Is YouCaring a Scam? No it’s not. Throughout the years more than $550 MILLION were raised through their website. There have been more than 7,5 MILLION supporters and 290 000 fundraisers. We are talking about something very big.
What is YouCaring and how does it work? in this review I will answer you comprehensively to these questions and explain how you can get started on YouCaring. Do you care? 😉
Founded: In 2011 by Brock Ketcher, Naomi Ketcher and Luke Miner
Field: Crowdfunding Platforms
Overall Rank: 93 Out of 100 (Check Out My #1 Recommendation, 98 Out of 100)
YouCaring is a crowdfunding platform where you can either support or fund worthwhile projects. Most of the projects are related to medical treatments, sicknesses or funerals but there are also many other kind of projects.
YouCaring was founded back in 2011 by Luke Miner, Brock Ketcher and Naomi Ketcher after they came back home from a mission trip. They figured out that why wouldn’t they harness today’s technology for something good and positive for the world.
I really like the idea of YouCaring. Through their platform people are supporting many worthy projects and I believe that even many lives have been changes because of their website. And imagine the huge money that has been transferred: +$550,000,000! Imagine how many medical treatments people have been able to buy with this money.
Above you can see a big list of different kind of projects that you can support or start. YouCaring is a very powerful platform for fundraising. You can find projects that have raised tens of thousands of dollars. And I saw that some projects raised even around $200,000.
In most jobs it would take years to earn $200,000 but in YouCaring you can earn it quickly if you have a worthy project that people want to support. Little on their website scrolling reveals that most of the projects are created against sicknesses. Somebody has got a cancer diagnosis and now he needs to money so he can pay his treatments against the cancer.
There are also several projects to fund studies at schools. In many countries one most pay expensive fees in order to have a formal education. In my home country Finland education is totally free for students and actually the government pays you some money for studying. It’s very different system than in the U.S.A., for example.
As you can see in this picture above, you can also fund your mission trip through YouCaring. In this example Natalie is funding her mission trip to Guatemala. She has already earned $13,750. Not bad, huh?
Creating a new project (Fundraiser) on YouCaring is free, very simple and easy. You can sign up by using your email or Facebook accounts. Signing up takes maximum 30 seconds.
Then you are ready to create your projects. Do the following things:
1.Set a goal. How much money you want to raise and what is the purpose? You can always change your monetary goal afterwards. Then set a deadline. When people see a deadline they are more willing to support you because they feel the sense of urgency.
2.Create a headline and description. Make up an enticing headline that will attract people to your page. Then describe clearly and honestly what is your projects all about. Why do you want to raise money and why people would like to support you?
3.Upload photos (and videos). High-quality pictures will more likely attract people to support your project. YouCaring also recommends you to attract several pictures instead of only one because then people will have a more broad view of what your project is all about.
After all, videos are the most effective and impactful way to communicate with your potential supporters. That’s why a video will most likely help you to raise even more money.
4.Share your project on social media. YouCaring has social media buttons that easily enable you to share your page on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and email. They also advertise that each share on FB can help you to raise $37 more.
5.Update your project regularly. Add new pictures or videos how your project is moving forward. Share those updates on social medias so people are aware of the process and can support you even more. You can always change your goal if it seems to be too high or low. Remember that even though you don’t reach your goal, you will be able to keep the money that has been given to you.
When the project is over, you will get the money through PayPal or WePay.
Now we come to a very interesting part. Most crowdfunding platforms charge you a high fee for each donation. For example, Patreon and GoFundMe both take aroudn 10% before they pay you the donation. YouCaring doesn’t take any fees and running a fundraising project is completely free.
There are some fees for the Paypal transfer. Usually it’s 2.9% + $.30 credit card processing fee. Anyway, this fee is much smaller than in many other crowdfunding platforms.
How does YouCaring fund themselves?
When you give a donation, there is also a possibility to support YouCaring. You can donate something for them as well. It’s $0,00 by default but many people decide to give something also for the website because it’s quite useful.
No it’s not. YouCaring is the best crowdfunding platform that I have seen so far. It’s helping many worthy projects and they are not charging high fees like many other crowdfunding companies. If you have an interesting project that you would like to fund, I recommend considering YouCaring.
On their website, there are also many tips on how to succeed as a fundraiser. Before starting I would read them through and put the into action in order to get the most out of your project.
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YouCaring at a Glance…
Founded: In 2011 by Brock Ketcher, Naomi Ketcher, and Luke Miner
Field: Crowdfunding Platforms
Overall Rank: 93 Out of 100
Have you ever tried some crowdfunding platforms? Which one? What did you like?
I would love to hear if you have any experiences of crowdfunding either as a fundraiser or as a supporter. I promise to reply personally to every comment from you within 24 hours.
Today we are going to take a look at the biggest crowdfunding platform in the world. You can fund many kind of projects on their website and already more than 1,3 billion dollars has been donated. Even though their company is huge, there has been lots of complaints about their service. Is GoFundMe a Scam? You will find the answer in the next 2 minutes by going through our detailed review.
Founded: In 2010
Field: Crowdfunding Platforms
Overall Rank: 60 Out of 100 (Check Out My #1 Recommendation, 98 Out of 100)
GoFundMe is a fundraising platform where you can fund your projects, raise money against your sickness, education, animal, music and whatever you find important for you. There are many examples of people who have raised thousands of dollars against sicknesses on GoFundMe.
It’s one of the biggest crowdfunding platform in the world and more than 1,3 billion dollars have been donated through their website. That’s a huge amount. Let me emphasize: People have donated more than $1,300,000,000 on GoFundMe. The other side of the coin is that people have earned more than $1,3 billion from their platform. “Want to become a billionaire? Go to GoFundMe!” Well, maybe it doesn’t work exactly like that.
The idea is pretty similar to SmashFund and Patreon but it seems that GoFundMe is concentrating more on helping people who have challenges when Patreon, for example, supports people who are already very successful. That’s only how it looks to me but you may see it diffrently. I would like to hear in the comments below, what do you think.
Here is a video made by GoFundMe that quickly explains the idea behind their program:
The idea of the website is very simple as you saw in the video above. It works in a similar way like other crowdfunding:
1.Create a profile for free where you explain why do you need funds. Add some text and a picture or two.
2.Share your profile for your friends and followers.
3.Collect donations. This is the most fun part.
But as we know, making money online requires work. It’s not easy to make big donations through any crowdfuding platform. You need to be active to share your project or need for other people. And it should be interesting for them to get the ball rolling. Then people can share it on their social medias so more and more people will hear about it.
On GoFundMe you can also set targets and deadlines.
You can set, for example, I need to raise $5,000 against my wife’s cancer until 31.11.2107. Then you can also explain why you want the money before this deadline. By the way, I would like to inform you that you will not get the money until the deadline is there. GoFundMe keeps the money until the project ends and it’s time to pay you.
Even though the idea behind GoFundMe is great, there are a huge number of complaints about it on the Internet. That’s partially natural because their service is huge. But on the other hand, I was surprised to find so many people complaining about their service. Here are some examples:
It seems that Lorraine had big difficulties to get money from GoFundMe. I don’t know the details why they didn’t pay her immediately. There may be a reason or then there isn’t. Anyway, Lorraine was very unsatisfied for their service.
GoFundMe takes around 10% fee out of all donations. So, if you earn $5,000, you will get $4,500 because you need to pay 10% fee for GoFundMe service. I found many people complaining that the fee is too high. Partially I disagree because the company needs some money to run themselves. They are providing you the platform and it’s not free to run it. Also in Patreon they take around 10% for donations so it’s pretty similar.
What do you think? Is 10% fee too much?
There are also many complaints regarding to GoFundMe support. Have a look at this example:
Many people were reporting that they had difficulties to get in touch with GoFundMe support. I went to their website and tried to find a way to send a message to their support team but it was quite challenging to find. Eventually I found a form that allowed me to ask questions. However, they have a knowledge base that will answer to most of your questions.
GoFundMe has given a promise that they will reply in 5 minutes for all request. Well, some members were reporting that it’s not true.
Why do I raise all these issues? Because I want to be totally truthful about their service. I never want to give a review that would lack some important information.
I know that GoFundMe has helped many important projects but I was very surprised to find all these complaints.
GoFundMe wouldn’t be the largest crowdfuding service in the world if it would be a blatant scam. One reason that you can find many complaints is because their service is so huge. The same goes with Coinbase. It’s the largest bitcoin exchange on the Internet but you can also find many complaints on the Internet.
Some people must be unsatisfied if there are one million users. Still, I would be careful with this service and choose another one if you don’t find this GoFundMe reliable.
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GoFundMe at a Glance…
Founded: In 2010
Field: Crowdfunding Platforms
Overall Rank: 60 Out of 100
Have you ever tried GoFundMe or other crowdfunding websites? What kind of experiences did you have?
Have you found also other ways to make money online?
I would love to hear from you. I promise to reply to all of your comments within 24 hours.
You have a passion for singing/helping people/teaching languages/playing guitar/or whatever but you are not making a living out of it. You would like to become a full-time artist but because it doesn’t pay off, you are going to your 9-5 job. Would it be possible to get funding for your project on the Internet?
Today we are going to have a closer look at an ultimately interesting movement called Patreon. Is Patreon a scam or legit? Let’s analyze it!
Founded: In San Fransisco in 2013 by Jack Conte
Overall Rank: 80 Out of 100 (Check Out My #1 Recommendation, 98 Out of 100)
Patreon was created around 4 years ago by a musician Jack Conte. One reason why Jack wanted to create Patreon was because he was struggling to make enough money by his music and he saw many people struggled as well. Then he created a platform where musicians can share their passion and other people can support to achieve their dreams.
If you know a talented musician and you love to listen to his music, would you be ready to help him with $1? I guess that you would be ready to support if you really like the music.
Patreon is not only for musicians but there are also language teachers, translators, online gamers, programmers, podcast hosts, stand up comedians and anything you can imagine.
I got to know Patreon more through Francais Authentique when I was studying French. I was following Johan’s channel on Youtube and I saw that he created also a profile on Patreon. I think it was in 2016. As you can see in the picture below, nowadays Johan is making $1,235 per month through Patreon. Not bad extra income, huh?
The idea is very simple:
1.Create a profile/project:For example Johan is creating a new way of learning French.
2.Invite Patrons = Supporters: Share your project for your friends, family, in the social media and on your website to get supporters.
3.Earn money: When you have supporters, you will get money for your project. Quite simple.
Even though the process is very simple, it’s easier said than done. Steps 1 and 3 are very easy. Creating a profile doesn’t take so long. Of course, you may want to style it a little bit to make it look better. Anyway, you can finish it in 5-30 minutes if you want. Once you have supporters, you just see how the money flows to your bank account.
But how to get those supporters? That’s a crucial question.
It may sound easy when you see Johan making +$1,200/month side income on Patreon or Pentatonix making around $20,000 per music video. Why wouldn’t you just create your won Patreon channel and start making $5,000 per music video?
I always like to say, anything worthwhile in life requires hard work and effort. You won’t earn $1,000/month on Patreon without any work. I remember one guy who had millions of followers all around the world but he still struggled to make any income on Patreon.
Many people get even stuck on 0. Some people say the hardest part is to get from 0 to 1. That’s why I have seen people “supporting each other”. They promise that I am going to pay $1 monthly for you if you become my supporter as well. Then they have 50 supporters on Patreon but they are supporting 50 other members which means they aren’t earning anything.
The idea of this is that when people saw that you already have supporters, they are more likely to support you.
If you are hungry and you walk along the street in a city where you have never visited before. Then you see two restaraunts. The other one is empty and the other one is half-full. Which one you are going to visit? The studies and experience shows that people want to follow what other people are doing.
If you already have lots of followers it’s easier to get supporters but if you are starting from 0, then it will require lots of work.
If people are supporting you for $100/month, will you get them all or will Patreon take some fees?
Patreon is taking fees. They say on the website that for each $1 you will get around $0,90. So if your Patrons support you for $1,000, you will get around $900. In my opinion, the fee is not very bad because their platform can be very helpful for you.
Signing up to Patreon is completely free and it takes only around 10 seconds. You can also sign up with your Facebook account if you want. It’s possible to make even +$10,000/month through Patreon but have a look how these 5 ordinary guys are making $10,000/month online.
Even though Patreon is still relatively new, it’s not a scam. They are paying people money as they have promised. But remember that you will not get the money every day but once in a month. You get supporters who will pay you monthly instead of a one-time-payment. This can be a positive or a negative thing.
When people pay you every month, they may eventually support you even more than they’ve planned. On the other hand, it can make it more challenging to find supporters because some people don’t want to commit into monthly payments. Of course, it depends on the person.
After all, Patreon is not the easiest or fastest way to make money online but it’s a very interesting idea.
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Patreon at a Glance…
Founded: In San Fransisco in 2013 by Jack Conte
Overall Rank: 80 Out of 100
What do you think about the idea of crowdfunding?
Have you ever tried Patreon or other crowdfunding platforms?