Instead of changing the billing cycle why not inform potential patrons in a POP-up box this,
“This creator charges upfront. You will be charged today for this month and after this Patreon will charge you only on the 1st of each month. The next charge is on February 1st, which is approximately xx days away. Would you like to continue?”
Let this pop up be the FIRST THING THEY SEE when they click Join.
Then do it again before they finalize it. Be sure to make it BIG and BOLD so they can’t miss it.
This way potential patrons have no excuse. They were informed TWO TIMES before paying!!
Don’t show the continue button unless they hit the “I understand” and click continue. There is no need to change the charge days.
This change to the charge upfront will definitely HURT small creators who don’t make too much but still earn enough to pay bills. SO PLEASE CONSIDER MY SUGGESTION before changing a system that works well.
Another suggestion would be to create a waitlist. So if someone wants to join a tier but the date is Jan 27th and the next billing cycle is February 1st. They can sign up for that creator’s waitlist. A reminder email on February 1st will be sent telling them “Hey now’s a good time to join xx on Patreon”
Please don’t hurt creators because potential patrons don’t read
@reyna my input for the billing cycle