Frequently asked questions
How do I add a paypal button?
It's a three step process.
1. Make sure you have a paypal business account
2. Create a paypal subscriptions button
3. Paste the button into website editor
How to set up a PayPal business account
1. Visit https://www.paypal.com and click "Sign up."
2. On the account selection screen, click the box for "Business Account," then click "Next.”
Click the option for Business Account and press Next.
3. Enter your email address and click "Continue."
4. Choose a password and enter it before clicking "Continue."
5. Enter your business information including your legal first and last name, the name of your business, as well as your business address.
Enter your business information.
7. On the "Tell us about your business" page, enter the business type, category, subcategory, as well as an estimate of your monthly sales, then click "Continue."
8. Enter your personal information, including the last four digits of your social security number, your date of birth, and your home address.
You'll also need to enter personal information.
9. Click "Continue" to complete the set-up of your PayPal business account.
From there, PayPal will email you a confirmation link that you must click to confirm your account. It will also provide you with further information needed to set up your account, including how to link a card or bank account, and more.
Here are the steps in PayPal to set up your subscription button. Log into your PayPal account and do the following:
1. Go to your Profile.
2. Click on My Selling Tools
3. Click on the Update link for My PayPal Buttons.
4. Click on the right to Create New button.
5. If you're doing a subscription where it will be charging the customer a certain amount each month, choose Subscription.
6. Fill out the information as you prefer, and when you're finished, click Create Button.
PayPal will give you html code you need to highlight and copy.
Once you have copied the code, head back to the editor in your site and paste it into an html window.
If you have Wix, here are the instructions:
Adding HTML Content
Click Add on the left side of the Editor.
Click HTML iframe, or drag it to the relevant location on your page.
Click Enter Code.
Enter the HTTPS code.
Do I have to give all of my work away for free?
That's the idea. This is the difference between the practice of creative tithing and a crowd sourcing platform. Our end goal is to be a part of a community where artists can make their best work and the art, now that it is free, can be accessible to a wide range of people.
Who do I give my work to, now?
This is a great question. One that is up to each artist. Where once that question was answered by the logic of the market (whoever pays first or pays the most), there now is the potential for a more creative response. Who does get the art?
What happens when I don't want to support an artist any longer?
We'd recommend giving the artist a heads up. Each artist has a set number of tithers that support their practice. No more, no less. So when you feel like stepping away, let the artist know in advance so a new person can step into that support position.
How many $20 tithers should I set as my support goal?
Although its hard for some of us to come up with this number, be honest about what it takes to make your work. A poet may have a different cost of practice than a clothing designer. Someone living in New York may have a differrent cost of living than someone from Detroit. Some of us have kids, some don't. We recommend doing a budget and getting a sense of what it actually takes to make your work and live, and then asking for a realistic amount of support.
What if I currently rely on my income from artwork to cover my cost of living?
Each artist will answer this question in a different way. Some people will feel compelled to make an abrupt transtion. Others won't. For those who want to make a more gradual transition, the "transition year" could be one way to be clear with your community about the amount of time it takes for you to gain the supporters needed to cover your practice.
What is a creative tithing cohort?
The creative tithing cohort is a small group of artists who have committed to support each other in the process of creative tithing. The cohort offers creative and spiritual accountability, advocates, and serves as an ongoing reminder that life extends far beyond our own work.
What happens if more people want to support me than I need?
Once you've reached your preset number of tithers in your support community, the idea is to recommend other creative tithing artists as potential recipients of any new tither's support.
This concept of "enough" is clearly countercultural, but we look to keep the gift moving in the creative tithing community. The end is for more art to reach more people, and to see more artists from more backgrounds have enough to make their best work. So yes, once you have enough to make your work and live, we suggest, championing some work you love.
That being said, seasons in our lives change, and costs of living fluctuate. Whether you're simplifying your life and downsizing your practice, or you are entering a new phase of life and practice that will require a wider circle of support, we recommend keeping your community of support in the loop.
Do I have to be religious to creative tithe?