On the 16th of February, 2010, I decided that I wanted to retire - ASAP...
As with most of my crazy ideas, I usually pass them by Gilbert. We brain storm together, whether my idea is do-able or not do-able. As far as I'm concerned, we make a great team. :-)
Anyhow, I came home for dinner, that day, and here's how our conversation went:
Me - I've got a crazy idea and was wondering if you've ever seen this before or if you think it's do-able.
Him - Yes? *his eyes perked up, with interest*
Me - Well, there's almost TWO BILLION internet connections out there, right? I did a Google on these figures. What if only ONE "Million" people each gave me a dollar? We'd have enough to retire, right?
Him - Yah, but what will you give them in return?
Me - Nothing.
Him - Yah, but you just can't ASK people for a dollar and not ask anything in return! They want some candy or something back.
Me - Well, how about a "Thank You" from me? Or "Bragging Rights", eh?
Him - I don't think so. People usually expect something.
Me - Hmmm... well, maybe. But when you give money to the guy on the street corner, or send money to a worthy cause.... you expect that it helps them, right? Well, I can ASSURE everyone that this is for a worthy cause - my retirement - and that I DO appreciate it. :-)
Him - Hmmm... you know, I don't think I've ever seen this done, before. Maybe it would work.
Me - (I could see his wheels turning).
Me - Besides, who knows, eh? I might be invited on TV, someday - Oprah, I'm available!!! - and my donors could watch and say, "Hey! I gave a dollar to that girl's retirement fund!!!" Bragging Rights! That's it!
Him - Well, it would be an easy thing to set up, with PayPal. All s'you need to do is make them go to their account and deposit their dollar.
Me - (I was finally winning him over to MY way of thinking!... LOL)
So, as with all my crazy ideas, it took me a day to think out the logistics and came up with these basic ideas, that might help:
a) Donate 1 dollar. Call it - Coffee for Rosa, Thanking me for Whatever, or just "Because".
b) Add my newly created "Bragging Button" on their website or blog, hopefully with my link, thus generating more traffic here.
c) Add themselves as one of my followers and/or add my link to their "favorites" ... and watch my barometer move upwards.
How do you send me ONE (1) dollar, via Paypal?
1. Open up your Paypal account and sign in.
2. Click on the tab that says "Send Money".
3. Type in my email address:
4. Select PERSONAL and then GIFT.
5. Click on CONTINUE
Now, I should tell you in advance. Paypal will charge you 33 cents for every USD sent.
Have a great day!