Ko-Fi: A new way to make money — at least a bit — for your online comics
With Patreon, you have to round up supporters who are willing to pay you a certain amount for every piece of content you create, whether that’s drawing a picture or writing a comic. Usually, you attract these supporters by giving them bonus content or gifts.
It’s a lot of work.
Ko-Fi is simpler: You sign up at the site, copy a code and put a Ko-Fi button on your Web site. People who like your work can then click on that button to make a donation — usually $3 — directly to your PayPal account to support you. The name of the site comes from the approximate cost of a cup of coffee.
Now, you probably won’t get rich from $3 donations. But it’s also a lot simpler to ask for donations through Ko-Fi than it is through Patreon.
The trick, as always, is to convince people to donate. Most people won’t, even if you’re only asking for $3. You’ll have to promote yourself and provide art and stories that attract a big following if you expect to make any money at all.
Still, Ko-Fi is at least one more tool that creators can use. And that’s something to be thankful for.