Tiny Living, Big Lessons: How I'm Trying to Fund My Tiny House Project

How I've Decided to Creatively Fund My Tiny House Project With Writing

A few years ago, I started out with a dream. A dream to work from home as a full-time writer who lives in a tiny house (that she built) and is able to travel the world. Though I am slowly progressing, I wish things were happening faster. I have to constantly remind myself that slow progress is better than no progress. Slow progress is better than no progress.

Two and a half years ago, if you were to ask me where I thought I would be today, I would probably say still working at the same dead-end job. I was trying to figure out my next move. But somewhere along the line, I found the perseverance to push through and follow my dreams. Today I work from home full-time as a writer and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m determined. 

There is, however, one thing that’s missing. And that is my tiny house. After some deep soul searching, I was finally able to come up with a plan to build my tiny house. The only thing that’s keeping it from its full potential now is money. But I recently put a down payment on a shed and it should be arriving soon! I’m so excited!

Thinking Outside the Box

I was able to learn a thing or two from endless youtube videos on tiny house building, but it was the tumbleweed tiny house workshop that really got me thinking outside the box. Not only did they give me a lot of insight on how to build my tiny house, they also shared tips on how to creatively finance your tiny home as well as get it sponsored. So I decided to use my craft (writing) to help me obtain the necessary funds to complete this project the way I would like to and in a timely manner. 

My Tiny House

I was able to purchase this shed at a really good price because it was a return rental. It’s a 12x16, which is going to take some adjusting. But I just couldn’t pass it up! I’ve recently begun the process of building a temporary foundation here on my grandmother’s property. Ideally, I would like to put this shed on a trailer and move it to an RV park in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Every week, I have been buying little things here and there, but building a house—tiny or not—is not cheap, let me tell you. Every time I turn around, there is something else I need to purchase. And I just want to live in it already. I’m doing this by myself so I’m going to need to hire a plumber and an electrician to either check my work or do it for me. While some days are more frustrating than others, I just have to remind myself that I am making progress. 

My goal is to raise enough money to be able to complete the inside of this shed before winter arrives. Ideally before fall arrives, that way I can move it before winter. But before winter is the goal. I would really like to be in Jersey by next spring at the latest. That’ll give me and my german shepard some time to adjust to living tiny. I’m not sure who’s going to need more time adjusting—me or her. 

YouCaring

For the past few weeks, I have been helping one of my clients with their Kickstarter campaign. Which is doing very well, might I add. We’ve raised almost $45,000 so far. Check it out here. This campaign gave me the idea to use crowdfunding in order to build my tiny house. So I created an account with YouCaring so I can start my journey!

Right now, I’m looking to raise $5,000 for my tiny house project. This campaign will help me pay off the shed that I bought, install the electrical and the plumbing, and build a small utility shed. With your support through this process, I would like to create a new series devoted to building my tiny house and tiny living. If you have any ideas for me, feel free to contact me here. Or if you're feeling generous, feel free to contribute a gift to this article! Everything helps!

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