We are coming to the end of our first week of crowdfunding, 6 days in and I’m exhausted.

Crowdfunding isn’t for everyone, it might not be for you. There are many pros which is why I chose it. Being beholden to the people I created Momawoo for is one great pro and really knowing if people believe in you and your idea is another.  The ability to get your services or product out there to those who have pledged is also great so they can help shape the company. But there are cons too, one being it is hard work! It’s not easy. The pledges don’t just roll in, you need to work at it and not get deflated when there is a day with no pledges at all. I’ve done six days, I have 24 left and I’m overwhelmed by the engagement as well as rather sleepy.

Lots of conversations on lots of different platforms from Twitter (@charlimomawoo) and Facebook (MomawooLtd) to email, phone and face to face with people I know, and random people I have started speaking to in shops (in that bright orange hoody with ears!).  I’ve taken to carrying a small notebook around with me – as apposed to the larger one I also carry – so I can whip it out to write down ideas as they come – I have spent quite some time racking my brains the past few days about what it was I thought was a great idea earlier that day or who I should contact. (Remnants of baby brain after nearly 4 years?  That’s what I keep telling myself!)  I also have a lot of draft tweets in my drafts folder, scared I’ll hit ‘send all’ at some point but so far so good. If you get a random tweet from me you know what has happened.

Crowdfunding is a fantastic platform for on many levels for raising the cash needed to start a business or take your business to the next level but if you’re not passionate about your idea or just want the cash to land in your lap, it isn’t for you.  If you are passionate, hard working and you are driven then it is for you.   If you have people around you that can help then even better, and the end game is very rewarding. Well I know it will be when we get there……

Visit our Crowdfunder page http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/create-a-world-where-kids-can-be-kids/ and tell us your thoughts and if you’re around in Sheffield next week at MADE: The Entrepreneurs Festival 2014 http://www.madefestival.com/ then say Hi! We’ll be at the Crowdfunding and other forms of funding debate with Irwin Mitchell on Thursday morning, bright and early!