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 cook 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
Activate your account and start your trial
Connect your bank to receive payment
Create and publish your paid Slack group
Share your offer
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 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.
Accept the LaunchPass Terms of Service.
Step 3: Start your trial
You’re now logged into LaunchPass and can start creating your offer!
Click “Billing” in the upper right, select your plan and 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 to charge members for access at this tier.
Step 4: Connect your Stripe account to receive payment
Once you start your trial you’ll have the option to connect your own Stripe account.
Click "Link your bank to get paid" to connect your Stripe account. Remember to do this before getting any subscribers.
A rocket emoji will appear in the top left of your admin menu stating "All systems 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 5: Create and publish your paid offer
Now that you’re ready to create your paid offer, select Paid Group.
For our purposes we will create a “paid channel” called “premium”. One benefit of this is that when a member cancels they will get removed from the channel. It’s also possible to create as many “paid channel” offers as you want.
For our offer, we named our paid channel, provided a 3-day free trial, a fee of $99/month and added a description of what members will receive for purchasing access to the community.
All we have left to do is set our brand styles and publish our page.
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.
In your Slack workspace you will see a locked channel with the name you entered previously (in our example from above, it will be called #premium). New members will be dropped here once signed up and paid.
When new members sign up to 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
Looking forward to seeing what kind of paid Slack community you create!