This article will cover how to stop your patrons from being charged come the first of the next month. We understand that some months you get busy and might not be able to make a post. Or maybe you're taking a well-deserved holiday and don't want to charge your patrons while you're away. When this happens, you can choose to pause your creator page for one month.
In this help guide, we'll cover:
- Things you need to know about pausing your page
- How to pause billing for your creator page
- How to resume billing for your creator page
What do I need to know about pausing billing for my page?
How long can I pause my page for?
When you pause your page billing, you skip one recurring monthly billing cycle. If you are not sure you’ll be ready to be back in action after one month, you can re-pause your page monthly until you are ready to do so.
Once you’ve skipped a month of billing, you won’t have the option of going back and billing for that month in the future – it’s been permanently skipped.
What if I want to take an extended break?
If you don’t plan on returning from your break for quite some time, we recommend unlaunching your creator page until you are ready to regularly process membership payments again.
- Important note: If you un-launch your creator page and later relaunch it, you will be subject to Patreon’s current pricing at the time you relaunch. Learn more about turning off your creator page here: Unlaunch my creator page
How does pausing effect monthly billing creators (non charge up front)?
If you bill patrons monthly and pause your page, your patrons won't be charged during the next billing cycle. Your creator page will automatically resume, or “un-pause” on the 2nd of the following month. When the billing cycle is about to begin, we’ll send you an email to remind you that your billing is paused.
- Example: On January 20th, you realise you didn't make a post at all in January and you don't want your patrons to be charged on February 1st. Instead of unlaunching your page, you can pause your creator page to ensure your patrons are not charged on February 1st. On February 2nd your creator page will automatically un-pause and normal billing will continue on March 1st.
How does pausing affect charge up front billing creators?
If you are a Charge Up Front creator and pause your page, all existing patrons will not be billed the recurring monthly membership payment on the 1st of the month. Any new patrons who join your page while you are paused, will still be charged for joining, as they have access to your previous posts as soon as they become a patron.
Do you have annual memberships enabled?
If you have annual membership enabled for patrons, please note that when you pause billing for your page, we will extend all active annual memberships by one month.
You can learn more about what to expect if you have annual memberships enabled here: Offering Annual Memberships for my patrons
Can I pause my page billing if I’m billing my patrons per creation?
Since per creation creators can simply stop publishing paid posts during your hiatus, the pausing feature is not built into per creation set ups. If you plan on taking a break and not billing your patrons for a bit, you may want to post a note, or send a message to your Patrons – keep your biggest fans in the loop!
Visit this help guide for tips on bulk messaging: Messaging patrons
Does pausing effect your page content?
If you like, you can still post content for the month while your page is paused and current patrons will have access to the new posts. Additionally, you and your patrons can still interact via comments and direct messages.
How do I pause my creator page?
- Visit your creator account settings link from your creator navigation bar on the left-hand side of the page (the gear icon directly under your creator name).
- You'll land on the account settings page.
- Scroll to the "Account Management" section and click the "Pause (this month's) cycle" button.
- Click the Confirm button to pause your current billing cycle.
A yellow banner will populate at the top of your account settings page to confirm that the cycle is paused. This is also where you can resume your page. A banner at the top of your creator page will alert patrons that your monthly billing is paused.
How do I un-pause my creator page?
All accounts that have been paused will automatically resume (un-pause) on the 2nd of the following month. If you had paused your account but decided to un-pause it within the same month, you can un-pause your creator page from your creator account settings page.
- Click the "Resume (this month's) billing cycle" button.
- Click the "Confirm" button in the pop-up window.
No matter how you go about taking a break from your Patreon page, be sure to notify your patrons. This can be done with a simple post or by sending a message through your relationship manager.
Enjoy your break and when you’re ready to come back, we’ll be here!