Originally Posted by LoveMeSomeCake615
So I was looking at the website of a local custom cake business, and I saw a tab at the top that said "Bakery Fundraiser". I clicked on it to see what it was, thinking it was probably something to do with donating cakes to charities and such.
This lady currently operates under cottage food law, but she would like to have a retail storefront someday. But apparently doing what she does now isn't cutting it in bringing in enough money for her to save up. So she is holding a fundraiser for her future bakery. This is the text from her website:
"Ever since I made the decision to sell customized cakes it was with the goal in mind to have a commercial bakery. I have spent the last few years refining my craft and I feel it is time to start preparing for the bakery that is in my future. My intention is to have a cake shop that makes stylish take and go cakes, customized cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and whoopie pies.
However, attempting to fund this venture with weekend birthday cakes has proven to be futile. I had all but given up the idea of a store front when the mass of emails from politicians asking to participate in fundraisers arrived. Then it occured to me that if people are willing to donate money to politicians who might do what they say to help improve the economy then maybe people will be just as generous to someone who wants to do their part to help the economy by opening a bakery that will employ more people and help keep jobs that are already in existence by working with food vendors and the like.
I am not the type of person to ask for something for nothing so I created this fundraiser... or should I say Yumraiser... that rewards those who are so generous to me."
She then goes on to list different tiers of giving, and the "reward" for each gift, all varying amounts and types of cake pops, cupcakes, custom cakes, etc.
As someone who is currently wading through the red tape and massive amounts of cash required to open a storefront, and doing it without asking for "donations", I find this kind of, um, presumptuous (And that's putting it nicely).
Not too mention that I question the legality of asking for donations as a for profit business. I don't plan on doing anything about it or approaching her about it (If she wants to attempt to raise $80,000 from strangers, more power to her I guess), I was just curious if anyone had ever heard of someone doing this and what your thoughts are on it.
This sounds like kickstarter.com