Monetization via Paid Community Access

AKA: Paid Memberspace, Paid Access, Private Community

Contributions made from private persons to OSS projects in order to get access to the maintainers, contributors, or a larger community related to the OSS. These are often recurring payments for every month of access.


Variants & Options:



Characteristics Value Note
Effort to set-up Days Requires community platform or website
Effort to maintain High Constant reminders to join the (paid) community necessary; Communication effort in addition to development work
Cost to set-up Low Might require a little money for community platform or website
Cost to maintain Low Might require a little money for community platform or website hosting
One-time Income Low Few private sponsors will pay more than a few dollars
Recurring Income Low Few sponsors will pay recurringly for access to maintainers
Income Predictability Medium If recurring payments work they will probably continue
Full income Threshold 1000+  
Recipient C  
Additional Work Medium Will require time to interact with members
Visibility Medium Easy to forget, ignore, or overlook, but community might talk about news
Necessity to pay Low Voluntary; Low countervalue; Might work for curious / social people in the community
Entry Threshold Low Credit card is sufficient
Countervalue Access Will cause additional work to communicate with community
Scalability Medium Scales with the number of users (who want interact with community)
Effort for marketing Medium Similar to donations but access might get users to talk about the new stuff
Competitors None  
Software types All