Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kiss the Cookie Dough Goodbye... Crowdfunding is Easier than Ever, with #Teespring

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Teespring, written by me. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

Have you ever wanted or needed to raise funds for a charity, special event or organization? I have been involved in several fundraisers in my lifetime and have done everything from selling wrapping paper through the PTA (yeah- it was still PTA back then), selling candy bars for chorus tours, and selling smoked turkey for a youth group trip! Cold hard selling can be a lot of work for the seller, sometimes with little success. As I become more and more invloved in volunteer opportunities, I am pleased to have found a wonderful solution to my fundraising needs.


Teespring is the ultimate way to crowdfund by selling custom merchandise, such as t-shirts for no cost, and zero hassel. With Teespring, it's easy to design your own t-shirts, launch a custom campaign, share with your friends through e-mail and social media, makes some sales, and reach your goals!


Teespring is so easy to use that I was able to quickly design a custom t-shirt and set up a campaign in under five minutes! Check it out...

I've been thinking about starting a MOPS organization in my community. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and is a support group for moms in a Christian atmosphere. There is a hefty start-up cost, and fee for each group member, and I'd love to be able to raise some funds to cover some of the cost, to make it more affordable for group members to join.


Creating my custom Tee was easy!

I started out by selecting a t-shirt color, and then used the tools to select a font, font color and text size. Next, I added my text, and for this example, I used MOPS. There were all sorts of fun fonts and colors to choose from. I figured moms would be okay with purple and pink! I also could have uploaded my own artwork, or selected a design from Teespring's library.


Next, I set my sales goal.

The next screen allowed me to easily set a sales goal. If I wanted to sell 50 shirts at $10.50, my profit would be $109.00 to cover start-up costs and membership dues. That would be direct profit, which would go right to me (for the organization), and there would be no middle man involved. If I wanted to make more money, I would just adjust the price to suit our sales goal needs.

I set my own pricepoint, and the great thing is that nothing is printed until your minimum goal is met. There are no upfront costs, no ordering one hundred t-shirts and crossing your fingers that they'll be purchased! Shipping costs are pretty standard, and reasonable- nearing about $5.00 if you're in the US.


Set up a campaign description...

On the screen that followed, there were places for me to name my campaign by giving it a proper title. There was also space for me to write out a detailed description of what the campaign was all about and why we were trying to raise funds. Lastly, there was a box asking me to select a campaign length, where I could specify how long I wanted to make my t-shirts available for sale. I also selected a custom URL for my campaign, which is the link I will use to direct others to my campaign.


Campaign Preview- this is what buyers would see...

Before I set anything in stone, I clicked the preview button, so I would be able to catch a glimpse of what others would see when viewing my campaign. I checked the design of the shirt, the campaign information, and the price to be sure that I was ready to launch the campaign and invite my friends to view it and purchase my custom t-shirt.

After a campaign is set up, if the seller is satisfied, all that's left to do is launch the campaign, and share it with friends, family, and anyone else you'd like to invite to participate. Teespring makes sharing easy through e-mail and social media sites, too!

There have been many success stories of folks raising funds for wonderful causes and for their organizations, through Teespring...


Adoption Journey Campaign by husband and wife trying to adopt



Choir Tour Campaign by 11-year old girl



Boston Relief Campaign for victims of the Marathon Bombing


Why Give Teespring a Try?

No inventory
No out-of-pocket costs
No collecting orders or payments
Easy design tool
Minimum orders as low as 10 items
Maximum orders up to 10,000 items
Variety of shirt styles, colors, and quality
Use for crowdfunding, or just to have a little fun and make some extra money!

Want to Try It?

It's fun and easy to create your very own crowdfunding campaign! Head to Teespring to take a look at other inspiring designs, design your shirt and launch your campaign! I'll bet you'll love the experience and come back again and again for all of your crowdfunding needs! Think youth groups, band boosters, Relay for Life events, and much, much more! The possibilities are endless, and Teespring can help you reach your goals faster and more easily than ever before!

Teespring is social and would love to connect with you through Facebook and Twitter.

What would you like to raise funds for through Teespring?


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