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S Corps: The Best Business Structure You’ve Never Heard Of

S Corps: The Best Business Structure You’ve Never Heard Of

Jordana Colomby

You may have heard the saying “small businesses are the backbone of America,” and while it’s a nice sentiment, it’s really all talk. In fact, Bethany Swartwood cringes every time she hears a politician utter those words. “If that was true,” she says, “they wouldn’t make it so hard for the self-employed to exist.” Bethany […]

#KnowYourGrowth – Social Media Marketing 101

#KnowYourGrowth – Social Media Marketing 101

Anna Millard

Patreon's Stephan Brown shares strategies on building your social media brand and promoting your Patreon page on Instagram, Youtube, and TikTok.

How to Set and Hit Your Creative Goals With Jack Conte

How to Set and Hit Your Creative Goals With Jack Conte

Anna Millard

A look at how Jack Conte and his band Pomplamoose plan their vision for each year. From goals to tactical plans, this step-by-step guide will help you set your creative business up for a successful year.

The Try Guys Try Patreon’s Merch for Membership

The Try Guys Try Patreon’s Merch for Membership

Patreon

Since the beginning of the year, the Try Guys got a huge bump in patron revenue — Want to learn how they did it? Read on.

This 50-page guide has everything you need to start a fiction podcast

This 50-page guide has everything you need to start a fiction podcast

Multitude

From casting to marketing and everything in between, this how-to guide by the podcast company Multitude is a must read for those starting a fiction podcast

Tips for Running Your Membership During an Economic Downturn

Tips for Running Your Membership During an Economic Downturn

Jack Conte

How does the economic downturn affect you as a creator? Do you need to do something different? How do you survive, or thrive, in the midst of an economic recession? CEO Jack Conte shares his answers.

Tips on Live-streaming From Singer-songwriter, Megan Slankard

Tips on Live-streaming From Singer-songwriter, Megan Slankard

Leanna Lee

Looking for advice on how to set up and monetize your live-stream? San Francisco based musician, Megan Slankard, has got you covered.

So You Want to Make a Fiction (or Any) Podcast: A How-To Series by Multitude

So You Want to Make a Fiction (or Any) Podcast: A How-To Series by Multitude

Multitude

Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Silver from Multitude, a podcast collective and production studio, are writing a weekly series about creating fiction podcasts, from ideation and scriptwriting to marketing and promotion, and everything in between.

Keep Cooking, Keep Connecting, and Keep the Pilot Light On with #RestaurantsRedefined

Keep Cooking, Keep Connecting, and Keep the Pilot Light On with #RestaurantsRedefined

Kate Holt

What if restaurants, chefs, and creators of culinary arts could leverage membership? Restaurateur and chef Tyler Florence is joining Patreon to redefine restaurants and build a new revenue stream.

10 Tips for Creativity During a Global Pandemic

10 Tips for Creativity During a Global Pandemic

Patreon

To help boost your creative spirits during the coronavirus pandemic, we’re sharing 10 inspiring ideas from Patreon Co-Founder and CEO, Jack Conte.

Painter Lioba Brueckner on quitting her day job to focus on art full time

Painter Lioba Brueckner on quitting her day job to focus on art full time

Muriel Vega

After studying painting at an art academy in Germany, surrealist painter Lioba Brueckner didn't feel prepared for a career as an artist. To find out how she went from having a day job to being a full-time painter, read on.

Independence is key to Berlin Food Stories’ unbiased restaurant reviews

Independence is key to Berlin Food Stories’ unbiased restaurant reviews

Caitlin White

Readers love Berlin Food Stories for its unbiased take on where to eat in Germany's capital. Read on to learn why independence is so important its founder, Per Meurling (and to his hungry audience).

Sara Faber is Illustrating a Successful Creative Career

Sara Faber is Illustrating a Successful Creative Career

Caitlin White

After her childhood love for drawing resurfaced, Sara knew the only way to follow her artistic dreams was quitting her day job. But then what?

How German Musician Rival is Connecting with Fans Outside the Algorithm

How German Musician Rival is Connecting with Fans Outside the Algorithm

Fiona Tapp

Most fans don’t know what goes into making a song, but German “melodic trap” artist Rival is giving his audience a behind the scenes look at the intricate process with Patreon.

How Judith Holofernes Made The Move From Platinum Pop Star to Indie Creator

How Judith Holofernes Made The Move From Platinum Pop Star to Indie Creator

Jasmine Williams

When Judith left her band Wir sind Helden, she was burnt out and ready for a change. Now the independent musician, writer, and podcaster is charting her own path on Patreon.

Five Ways to Grow Your Fan Base

Five Ways to Grow Your Fan Base

Sarah Spencer

If you're looking for new ways to grow your Patreon fan base, you have come to the right place. Here are five great ways to grow your audience as a creator.

Interview with illustrator Jacqueline Chen, creator of Chibird

Interview with illustrator Jacqueline Chen, creator of Chibird

Matt St. John

Having a rough day? There's nothing like a hug from a penguin to get you feeling like yourself again. To hear Jacqueline Chen, the creator of Chibird, talk about the inspiration behind her motivational drawing series, watch now.

American McGee Is Changing the Way Video Games Are Made

American McGee Is Changing the Way Video Games Are Made

Matt St. John

Major video games are usually made behind closed doors. But with Alice:Asylum, game designer American McGee’s latest project, he’s throwing all those rules out the window.

6  Business Models to Use On Patreon Today

6 Business Models to Use On Patreon Today

Olivia Seitz

Want to succeed on Patreon? This article dives into what types of business models are currently being used by successful creators. Read the full article to learn more!

Creativity is Power with Jack Conte

Creativity is Power with Jack Conte

Amanda Derrick

Jack Conte talks about the future of creativity and empowering artists to have sustainable careers.

Watch: Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

Watch: Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

Erica Campbell

Atlanta based artist and musician Aja Kahti doesn't need permission to create music. She gives that to herself. To learn more about what creative ownership means to Aja, watch now.

8 Tips on Keeping Your Patrons’ Data Safe and Sound

8 Tips on Keeping Your Patrons’ Data Safe and Sound

Weston Dombroski

We know your patrons are here because of you, not us — that's why creators on Patreon have full control of their patrons data. To learn what that means for you, and to get tips on how to manage that data safely, read on.

How Singer-Songwriter Raye Zaragoza Cracked the Code to Connection

How Singer-Songwriter Raye Zaragoza Cracked the Code to Connection

Erica Campbell

Singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza shares why she doesn’t really see Patreon as an artist to fan platform, but a human to human platform.

Navigating the Music Industry

Navigating the Music Industry

Caitlin White

What’s the best way to navigate today’s music industry? Pop culture journalist Caitlin White and Patreon managing editor, Erica Campbell chat about music, the industry, and how even the world’s biggest pop stars aren’t immune to its downside.

20 Tips on Getting Organized from Creators

20 Tips on Getting Organized from Creators

Amanda Derrick

Being organized doesn’t have to stunt your creativity, in fact, it can be a huge help! Here’s are 20 tips from creators to help you get organized.

20 Work and Life Balance Quotes from Successful Creators

20 Work and Life Balance Quotes from Successful Creators

Amanda Derrick

We’ve tapped 20 creators to find out their best tips (and some things not to do) to help you find the perfect work and life balance!

How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Creator

How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Creator

Erica Campbell

How do you balance your creative work with all the other aspects of your life? Our creative community gave us a little insight into how they manage their time.

How to Find a Work-Life Balance as a Full-Time Creator

How to Find a Work-Life Balance as a Full-Time Creator

Katherine Hosmer

Wondering how to live a full life while also working full-time as a creator? We’ve checked in with three different Patreon creators to hear how they make it work.

How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Part-Time Creator

How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Part-Time Creator

Jasmine Williams

How do you balance your creative work with all the other aspects of your life, including a 9-5? Our creative community gave us a little insight into how they manage their time.

How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Side Hustle Creator

How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Side Hustle Creator

Zaedryn Rook

Is your creative work your side hustle? If so, learn how to find balance, make a schedule, and build a creative life that works for you.

Hannah Witton is Here to Show Us How to Manage Time

Hannah Witton is Here to Show Us How to Manage Time

Patreon

No time? No worries! YouTuber, podcaster, and author Hannah Witton gave us her tried and true time management tips!.

A Quick Guide to Finding Balance and Creative Independence

A Quick Guide to Finding Balance and Creative Independence

Nicole Ortiz

Learn how the creators behind Crime Junkies and The Try Guys have found balance through creative independence.

5 Reasons Artists Should Build an Email List

5 Reasons Artists Should Build an Email List

Sarah Spencer

As creators, we can't rely on social media for everything. Here's why you should start your mailing list today.

5 Tips For Creating Content On The Go

5 Tips For Creating Content On The Go

Leanna Lee

You might think that constantly creating content means never taking a break, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 5 tips for creating content on the go.

This Might Get Weird, But it Totally Works. How to Build a Tailored Patreon Site for Your Devoted Fans.

This Might Get Weird, But it Totally Works. How to Build a Tailored Patreon Site for Your Devoted Fans.

Amanda Derrick

Does weird sell? If you ask these ladies it does! Here’s how to create your own weird, wonderful Patreon site to connect with your supporters.

“Punch up the Jam” Creators Share How They Connect with Their Fans

“Punch up the Jam” Creators Share How They Connect with Their Fans

Fiona Tapp

The “Punch Up the Jam” podcast has hosts Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe remixing all your favorite pop hits. Find out how they used Patreon to grow their creative business.

How to Not Waste Your Money on Facebook or Instagram Ads

How to Not Waste Your Money on Facebook or Instagram Ads

Leanna Lee

We talked to Patreon creator and marketing expert Suzanne Yada about how to successfully use social media ads.

How to Start a Mastermind Group with Other Creators

How to Start a Mastermind Group with Other Creators

Zaedryn Rook

Mastermind groups aren’t just for businesses — creatives can use the support, camaraderie, and brainstorming, too.

Patreon Vs. Memberful: How to Decide

Patreon Vs. Memberful: How to Decide

Daisy Barringer

Patreon and Memberful both help creators do what they love. But, which solution is right for you?

10 Tips on How to Go Viral with The Try Guys

10 Tips on How to Go Viral with The Try Guys

Valerie Veteto

Get the scoop on not only getting your audience to click and watch, but keep coming back from more from The Try Guys.

A Creative Pep Talk: How to Kick That Impostor Feeling to The Curb

A Creative Pep Talk: How to Kick That Impostor Feeling to The Curb

Muriel Vega

Impostor syndrome occurs to everyone, no matter how successful. We talked to our Patreon community to see how they broke the habit.

Three Tips for Creating an Engaged Community

Three Tips for Creating an Engaged Community

Amanda Derrick

Ready to take your world to the next level? Here’s how to build your community with excitement and meaning.

Kati Morton’s Top 13 Ways to Identify and Deal with Creator Burnout

Kati Morton’s Top 13 Ways to Identify and Deal with Creator Burnout

Muriel Vega

Burnout doesn’t look the same on everyone. Patreon creator Kati Morton explains what it is and how to deal.

The Art of Hiring for Your Creative Business

The Art of Hiring for Your Creative Business

Katherine Hosmer

Wearing too many hats? Give yourself more time to create by hiring the right people for the right jobs on your team.

How Films for Action Reached Their Goals by Focusing on Community First

How Films for Action Reached Their Goals by Focusing on Community First

Nicole Ortiz

After Facebook changed its algorithm, Films for Action reached their goals with a community-supported model.

Make it Happen: Your Online Business Set-Up Checklist

Make it Happen: Your Online Business Set-Up Checklist

Jasmine Williams

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.