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If you're starting a donation campaign for your worthy cause, there's one thing I implore you to remember: It ain't 2003 any more, baby. Today, your donors walk around with smart phones that are stronger and faster than your 2003 Dell ever dreamed of being.
So why rely solely on cash sales or in-person sales? It might have made sense during Aerosmith's 37th comeback, but in today's world, you simply can't afford to be behind the times. Unless the line you're in is for the chance to be stung by hornets, in which case I'd suggest being behind time (and possibly slip away altogether if you have the chance).
Here's some tips for quickly setting up online payments for your wristbands:
1. Get a Paypal account from paypal.com. Easy to set up and use, Paypal is trusted, secure, and the best part? It's completely free. They will take a small percentage of each credit card transaction, but hey, Elon Musk has to eat.
2. Get the Paypal Donation Button code. Simply follow the easy instructions you find HERE. Paypal will give you the html code. You copy and paste it into your blog or website site. You publish the blog or update the site and instead of seeing all that unintelligible html computer babble, you and your donors see the Paypal button. Easy P...Z?
3. But I don't have a site! No problem! Simply start a blog for your cause. A good site for this would be something like https://www.tumblr.com/. It doesn't cost you anything to set up and is really easy to navigate. Write a short blog post about your cause, post a picture of your wristband and then copy and past the html code for the Paypal button. Publish the blog and you're off to the races!
The only thing left to do is head to your social media pages and start promoting the blog to all your followers. Get your friends involved and have them share the page, too. Pretty soon, who knows? Maybe you'll go viral and end up chatting with Anderson Cooper about how you can't take all the credit. You read about how to get your fundraiser going in 2013 in a blog eloquently written by Wristband Bros. (Hey...If you make it all the way to Anderson I think we deserve a little plug, no?).
Happy Fundraising you crazy kids!