Patreon aggregates all payments on the 1st of the month in order to save creators on payment processing fees. This means that we collect all pledges due to creators and charge them on the 1st of each month.
Right now creators have three different ways to set up their membership subscriptions on Patreon:
You, as a creator, can charge your patrons per paid post. Your patrons are only charged if and when you make a paid post — you might not charge them at all some months, and others, you might make 3 paid posts.
These are bundled together and billed on the first day of the following month. This allows us to aggregate the charges so patrons are only charged once per month instead of multiple times per month. (So, all creations made in November are added up together and charged in one bundle on December 1.)
Does that mean that a patron is charged for every post a creator makes? Patrons are only charged for posts marked as paid according to their monthly maxes.
You, as a creator, charge your patrons for the previous month’s access on the first of each month. (So if a patron pledges to you November 5th, they aren't charged for their access until December 1st - this is when you can send them additional rewards for November.)
Monthly with charge up front (beta)
You, as a creator, charge your patrons as soon as they pledge for immediate access, and charge them on the first of each month thereafter for that month’s access. (So if you become a patron of a creator who has charge up front on November 29. You’ll be charged the full amount immediately, and then that same amount again on December 1.)