nonprofit, to start a small business or individual needs. The process is simple: start a fundraiser, enter your fundraising goal, add a compelling message that donors will find worthwhile — and launch. If the idea is deserving, and you do the sharing-out of your campaign to your crowd of family, friends, colleagues, your community, persons of the same interest and nationally, people will pledge their support.
About the Author: The author is a staff writer for YouHelp.com