The creator economy is all the rage, isn't it? There are so many platforms that allow creators to monetize their work, but it's hard to know which one is the best for you.
All of them have different feature sets and different pricing models. It can be confusing and annoying to price-shop — it feels like you need a math degree just to figure out the cost of building your business. That's why I built this widget: to help you compare the costs of different platforms. (I'm not saying you should make your decision solely on cost, but it's certainly important to consider!)
|Service||Cost (monthly USD)||Buttondown||$9.00||Beehiiv||$42.00||Substack||$1000.00||Maven||$1000.00||Ghost||$500.00||Patreon||$800.00||Buy Me a Coffee||$500.00||Ko-fi||$6.00||ConvertKit||$101.00||Memberful||$515.00||Gumroad||$1000.00||Podia||$33.00||Steady||$1000.00||Hype||$500.00||MemberSpace||$500.00|
I went through the pricing pages of each of the above services and calculated the cost of each service for a hypothetical newsletter with various price points and subscriber counts. Frustratingly, some services make it difficult to get the exact formula for their pricing, but the above calculator is as accurate as humanly possible.
In addition, I tried to be as generous as possible to each service: if they offer multiple tiers of service, I used the cheapest tier; if they offer an annual discount, I used the annual discount; if they offer a free tier, I used the free tier.
Yes! Literally every single one of the above services processes payments through Stripe, which charges a flat fee of 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. To my knowledge, there aren't any services that offer a cheaper rate than Stripe, so I've left it out of the calculations since it's a constant across all services.
I agree! Obviously I am biased: I built this tool to show that many people are paying a lot more money than they need to for managing their paid subscriptions, and are better off with a cheaper solution. It just so happens that Buttondown is a particularly affordable solution (though I will point out not the cheapest!)
Not a bug. KoFi charges a flat S6 fee per month, regardless of how much volume you're running through them.
Liberapay is terrific. They are not quite a creator economy platform, as they only support donations (meaning that transactions cannot be tied to a promise of recompense, such as exclusive content or access). However, if you're looking for a solution that lets you accept _donations_ from your readers, they're a great option.
I'm happy to add more providers to this list! Please email me and I'll add them to the list.
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