Homesteaders Co-op is a community account. Today I am calling on our community for delegations. First a little background as to why we are asking for your delegations:
Homesteaders Co-op is dedicated to helping steem individuals and families who are committed to living sustainably and compassionately with the earth and fellow beings, succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
One way in which we aim to accomplish this goal is by offering a FREE marketplace for vendors. Free means no commissions and no fees. I recently had advice that this is a bad business model because we cannot be sustainable without charging fees – unless perhaps we are lean and mean, even then it will be difficult. This is good advice, but I remember that we always have choice.
I am here to tell you that I personally am up to the challenge, if our community is up to the challenge to keep this marketplace free.
It is true. Our model makes a bad business plan. But it makes for a great community. Can we be successful not only as a community but also be sustainable financially without charging fees to our vendors? I do not know the answer to this, but I feel that it does not hurt to try. If we fail in this regard, we can re-address our policy towards commissions.
There are a few ways in which we can try to achieve financial sustainability without asking a single SBD from our vendors. I won’t go into them all today because the focus of this post is delegations. However I will mention that I am completely open to ideas – we are open to ideas. In the spirit of a community marketplace, everyone should have a forum for their voice.
Today I call upon the community for delegations to help support your community marketplace. Not only do I ask for delegations, I ask for your loyalty to us as long as you feel we are loyal to the community at large and serving the communities interest.
Here is what we are currently doing with our Steem Power:
Voting for Contributors
Our contributors are our leaders and our voice regarding where we are headed as a community. Our contributors are receiving both beneficiary payout from our @homesteaderscoop blog as well as upvotes on their individual accounts in recognition of their team efforts to get community marketplace rolling.
Voting for Vendors
Our vendors are the steem individuals and families that are dedicated to sustainability, and many are willing to put their financial security on the line to do so. Our upvotes to our vendors are meant to help provide some stream of additional steem income for our vendors as a thank you for choosing to incorporate some aspect of sustainability and/or ethical care of the earth into their lifestyle and business choices.
Voting for Charitable Organizations
We are starting off on a foot of giving to those that are in need. We are sending upvotes to @pennsif‘s @adollaraday charity which supports directing charitable donations to many “on the ground” charities. Further we are upvoting @familyprotection‘s comments, in part in thanks to @canadiancoconut‘s generous support and also to help support the work she is doing to keep families and their children together.
Voting on our own Posts for Growth
We are shamelessly voting on our own posts in order to continue to grow our SP which we can use for all of the goals we’ve outlined here in this post.
Regarding delegating out, we are just starting to earn SP. However I want to set a precedence from the start that our community marketplace is dedicated to helping less fortunate than ourselves. The reason this is so important to me is because Homesteaders Co-op is more than one individual, it is a community. We have the potential to gain strength and influence. What kind of example do we want to set? What kind of world do we want to support?
Therefore we have delegated some SP to @adollaraday. The SP that has been delegated is so small it will not make much difference. It is meant as a symbolic gesture that we will continue to increase that delegation as our community account grows and a thank you for the work they and the organizations they support are doing to make this world better and safer.
In addition to asking the community at large for delegations, we are also asking our vendors for delegations. We are suggesting delegations from vendors with over 500 SP. However it is not mandatory and we will not be policing who is delegating and who is not. We are only asking to those that can comfortably afford it.
It is my hope that delegations come from those that believe in what we are doing for the community at large.
Now is the time for me to ask you to consider delegating. Delegations are a way for any member of our steem community to have ownership in what we are doing. It is a vote for our efforts and our mission. Thank you for your consideration.
We already have a few delegations and I wish to share who they are for their recognition. Thank you very much to those who have delegated to Homesteaders Co-op!
|@pennsif||future gazer, past watcher, community builder, prepper, homesteader, seeker of self-reliance, MSP Waves Radio show host, founder of A Dollar A Day @adollaraday||Wales, UK|
|@stortebeker||Sustainability, Urban Homesteading, Natural Building, Health, Food, Healthfood, Nature, Culture, Bicycles||Mexico City|
|@trucklife-family||Single Mama, Doula, Nature Lover, Vegan, Birth Activist and Defender of All Things Wild||The Earth|
|@walkerland||Kitchen Witch, Wildcrafting, Homesteading, Organic Gardening Building a Greener Kinder World||Canada|