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Help us to Hang Shingles

Help us to help people make the most of their ideas, passions & side hustles.

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Project Description

WHAT WE DO

Our mission is to make it easy and affordable for people to turn their passion into a business.

ShingleHanger is an online, and soon to be mobile, software platform that provides business management tools and resources for  service-based side hustles and small business enterprises.  With simple step-by-step instructions, you can organize your client data, schedule appointments, send and track invoices, and create your business website in minutes!  In addition, ShingleHanger members will have access to an ecosystem of companies and resources focused on supporting solopreneurs and small businesses with banking services, insurance products, marketing support, small business advice and more.

You can read more about ShingleHanger in this Baltimore Business Journal article from March 2020: https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2020/12/14/startup-help-entrepreneurs-turn-gigs-to-businesses.html

You can also view an interview about ShingleHanger by Christy Smallwood for her Small Business Small Talk podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5198LVnR6s

THE PROBLEM

According to MBO Partners 2020 State of Independence report, over the 10 years of their survey, 12-14% of employed workers intended to become self-employed within 2-3 years, but less than 1% succeeded. In 2020, the number of those who intended to become self-employed grew to 23%.  Currently, 48% of US adults have or have had a side hustle to earn extra money and in 5 years, that number is predicted to increase to 54%. The data show that people want to work for themselves, but few manage to find long term success!

While there are many tools (software packages and apps) on the market to "help", they are often expensive, have features that are difficult to navigate, are tailored to thriving businesses with staff, and rarely provide all of the basic organizational tools in one place/package. These barriers block people from moving beyond the "idea phase" of pursuing their passions.  ShingleHanger aims to tackle all the hurdles thrown in the way of starting and generating real profits from your side hustle.

THE SOLUTION

ShingleHanger is a complete package of software tools and resources that make becoming a solopreneur and business owner easy, affordable, and significantly less risky.

A basic ShingleHanger business account equips the user with:

A customizable website

An invoice generator / Real-time business stats

A job scheduler/tracker

An ecosystem of partner businesses that assist solopreneurs/small businesses

And more, including a ShingleHanger app!

WHY WE NEED FUNDING

One-hundred percent of the funding for developing ShingleHanger thus far has been provided by the Founders. We now need additional funding to complete our work.  The money generated from this campaign will be used to:

  1. Finish development of the mobile app and continue with updates on the web platform;
  2. Market ShingleHanger's mobile app launch and web platform updates;
  3. Develop more educational and business partner resources for side hustlers & solopreneurs.

Our team

ShingleHanger team from left to right: Brittany Kennedy (Project Manager), Dee Moultrie (CRO), Adrienne Waterston (CMO), Reginald Hands (CEO), Anne Brillantes (CPO), Linda Boyer (SVP)

Our families and friends have been with us on this journey to make ShingleHanger a reality every step of the way. We are so grateful and could not do what we do without their support. Thank you! We appreciate everyone's help so far and hope you will continue to help us forge ahead and make our dream of helping people easily start and manage their businesses a reality!

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a "ShingleHanger"?

  • To "hang out one's shingle" is an expression that is defined by Dictionary.com as meaning: "Open an office, especially a professional practice, as in Bill's renting that office and hanging out his shingle next month. This American colloquialism dates from the first half of the 1800s, when at first lawyers, and later also doctors and business concerns, used shingles for signboards."
  • At ShingleHanger, our aim is to help people "hang out their shingles" with tried and true, solid business best practices at the core, but in a modern, updated, digital way.

How will I receive my reward? 

  • Shortly after you fund our campaign, a team member will contact you about your reward.

Where can we learn more about ShingleHanger?

What are you raising money for?

  • Finish development of the app;
  • Provide the ShingleHanger platform at a discounted rate to organizations that help solopreneurs and small businesses;
  • Keep user fees at a minimum ($4.99/month);
  • Market ShingleHanger;
  • Develop more educational and business partner resources for side hustlers & solopreneurs

What makes ShingleHanger different from similar apps

  • Less expensive
  • Easy to use
  • All-in-one solution
  • Tailored to side-hustlers or solopreneurs
  • Built-in ecosystem of business support partners
  • Customizable website and marketing tools
Heartsong
10/30/2021
1 year Custom Domain
$60
debjl
10/27/2021
Friend of SH
$20
Craig Dean
10/27/2021
Monetary Contribution
$120
10/26/2021
ShingleHanger MVP
$110
Anno
10/26/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Candace
10/25/2021
Monetary Contribution
$105
Leslie Dyer
10/25/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
Linita Shih
10/24/2021
A-Lister
$195
Mark Waterston
10/22/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Donna De Marco
10/19/2021
Monetary Contribution
$25
Monetary Contribution

I want all of my contribution to go ShingleHanger.

I am super excited to help ShingleHanger create an easy-to-use app and supportive ecosystem that will benefit all the great people out there trying to make a go of it with their side hustles.

Go Team!

21 Supporters
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20.00 USD
Friend of SH

We appreciate you and your generous support! 

Our thank you gift at this level is
a fabulous ShingleHanger pen!

 

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8 Supporters
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35.00 USD
FREE 6-mo ShingleHanger Biz Membership

Donate to ShingleHanger at this level and receive "Six Months Free" ShingleHanger membership!

This zero-risk opportunity allows you to use ShingleHanger to start or manage your business for FREE for 6-months at the Small Business start up package rate (normally $18/month -- a $90 value!). 

You will receive ShingleHanger's fabulous online business management tools, access to special partner discounts and benefits, as well as your very own domain name!

Or, you can gift this reward to someone looking to start or better manage their side hustle or business!

It's a "no-brainer"!

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1 Supporter
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50.00 USD
Supporter

We are so grateful to you! 

Thank you bunches and bunches!

At this level of support, you receive a
fun phone holder for your desk! 

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6 Supporters
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60.00 USD
1 year Custom Domain

Donate at this level to receive your very own domain name for your website plus our expert web consulting to help set it up, hassle free!  

We will set you up with your own domain name for either an existing website or one you create through ShingleHanger!

Like www.yourbusiness.com.

Once you have your domain through ShingleHanger, we will continue to provide expert personal service for any technical issues related to your domain name. 

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2 Supporters
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75.00 USD
Benefactor

Donate at this level and as a reward you will receive this fabulous ShingleHanger tote bag to reuse again and again.

You will have a great bag AND know that you are helping ShingleHanger to break those barriers to entrepreneurship!

Thank you!

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3 Supporters
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110.00 USD
ShingleHanger MVP

Donate at the MVP level and you will receive this limited edition ShingleHanger baseball hat [organic cotton with embroidered logo].

You will also have the deep satisfaction of knowing that you are enabling us to make our dream true of helping others turn their passions into a business! 

Many many thanks!

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7 Supporters
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195.00 USD
A-Lister

At this level, you will receive a snazzy golf umbrella! 

While you are staying dry you can feel good about the fact that your donation is helping ShingleHanger make their app!

Way to go! Woo hoo!

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5 Supporters
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265.00 USD
Ad Space on ShingleHanger & e-zine

At this level we will feature your business on the ShingleHanger website and in The UpsideHustle e-Zine to advertise your business for six months.

 

 

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0 Supporters
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400.00 USD
Web hosting (C-Panel Access) for 1 Year

At this donation level you will receive, for 1 Year: 

  • a ShingleHanger Web Hosting Account
  • (CPANEL Access) for 1 Year
  • one free domain name
  • unlimited email
  • unlimited storage
  • tech support
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0 Supporters
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800.00 USD
Custom designed logo

Get a custom designed logo for your business!

ShingleHanger's Adrienne Waterston will work with you to create a custom logo for your business. 

Includes:

  • 3 logo choices 
  • 3 color palette choices
  • 3 tag lines
  • 3 revisions
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4,500.00 USD
ShingleHanger Champion

We are offering something a little different at this level -- a weekend away. As hardworking, nose-to-the-grindstone, passionate worker bees, we can imagine nothing better than a weekend "away."

We brainstormed about where people we know might like to go and came up with some ideas. The idea is, you choose from the following theme getaways and we do the rest: find the location, book your rooms, get tickets, or museum passes, etc. (a value of $1200) and you get yourself there and enjoy.

Choose from a:

Ski Weekend
Wine Weekend
Spa Weekend
Golf Weekend
Art Weekend
Fishing Weekend

We would love it if we could also schedule a Zoom call to thank you "in person" and feature you in our Upsidehustle e-zine as a Champion of ShingleHanger.

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0 Supporters
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10,000.00 USD
ShingleHanger Hero

If you donate at this level, we will be forever grateful. You will be OUR HERO(s)! 

The ShingleHanger team will be sure to do a Zoom call to thank you "in person" from around the country and in addition to our eternal gratitude, you will receive:

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Business profile in an edition of our UpSideHustle eZine
  • Listing at the highest tier of our Sponsorship Page 
  • Ad or promo space on the ShingleHanger website and The UpSideHustle for 5 years
  • Website hosting & custom domain name for 5 years
  • Website and tech consultation for 5 years
  • Custom database and specialized web development consultation for 1 year
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

I want all of my contribution to go ShingleHanger.

I am super excited to help ShingleHanger create an easy-to-use app and supportive ecosystem that will benefit all the great people out there trying to make a go of it with their side hustles.

Go Team!

21 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Friend of SH

We appreciate you and your generous support! 

Our thank you gift at this level is
a fabulous ShingleHanger pen!

 

192 Left
8 Supporters
Select this reward
35.00 USD
FREE 6-mo ShingleHanger Biz Membership

Donate to ShingleHanger at this level and receive "Six Months Free" ShingleHanger membership!

This zero-risk opportunity allows you to use ShingleHanger to start or manage your business for FREE for 6-months at the Small Business start up package rate (normally $18/month -- a $90 value!). 

You will receive ShingleHanger's fabulous online business management tools, access to special partner discounts and benefits, as well as your very own domain name!

Or, you can gift this reward to someone looking to start or better manage their side hustle or business!

It's a "no-brainer"!

99 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Supporter

We are so grateful to you! 

Thank you bunches and bunches!

At this level of support, you receive a
fun phone holder for your desk! 

94 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward
60.00 USD
1 year Custom Domain

Donate at this level to receive your very own domain name for your website plus our expert web consulting to help set it up, hassle free!  

We will set you up with your own domain name for either an existing website or one you create through ShingleHanger!

Like www.yourbusiness.com.

Once you have your domain through ShingleHanger, we will continue to provide expert personal service for any technical issues related to your domain name. 

68 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Benefactor

Donate at this level and as a reward you will receive this fabulous ShingleHanger tote bag to reuse again and again.

You will have a great bag AND know that you are helping ShingleHanger to break those barriers to entrepreneurship!

Thank you!

47 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
110.00 USD
ShingleHanger MVP

Donate at the MVP level and you will receive this limited edition ShingleHanger baseball hat [organic cotton with embroidered logo].

You will also have the deep satisfaction of knowing that you are enabling us to make our dream true of helping others turn their passions into a business! 

Many many thanks!

18 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
195.00 USD
A-Lister

At this level, you will receive a snazzy golf umbrella! 

While you are staying dry you can feel good about the fact that your donation is helping ShingleHanger make their app!

Way to go! Woo hoo!

13 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
265.00 USD
Ad Space on ShingleHanger & e-zine

At this level we will feature your business on the ShingleHanger website and in The UpsideHustle e-Zine to advertise your business for six months.

 

 

40 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
400.00 USD
Web hosting (C-Panel Access) for 1 Year

At this donation level you will receive, for 1 Year: 

  • a ShingleHanger Web Hosting Account
  • (CPANEL Access) for 1 Year
  • one free domain name
  • unlimited email
  • unlimited storage
  • tech support
1000 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
800.00 USD
Custom designed logo

Get a custom designed logo for your business!

ShingleHanger's Adrienne Waterston will work with you to create a custom logo for your business. 

Includes:

  • 3 logo choices 
  • 3 color palette choices
  • 3 tag lines
  • 3 revisions
4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
4,500.00 USD
ShingleHanger Champion

We are offering something a little different at this level -- a weekend away. As hardworking, nose-to-the-grindstone, passionate worker bees, we can imagine nothing better than a weekend "away."

We brainstormed about where people we know might like to go and came up with some ideas. The idea is, you choose from the following theme getaways and we do the rest: find the location, book your rooms, get tickets, or museum passes, etc. (a value of $1200) and you get yourself there and enjoy.

Choose from a:

Ski Weekend
Wine Weekend
Spa Weekend
Golf Weekend
Art Weekend
Fishing Weekend

We would love it if we could also schedule a Zoom call to thank you "in person" and feature you in our Upsidehustle e-zine as a Champion of ShingleHanger.

6 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
10,000.00 USD
ShingleHanger Hero

If you donate at this level, we will be forever grateful. You will be OUR HERO(s)! 

The ShingleHanger team will be sure to do a Zoom call to thank you "in person" from around the country and in addition to our eternal gratitude, you will receive:

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Business profile in an edition of our UpSideHustle eZine
  • Listing at the highest tier of our Sponsorship Page 
  • Ad or promo space on the ShingleHanger website and The UpSideHustle for 5 years
  • Website hosting & custom domain name for 5 years
  • Website and tech consultation for 5 years
  • Custom database and specialized web development consultation for 1 year
5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward