Any experience using monthly subscriber model for online income generation of creative or training material, such as Patreon?
First off, I hope everyone is doing alright, it's a bit shitty at the moment eh!
At Sail Boat Project we are facing the prospect of a second season with hardly any on the water activities. Certainly bringing mixed groups of strangers together to spend five days sharing a small space seems a no-go! To avoid spending all our time hoping things will change and using lots of energy rescheduling sailing trips and courses to no end, we are focusing on generating online content. We have had two successful webinars (60-80 attendees each), that people sign up to on Eventbrite, and join in on Zoom. We have a few more lined up, all free, please help yourself!
They are on navigation theory, maintenance tips, cooking onboard, some talks etc. Initially this is to offer something to our customers who are being super supportive. (As an aside, we have £20,000 of people's money from 2020 and 2021 bookings and when we offered full refunds to everyone last week only £2,000 has been requested as refunds. We have suspended taking further bookings for the reasons stated above)
We would however like (or more like we need) to monetise these in future. As well as the webinars, we are also working on
Vegan Sailors' Cookbook - Quick and healthy recipes for boats, vans and camping please send any recipes!
Which will be pay-to-download resources, but could also be broken into bits that can be sent to subscribers
And also some merch to throw in, pin bades, Tees, knots poster, etc
So that's a bit of an update on us as a co-op.
My question is, does anyone have experience of setting up and maintaining a subscriber model? I am looking at Patreon. They take an 8-12% cut of your monthly subscriber income, with a lot of support offered. I would so much prefer this to go to another worker co-op. Is there an existing co-op out there who does or could do what Patreon offer?
I read through your thread @Kate Whittle about online learning for worker co-ops which was interesting, but I think this is along different lines.
Thanks in advance!