Today I’m talking about a membership platform called Thinkific. I heard about it via the Membership Guys who run the Membership academy (not to be confused by Marcus Couch Membership Coach ) . Here is my problem. I’m using Value Add On. I really like it. One of the reasons I purchased is was the price $37 a month. Their support is good. The bad news is you have to use JVZoo to accept paypal through them. JVZoo takes 5% in addition to the paypal fees. This is not surprising as Thinkific does the same thing and they cost $49 If you want no transaction fees you have to upgrade to the $99 a month, which means you would have to sell over $1980 for that to make sense. So I plan on doing the $49 a month. So it sounds like a dead heat, but its no JVZoo does something I don’t see anyone else doing and that is when you setup a product that is recurring, you have to put in the total number of payments. For example if you purchase a three month subscription to the school of podcasting it says on the checkout page “Includes 3 months of service. Future Payments: $483.00 will be billed every 3 months for 18 payments or until cancelled.” But when someone sees they might make 18 payments of $483 they cold feet. This is a deal breaker. So I’ve been trying out Thinkific for a few days, and here is what I like so far. I’m using their free service. It is super easy to make a course. I mean watch 20 minutes of videos and you are off to the races. I like that they have a built in affiliate program. They also have built in reminder emails for members. It integrates with all sorts of email, zappier, google analytics, etc. You can sell individual courses or bundle them together. You can have one set fee, or a subscription. The dripping feature is super easy, and choose what is protected and what is not is super easy. It works with Paypal, and Stripe which is awesome.