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Why I Quit Patreon (and Why You Should Too)

After 4 years of using Patreon, I decided to quit and It was the best decision I’ve made in years. If you’re a creator like me, and you’re using Patreon you should probably quit too. Let’s get into it.

First off, for those don’t know, Patreon is a platform where creators can receive financial support from their fans through memberships and it is a great service that can work for many creators.

The issue I had, is that it didn’t really work for me. I’d consider myself a small creator, especially at the time I was using Patreon. I loved the idea of having a place where others could support me on my creative journey, but there lies the problem – it doesn’t really work like that.

For the time I used it, I had a bunch of supporters, awesome supporters who I’d come across either here on YouTube or on my Twitch channel. And I was hell bent on creating value for them. Hey they were paying me monthly, I needed to give them something back!

So week after week I’d create exclusive content in the form of blogs, videos and early access media but there was just one problem. They didn’t care. Now it wasn’t a case of not caring ‘cause they didn’t like what I did. It was because they were just happy to support me.

It was kind of a passive transaction. And obviously I was so glad for the support but over time I realised something was wrong. I was getting burned out. I was so busy creating this exclusive content that wasn’t even being consumed that it was getting in the way of my main focus which was making YouTube videos and twitch streaming.

And this went on for a while and neither side was growing. How would I fix this?

It suddenly dawned on me that this was something I couldn’t fix as the problem was that I’d joined Patreon way too early.

You see, Patreon is for creators who are already established, for creators who already have an audience that extends the people you already know. Realising that, I quit the platform, and through tears and gritted teeth said goodbye to the extra bit of income and focus on everything else I was doing not hidden behind a paywall.

I’ll be honest and say it felt totally freeing as I wasn’t shackling myself to this weekly schedule for very minimal return. I definitely think that decision contributed to me reaching a pretty big milestone here on YouTube and reach Partner on Twitch.

Now, with that said Patreon is definitely a platform I’d consider coming back to at some point but only for when it makes sense for me to do so. For now I use a service called Ko-Fi where people can do one-off donations which I think makes sense to me.

So, if you feel like you’re maybe in the same boat as I was or maybe even thinking about using Patreon early on in your creative journey, just ask yourself: “Is it worth doing this right now?”

Would that effort be better served elsewhere? Like going full steam on your YouTube or twitch channels rather than dividing your time for very little gain. And don’t get me wrong, there’s obviously going to some success stories out there of how creators have done incredible things on Patreon day 1, but that wasn’t my experience.