Monday, October 7, 2013
Quick, How Do I "Crowd-Source"?
Fans, can anybody out there tell me how I go about "crowd-sourcing"? I need to raise $5000 fast.
It happened thuswise; when Rasty and I bought our wee cottage here in Buckeye, we found that there was an empty lot next door that used to be part of ours. It was totally "unimproved" -- no water, no sewage, no electricity, completely "unbuildable", and in fact full of trash -- but if we could get it and rejoin it to our lot, we could plant it to a whole mini-orchard of fruit trees. A friend found and called up the owner, who said he'd sell the lot for $12,000, but hinted that he could be talked lower. Since we'd spent all we had buying our house, we decided to let him wait a few months before asking how much lower he'd go.
Well, today we found out. A couple of brokers knocked on our door an asked if we'd move our Ford Bronco off the lot, because some workmen were going to come and clean up the lot for sale. A few more questions, and I found that the owner -- who's been in an accident, has a lot of medical bills and needs money fast -- was now willing to sell it for $9,000. I promptly called the owner offered $4000 down (all we've got in the bank), "cash on the barrelhead, quick sale", and the rest as soon as we can get it. He agreed not to list the property publicly until he hears back from me.
So, where do I raise $5000 fast? We're absolutely NOT going to mortgage the cottage, or sell our one and only vehicle, or tie ourselves to a loan shark. All I can think of is "crowd-sourcing" -- and I have no idea how to do it. What are the crowd-sourcing websites, and how do they work? And what could I offer the folk who are willing to put up money to the project? I could promise autographed copies of my books and albums to anyone who'll send me $100 or better, but honestly, my fans could buy those from my publishers' websites -- or from Amazon -- a helluva lot cheaper. I could promise to write a song, or poem, or story for any such pledger, but how many of you fans out there are willing to go for that? I can promise free exotic fruit from the orchard (how would I ship it?) once it starts producing, but how long will that take?
Can anybody give me some ideas here? ...And of course, if anybody wants to chip in, you could send to my PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let me know, folks; I really am a Toddler On The Information Highway here.