Hi Everyone, my name is George. I'm originally from Port Angeles, Washington. ProperFlops is a company that I have been working on for some time. It was started several years ago after returning from a long trip overseas, and it was not until last April that I started working on the project full time! The company has come a long way since then and we are nearly ready to launch our online store! To ensure that we are able to continue growing from here, there are a few things that are still needed...
When I say that your pledges make a MASSIVE difference, I mean it! Your pledges will potentially make ALL the difference! No matter what your pledge is, know that we appreciate it! The biggest reward you will get is not something that you can touch, but knowing that you have helped the company become successful. I am personally so excited to launch this campaign, with the knowledge that there is a community behind Properflops that believes in how great our product is and wants to see us grow. Thank you for your support and for helping Properflops become what we believe it will be!!
What We Need & What You Get
The Break down:
ALL FUNDS GO DIRECTLY TO HELPING PROPERFLOPS GROW!
- Increasing our Inventory Level: Where the bulk of our fundraising dollars will go to....When we launch, we will be making a strong push to get ProperFlops in stores. However, we currently only have a small inventory for our online store, which we hope and anticipate will sell quite quickly ;) It's tough to ship out more flip-flops if there are none left in stock to sell! It takes a good chunk of time for our shoes to reach our fulfillment center after they have been ordered from our manufacturer. So, having the much needed on-hand capital to replenish our inventory is essential to us right now. The bulk of our raised funds will go directly to this element to ensure that our inventory levels are strong enough to accommodate all of our orders, both online and business-to-business retail.
- Operating Costs: Anything and everything associated with keeping the business going! Best put, metaphorically speaking, is that it helps us keep the lights on, phones ringing, and fuel in the tank. Covering our ongoing costs of developing our website, graphics, advertising and media exposure are cost elements that fall in this category, as well. It's important for us to make small gradual investments in these departments... as we are otherwise relying on you, word of mouth, and trying to grow as organically possible!
- Product Development: We want to purchase our own molds so that we can create new styles of flip flops! - molds that will be able to enhance our line and the ProperFlops brand. Most people have either a high, neutral, or a flat arch. We would like to offer specialized footbeds based on your foot type! We want to be the first to offer that in an eco-friendly flip flop made in the USA!!!
- Personalized Thank You Card
- Water Bottle: recycled, BPA Free, made in the USA
- Eco-Friendly Toe Bag
- Bottle opener key chain
- Unisex T-Shirts
- Mens and Ladies Hoodies
- One or more pairs of ProperFlops
- Properflops FOR LIFE!!!
By funding this project you're helping ProperFlops acquire the essential capital that we need to launch with our best foot forward. Beyond that, you are also throwing your support behind a company that wants to send a message to our industry that outsourcing manufacturing jobs to countries like China isn't necessary... ProperFlops aims to set the standard that you don't have to outsource or compromise quality for profit! Let's bring jobs back home and help keep them here!
ProperFlops is committed to providing durable, stylish flip-flops that are good you, good for the envoriment, and good for your pocket book, too. Because we have partnered with Verde Fulfillment, there is a good argument to be made that your ProperFlops are the most ECO FRIENDLY flip-flop out there! That's exciting!
In our minds, we would not be a "ProperCompany" if we did not focus on social causes as well... ProperFlops aspires to team-up with several non-profit agencies in the near future and set a goal of making contributions to groups that promote goodwill, save lives, and gives hope. We hope to be eventually be able to contribute 25-50% of our profits to support such causes. We are not trying to build an empire, but rather become an organization that fosters community! We want to make a difference.
**NOTE** None of the funds generated from this campaign will directly go to those causes(Social Causes) However indirectly you are helping facilitate that in the near future.
ProperFlop's philanthropic goal is simple - be a catalyst for meaningful, positive and sustainable change within and outside of our local communities.
Other Ways You Can Help
Besides contributing whatever you are able to this campaign, you can help us by donating a few minutes of your time to help get the word out about ProperFlops! Please post a link to our campaign to your Facebook Wall, Tweet, and/or send private messages or emails to those that you think would be interested! Basically, if you know people that love flips-flops we would really appreciate it if you shared, shared, and shared some more!
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!!!