Do you have an interesting story to tell related to your small business? Have some advice for other entrepreneurs to help them avoid some of the pitfalls of small business ownership? We invite you to share your story with the Small Business Community. Please note that your story will be reviewed by our moderators before it is posted on the community, so please don't provide an advertisement for your business. Just answer some of the questions below, in your own words (you don't have to answer them all). We look forward to reading your story!
Question: What is the name of your business?
Your Answer: Changefindr
Question: Where is your business located (city & state)? Who are the customers you serve? What products or services does you company provide?
Your Answer: Irvine, CA
Changefindr is a crowdfunding platform that lets people donate their unused gift cards to worthy causes. Over $10 billion worth of gift cards go unused every year. Our mission is to channel these unused funds to worthy causes. It's a novel way to fundraise and get access to funds that won't be available otherwise. We collect, aggregate, and liquidate gift cards and provide cash to benefit causes. Please check our site at www.changefindr.com. Millenials, Seniors and anybody who have unused and unwanted gift cards with small balances cluttering their drawers, wallets now have an option to donate them and make an impact. Donation over $2.00 get a donation receipt
Question: When did you start your business? Why did you decide to start your own business?
Your Answer: 2014
I saw this problem with gift cards and decided to do something about it . That's when Changefindr was born.
Question: Did you quit your "day job" to start your business? How did you initially fund your business?
Your Answer: Yes, Self funded
Question: What has been the biggest challenge in running your company?
Your Answer: Getting customers or donors.
Question: What’s been the biggest opportunity that came from owning your business?
Your Answer: I have learned so much in starting this business from scratch. I believe I have grown both professionally and personally. It's provided me the independence and the opportunity to take decisions and be responsible for my actions
Question: What has surprised you most about being your own boss?
Question: Is there a success tactic you’d like to share that could help other business owners (i.e. implementing new software, tactic to grow sales, etc.)?
Your Answer: I believe sticking to your business and not giving up is the key to success. Failures are bound to happen. You will take wrong decisions whether it's hiring a wrong employee or a bad business decision. The key is to realize that, fail fast and move forward. I know easier said than done but believe me once you make an effort it becomes easy.
Question: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to other small business owners?
Your Answer: As Above
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