If you’ve ever run a crowdfunding campaign, you know that the struggle is real.
1. When you decide to crowdfund and you feel like a genius.
2. You try to create a plan for your campaign, but you’re overwhelmed by how much there is to do. “Nope, nope, nope…”
3. The pre-launch pressure is so real.
4. The I-didn’t-save-my-changes- sinking feeling.
5. That feeling that you’re so exhausted from campaign stuff you just can’t function.
6. When your friends try to talk to you about their problems during your campaign, and you try to pretend to care even though you have much more important things to take care of. Like raising money to fulfill your lifelong dream.
7. Or you don’t even pretend to care.
8. That feeling when one of your friends doesn’t contribute to your campaign and you very calmly decide to delete them from your life.
9. Or when you share a link to your campaign and decide to hate everybody who doesn’t contribute.
10. When your team member basically saves your life, and you completely understand the phrase “Teamwork makes the dream work.”
11. How you feel when you haven’t slept in two days because you’re too worried about your campaign.
12. Your daily life.
13. Every time you cross something off your to-do list.
14. When someone tries to explain your campaign in your presence.
15. The brief moment of celebration when you get a new backer. Nothing to see here, stop looking at me…
16. How you cope with anything that doesn’t go to plan.
17. When you have to resist the urge to click refresh every second to see if you have new backers.
18. What your dreams look like.
19. When people try to get your mind off your campaign and take you to the outside world, and you’re just like, “Please stop.”
20. When people ask you a dumb question/the same question about your campaign and you have to answer politely.
21. How you feel after days of intense campaign exhaustion.
22. When you finally reach your funding goal!!
And this too, because why not.
23. What you feel like doing to each and every one of your backers. But that’s illegal, so you’ll just have to settle for a “thank you!”
by Rafah Ali