Streamer’s Guide to Weathering a Recession

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This article was written by financial expert Jay Cranford from Buff Your Finances. Jay is financial planner specializing in helping content creators with their business and personal finances, you can find him over on Twitter @hjcranford. With global conflict on the rise, rapid inflation impacting a variety of industries, and stock market dips on the […]

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The Pandemic’s Impact on Content Creators

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During the time of the pandemic that many countries were under lockdown to keep folks safe, there was an increase in new streamers and viewers on Twitch. As described by Satch Garlock in an article from theChimes, “The pandemic [gave] viewers more time to binge-watch their favorite creators, as well as spawn[ed] a new generation […]

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6 Lessons Creators and Brands Can Learn From the Artesian Builds Fallout

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Over the last several months, you may have heard of a company called Artesian Builds. Artesian Builds was a custom computer company, building various rigs aimed primarily at content creators and gamers. Like most companies within the world of gaming technology and custom builds, there was an effort to build a line of content creators […]

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Invoicing

How to Create a Proper Invoice (And Why It’s Important)

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You’ve done the hard work. You’ve created your finest emote, put the finishing touches on a panel design, or rendered the last frame of your video. Now, it’s time for the fun part: getting paid. But before you fire off that final client email, understand that getting paid is sometimes just as challenging (if not […]

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Effective Branding with Instagram

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In our “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Branding” article, we talk about a brand (or brand identity) as being the way that an individual is perceived by those who experience them. Ultimately it is your personality, your aesthetic, and your ethical choices – and how you choose to display them through more physical means (like a logo, […]

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Twitch Affiliate

Everything you need to know about “Affiliate” on Twitch

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It used to be that only Twitch Partners made money directly from Twitch when streaming. But with the Twitch Affiliate program, streamers can monetize their streaming career sooner. Want to learn more about what it takes to be a Twitch affiliate? Read on! What is a Twitch Affiliate? The Twitch Affiliate Program helps streamers make […]

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Understanding Music Licensing for Content Creators

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One of the most complex facets of being a content creator is understanding the often convoluted nature of music licensing. It’s a confusing maze of legal terms and scary consequences! In this article, we’ll try to explain, in the simplest terms possible, how this music licensing affects you. To keep things simple, we’ll only be […]

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Protecting Yourself Online – Moderators, Friends, and Your Circle of Trust

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Back in 2016, we published a helpful primer on protecting yourself as a streamer. The Internet and the progression of technology’s growth moves quickly, so we at StreamerSquare felt it was time to really dig into online security topics. You are the only advocate for personal safety on the internet. This can’t be stressed enough. […]

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Protecting Yourself Online: Online Security and SWAT Mitigation

Protecting Yourself Online – Online Security and SWAT Mitigation.

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Back in 2016, we published a helpful primer on protecting yourself as a streamer. Digital technology and the Internet moves quickly, so we at StreamerSquare felt it was time to really dig into online security topics. You are your only advocate for personal safety on the internet. This can’t be stressed enough. Previous articles in […]

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Protecting Yourself Online: Personal boundaries, parasocial relationships, and the risk to your brand

Protecting Yourself Online – Personal Boundaries, Parasocial Relationships and The Risks To Your Brand.

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Back in 2016, we published a helpful primer on protecting yourself as a streamer. Digital technology and the Internet moves quickly, so we at StreamerSquare felt it was time to really dig into online security topics. You are your only advocate for personal safety on the internet. This can’t be stressed enough. In our previous […]

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StreamerSquare Guides: TwitchCon 19 Panels for Business and Finance

TwitchCon ’19 Panels for Business/ Finance

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Growing a business is hard and anyone will tell you it takes a lot of research and time to get it started the right way. Below you’ll find the best panels for Business/ Finance you won’t want to miss when creating a plan to grow your business on Twitch. Twitchy Business Friday, Sept. 27th – […]

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Protecting yourself online: DoS & DDoS Attacks, and IP security - StreamerSquare Guides

Protecting Yourself Online – DoS and DDoS Attacks, IP Security.

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Back in 2016, we published a helpful primer on protecting yourself as a streamer. Digital technology and the Internet moves quickly, so we at StreamerSquare felt it was time to really dig into online security topics. You are your only advocate for your personal safety on the internet. This can’t be stressed enough. As world […]

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A Broadcaster’s Guide to Business Cards

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Business cards are an important aspect of being a creator. They’re often overlooked, despite establishing first impressions of your brand and getting your name out there. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the offline aspects when you’re dealing with an online venture. Our guide covers why business cards are important, what to do (or not do) […]

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Twitch Switches to Net-15 Payment Plan

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One of the struggles with being a full time, part time, or any time broadcaster is the point of payment. Previously, the standard for payment was 45 days after the last day of the month. So, if you wanted to get paid for what you’ve earned in January, you would have to wait until mid-March […]

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Twitch Updates Music Guidelines

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With the major concern of copyrighted music, Twitch has updated their Music Guidelines to better reflect the rules of what can and can’t be used while broadcasting. Failure to follow these rules may result in action being taken in accordance with the DMCA Guidelines as well as the Community Guidelines, in which muted VODs, suspension, […]

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Why streamers should save for retirement

Why Streamers Should Save for Retirement

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Retirement planning is not generally a topic that gets a lot of attention in the streaming space. After all, it’s pretty boring, the industry is relatively new so the focus has been on monetization, and it’s complex. Hopefully, this article clears up some of the reasons you should consider saving for retirement. If you want […]

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How the new tax law impacts streamers

How the New U.S Tax Law Impacts Streamers

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and You This article was co-written by Ernest Jones and Galen Herbst de Cortina. Galen: So, the new tax bill passed. Remember when it was supposed to simplify the tax code? Theoretically, I should be happy since it’s pretty good job security to mess with what people know about taxes. Theoretically. […]

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It’s Dangerous to Go Full-Time! Take This Business Advice [TwitchCon 2017 Panel]

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For more information, visit our full list of TwitchCon 2017 panels. VoD Link: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/202950625 Moderator: Joel Lui Panelists: Hunter Wild, Julian Bogel, Stella Chuu, Galen Herbst de Cortina Split up into 3 different stages/levels that categorize different content creators. Stage 1: Bronze Stage Who? Individuals Thinking About Streaming Individuals New to Streaming Twitch Affiliate Program Participants […]

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Communicating with PR and Requesting Game Keys

Communicating with PR and Requesting Game Keys

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If you plan to take streaming seriously, learning to network in professional environments is an essential skill. With practice, you’ll become much more comfortable putting you and your brand out into the gaming industry. There are a lot of common mistakes streamers make when asking for game keys, but don’t fret, StreamerSquare is here to […]

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Disclosures 101 for Content Creators

The Do’s and Don’ts of Disclosure for Content Creators – Influencer101 FTC Q&A

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Note: This article was updated on December 5th, 2019 with information from the FTC’s new online influencer publication released in November. On September 20th, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a live Q&A on Twitter for Social Media Influencers. While the FTC should definitely be commended for their effort, Twitter was seemingly a terrible […]

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Why Full-Time US Streamers Need Insurance

Why Full-Time US Streamers Need Insurance

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Insurance is one of those things that we all wish we didn’t need. It’s also one of those things that gets pushed by salespeople who don’t have your best interest at heart. Unfortunately, it’s also one of those things that we all need, though it’s important to determine exactly how much you need. It protects […]

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Complete Guide to Monetizing Your Stream

Complete Guide to Monetizing Your Stream

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Let’s take a look at how content creators can monetize. The great news is that you have more options than ever. The unfortunate side effect of those options is you have so many more decisions to make! Here we’ll cover just about every way you can monetize your content. Tips/Donations Hopefully, you all know what […]

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Streamers & Industry Featuring SeriouslyClara

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Welcome to Streamers & Industry, a new type of feature for StreamerSquare that aims to teach aspiring streamers about job opportunities and alternative paths in the streaming world. Becoming a full time streamer is a dream for many, but the road is not easy and success is far from guaranteed. Fear not though, because opportunities […]

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Initial Business Steps for Streamers

Initial Business Steps for Streamers

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There’s a lot of information out there on running a business. If you’ve been following our posts you know that you should decide whether your stream is a hobby or business and act accordingly. But how do you know what “act accordingly” means for a business? Here are some first, vital steps to take whether […]

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