We also published a success story from one of our members on how she successfully used crowdfunding - you can check it here: https://venturize.org/blog/finding-crowdfunding-success-support-community
I don't have direct experience with rewards based campaigns and crowdfunding, but I have done some research on the subject. First, here are some great articles from nerdwallet for folks who might be interested in learning more about crowdfunding and rewards based crowdfunding.
From what I've gathered, the pitch and associated marketing materials (Cool video, great photos, testimonials, etc.) can be more important than the actual reward or even product being offered in some cases. In this realm of funding, you really have to _Illustrate _ why folks to buy or support your product. Check out this great article on tips for a crowdfunding video, it actually has a lot of great info.
In the SBDC website, you can also find a very detailed template, but I like to start my clients with business model canvas first and then it is sooo much easier to write the plan... www.smallbizla.org
Without knowing any specifics about your business or what you are currently doing for your marketing, here are a couple of thought starters:
Hope that helps.
Our main library here in Phoenix had books on different types of industries with business plan examples. It was at or main library which is very large. You may want to check yours out as well. It helped me a lot.
Check out this article about how to get started when writing a business plan: https://venturize.org/blog/write-business-plan
Local SBDCs and WBDCs are also great resources as @jhudgins1963 mentioned!
For me personally, I am covered by my husband's health care (he is employed at a major University). What I don't understand is what the road forward from this is and how we can help. I just signed a letter that SMB is going to submit somewhere. But what can we do other than that?
That it would take at least three years to get my name known, and five years to really be able to make a living! I think that a lot of people start businesses with high hopes and don't have another source of income.
The majority of small businesses don’t offer retirement benefits to their employees because it's too expensive and their firms are often too small to have a human resources/administrative person who can manage a plan. This puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting and acquiring talent.
Some states, including California and Illinois, have developed Secure Choice programs. These state-created retirement programs for private-sector workers help level the playing field between small businesses that want to offer retirement benefits but can’t, and their larger counterparts that can.
California, for instance, just launched its program, called CalSavers. Workers that don't have access to an employer-based retirement plan can enroll in CalSavers. It's free for the business owner; they just have to enroll their workers in CalSavers. CalSavers works like an IRA for the enrolled workers, and will follow them if they leave their current job.