Business & Strategy

Patreon vs Kickstarter vs Indiegogo: Which Platform Is Best for You?
Patreon. Indiegogo. Kickstarter. In this article, we break down how each platform works, what tools they have to offer, and who can best succeed on each platform.
Olivia Seitz
How to Make Money as a Writer with 43-time Published Author Seanan McGuire
If you’ve ever wondered how to make money as a writer, Seanan McGuire is one of the best authors to ask. After all, she’s published 4…
Olivia Seitz
How Vue.js Creator Evan You Earns $16k/mo on Patreon
You’d be hard-pressed to find a front-end developer in the US or China who hasn’t heard of Vue.js, an open-source, progressive JavaScript…
Olivia Seitz
19 Patreon Rewards for Podcasters to Offer Their Fans
Have you ever wanted to know what top podcasters do to incentivize and reward their loyal fans? This article pulls together 19 of the most…
Olivia Seitz
Amanda Palmer Is Home: Why the Kickstarter Queen Embraced a New Way to Fund and Create Art
Amanda Palmer is known for a lot of things (or Things , as she calls them). 56 of them, in fact. While the mainstream media is better…
Olivia Seitz
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…
Olivia Seitz
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…
Olivia Seitz
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…
Cody Slingerland
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…
Olivia Seitz
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…
Cody Slingerland
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…
Olivia Seitz
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…
EJ Brown
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…
Nathan Collier
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…
Christine Donaldson
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…
Christine Donaldson
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…
Sean Baeyens
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…
Christine Donaldson
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…
Kati Holland
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…
Kati Holland
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…
Taryn Arnold
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…
marc schenker
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…
Kati Holland
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 what I have…
Kati Holland
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…
Ellie MacBride
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…
Kati Holland
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…
Jolene Latimer
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…
Ellie MacBride
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…
Taryn Arnold
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…
Ellie MacBride
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…
Kati Holland
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…
Sarah Spencer
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…
Taryn Arnold
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…
Sarah Spencer
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…
Kati Holland
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…
Monica Byrne
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…
Sarah Spencer
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…
Christine Donaldson
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…
Sarah Spencer
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…
Kati Holland
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…
Sarah Spencer
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…
Ellie MacBride
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…
Ellie MacBride
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…
Christine Donaldson
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…
Cheryl Derricotte
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…
Kati Holland
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…
Taryn Arnold
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…
Taryn Arnold
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…
Sarah Spencer
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…
Taryn Arnold
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…
Taryn Arnold