No One is Making a Living on Patreon

Well, almost no one. 2% of Patreon’s artists make more than the federal minimum wage. That’s why I shut down my Patreon page earlier this year.

Patreon Income Distribution
Patreon Income Distribution

My experiences closely resemble those in this article here. I never made enough on Patreon to make it worthwhile. Here’s an excerpt:

After launching my Patreon, I struggled for months to find work. Patreon filled my downtime, and became a full time job itself. I’d spend hours combing through photos, looking back on notes I’d taken on the road, researching where I’d been. I’d post on Twitter and Instagram with teasers, free stories, anything to attract my followers to my Patreon page. I made friends on the site, I shared their projects on my own social media, and kept up with all my subscribers’ projects. It was a lot of work for little pay, but I was determined. A year later my monthly earnings on Patreon have grown from $120 to $163.

While 2% make above the minimum wage only 31% actually make over $100 a month. Reallu, I think we can all agree that’s pretty pathetic.

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