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Finally! Writers From Non-Stripe Countries Can Now Earn Money On Medium

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Thanks to this new feature

I’m high-fiving all writers from non-Stripe countries!

What was long overdue is finally here!

But first, let me give you some background information:

As you know, Medium’s preferred payment processor is Stripe.

The latter is a third-party payment service.

To enroll in the Medium Partner Program (MPP) and earn money, you need to link your Medium account with your bank account or debit card via Stripe.

Countries supported in the MPP are:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

I’m from Germany, so I was glad I could easily join in December 2020.

However, until recently, if you were from a non-Stripe country, such as India or Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, you couldn’t earn any money on Medium.

I’ve heard a lot of people from non-Stripe countries complaining about Medium’s business model on Quora, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Medium.

If you couldn’t join the MPP in your country (or there are other reasons why Medium didn’t let you enroll), here’s wonderful news for all of you:

With Medium’s new tipping feature, you can finally get paid and funded for your work

When I shared this news yesterday, my friend Yousuf Rafi commented:

When I shared this news yesterday, my friend Yousuf Rafi commented:
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It’s definitely time to celebrate!

I’m high-fiving you!

Medium offers a brand new tipping feature to reward writers.

I’ve already activated my tip jar in beta.

At the bottom of every story, your readers now see a box like this and can give you a tip:

I’ve already activated my tip jar in beta.
Screenshot by Author

Your tip will go through a third-party platform of your choice.

It’s Ko-Fi, PayPal, Patreon (or an organization for readers to donate on your behalf).

Why Ko-Fi is the best

Services like Ko-fi or Patreon let creators make money from their content.

As far as I’m concerned, I’d recommend opening a virtual coffee shop via Ko-Fi.

Key facts about the platform Ko-Fi:

  • You can introduce yourself in your own coffee shop — post updates, pictures, and videos.
  • There’s no Platform Fee. It’s free to use.
  • It charges a 0% transaction fee on donations. Donations are always free.
  • PayPal is available.*
  • You can offer memberships.

Ko-fi vs. PayPal

(In case you have more insights and know from other countries where it’s not available, please let us know in the comments!)

Ko-fi vs. Patreon

My Ko-fi page

If PayPal is available in your country, I’d recommend Ko-fi.

I set up my account in January 2022.

It looks like this:

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Within the last past about 12 hours after activating the tipping feature, I’ve received 7 Ko-fis from my audience.

🧡This feels sooo rewarding and sooo good!🧡

And I want the same for you!

You want to learn more about setting up your Ko-Fi account and the new tipping tool?

I’ve got you covered.

High-five! Here’s my trending HOW TO Story for you:

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