Spring Break! Woohoo—well, that means a bunch of time to focus on some school work, etc!
As far as Boxes for Happiness goes, as part of the class I have begun putting together a 3 year business plan, exploring continuing the company. I have already started looking to other shelters in to find other partners around the country who might be interested in working together. That way I would continue to give 25% of profits raised within a period to a certain number of shelters, but the reach would grow outside of Chicago (and hopefully grow the market and reach of each of the shelters involved).
This is going to involve contacting a bunch of them, and likely sending them samples. As the production run is manufactured, I should likely send samples to some influencers and press organizations.
I have been sure to post an update and a couple of posts to instagram, but have definitely fallen off—a little like a marathon runner just collapsing as they make it over the line. Now that it’s been a few days, it’s gotten a little easier to have some clarity on the whole experience also. Running a kickstarter is super weird. It’s definitely an experience that I would recommend, but not one I think every one will enjoy. It is super intense and super… icky… in ways. The amount of attention it commands, and the feeling of success/failure that all the metrics, notifications and such give, are just like a social media experience. I understand why it is so good, but I totally understand people who don’t want to run that way. Or, maybe in my ignorance, I’m just experiencing what an online store is like. Now with all the access to information we have—how many times a video has been watch, how many full carts are left un-purchased, maybe you just have to be a specific kind fo person to be able to dig living in that kind of world. Spring Break—Woo!