I'm an amateur inventor and my new year's resolution is to release ALL of my inventions on KickStarter! So here is my very first product!
The Calendar Reinvented:
Is a giant poster sized, paper & metal wall calendar with a unique layout that allows you to write your appointments, tasks, and daily stats in a to do list format. It's perfect for professionals / business owners / startup founders / secretaries / accountants and people that have lots of appointments. The hanger and wire-o binding is metal and the paper is thicker 24# paper.
The calendar is as big as 5 standard notebooks. Each line on the calendar is as tall as 2 lines from a standard ruled sheet of paper. So if you write normally you could comfortably fit 2 lines of text on each day. That's a lot of writing space for busy people.
You can also write BIG and see your appointment from across the room. Or add up daily stats along the right of the calendar and add them up at the end of the month.
I've put mini calendars on the bottom of each month's page so you can peek ahead at future dates without having to turn to that month's page. Also, flipping forward to future months is easy, just thumb through the bottom right corner until you find your month and flip directly to it.
Comparing it to one of those giant blocky desktop calendars you've got 30%+ more room to write so it's perfect for really really busy people.
When will it Start & End?
It will begin with April 2012 and extend ALL the way to the end of NEXT year 2013. So you'll get 9 months of 2012 and all of 2013.
Where will the Calendars Will Be Made?
I've finalized a Printer in the St. Louis, Missouri area. They are Stolze Printing Co. http://www.stolze.com/facilitytour/printing.php and I'm working with Tom Hohmann. The calendars will be printed and shipped out in the beginning of March. Just in time for April.
How Funds ($25,000) Will Be Used:
Kickstarter and Amazon Payments will take out about $2,000 in fees so I'm left with $23,000. I've priced out everything from the printing, delivery, shipping, packing, and labeling and it will cost $16,000 to PRINT and SHIP 1,000 Calenders (without profit or buffer money). Another $5,000 to apply for a design patent so I at least have some protection from established manufacturers. $500 will be used to incorporate my business and set up an online store with credit card processing so I can sell these calendars year round. The remaining $1,500 will be buffer money to cover any surprise costs, international shipping surprises, gas money, money to hire neighbors to pack calendars into boxes, and anything else that comes up.
Made in USA?
It's definitely printed and assembled in the USA. I'm checking the materials and will let you guys know as soon as I find out. UDPATE: The wire-o binding is made in the USA.
In the future, the 24 month version will retail for $35 (includes shipping in the USA) and the 12 month version will retail for $25 (includes shipping). You guys get a 21 month version (since the new year has already started) for only $25 + you get massive discounts on bulk orders.
What if there's a delay and calendars are delivered in April instead of March?
I'll ask the community of backers on how to make it up to you guys. If the calendar hasn't started printing and I notice a delay, I was thinking I'd take out April 2012 and add January 2014, that way you still get a 21 month calendar. However, if the calendars are already printed there's no going back and making changes. Just in case this happens I'll ask you guys how to proceed.
Why doesn't the wire-o binding extend all the way across the top?
Due to the calendar's size being larger than standard printing equipment, only 15 inches can be hole punched and binded, not the full 17 inches. This leaves a 1 inch gap on each side of the calendar that is unbinded. It's no big deal and doesn't effect the calendar in any way but for perfectionists like me, I notice it immediately. From St. Louis to Chicago, printers just don't have the custom equipment to do this. That's just the way their equipment is. I can try to find a printer in other states but the shipping and cost double the price of the calendar. Hole punching by hand would also double the price of the calendars.