Do you have a whimsical idea or a project you would like to carry out? Get the word out! Today the Internet and the social networks have incredible communication power. We have found two interesting websites, IndieGoGo and Kickstarter, to help you do just this.

IndieGoGo is a global fund raising platform founded in 2008, where you can create a campaign to raise money quickly and securely.

Anybody with an idea (creative, cause-related or entrepreneurial) can create a campaign and offer perks or tax reductions to their contributors. Each campaign has the opportunity to be featured on the IndieGoGo homepage, placed in the press or exposed via social media.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects only. Projects on Kickstarter are not open-ended or charity-related; they must have a clear goal, such as producing an album, a book or a work of art. Starting a business, for example, does not qualify as a project. It’s a great platform for artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, writers, illustrators, explorers, curators and performers to bring their projects, events and dreams to life.

Starting a project is very exciting, but it also involves some risks. Make sure you consider these risks. For example, making sure you hold the patent in the relevant countries so that you can launch your project soon after the funds have been collected is critical for product related projects.