Most Malaysians know about e-commerce, drop shipping, online marketplaces, selling ebooks and online courses as ways of making money online.
But fewer Malaysians know about a website called Patreon and how it allows creators to add an extra income stream for themselves.
If you’ve never heard of Patreon, let me explain what it is about:
Patreon is a website that adapts the idea of patronage into the online era.
Patronage is described by Wikipedia as “the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another.”
Famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and William Shakespeare have all received financial aid using the patronage model at some point.
These days, Patreon helps creators like YouTubers, writers, comic artists, and singers make extra money online.
Fans of the creators pledge a specific amount of money as a monthly donation to the creator. In return, patrons get a reward according to the amount of money they donate.
Although Patreon is not yet as popular in Malaysia as other parts of the world, there are already some Malaysians making money on Patreon.
If you are a creator yourself you might be wondering: how much money can you make on a platform like Patreon? What kinds of work should you do to make money on Patreon?
To help you answer these questions I have compiled together ten creators making between $40 and $100 a month on the platform.
Though US$100 a month may not seem like a lot, according to one report in 2016, only 31% of creators on Patreon make more than $100 a month on the platform. So these Malaysians making more than US$100 a month on the platform are part of the top-earning 35% of creators on the platform.
Alright, are you ready to get started?
5 Malaysians Making More Than US$100 a month on Patreon
Cartoon Hooligans is making parodies of popular superheroes on YouTube ($173 – $346 per month)
Cartoon Hooligans is a YouTube channel that makes fun parodies of popular superheroes like Superman and Spiderman.
Right now, Cartoon Hooligans’ patrons are paying them $173 per video released. Since Cartoon Hooligans release 1 – 2 videos a month, their Patreon income hovers between $173 and over $300 a month.
With almost 2 million subscribers, it’s likely that Cartoon Hooligans make a decent income using YouTube ads also.
Mabel Story is creating mini stories out of clay and other medias ($234 per month)
Mabel Story is a creator of miniature characters using clay. She specializes in creating her own styled Chibis.
Chin Yew is creating autobiography comics (67 Patrons)
Chin Yew is an artist creating comics and illustrations. His comics often revolve around his own life and points of views which his audience can relate to.
Imagined Malaysia is creating talks, workshops, and publications about Malaysian history ($219 per month)
Imagined Malaysia aspires to publish research-based writing about Malaysian history. Their goal is to teach Malaysians how to love history.
Check out Imagined Malaysia’s Patreon page.
Mun Kao is creating South-East Asian Fantasy world building ($157 per month)
Mun Kao is the creator of A Thousand Thousand Islands, “Southeast Asian-themed fantasy visual world-building project.” The fantasy world features some of Southeast Asia’s most interesting myths and legends such as Pontianak and Bunians. His goal is to showcase Southeast Asian culture as the main highlight, and not the sideshow.
Check out Mun Kao’s Patreon page for more details on the project.
6 Malaysians Making More Than US$40 a month on Patreon
TinyPinc is creating little food figurines ($61 per month)
TinyPinc is a Malaysian artist specialized in creating tiny food figurines. Some of her most popular work features popular food that Malaysians love like Nasi Lemak and Ang Ku Kueh.
Check out TinyPinc’s Patreon page.
Here is some interesting work by TinyPinc from her Instagram page:
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Tiny Milo drink 🙂 What's missing is the straw lol. This is going to be part of the miniature bento boxes for @milo_malaysia 's bento box competition! Join the competition to get your bento box designs turned into miniature magnet boxes by me 😁 . . . #tinypinc #polymerclay #clay #miniature #miniaturefood #foodminiature #foodie #foodies #foodiegram #milo #milouht #milomalaysia #milobentobox
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Durians are available as stud earrings, magnet boxes & brooches 😌 . . . #tinypinc #polymerclay #clay #miniature #miniaturefood #foodminiature #foodie #foodies #foodiegram #durian #durianlovers #durianfruit #premo #sculpey #malaysia #malaysianfood #malaysian #yum #handmade #kingoffruits
Khairol Hisham is creating Tabletop RPG Paperminis ($43 per month)
Khairol Hisham creates paperminis that people can print, cut out and assemble for role-playing games (RPG). Khairol Hisham’s RPGs explore all kinds of themes from mideval to fantasy to horror.
Check out Khairol Hisham’s Patreon page for more details on the project.
Here’s a sample of his mini figure sets:
Xunobi is creating Miniature Painting Guides ($49 per month)
Xunobi is a team of artists specialized in creating and painting miniatures.
On Patreon, Xunobi offers tutorials on how to paint miniatures on Patreon.
Check out Xunobi’s Patreon page for more details on what they do. And here’s a sample of their work:
Aimee Chow is creating a Fantasy Webcomic of godly proportions! ($45 per month)
Aimee Chow is the creator of a webcomic called Tales of Pylea. It chronicles the power struggles between immortal demigods.
Weinye is creating Webcomics (17 Patrons)
Weinye is the creator of a webcomics series based on her own life called ‘It’s Weinye”. Her work chronicles her day to day as a young woman. Weinye’s work has been featured both locally as well as internationally on sites like Buzzfeed. Right now, Weinye has over 155,000 followers on Instagram.
Check out Weinye’s Patreon page and some of her webcomic samples below:
Azreenchan is creating illustration, comic + travelogue ($32 per month)
Azreenchan is an illustrator creating illustrations, comics, and travelogues.
Check out Azreenchan’s Patreon page for more details on the project and here are some samples of her work style:
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My body changes as it grows older 👵🏽 • My body can’t no longer tolerates dairy products without making me feel reaaaally bad 😅 • I hardly drink milk or eat cheese nowadays • 🥛 Milk makes me feel super awful, I still love cheese but I don’t eat it as much as I wanted anymore • And I had to teach myself to drink black coffee ☕️ / hot tea 🍵 without any additional nice stuffs ☹️ • I read that #lactoseintolerant is something normal as we grow older • Too bad kan • So many awful incidences happened just because “I drank this/that” 😅 • #illustration
There you have it – eleven Malaysian creators making between more than $40 – $100 a month using Patreon.
As you can see, it is possible for you as a creator to make money in a variety of different creators. You can be a writer, a comic artist, a YouTuber and more.
Although there is some amount of money to be made on Patreon, it is unlikely for most creators to make a full-time income from it.
If you want to get started on Patreon, you can just sign up here.
Would you consider using Patreon? Know any more Malaysians making money on Patreon I should add to this article? Let me know in the comments below!