How to Ask for Help — Without Looking Desperate

Hint: people support what they help create

Gina Raelene Fink
4 min readMay 29


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I’ve got an incredible story to share with you that will leave you feeling inspired and ready for action.

A few years ago, there was a drive-in theater, one of the last remaining in our province, facing the risk of closure. The film industry was going digital, and their equipment was becoming obsolete.

But here’s the twist — instead of giving up, an amazing family with an entrepreneurial spirit decided to rally their community for support. They raised funds to purchase the necessary digital equipment and saved the drive-in from extinction.

The result? They were rewarded with packed nights and a thriving business. What’s the secret behind their success? It’s simple: people support what they help create.

And guess what? The same principle applies to you as an online entrepreneur. So, let’s dive into this concept together and discover how asking for help can propel your business to new heights.

Before we go any further, let me introduce you to a brilliant example of this — Kickstarter. Have you heard of it? It’s an incredible platform that revolutionized the way creative projects are funded.

From films and games to music, art, and technology, Kickstarter is the home for all kinds of projects brought to life through the support of the general public. Since its launch in 2009, it has enabled over 22 million people to pledge over $7.3 billion, funding more than 587,000 creative projects. Can you imagine the possibilities?

I remember watching online entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson, raise funds through Kickstarter to self-publish her book, “The Suitcase Entrepreneur.” It was a joyous moment to see someone embrace the power of asking for support and achieving their dream as a result.

That got me thinking — when was the last time you asked for help? And I’m not just talking about money here. I’m talking about identifying the gaps in your business and reaching out to the people you know for assistance.



Gina Raelene Fink

7x Best-Selling Author, Collaboration Book Publisher, Writing Mentor + Success Coach to Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs.