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9 crowdfunding websites to help you change the world. – Webdistortion

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18th20109 crowdfunding websites to help you change the world.

posted in: Business by: Paul Anthony

For many people, the thought of taking significant financial risk holds them back from jumping head-long into launching the idea that has been stuck in the recesses of their head. This little collection of crowdfunding websites and web applications are designed to take the risk out of that creativity and innovation, allowing even the little guy to do something amazing.

Who needs venture capital funding to get their idea off the ground? If you’ve been holding back because of it, you might just find there’s help out there, fueled by the community, and managed by some of these fantastic sites, which can help you fund your idea, business startup or music project.

KickStarter

URL: http://www.kickstarter.com/

KickStarter has received quite a bit of publicity recently for its efforts. Most notably the open source facebook alternative Diaspora managed to raise $10,000 in just 39 days, proving that the concept had legs, and that crowdfunding as a concept has the community well and truly behind it. It’s not just software projects that the site caters for, out of all the current activity on the site, software is probably the most dull – as creatives around the world have embraced it as a way to realise spectacular dreams. With everything from life sized mousetrap games to one man’s cultural journey across Mexico KickStarter has clearly captured the imagination of its audience.

As far as the rules for funding goes, KickStarter keeps things simple. In order to receive the funding needed, a project must reach or exceed its funding goal or no money changes hands. If you do manage to reach your goal, 5% is taken from the

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How to apply business principles for a better personal life

BA Expat

We’ve all heard stories about the workaholic corporate-type with no personal life, or the driven entrepreneur with a singular focus on business. But in reality, there’s a lot we can learn from the business world – ideas, practices, and philosophies that can be applied to lead an easier, more fulfilling, and more productive life.

I have a few favorites that I’ve raided from my entrepreneurial war chest and implemented successfully in my day-to-day routine. Follow along as we transform boring corporate jargon into Zen-like awesomeness.

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New thing #4 go to a motivational talk

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Today, being International Women’s Day, I decided to attend a motivational conference in the Newcastle Hilton in honour of the occasion. Organised by the Entrepreneurs Forum, it was called ‘Achieve,’ and the day was aimed at female entrepreneurs and corporate business women looking for insights, inspiration and a chance to meet like minded individuals.

A recurring theme of the day was that success is achieved only through experiencing and overcoming failure, sometimes on a regular basis. How you deal with challenges and grow from them is what makes you stand out. Speakers ranged from the founder of confused.com, the person who brought St.Tropez fake tan to the UK, the first female rally car driver in the world, to Kirsty. Kirsty was the first person on the last series of the popular BBC programme Dragon’s Den. Aged only 26, Kirsty has overcome adversity to achieve on a truly epic scale. Honest…

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Blogging And Entrepreneurship – One Step AT A Time

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I am sat thinking what to write and all the blogs I have read recently are running through my mind so I think that’s a good place to start.

Firstly I have read a great guide on blogging and blog marketing from Hector J Cuevas that has a lot of really useful advice and tips on every relevant aspect. I now have to apologise Hector for not putting all your great advice in to practice yet, I am at such an early stage in my blogging journey and in the mood to write with out all the sensible preparation. Seeing as I have no audience I could just as well have written this on a piece of paper in my front room. I must add I have every intention of implementing all the advice one step at a time to fully analyse the results.

I have to now mention BA…

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Are you happy? (My year in review)

BA Expat

For me, New Years Eve was never so much about resolutions as it was about drinking champagne. Sure, on December 31st I can’t help but think back nostalgically on the year that has passed, but I have always felt that the holiday was too public a time to really reflect. Besides, champagne has a way of…uh, narrowing your focus down to the moment at hand, rather than looking at the big picture.

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