Tiny House, Big Benefits

As consumers, we’ve adapted to the thought of “the bigger, the better”. We aspire to have more in life. More followers, more money, great paying job, and a huge house. So why are people choosing to downsize when they have the option of living larger lifestyles? Why does this niche market appeal to individuals?

TV shows such as Tiny House Builders, Tiny House Nation, and even a full documentary on Netflix can give us insights to this affordable housing revolution. Below is a video featuring the 172 square foot Tumbleweed house.

Easy to Maintain

In small spaced living, you have the bare essentials and nothing else. When your living space can be as small as 90 square feet, you are forced to keep your space clean. Cleaning a tiny space is a matter of minutes compared to a full sized house. Every item has a specific purpose and place.

Lifestyle

An on-the-go individual will greatly benefit from this type of space. When living and working in a big city, you are not spending much time at home. The only elements some people require are resting, a kitchen area, and a bathroom. When having such a small space, individuals can focus on the design and layout of their house to match their personal needs.

Tiny House Interior

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Cost Effective

Compared to rising prices of homes today, tiny houses can cost as low as $57,000 or $433/month. You will not feel obligated to buy furniture for vacant spaces. In addition to this, the house will be cheaper to heat and cool. This aspect can appeal to students who want to live alone or anybody who aspires to save money.

Niche Marketing

Tiny houses will appeal to the innovative individual who wants to leave less of a carbon footprint. Some people will turn to the smaller, efficient space when wanting to save money. It may not be everybody’s dream home, but for a small segment of people, tiny houses are just for them.

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Thoughts on Crowdfunding

Every day more people are using crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo, GoFundMe, and Kickstarter. But does it really work? Just because you put yourself out there and make a campaign, doesn’t mean money will start flowing in.

Depending on your marketing strategies and the cause of your campaign, it can either go really great, or without doubt, will fail. Here are 3 things that will ensure a successful campaign.

Community Involvement

With the Steer It Up campaign, one thing they’re doing right is community involvement. By reaching out to local radio stations and businesses, both parties are benefiting. The campaign gets money and the businesses get exposure. Most people who start crowdfunding have no reach. They start up a campaign and just wait for things to happen. If you want to raise money, you have to network with people who will care about your cause.

incentives to Donate

A smart thing to do is reward people for donating. With the Steer It Up campaign, you can donate 10 dollars and receive a personal thank you note as well as a badge to show on social media. If people have an initiative to donate and receive something in return, they will be more willing to give money.

A Great Cause

People should connect with your campaign and understand why it’s worthwhile to donate. If the cause is for something personal such as a wedding or vacation, strangers will be less willing to donate. By telling a story and fully explaining your cause, people will relate to the issue and support you.

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Voting Day Comes to a Close

Since turning 18 in June, I’ve had my first chance to vote. I did vote for the Liberals only after a quick look at their platform. If I could go back in time, I wish I would have looked further in depth into all of the parties. After some research, I’ve found plans that would effect myself and many other students.

Here’s the top 3.

FOCUS ON YOUNG CANADIANS

Going through high school I did not have an interest in politics. I’ve always let it slip my mind and left it to adults. Next thing you know, you’re turning 18 and have no idea who to vote for. One thing that is in store is registering high school students as part of their high school curriculum. By engaging more with young Canadians, they want every individual registered to vote when they turn 18.

STUDENT LOANS

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One issue that most students face after post secondary education is repaying their student loans. After the 6 months grace period, students are expected to start paying back their debts. With the Liberal party in charge, grads would not have to pay their loans until they earn at least 25,000$ per year.

FOCUS ON MIDDLE CLASS

The Liberals will ask the wealthiest 1% of the population to pay more so middle class families will pay less. This is beneficial because most Canadians will save up to $670 per person and $1350 per couple. They will make sure that everybody has a fair chance to succeed.

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