From looking into zoning regulations and keeping track of finances, to marketing and getting on the right side of landlords, to organizing events and setting up childcare, not to mention dealing with conflicts that arise from working with so many different people, I can hardly find the time now to meet with potential investors one on one.
To solve this problem, a board member suggested that I meet many potential investors at a time, "you mean like a Tupperware party? But I don’t have a vintage apron..."
Our first party turned out to be brunch on a Saturday, because that’s when everyone was available. I whipped up a batter and made some waffles and in the blink of an eye we were eating and chatting and we managed to get through everyone’s questions and concerned before the last bite!
It was a success. But more importantly, it was fun.
To be honest, a lot of the work that used to take up my time now gets done thanks to dedicated board members and friends of Brick by Brick. I think the real reason why we started organizing brunches is that we’re finally starting to take a page out of that great self-help book written by Emma Goldman in 1931 where she says « If I can’t dance it’s not my revolution. »
Dancing, waffles, potato potato, the point is that a financing campaign can be fun. And it can be fun for you too! So don’t wait: