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What are the steps?

  1. Build your project
  2. Get feedback
  3. Launch it to the world!
  4. Track funding progress
  5. Funded!
  6. Keep backers in the loop
  7. Send rewards
  8. You did it

First, your backers' cards are charged. After about two weeks, funds will be sent to your bank account from our payments processor, Stripe. And now, the rest is up to you! As you work, share your progress with backers. Post updates when big news arrives, or about once a month when it hasn’t. They'll love hearing from you. Even when things go wrong, let them know. They'll appreciate it.

When rewards are ready, our survey tool will help you get all the info you need from each backer – things like mailing address or t-shirt size. Get a few friends to help package rewards, and mail them with love. All done!

What is this all-or-nothing policy?

All-or-nothing funding protects creators from being stuck with a fraction of the funds they need and an audience expecting fully funded results. By minimizing risk, it also makes backers more likely to pledge. Incredibly, nearly half of all projects on Kickstarter have been successfully funded (100,306 so far!). No other funding method comes close.

How much does it cost to use Kickstarter?

Kickstarter collects a 5% fee from a project’s funding total if a project is successfully funded. There are no fees if a project is not successfully funded. Pledges on Kickstarter are collected and processed by our payments partner, Stripe. These payment processing fees work out to roughly 3-5%.

Do we have to give up our right / ownership?

Creators never give up any ownership of their work to Kickstarter or backers. You keep 100% ownership and control over your work.

Where does the money come from?

Millions of people visit Kickstarter every week, but support always begins with people you know. Friends, fans, and the communities you’re a part of will be your biggest supporters. They’ll help spread the word to people they know, and so on. A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.

How much work does it take to run a project?

The amount of work generally depends on the size and complexity of the project. The first few days and last few days are full of activity: getting the word out, answering questions. Some projects have a life of their own, and unexpected success can create more work to go along with all the excitement.

Do we have to make a video?

A video is strongly encouraged but not required. More than 80% of projects have videos, and those that don't have a much lower success rate. Making a video isn’t that hard!

What should we include in a video?

Does Kickstarter screen projects?

Yes and no. Kickstarter only screen projects to make sure each project meets their rules.

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