Flashfunders offers crowdfunding opportunities to investors starting from as little as $50. Instead of receiving rewards in exchange for funds, which is what tends to happen on crowdfunding sites, contributors are making an investment into the company, with a potential return in the future. This might be in the form of equity, debt or revenue participation notes.  

Additional Info

  • Type Investment
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Investing

Housers brings investors together to buy property in prime locations and then earn a healthy return on their investment through rental income and/or sale of the property.

Housers claim that you get the benefits real estate investment without all the administrative and legal headaches that normally go with buying a house. They search for properties under market value that will provide a good return on investment and the chosen properties are listed on the website with details.  Each property has its own forum where users, investors and developers can discuss the progress of each project.

Who can invest?

Both local and international investors are welcome except for a handful of restricted countries including Afganistán, Angola, Argelia, Corea, Ecuador, Guayana, Indonesia, Iraq, Irán,  Lao PDR, Myanmar, Panamá, Papua Nueva Guinea, Siria, Sudán o Yemen. You will need a NIE (identification number) if you are not resident in Spain. You can ask for it at your local consulate or Housers will help you with the process.

Level of investment

Housers recommends you invest at least 1000 euros in each project but the minimum level of investment is just 100 euros.

How does it work?

Funds are paid into the payment processor LemonWay and are blocked until 100% of the funding needed to buy a property is reached. If the total is not reached, the funds are returned to your account. 

Fees

Housers does not charge any setup fees and only charges if you earn any profit, from which they will deduct 10% commission and admin fees. If you don't earn any profit, you pay nothing.

Payments

You will receive your profits in the form of dividends. If the property is rented you receive dividends each month, and profits from a sale upon completion of the sale.

At the time of writing the website is only in Spanish, but I am sure that will change in the future!

 

Additional Info

  • Type Investment
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Investing

"We make it possible to invest in real estate."

Fundrise organises crowdfunding for real estate developers and offers investors a way to get started in real estate at a very low entry level. This opens up a very profitable income stream to everyone instead of limiting it to those with greater buying power.
 
Investments start from a minimum of $100, with an estimated return of approximately 12-14%.  You choose the properties you want to invest in and as an investor you will get dividend payment plus  profits from any increase in value in the property.
 
Getting Your Money Back
 
Fundrise offers investments between 1-5 years so you can choose how long you want to commit to.  They say they only accept 5% of applications after a strict selection process by real estate experts, so your investment is not going to fund every random developer who applies for funding.
 
Not only can you get a great return on your investment, on a social level, you can help fund and support schemes in your local area. 
 

Starting investing in Real Estate at www.fundrise.com

 
 

Additional Info

  • Type Online
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Investing
Are you one of those people who never moves forward because you put obstacles in your way before you even start?  All the problems you face, the lack of time, of ideas, of money? That may be true in that second, but that does not mean it will never change. For the situation to change you need to stop looking down and start paying attention to what is going on around you. I am amazed at just how many things are available as chances to make money.  The more I look without limiting myself to what I know or what I can do, the more I find.
 
I will never do anything with over 95% of these opportunities of course, mainly because they don´t interest me. That or because the time it would take me to learn a new skill may not be a good use of my time right now. But it still excites me to know the options are there. The list of things I can choose from gets longer and longer every day - because I keep my head up and my eyes open.
 
You don´t have to spend hours searching every single day, but you should always be aware of your surrounding.  When you visit a website, learn to scan it for any interesting adverts or references.  Make a note of it for later or visit it right away and see if it is worth further investigation.  Always be curious, always be learning, always be researching. One day you will find something you enjoy, that is profitable and that could change your life.  But only if you don´t give up before you even begin.
 
Remember that you are not going to find your nugget of gold right away unless you are really lucky. The secret of lucky people is they take a lot more risks, try more often, and are less afraid to get things wrong. If you try enough things, you eventually find something will stick.
 
I´ll give you an example I am excited about right now. I was looking for some affiliate products that are relevant to Alternative Income so I can monetize the site. I want to place a different ad on each section, so it has to relate to that section.  I found Tee Inspector, which is a program about making money from designing t-shirts.  
 
Of course I like the claims you can make thousands of dollars with one simple design. However, what really attracted me is the fact that it gives me the chance to do something I have wanted to do for years. Doodle. I want to design motivational products using the cartoon format.
 
Motivational messages + t-shirts + making money = a winning combination for me! As an added bonus Tee Inspector is an easy way to get my kids interested in being entrepreneurs. My 12 years old daughter is already a talented artist, and my son has a business brain.  Designing and selling t-shirts is a quick, cost-free way of getting them to use their skills and earn some money in a fun way!
 
I want them to hit the ground running when they leave school or university, instead of wasting years frustrated in a job they do not enjoy.  This way they start thinking of new possibilities and know that if they want to, they are lots more ways to make money than a regular job. They have options.
 
I was just looking for some products to advertise on the site for monetization.  Not only did I find that, I also found something I will enjoy doing myself and something my kids can do as well.
 
You never know what you might find, so never stop looking!
 

Discover how much money you can make designing and selling t-shirts:  www.teeinspector.com *

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The Pebble smartwatch was listed on KickStarter.com to raise $100,000 funding. When the fundraising ended, the Pebble has more than $10,000,000 in funding and over 68,000 backers!

The founder, Eric Migicovsky, had to go via the crowdfunding route because he could not raise money through venture capitalists, who thought the idea was too risky. Future users of the phone however loved the idea, and pledges came in thick and fast.

The watch is a viral product, because it can be customised with apps for anything you can think of. The community itself will create more applications for it, or request new apps. As a result, the phone will have thousands of possible uses including running, cycling, music, email, etc.

The phone itself is not particularly attractive and is quite functional in looks as well as style. However, the possibilities are endless.

What made it successful?

  • The founders kept searching for alternative funding sources when they were rejected by the traditional investors.
  • They teamed up with RunKeeper, an already successful app with millions of existing users, getting instant publicity.
  • Making the software available to developers will get thousands more apps into their directoy, without them having to create them.

 

 

It's easy to build a blog, but hard to build a successful blog with significant traffic. Over the years, we've grown the Moz blog to nearly a million visits each month and helped lots of other blogs, too. I launched a personal blog late last year and was amazed to see how quickly it gained thousands of visits to each post. There's an art to increasing a blog's traffic, and given that we seem to have stumbled on some of that knowledge, I felt it compulsory to give back by sharing what we've observed.

The Pebble smartwatch was listed on KickStarter.com to raise $100,000 funding. When the fundraising ended, the Pebble has more than $10,000,000 in funding and over 68,000 backers!

The founder, Eric Migicovsky, had to go via the crowdfunding route because he could not raise money through venture capitalists, who thought the idea was too risky. Future users of the phone however loved the idea, and pledges came in thick and fast.

The watch is a viral product, because it can be customised with apps for anything you can think of. The community itself will create more applications for it, or request new apps. As a result, the phone will have thousands of possible uses including running, cycling, music, email, etc.

The phone itself is not particularly attractive and is quite functional in looks as well as style. However, the possibilities are endless.

What made it successful?

The founders kept searching for alternative funding sources when they were rejected by the traditional investors.

They teamed up with RunKeeper, an already successful app with millions of existing users, getting instant publicity.

Making the software available to developers will get thousands more apps into their directoy, without them having to create them.

 

 

It's easy to build a blog, but hard to build a successful blog with significant traffic. Over the years, we've grown the Moz blog to nearly a million visits each month and helped lots of other blogs, too. I launched a personal blog late last year and was amazed to see how quickly it gained thousands of visits to each post. There's an art to increasing a blog's traffic, and given that we seem to have stumbled on some of that knowledge, I felt it compulsory to give back by sharing what we've observed.
Published in Fundraising