Business & Strategy

How Lawless French Increased Income 50% by Using Patreon’s WordPress Plugin (in Just 3 Months)
How Lawless French Increased Income 50% by Using Patreon’s WordPress Plugin (in Just 3 Months)
Laura Lawless  loves to teach French… as long as it doesn’t involve standing in a classroom every day. Laura has been writing instructional…
April 24, 2018Olivia Seitz
5 Steps to Predictable, Monthly Income for Any Creator with an Audience
5 Steps to Predictable, Monthly Income for Any Creator with an Audience
"If I could quit my job and have more time, I could make this a full-time business." "Is creating this volume of content worth it for the…
January 31, 2018Olivia Seitz
5 Ways to Make Money as a Musician Online in 2018
5 Ways to Make Money as a Musician Online in 2018
How can you make money as a musician, especially if you’re not backed by a record label? Selling music and merch at shows are two “go to…
January 17, 2018Cody Slingerland
Highs and Lows for Creators in 2017
Highs and Lows for Creators in 2017
Creators are some of the most amazing people on the planet. Last year, they used their art, music, videos, sketches, and more to spark…
January 09, 2018Taryn Arnold
How Noon Pacific Promotes Emerging Artists to 100k Weekly Listeners
How Noon Pacific Promotes Emerging Artists to 100k Weekly Listeners
After building an audience of over 100,000+ weekly active listeners, Clark Dinnison has to chase away investors ready to throw cash at his…
January 09, 2018Olivia Seitz
How to Make Money on YouTube (8 Examples from Successful YouTubers)
How to Make Money on YouTube (8 Examples from Successful YouTubers)
If you have a loyal subscriber base on YouTube but have struggled to earn money through advertising revenue, it may feel like you have no…
December 06, 2017Cody Slingerland
Youtuber and licensed therapist Kati Morton on how to care for your mental and emotional health as a content creator
Youtuber and licensed therapist Kati Morton on how to care for your mental and emotional health as a content creator
Kati Morton  is a licensed therapist. And—with 240,000 YouTube subscribers —she’s also a prolific content creator. Kati knows the unbridled…
November 28, 2017Olivia Seitz
Why YouTubers Should Obsess Over Their Fans, Not Fancy Equipment: Lessons from Easy Allies’ Success
Why YouTubers Should Obsess Over Their Fans, Not Fancy Equipment: Lessons from Easy Allies’ Success
When Brandon Jones and his fellow video game reviewers lost their corporate sponsorship and most of their funding, he thought they’d lose…
November 15, 2017EJ Brown
How ‘The Great War’ Co-creates Its Hit YouTube Show with the Help of a 700,000+ Member Audience
How ‘The Great War’ Co-creates Its Hit YouTube Show with the Help of a 700,000+ Member Audience
“It will be a great idea to start a Youtube Channel covering just World War I!” Said no one ever. That is, up until May of 2014, when Indy…
October 09, 2017Nathan Collier
How Danny O’Dwyer is Using Membership to Run his Video Production Business
How Danny O’Dwyer is Using Membership to Run his Video Production Business
Danny O’Dwyer has been making internet videos with his friends since before YouTube was popular. It all started as a means to an end for…
August 03, 2017Christine Donaldson
1 Reward Tier: How Musician Mike Doughty is Strategizing Membership on Patreon
1 Reward Tier: How Musician Mike Doughty is Strategizing Membership on Patreon
The Committed Craftsperson Mike Doughty is an American singer-songwriter and author. He founded the band Soul Coughing in 1992, and has…
July 18, 2017Christine Donaldson
9 Ways to Make Money on YouTube Without Ads
9 Ways to Make Money on YouTube Without Ads
For the second time in less than a year, YouTube has made policy changes that have shaken its community of creators by directly affecting…
May 03, 2017Sean Baeyens
How Two Artists Are Saving The Ocean With A Children’s Book
How Two Artists Are Saving The Ocean With A Children’s Book
“If we can arm future generations with the mindset that the planet is a valuable and singular thing, and that we need to be proactive about…
April 19, 2017Christine Donaldson
7 Tips for Staying Connected With Your Growing Fanbase
7 Tips for Staying Connected With Your Growing Fanbase
You’ve reached that proud point in your career that you’ve been striving for – your fanbase is growing. Exponentially. You’re watching your…
April 04, 2017Kati Holland
Building Community: How to Connect Your Fans to Each Other
Building Community: How to Connect Your Fans to Each Other
You’ve worked your butt off to build a large, engaged following of fans. You’ve been replying to comments, getting to know your fans on a…
March 30, 2017Kati Holland
How HBO’s Issa Rae Uses Her Patreon Page to Empower Creators of Color
How HBO’s Issa Rae Uses Her Patreon Page to Empower Creators of Color
A typical lunch at Patreon stars the daily New York Times Crossword. Every day at 12:30, you’ll find teammates crowding around the word…
March 09, 2017Taryn Arnold
The Importance of Building a Brand as a Creative Entrepreneur
The Importance of Building a Brand as a Creative Entrepreneur
Freelancers: it’s your time to shine, and it’s only getting brighter. According to Fast Company , over 40% of the American workforce, or 6…
February 28, 2017marc schenker
Yes, You Can Self-Publish Your Book Online. Here’s What You Need to Know
Yes, You Can Self-Publish Your Book Online. Here’s What You Need to Know
Twenty years ago, if you were an author trying to get your book published, you had to shop your manuscript around to the big publishers in…
February 03, 2017Kati Holland
How to Talk About Your Art
How to Talk About Your Art
[ vc _ row ] [ vc _ column ] [ vc _ column _ text ] “How do I talk about my skills without sounding like a showoff?” “What if no one cares…
January 26, 2017Kati Holland
5 Fun Ways to Involve Your Fans In Your Next Project
5 Fun Ways to Involve Your Fans In Your Next Project
Involving your fans in your creative process will not only build engagement and trust within your community, it will likely become one of…
January 25, 2017Ellie MacBride
Everything Creators Need To Know About Branded Packaging
Everything Creators Need To Know About Branded Packaging
For creators selling art online, packaging is one of the most underrated marketing opportunities. In this article, we’ll explain the…
January 18, 2017Kati Holland
How to Use Facebook Live to Engage Your Audience
How to Use Facebook Live to Engage Your Audience
Since the launch of live streaming on social media more than two years ago with early players Meerkat and Periscope, creators have been…
January 12, 2017Jolene Latimer
How to move your audience to a new platform
How to move your audience to a new platform
Whether your fans hang out in a Facebook group, fan forum, chat room, or are scattered across several corners of the internet, you will…
January 05, 2017Ellie MacBride
A 2016 Post-Mortem: 3 Questions All Artists Should Ask Themselves
A 2016 Post-Mortem: 3 Questions All Artists Should Ask Themselves
1: What the Hell just happened? Just kidding. But not really, because I could spend this entire article working that one out with you. If…
December 29, 2016Taryn Arnold
How the Most Successful Community Managers Grow Their Audiences
How the Most Successful Community Managers Grow Their Audiences
The term community management is relatively new but the concept of building and nurturing community is not. If you’re a creator with a…
December 28, 2016Ellie MacBride
6 Ways to Make Money from Your Podcast
6 Ways to Make Money from Your Podcast
So you’ve got your own podcast. You’ve invested in the right equipment, spent hours planning/recording/editing episodes, and even mastered…
December 23, 2016Kati Holland
5 Reasons Artists Should Build an Email List
5 Reasons Artists Should Build an Email List
As creatives, we focus a lot on social media to engage with our fans. And why? Because it’s immediate. Because it’s widely used. Because it…
December 21, 2016Sarah Spencer
Stuck in a Creative Rut? Watch This
Stuck in a Creative Rut? Watch This
This year, over 40 artists and creators came together at Patreon’s first all-creator conference, PatreCon . There, creators shared war…
December 09, 2016Taryn Arnold
All My Content is Free. How Do I Start Making Money as an Artist?
All My Content is Free. How Do I Start Making Money as an Artist?
You have been working hard. You’ve been building a catalog of work. You’re constantly creating and freely sharing the fruits of your labor…
December 01, 2016Sarah Spencer
10+ Tools to Use in Tandem with Patreon
10+ Tools to Use in Tandem with Patreon
At Patreon, we want to help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income. That’s one big, exciting undertaking. That’s why we’ve…
November 29, 2016Kati Holland
Running a Business as a Creator: 4 Things I Learned at PatreCon 2016
Running a Business as a Creator: 4 Things I Learned at PatreCon 2016
When I got to PatreCon—Patreon’s first annual conference for creators—I’d hit a wall in my career. My novel trilogy had just been rejected…
November 23, 2016Monica Byrne
Do Less Work and Get More Fans: The Magic of Recycling Old Content
Do Less Work and Get More Fans: The Magic of Recycling Old Content
There’s a common problem every creative entrepreneur runs into: creating consistent, high quality work, and getting people to see it. You…
November 17, 2016Sarah Spencer
Learn how to monetize your creative passion: A Skillshare Video Series
Learn how to monetize your creative passion: A Skillshare Video Series
It’s time to turn your creative passion into a revenue stream. We know this isn’t easy, which is why the Patreon team came together to share…
November 15, 2016Christine Donaldson
Thinking About Hiring An Assistant? Here’s What You Need to Know
Thinking About Hiring An Assistant? Here’s What You Need to Know
When you’re running your creative business as a one-person-show, it can be, for lack of a better word, crazy. You want to keep costs low…
November 11, 2016Sarah Spencer
How to Get Your Art on TV & Film
How to Get Your Art on TV & Film
Oh, Hollywood. The red carpets, the flashing lights, the star-studded parties… Think the entrainment mecca is reserved for the likes of…
November 09, 2016Kati Holland
A Non-Designer’s Guide to Creating Free Stellar Graphics on Canva
A Non-Designer’s Guide to Creating Free Stellar Graphics on Canva
Let’s talk about that thing we simultaneously love and hate doing: Making professional looking graphics for our business. Making your own…
October 20, 2016Sarah Spencer
9 Apps to Help Creators Manage Their Time and Budget
9 Apps to Help Creators Manage Their Time and Budget
When I was a freelance writer, I’d often find myself rolling out of bed at noon, working in my PJs and treating myself to expensive lunches…
October 19, 2016Ellie MacBride
To Blog or Not to Blog: A Question For All Creators
To Blog or Not to Blog: A Question For All Creators
To all creators who’ve wondered, “Should I start a blog?” These days, almost everyone has a blog. Whether you’re a recreational sporting…
October 14, 2016Ellie MacBride
See How Podomatic Can Help You Monetize Your Podcast on Patreon
See How Podomatic Can Help You Monetize Your Podcast on Patreon
Last month, we had so much fun seeing how excited our podcasters were about our  RSS feeds  announcement, so we’ve decided to keep the good…
October 05, 2016Christine Donaldson
Finding An Art Studio: A Guide to Leaving Your Home Studio Behind
Finding An Art Studio: A Guide to Leaving Your Home Studio Behind
So you’re ready to move your studio out of your home? Congrats! Let’s find you the best art studio, shall we? Three years ago, I began using…
September 28, 2016Cheryl Derricotte
5 Child Art Prodigies to Look Up To
5 Child Art Prodigies to Look Up To
These children may not be old enough to drive, vote, or even watch some of these movies in theaters, but they’ve made BIG splashes in the…
September 23, 2016Kati Holland
10 Skills Not Taught In School Every Creator Should Learn
10 Skills Not Taught In School Every Creator Should Learn
While a great education can help set you up on a trajectory for success after graduation, some of the most important skills you’ll learn in…
September 21, 2016Taryn Arnold
Should I Start a Podcast Too?
Should I Start a Podcast Too?
It’s no secret: podcasting is huge. According to Edison Research , more than one in five Americans listen to a podcast every month, and…
September 07, 2016Taryn Arnold
12 Ways to Know When It’s Okay to Toss an Idea
12 Ways to Know When It’s Okay to Toss an Idea
Bad ideas happen to good people. #fact. We all have clunkers, even sometimes more than we’d like. But how do you know for sure when a good…
September 06, 2016Sarah Spencer
How to be a Charismatic Networker When You’re Not
How to be a Charismatic Networker When You’re Not
If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume we have many things in common, especially our thoughts on the networking. To say that I dislike…
September 02, 2016Taryn Arnold
What Artists Can Learn From Startups
What Artists Can Learn From Startups
We are in a revolution. There has never been a better time to be a creative professional. Multi-million dollar production studios and vast…
August 31, 2016Taryn Arnold
8 Ways You Can Support the Future of Art
8 Ways You Can Support the Future of Art
I’m sure we can all agree that the ways in which we create, share, and consume art are drastically changing. With new online content…
August 26, 2016Taryn Arnold
Community Management 101 For Creators
Community Management 101 For Creators
If you have any number of fans, followers, or family members centered around the work that you create, you have a community. What too few…
August 18, 2016Ellie MacBride
WTF is a Personal Brand and How Do I Get One
WTF is a Personal Brand and How Do I Get One
You’re probably pretty familiar with the term “branding.” You might’ve heard it dozens of times and always thought it was something only…
August 16, 2016Taryn Arnold
Stealing from Shakespeare: 7 Movies That Are Actually Shakespeare Adaptations
Stealing from Shakespeare: 7 Movies That Are Actually Shakespeare Adaptations
Just because you’re an insanely creative creator doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the wheel. Take these 7 blockbuster hits for example…
August 15, 2016Kati Holland

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