click to close video player (or press 'escape' key)
MAP Resources Near You

Enter your zip code to find local SBA offices, and how government money has reached your neighborhood.
Crowdfunding Your Business
Your First Customers    ARE    Your Angel Investors
Free Internet Money For Your Business Is Better Than Grants, Loans or Venture Capital
Business schools used to teach that you had to raise money for your business by finding venture capital and/or applying for government loans at some brick and mortar bank. But crowdfunding is the new method of starting projects by raising money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. This means you don't have to adopt some shark tank angel investors to be your new boss... just as you are finally trying to become your own boss.

Even more importantly, it also means that you can start by selling pre-orders to your future customers... before you've even started your business! Since finding customers or clients is the single most important part of any business, moving this step to the beginning of the process is a total game-changer. A small business revolution!

Crowdfunding is not for everyone, and not for every business model, but it is definitely a route worth considering. If you are not trying to start a business, but just looking for more work or extra income, there are endless peer-to-peer solutions in the new sharing economy worth investigating.

On this page you can explore a growing list of different crowdfunding platforms currently available on the internet. Most of these provide tools you can use to raise money for your new or expanding business, but you can also select other categories below from health to housing:
Search Category: GO


Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Kickstarter has reportedly received more than $1.5 billion in pledges from 7.8 million backers to fund 200,000 creative projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology and food-related projects. People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and one of a kind experiences in exchange for their pledges. This model traces its roots to subscription model of arts patronage, where artists would go directly to their audiences to fund their work. Funding Model: All or nothing
Focus: Creative projects
Highest funded projects to date.
Wikipedia Page


Indiegogo empowers people to activate the global community to make ideas happen. Then, we help you spread the word. Have an idea? Start a campaign. Want to make a difference in the world? Support something meaningful. It's as simple as that. Indiegogo allows people to solicit funds for an idea, charity, or start-up business. Nine million people from all around the world visit the site on a monthly basis. The site runs on a rewards-based system, meaning donors, investors, or customers who are willing help to fund a project or product can donate and receive a gift, rather than an equity stake in the company. Funding Model: All or Nothing OR Keep it All
Focus: Allows a broad range of projects
Wikipedia Page


By combining a crowd-funding platform with an online television channel, Mobcaster is the first and only place to find original, independent, audience-supported television shows. It gives aspiring and experienced TV makers a platform to fund, broadcast and monetize their TV shows. Using Mobcaster's crowd-funding platform and social media tools, TV makers can build their audience and fund their productions. Audiences can pledge directly to the TV shows they want to see instead of being flooded with unwanted content through expensive cable packages. Funding Model: All or nothing
Focus: TV shows
Wikipedia Page


CentUp is a start-up company that allows web-based publishers like bloggers and podcasters to collect donations for their content via a button on their website. "At CentUp, we want to make the internet a better place for content creators and content consumers. We believe that pairing content with causes, is the catalyst for change." Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Ongoing transactions and Social Impact
Decentralized crowdfunding linked to specific pieces of content.
Wikipedia Page


FundAnything is the best way to fund ANYTHING. It's always free to get started. The money you raise is yours to keep. No repayment is ever required. The possibilities are limitless. People just like you are using FundAnything to make incredible things happen every day! Decide what you want to fund and get started now! Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Funding for any kind of project - business, creative, arts, personal, charitable.
Fundraising backed by major celebrities such as Donald Trump.


PledgeMusic gives artists the tools, services and support that they need to create music, videos, merchandise, exclusive events and personalized fan experiences that, until now, has never been available in one place. PledgeMusic does not discriminate, whether an artist is signed to a major label or an indie, are on their starting jog or victory lap, PledgeMusic is, at its core, a community of artists and fans with no boundaries. When a fan becomes a Pledger they become a part of the artist's journey from the studio to the stage. The PledgeMusic tools and technology are the "how" but the music and the experience are the "why." Funding Model: All or nothing
Focus: Musicians
Wikipedia Page makes it easy for individuals, groups, social causes and non-profits to fundraise online with no tipping points or hassle. The platform may be used for ongoing fundraising as well as for one-time initiatives. can be used by organizations and individuals including charities, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, students, political campaigns, and social causes. Fundraisers can use the platform to create a page about their cause, which the site refers to as a "Rally", and collect money through the platform's payment-processing system. They can also share their story through content including photos, video and blog entries. Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Medical, educational, charitable, creative, entrepreneurial, and political causes
Wikipedia Page


Founded in 2013, PodFund is the world's first crowdfunding platform for new media. We give new media creators a central location to raise money for their audio or video projects. If you create podcasts, internet radio, or video productions – audio or video for the Internet – then PodFund is for you and your fans! We understand the challenges of creating audio and video content for the Internet. Our mission is bring creators and fans together and provide the vehicle for creators to raise funds and reward their fans for their support. Because we are the world's first and only niche crowdfunding site for new media, creators will also enjoy the benefits of additional exposure.


Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century. Patreon works for all types of creators: Musicians, YouTubers, Web Comics, Writers & Bloggers, Indie Gamers, Video Producers, Authors, Podcasters, Animators, Artists, Photographers, Any creator who wants to share their work! The company has signed up more than 125,000 "patrons" in its first 18 months. Wikipedia Page


Pozible provides the platform for project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience, worldwide. If people love what you're creating, they can support it by pledging money. In return, project creators offer rewards matched to the level of funding commitment. Pozible can also be a gateway for discovering and supporting inspirational projects and thinkers directly. By becoming actively involved in bringing more attention to bold new ideas, art, products and the talented people who conceive them, project supporters become a vital part of a true creative community. Funding Model: All or nothing
Focus: Creative
Bitcoin can be used, Self-hosting can be used, One-on-One help.
Wikipedia Page


You want your crowdfunding project to be successful. Period. You want your project to be where it belongs, and you want it to be noticed. You're busy and you need this to be worth your time. You want to do nothing less than to dazzle your supporters. We get it. We know what it feels like to take a risk for your passion, because we've been there (meet our team below). We see ourselves as your partner. So, we've designed everything – our site, systems and support – to help you achieve your goals today. And, we are working with governments, educators, and communities to make sure your opportunities for success will expand tomorrow. Funding Model: Keep it All
Wikipedia Page


Teespring allows you to create & sell custom apparel with ZERO Hassle, ZERO upfront costs, and ZERO risk. Teespring is the best way to design and sell custom apparel online. You design a product and sell it. The sales money pays for the production of your design and we ship it to all of your buyers. When you use Teespring you don't have to pay a dollar upfront, guess how many shirts you'll need, or have to chase anyone down for cash. It only takes a couple of minutes to launch a campaign and start selling awesome merchandise on Teespring. Wikipedia Page


ArtistShare, founded by Brian Camelio, is a platform that connects creative artists with fans in order to share the creative process and fund the creation of new artistic works. ArtistShare created the Internet's first fan funding platform (referred to today as "crowdfunding") launching its initial project in October, 2003. Since then, ArtistShare has been allowing fans to show appreciation for their favorite artists by funding their projects in exchange for access to the creative process, LTD Edition recordings, VIP access to events/recording sessions and even credit listing on the final product. Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Musicians
Has own record label.
Wikipedia Page


SellaBand is based in Munich and Berlin, the creative capital of Europe. Since its launch in August 2006, SellaBand has coordinated recording sessions for more than 80 artists or acts who had their albums funded by their fans. Over $4,000,000 have been invested in independent bands via With SellaBand, artists retain complete ownership of the works created and have the flexibility to determine which incentives they will offer their fans who fund them. SellaBand's fan funding engine also allows artists the freedom to enter into deals with any label, management company, or publisher and there are no advances to pay back. Artists maintain control over their career and have 100% freedom to create the music that they want to create. SellaBand can also be utilized by management companies, record labels, publishers, sponsors and media companies to fund projects for their own artists while also building the core fan base required to launch an artist or take them to the next stage of their career. Wikipedia Page

Members Talk Live To A "Free-Money Coach"
Ask Your Personal Researcher Any Question You Want About Getting Government Money And Assistance

Matthew Lesko © 2005-2018