Some back story for context: I started my community building journey 3 years back and it comes purely from my passion for the investment community. I managed a few small online communities on Discord, Slack and Reddit. I fell in love with community building because I have seen first hand what a group of people being passionate about a subject can do to help each other.
And as most of you would understand community building is really not an easy feat and despite being passionate about it I am of course hoping to earn some side income if it is possible.
Obviously, these platforms do not have direct monetization features for community builders and I refuse to just slap some brand deals or advertisements which I personally think will devalue the community.
What are some ways in which I can monetize my communities meaningfully? Without jeopardizing the community's reputation.