Interested in backing a Kickstarter campaign, but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll give you the ins and outs of how Kickstarter works, and how you can contribute to your favorite projects.
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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that helps creators raise money to bring their ideas to life. Since its launch, backers have pledged over $3.4 billion dollars towards various projects. It’s also a great place for people learn more to about exciting new products in technology, music, games, food, design, publishing, and film.
Before we dive in, here are a few terms that you need to know:
- Project: An idea for a product, business, service, etc. that needs funding.
- Creator: The company, individual, or team who comes up with the project and creates the Kickstarter campaign.
- Funding Goal: The specific amount of money a creator needs in order to bring their project to life.
- Pledge: A promise to contribute a certain amount of money toward the project.
- Backer: An individual who pledges money.
- Reward: An incentive creators offer to backers for pledging money toward their project.
Here is a quick overview of how Kickstarter works:
Interested in funding a project? Becoming a backer is easy. Here is how you can contribute to a creator’s project:
Step 1: Create an Account
You can create an account by clicking here. Make sure to use a valid email address and a password with at least six characters.
Step 2: Save Payment Method (Optional)
Once your account is created, you can access your account information by using the dropdown menu in the top right-hand corner.
Select “Payment methods” to insert your credit card information. (Don’t worry – it’s secure.)
Step 3: Make a Pledge
Go to the project page that you would like to help fund and click on the button that says “Back this project.”
Select the amount you would like to pledge. You can choose an existing option (rewards included), or you can make a pledge for any amount (reward not included).
Select your payment method and submit.
Remember: You will not be charged unless the project is fully funded. If the creator doesn’t reach their goal, then no money is collected.
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