Every business needs money to get off the ground. Here at our firm, we have an entire practice area devoted to helping small businesses with their unique tax and accounting needs, and we love seeing clients grow, develop and succeed.

The web has opened up many doors and provided new opportunities for those interested in getting off the ground with their business, initiative or special project. Have you ever heard of Kickstarter? It’s an amazing tool for those hoping to raise money for creative projects. From their website, “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.”

Since their 2009 launch, over $350 million has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects. If you like stats (as many accountants do), there’s lots more here. Check it out, pretty amazing numbers.

Kickstarter provides the platform for people to raise money to reach their goals, many of which are charitable in nature, and help out people in need. From education, to medicine, pets to cooking, there are hundreds of thousands of Kickstarter projects waiting to be funded to take flight.

Speaking of cooking, and combined with the fact that Buffalo, NY has a growing food truck population, I thought I’d share an example of a Kickstarter project to give you an idea of how it works. I actually found this project via Twitter and thought it would be cool to share.

Mobile Kitchen Cooking Classes aims to bring creative and innovative ways of learning about food to people through mobile cooking classes. The project is about creating a culture and lifestyle through Creative Cooking Classes. Instructing just one person on food aims to reach many more. The project creator hopes that students will be inspired to take their knowledge and teach others about food, time management, and creative ways of viewing ingredients. The kitchen will be completely mobile, decked out with supplies to teach on the Food Truck or in the homes of the students. Pretty cool!

To learn more about Kickstarter and other fundraising web platforms, check out this awesome article from Mashable, Top 12 Online Fundraising Platforms for Donors and NonProfits.