Just a few days ago I blogged about (try to) Get funds for your project with My Micro Fund.
Today I am glad to announce Alex from My Micro Fund liked my proposal and gave me some money to start the project I submitted.
I am proud to say another reader of this blog got the funds necessary to start his project… I would ask him to unveil something more, but now it’s time to share a couple of points with you:
How to ask for a Micro Fund
Alex is a nice person but he won’t give his money to anybody. That’s how I asked for my funds
Introduce yourself: yes, your first and last name, the country you live in and all these kind of annoying information. If you have a webpage with something about you, then just give him the link and you’ll save some “tic-toc-tic” on the keyboard
BRIEFLY explain your idea: the keyword is “briefly”. This means “The next big Flash game” is not the way you should explain your idea, and starting with the story of Macromedia Flash becoming Adobe Flash with all difference between AS2 and AS3 will be quite boring to read. That’s how I explained my idea:
The idea is making a Flash Sokoban game with thousands of levels that can be played also on Facebook
followed by a quick summary about monetizing a Flash game (I have to say, I sent him the link to the experiment).
Provide a timeline and your motivation to complete the project: nobody wants to wait for years for your next big thing… so tell when will your project will be finished and explain why you should be the right person to manage the project. In my case, being the project a Flash game, I showed some games I made. I wouldn’t be able to get the funds if I wanted to make the next World of Warcraft competitor…
Time to talk about money: ask how much do you need for the project and how will you spend the money. Remember Alex isn’t paying you to make a game, he is giving funds for your project… so if you are developing an iPhone application, you must specify you need (example) $1000 for a Mac.
In my case, I explained I need a professional logo, a solid hosting plan, and some money for the promotion.
Try to be clear about the refunding process, even in the worst case… shoud your project be a failure.
Why did I ask for a fund?
Interesting question… I can afford this project but I asked for funds anyway. Why? First, I wanted to test this system, but mainly I am messing around with Sokoban since 2004… having someone waiting for the project to be live shortly and spreading this through the net will motivate me to complete the project and wipe out some vaporware out of my life