By day I’m a travel blogger, and by night I’m a career development enthusiast. I love both so much that I started a business to train aspiring travel writers. And one thing I’ve learned over the years is that you can’t immerse yourself in a community of travelers without coming across crowdfunders and the growing popularity of this online donation strategy. Then the other day it occurred to me that crowdfunding and the job search are super similar.

5 Job Hunting Tips to Help with Crowdfunding - Frayed Passport

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For both, you’re asked to talk about yourself and to get people interested in what you’re saying and what you’re doing. And for both, your ultimate goal is something potentially life-changing. I don’t think many of us want to straight-up beg for money, and we’re awkward about approaching friends and family for donations. It’s why we’d pretty much rather apply for a job—preferably a completely awesome one—and earn that income rather than just ask for it.

Crowdfunding sure feels like begging when you’re new to it—but it doesn’t have to be! To help you overcome that “Oh gosh, how do I make it sound like I’m excited, like I need a push, but I’m not groveling?” thing, I’ll put this into a different perspective: think about crowdfunding like you would with a job application.

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