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Finally, ”starving” and “artist” no longer need to be joined at the hip. Patreon is, hands down, the best place for creators to get paid. In 2016 alone, we celebrated thousands of artists and creators who earned *life-changing income. It’s (insert expletive) awesome that 35 of those creators earned more than $150,000 each on Patreon, including science nerds, sailboat captains, and serial procrastinators. They span every creative category on the internet — podcasts, music, videos, illustration, and more, and every single one of them makes the world a little bit better with their work.   Damn. That. Is. Awesome. Creators are getting paid. Art is being made. The world of making things, following your passion, and crafting the career you…

Rewarding your patrons is a great way to show your fans how much their support means to you, as well as incentivize potential patrons to pledge to you. In short, rewards are highly valuable to both you and your community. You may be thinking “Where do I even start?” Or “I thought that sharing my work with my patrons was enough of a reward for them already!” Or maybe you’re overwhelmed with your work and thinking “I don’t have time to create and send rewards to all of my patrons.” Fear not--I’m here to answer all of the questions bubbling up in your head about rewards on Patreon and get you excited about rewarding your patrons with special perks that…

After thirteen years, longstanding game review site GameTrailers.com was forced to shut down and nine remaining employees told to leave.  Within a matter of a few days, the group went from closing up shop to bringing in over $30,000 in monthly pledges from their fans using Patreon, under the new name, Easy Allies.

How did this group of guys from SoCal go from shutting down a business to creating a burgeoning new one seemingly overnight? It was a perfect storm of dedicated fans, good timing, thoughtful preparation and a committed team.

This is the first post of our Creator 101 series by musician Peter Hollens.

My name is Peter Hollens. I’ve built an entire career online making music out of my garage and bedroom in Eugene, Oregon.

As a Dad in his 30’s making funny sounds into my microphone (I sing a cappella music), I’m writing to help you understand how to connect, engage and foster a community online.  You should listen to what I have to say, because I know this is the best way to build a successful business as a creator.  

You’ve prepped your page, told your fans, and pressed the big shiny launch button… so now what?

You’ve launched on Patreon! That’s super-fantastic-amazing! But what comes next may seem like the scary part.

  • How do you bring your fans to your page?
  • How can you increase the likelihood that they will pledge to you?
  • How can you ensure everlasting success and world peace?

Well, you’re in for a treat, because I’m here to answer those questions (except for the world peace part, that’s super hard).

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