The Community Creator - How to run a low-cost membership community or creator business with Circle, Memberspace, Gumroad, Notion & Super

Starting a business online as a creator can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have a technical background.

In this deep-dive we will break down, step-by-step, two ways to build a membership community business using tools such as Notion, Gumroad, Memberspace, Circle and Super.

Many creators want to build a digital business that looks and feels great, supports a community and of course allows them to earn money for their expertise. But often they don’t know where to start or they simply don't want to focus on the upkeep of a personal website as well as a membership community and its creative content.

At Makerpad we wanted to see if we could create a solution that not only solves the practical problems of building a functioning business, but also look amazing. We wanted to make it possible for anyone of any skill level to replicate it in under a single day, and we challenged ourselves to find a way of doing all that with running costs under $900 per year.

If you are a creator that has a course, blog, podcast, or unique point of view or offering, then this deep-dive is for you. Following the steps, anyone that has the motivation and focus to create something of value or share a unique skill for a select audience, can do just that.

Our deep-dive content is usually reserved just for our paid members, but as we've really pushed the boundaries of what can be created by anyone for this deep-dive, we decided to make this one open to all.

Want to go further with understanding, building and nurturing a community-based business? Registration for our 6-week Community Program is now open A six-week program that explores how to successfully build, grow, and manage an online community. Join us as we talk to industry leaders building communities & explore the tools that power them.

Sign up here to attend the live panel with the tools mentioned in this deep-dive!

Register for our community challenge starting October 1st - The Top 3 winners get:

  • Gumroad - 1 year subscription to our creator account
  • Super - 1 year subscription
  • Circle - 1 year subscription to professional plan
  • Memberspace - 1 year subscription


Setting up Super with Notion

At the foundation of this solution we have a Notion document with a Super web overlay. In this lesson we will show you how to set out your Notion site and link it to Super, including walking you through how to set up your DNS, format your space and publish it live with a custom domain.


Integrating Circle with Super & Notion

The community space is a hub for your members. Here we show you how to set up a community space on the Circle platform and then create the foundations of your community, all while building up the look and feel of your brand.


Integrate MemberSpace with Super & Circle for SSO, gated content, and paid communities

Creating a community space that offers different levels of member access that you can then offer as a paid service is a great way to build a business. In this tutorial we give you the option to charge for membership in your community using MemberSpace & Circle, plus set up a single sign-on for your new site's content. This will also allow your members to manage their own profiles though the MemberSpace profile setup.


Selling digital products with Gumroad with Notion & Super

So much of the external experience of a membership business is how it looks and feels for your customers to navigate. In this lesson we will be walking through three different ways that you can link your Gumroad store with Super and your Notion website without compromising on the look and feel of your personal brand.

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