Slack is a powerful team communication and collaboration platform that also happens to be fantastic at creating profitable chat communities. It’s been used to launch paid communities for everything from funding non-profits, premium reselling groups, expert communities, stock and financial trade alerts groups, to supporting podcasts and YouTube creators.
With LaunchPass you can create a paid Slack group in literally five minutes.
This short guide aims to step you through the entire process.
This guide will cover the following steps:
Create your Slack team
Connect your Slack to LaunchPass
Create and Publish Your LaunchPass Signup Page
Connect your Stripe to receive payment
Start your trial
Share your page!
Before we dive in: if you prefer to get some help getting started, our team will walk you through setting up your entire Slack community launch from start to finish. Book a set-up call below:
Step 1: Create your Slack team
Creating a Slack team is free and easy. Just visit Where work happens | Slack and enter your email address. Then click “Create a new workspace”.
Come up with a catchy name for your new Slack group.
Now you have your own Slack team!
Step 2: Connect your Slack to LaunchPass
Login to LaunchPass in order to connect your Slack. You can do this by visiting launchpass.com and clicking the “Connect Slack” button.
Click “allow” to give LaunchPass the permissions required to send invites and manage members within your group.
Once you’ve connected your Slack account, you’ll be brought to the LaunchPass account confirmation page. Fill in your details, accept the Terms of Service, and click “Ready for lift off”.
Step 3: Create and Publish Your LaunchPass Signup Page
You’re now logged into LaunchPass and can start creating your community!
In the Admin dashboard, click on Click “Create Page”. Fill in the details under “Make Your LaunchPass”.
A couple of helpful definitions:
Business Name: The name of your business that will display on your signup page. This field can be edited at any time.
Offer Name: The name of the specific offer to display on your signup page. This field can be edited at any time.
Offer URL: Essentially, the link to your signup page. Updating the “Offer URL” field will automatically update your signup page URL.
Once you’ve filled in the details, you can set your brand styles and publish your page. Note that you can edit your page and make updates at any time.
Step 4: Connect your Stripe account to receive payment
Once you have created your signup page you can now connect your Stripe account. This is how you will get paid by subscribers that sign up for your group.
Click “Link Stripe” to connect your Stripe account.
Step 5: Start Your Trial
Once you’ve connected your Stripe account, click on “Start Trial”.
You’ll be brought to the billing page. Under Premium, click “Select Plan”. Add your payment information to start your free 14-day trial. This will allow you to start charging for access to your group.
Note: We offer a Free tier if you want to create a free community. You will not be able to charge members for access at this tier.
A rocket emoji will appear in the top left of your admin menu stating "All systems ready to go!" once you have done this correctly.
A Note on Billing - As a group owner, payments to you from your members are received via your Stripe account. Your LaunchPass subscription charges are via the card you added under the Billing section of the admin dashboard. More information about pricing and billing can be found here
Step 6: Share your offer page
The link generated once you publish your paid offer is for you to share with those you want to invite. This link will send them to the offer page you just created, where newcomers can sign up.
If you need any help, our team will walk you through your entire Slack community setup (free of charge). Schedule a 1-on-1 setup meeting below!
In your Slack workspace, you will see a locked channel with the name you entered previously in the Welcome channel field when you created your signup page. New members will be dropped here once they have signed up and paid.
When new members sign up for your group, they will receive an invite via email to join.
A couple of "Do Not's"
DO NOT DELETE THE PRIVATE CHANNEL that we create for you. This can break the invite system.
DO NOT DO MASS INVITE by dropping in an imported email list. This can bump up against Slack’s invite ratio and Slack may disable the invite system.
You can add the offer to your own website by using the embed code from your admin dashboard
All payments and fees for your members are managed via Stripe
We hope you found this tutorial helpful, and if you have any questions at all feel free to email us at [email protected].
Looking forward to seeing what kind of paid Slack community you create!