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Lost your job? How to Kickstart(er) your new entrepreneurial career

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Liberty in traditional conservative thought also depends on maintaining the underlying institutions of free-market capitalism-above all the independence, culture, and energy of the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur once did play a central role in the system-but this was more than a hundred years ago. Today roughly 90 percent of working Americans are employees-a very different kind of individual.    –America Beyond Capitalism: reclaiming our wealth, our liberty, ans our democracy

Breaking old Paradigms

I know there are a lot of people out of work.
So, what are you going to do?  Stand there and wait for someone to give you a job?
Waiting around for someone to tell you what to do was an excellent fit for the 20th century “industrial age” factory worker.
“Why, when I ask for a pair of hands, does a brain come attached“, says Henry Ford.
Show up on time, respect authority, don’t ask questions, head’s down, do your work.
We will tell you when you can leave – maybe at the end of the day.
Do the same thing tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that.
Until we tell you to stop and do something else.
If you do that for this (same) company, at the end of 30 years, we will give you a pension (maybe) and a boot out the door.

Got an idea?  Get funded!

Well, that’s not the way it works, and will work, in the 21st century.
It may be hard to break out of an old paradigm of “waiting for someone to give you a job”
It’s about leaving your comfort zone and exploiting your talents.
It’s about taking initiative and being responsible for your own outcomes- no excuses,
“No one will give me a job”
Fooey!

Back in the days of the “irrational exuberance” of the dot com bubble and burst it was a challenge to get funding.
You needed to convince angel investors or a venture capital firm to give you seed capital.
And then there was the business plan, term sheet, equity, issues of control, governance, legal issues, and all the rest.
Not something for the small guy to take on.

Today for the entrepreneurial individual or the small team it’s a lot easier to get funding for a project.

Kickstarter

It’s been around for a while and it’s available to anyone who has an idea and a good pitch

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.

Since our launch on April 28, 2009, over $350 million has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects.

Thousands of creative projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their projects. They spend weeks building their project pages, shooting their videos, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they’re ready, creators launch their project and share it with their community.

Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.

Read more here  –  http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics?ref=nav

Check out this quick video from Seth Godin on his project
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/297519465/the-icarus-deception-why-make-art-new-from-seth-go?ref=search

Or search the Kickstarter web site for sample projects.  Then think of what project YOU could do – if you had financial backers.

Ham Radio Projects
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&term=ham+radio

Technology (Arduino) Projects
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&term=arduino
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/545073874/radioblock-simple-radio-for-arduino-or-any-embedde?ref=search

The Take

There has been a lot written about reforming the educational system away from its traditional role of generating a supply of “workers” in the true industrial-age sense.  What we need now are people who have ideas, the entrepreneurial spirit and those who can leverage networks of people for collaboration, knowledge, and effort.

Kickstarter is a platform and a resource, made possible by the internet and global communication – new in the 21st century – that can provide the individual and small team access to millions of potential financial backers to fund projects.  If you have a good idea and a pitch then there are people waiting to help you along your way.

The Millennial generation has given the out-of-work Baby Boomers a gift.
Leave your comfort zone and use it.
What are you waiting for?

http://www.kickstarter.com/
http://www.kickstarter.com/help/stats

Related

The  Deliberate Dumbing Down of America – A Chronological Paper Trail by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Read the reviews here
Get the book for free here – http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/
http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/DDDoA.sml.pdf

What is school for?

Do we want management consultants messing with higher education?

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Written by frrl

December 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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