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What is Patreon? Everything you need to know...

What is Patreon? What is a Patron?

How can you support the beginning of our online journey? with Patreon!

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators, artists, and anyone in between to get paid for doing what they love. Connecting content creators with either existing fans or those looking for creative projects to support. There are currently more than 200,000 active Patreon accounts and millions of patrons who support these members. While ad revenue earnings come from views and clicks, Patreon creators receive payment based on direct engagement and everyday people. The site lets you incentivize patrons to take an active interest in your creations. For example, offering exclusive access to art not seen outside your Patreon account.

For creators, Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating (webcomics, videos, songs, podcasts, art, manufacturing, vlogs, blogs, travel) Fans can pay as low as $1 per month OR per post you release. For patrons, Patreon is a way to join your favourite creator's community and pay them for making the stuff they love and you get to follow. You can now pay creators once a month or per thing the creator makes. This means the creator gets paid on a regular basis, and you become a real-life supporter and patron of the arts. Imagine all your favourite creators making a living doing what they do best all because of you.

Pros of Using Patreon

  • A source of income: Fund your creative goals and it could also become an additional source of earnings.

  • Community building: By engaging your Patrons with exclusive content, you create a place where your most loyal supporters come and interact.

  • Motivation: Knowing some people have a sincere and financial investment in your dreams can inspire you to push forward with your various creative goals.

  • Accountability: When you promise something to people who are paying you to create something, their financial contribution can help keep you on task as you don’t want to risk losing patrons due to a failure to follow through.

As you can see, Patreon offers some significant financial and social benefits. By growing your Patreon, you can begin to build a professional network of support while strengthening your brand.

Cons of Using Patreon

  • You need a following: Although Patreon is great for attracting financial support from your audience, those without one struggle to attract their first patrons. Always share the accounts of people you support and follow.

  • Patreon gets a cut: Patreon takes a small percentage of your earnings, so you will never get the entirety of what your supporters send to you.

  • Patreon makes the rules: If you are a content creator who wants complete control, this isn’t possible with a site, such as Patreon.

Leave a comment if you wish to learn more about Patreon.


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