You might be aware that many things are shifting in our world, in our communities, and especially in the way in which we do business. I myself have been guided to make many changes and shifts over the past year and a half, the most substantial of which involved moving my primary business model away from premium courses and long-term services (read: expensive and high-ticket for you; intense and highly involved to create for me) and more toward community-based sharing (read: WAY more affordable for you; less money but more steady for me; and the win-win for both of us = coming together to develop better, stronger relationships as opposed to mostly one-way communication).
This is exactly what has led me to Patreon. If you’re not familiar with Patreon, here’s a snapshot summary: Patreon was created as a crowdfunding platform to help artists get paid for sharing their work. I discovered Patreon through my online painting instructor (Angela Anderson). Angela has been able to attract many new students through her Patreon community, and even though there are not many spiritual healers there on the site (yet), it inspired me to begin to develop our own community there.
Some of the benefits of Patreon to you are:
- top quality content; often exclusive content or the ability to access content long before it’s available to the masses
- no trolls means a safe environment to share ideas and opinions, request support or assistance, and celebrate wins
- intimate community building; developing relationships with like-minded individuals and fellow healers/seekers, which isn’t as feasible/meaningful when taking an individual course or watching videos on YouTube
- pay what you want; Patreon is set up with different “levels” of patronage, which means you can decide what you’re willing and able to contribute to the content creator, and different levels often provide different forms of perks or rewards. You can pledge as little as $4-5 per month, or as much as $100 per creation; therefore, your contribution is entirely within your own control and you can change it when you want.
- no long-term commitments or contracts; Patreon allows you to increase or decrease your pledge level at any time, and to cancel at any time, as opposed to a six-month or year-long course where payment (or a binding payment agreement) is handled up-front. On Patreon, you can even set a limit on how much you’d be charged in any given month.
- payment privacy and security; Patreon pledges are collected monthly, and no one knows what level you’re participating at, unless you tell them. (Note, on my Patreon site, higher levels of $100 or more include shout-outs and public expressions of my appreciation, unless you’ve specifically asked me not to do that for you.)
- closer relationships; I feel deeply connected to our Patreon community, because we have a symbiotic, long-lasting, win-win relationship. This is different from courses and programs I’ve taught in the past, where we may spend time on the phone or in group sessions for a finite period of time, and then we often fall out of touch. With Patreon, I’m right there, every day, and so I can see and respond to comments and questions and messages promptly and personally, in a way that’s less feasible in my cluttered email inbox. And while email sometimes feels like a burden, I feel a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for our Patreon community members, who have made a conscious and fiduciary choice to join me on this spiritual journey.
- just content, no marketing or “pitches.” Whereas in the past, I made my living by promoting new courses and services, here on Patreon there’s more of a community feel. I simply create new tools and content weekly, specifically for our Patreon community, and then there’s no need for me to “market” or “sell” those services — the patrons in our community have already pledged their support, and now I can deliver amazing content and helpful resources, free from the limitations of “what’s marketable” or “the best way to sell something.” It’s extremely liberating for our patrons, as well as for me!
Incidentally, many of the above are things I also appreciate about Patreon! Plus I get to create content only for people who want it and love it and give me feedback on it! Rather than YouTube, where I am creating content available to the masses, which sometimes brings out the anger/nastiness in people who hold tightly to differing beliefs and values. The no-troll-zone of Patreon is so much more liberating from a creative and sharing perspective! Because we are all here to learn, we can have open discussions–and even spirited debates–without fear of any mean-spirited or personal attack.
This is how Patreon works:
It takes just a few seconds to sign up here http://patreon.com/amyscottgrant where you’ll set up your personal login info, your profile (minimal info is required – you don’t even have to post a picture if you don’t want to) and then you simply select a level of support. That’s it! Once you’ve done that, you can start enjoying the myriad of content, comment on posts, message me, post suggestions, meet new people, and anything your heart desires. Your card won’t be charged until the first of the following month.
Additionally, I’ve created milestone rewards for our community. We are nearing the achievement of our first milestone – as soon as we have 22 members, I’ll plant a tree in your honor. And once we reach 44 members, I’ll start hosting a monthly live Q&A call where we can chat and hang out, and I’ll answer your questions, do some clearings, etc. That is going to positively slay!!
So what are you waiting for? Come and join us and see what this new community is all about 🙂 Sign up here now.