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Laura JonesBy Laura Jones
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Laura JonesBy Laura Jones
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$76
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backers
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 21 2018 1:22 AM UTC +00:00

About

I decided to make these candles as a metaphor for asexual pride. For those who don't know, being asexual means that you do not feel attracted to other people, even though you may feel sexual desire on its own. The common joke in the LGBT community is that asexuals prefer to eat cake. LGBT preferences each have their own flag, and the asexual pride flag is purple stripes. The nickname for asexuals is the term Ace.

There's an ongoing debate about whether asexuality actually falls under the LGBT+ category, since many believe it doesn't exist, or doesn't count because it's a LACK of sexual preference rather than a variation of it. But for many people it's just the way life is, whether or not it's accepted by others. So these candles are a cute accessory that promote awareness and celebration of asexual pride as a stand-alone preference.

I will be making these candles myself, by purchasing materials and setting up shop in my home. 

I will sell them online and possibly at art markets. 

There is potential to expand my products to all LGBT+ pride colors, and even to make additional products such as soaps and accessory merchandise.

What I need is funding for the materials, production, website domain name, and marketing strategies.

If you or somebody in your life identifies as asexual, or you're just an advocate for inclusion, this could be the perfect gift to have around the house. With more funding, the brand can expand to represent all LGBT stances as well, and serve the community by supporting the movement for Love and acceptance between people.

Risks and challenges

The challenges of this project will be assessing the quantity of candles needed, setting up the online presence, and making and shipping the merchandise.
I expect to test the waters of the market through online research and networking in the LGBT community. I will set up the online market and appearance through use of professional expertise. And I will set up organized assembly systems for production and shipping of the merchandise. Should quantities get backed up or damaged, I will need to hire extra hands.
Selling the candles in person at markets, and getting local customer feedback, will help me fine tune the design and function of the candles to maximize customer satisfaction. A similar approach can be used for testing the online platform.

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