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Try These 6 (Data-Backed!) Experiments to Grow Your Creative Business
What kind of experiments can you run to gain and keep patrons? Check out these six ways to turn your Patreon page into a science lab.
Katherine Hosmer
How to Increase Retention and Re-Engage Your Lost Patrons
Follow the crumbs and recapture your lost patrons with these strategies from our Patreon Creator Success team.
Muriel Vega
7 Ways to Talk to Your Audience About Patreon
What can you share about your Patreon membership program without feeling like you're constantly asking for support, or even begging? Here are seven ideas.
Zaedryn Rook
The Art of Hiring for Your Creative Business
Wearing too many hats? Give yourself more time to create by hiring the right people for the right jobs on your team.
Katherine Hosmer
How Films for Action Reached Their Goals by Focusing on Community First
After Facebook changed its algorithm, Films for Action reached their goals with a community-supported model.
Nicole Ortiz
Make it Happen: Your Online Business Set-Up Checklist
Want to start an online business but get a little overwhelmed by all the financial and legal requirements? This 6-step guide will walk you through the whole business start-up process.
Jasmine Williams
Growth Checklist: Are You Doing These Things for Financial and Audience Growth?
Interested in growing your audience and finances? Here are a few tips you won’t want to miss out on.
Nicole Ortiz
Mastering Time Management Skills to Grow Your Business
Using these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to grow your business and manage your time in a more productive way.
Nicole Ortiz
Patreon’s Trust and Safety Initiatives
Our mission at Patreon is simple: we want to fund the creative class. We eat, sleep, and breathe that mission every day. We want to get as…
Jacqueline Hart
Making a Creative Marketing Plan That Works
It’s tough to promote your own work as a creator! You know you’re supposed to “market” and “self-promote,” but how? Here are some simple, foundational marketing ideas for creatives.
Zaedryn Rook
Six Ways to Promote Your Patreon Special Offer to Patrons and Fans
ICYMI we recently launched a Special Offers feature to help you boost your membership business. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of inspiring…
Kate Holt
Membership 101 | The 15 Best Practices To Launch and Grow Your Patreon Program [Video!]
So you want to know more about memberships programs? We could literally talk to you about it all day (today and tomorrow). Instead of…
Kate Holt
Introducing: The Creator Mindset Map
Creativity takes courage We believe committing to a creative life is a courageous act. You gotta be brave to ignore other proven career…
Kate Holt
The Creator Mindset Map — Fear
The Creator Mindset Map identifies, affirms, and validates the complex feelings and emotions creators juggle when bringing each project…
Kate Holt
The Creator Mindset Map — Hope
The Creator Mindset Map identifies, affirms, and validates the complex feelings and emotions creators juggle when bringing each project…
Kate Holt
The Creator Mindset Map — Grit
The Creator Mindset Map identifies, affirms, and validates the complex feelings and emotions creators juggle when bringing each project…
Kate Holt
The Creator Mindset Map — Glory
The Creator Mindset Map identifies, affirms, and validates the complex feelings and emotions creators juggle when bringing each project…
Kate Holt
New Feature Alert: Boost Your Engagement and Earnings with Special Offers
Here at Patreon, we’re committed to helping you connect with your super fans and thrive in your creative career. One big goal we have (and…
Kate Holt
Special Offer Success That’s Out of This World
Meet Paul M. Sutter , Astrophysicist Three years in, Paul M. Sutter was feeling good about his Patreon page. An astrophysicist by trade…
Kate Holt
Super Busy Singer Finds Success with Special Offers
Meet Rebecca Loebe , Singer and Songwriter As a singer and songwriter, Rebecca Loebe uses her Patreon platform to offer early access to…
Kate Holt
Artist Turns Authentic Exclusivity Into Special Offer Success
Meet Marshall Short, PrintableHeroes What started out as a hobby on Tumblr turned into a full-time job for Marshall Short, the creative…
Kate Holt
How MCrider Uses Discourse to Facilitate an Active Community of 2,000+ Patrons
MCrider has more than 2,000 patrons who use his forum. Here, he shares how he uses the Patreon Discourse integration and which features he finds most useful for creators.
Olivia Seitz
Rewards, Community, and Communication: How These Three Creators Use the Patreon Discord Integration
Learn how World Anvil, Kitten Academy, and Printable Heroes all use the Patreon Discord integration to foster community and dole out rewards to their supporters.
Olivia Seitz
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