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All my life I have been an entrepreneur at heart and dream to own my own business.  I'm looking to raise $2000 to start a small business that I hope to grow to a full time business.  Continue reading to learn more... More ...
What I'm asking for:
I'm looking to raise $2000 to purchase equipment, supplies, and lease space to provide a unique service at our local shopping mall. 

Why I need funding:
$2000 may or may not be a lot to some but to me it would be nearly impossible to raise on my own.  I work full time and a member of the Canadian Forces which provides enough to put a roof over our heads and food on the table for my family but not a lot left over to put towards launching a business.

About me:
All my life I have had the dream of being self employed.  I've owned and operated many little niche businesses online over the years.  These businesses, even though never brought in much income, have given me a sense of great pride.  I love the feeling of knowing that these businesses are a result of my hard work and determination.  I have one philosophy when I start a new venture and that is to provide freedom for myself while providing value to others.

I feel to be truly successful in business your product or service has to not only make money but provide value to others.  I would never want to own a business that's sole purpose is profit at the expense of their customers.  I see too many businesses in the world that focus on the dollar and fail to see what truly is important and that's providing value to others.

I've always had the entrepreneurial spirit ever since I was young.  As a kid I remember selling lemonade and fish to tourist visiting our small town.  I remember how happy those tourist were seeing me as a young kid with a bag of fresh fish for sale.  I was happy providing the fish and they were happy to buy them. 

Unfortunately things over the years have not turned out exactly as I have hoped.  I took a tech support job for a company who doesn't treat their employees very well.  I've been with the same company for over 12 years and receive no respect.  It was their actions this Christmas was the last straw for me.  I have two young children and Christmas day means a lot in my family.  I saved vacation all year long to have a few days off during Christmas.  The company announced that they were approving Christmas vacation based on performance and even though my performance puts me close to the top I was still denied.  I don't want to go into the boring details but needless to say how they handled it was completely unfair.

I decided right there and then that my family is my top priority and I'm done with companies who are more concerned over "business needs" over their customers, employees and their families. 

Why I'm here:
This brings me to why I'm here.  I've been eyeing a product that retails for approx $1000 that I would like to purchase and setup a table/kiosk within our local shopping mall.  This product is a specialized multifunction printer that can print images, designs, and text on items such as fingernails, flowers, cell phone cases, etc.  There is no other service like this offered here.

My target audience are female between 15-30 which is why the local mall is an ideal location.  I've already been in contact with the mall to lease space.   I believe I will do well with this venture and looking forward to launching this business and growing it.

Except for the equipment I'm all ready to start this venture. I have a registered business, accounting software, credit card processor, business bank account, payroll account, etc.  I know my price point, cost of goods, fixed expenses, etc.  

My Goals:
I plan to start small and use revenues earned to grow the business.  This is why I'm only asking for $2000.  I know that more funds will be needed and that's why I'm prepared to invest most of the revenues back into the business.  

I'm asking for your help in raising the money so I can buy this product and get started on the path to freedom from working for someone else.  With your help I am hopeful that my dream to be self employed will become a reality.

I don't have a lot to offer in exchange for your donation, however I can provide a free copy of my book.  I'm the author of a downloadable ebook called Mastering Dropbox.  This book currently sells for $25.  For any donation amount given I will provide a free copy of my book.  Just send me an email to masteringdropbox@newrockmarketing.com after you donate and I'll send you a copy as thanks.

Also, I'm a huge fan of Kiva.  I've been providing loans on Kiva for a few years and will continue to do so for many years to come.  If you haven't heard of Kiva they are an organization that allows an individual or group to give loans to entrepreneurs to help them start or grow their businesses. 

Infact a percentage of all profits I currently earn online are invested in providing loans to other entrepreneurs on Kiva.   I will be doing the same for this venture as well.  A percentage of net profits earned from this venture will also be used to provide more loans on Kiva.
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