Currently OpenAI does not allow developers to monetize their plugins. In their FAQ they say:
Can I charge people money for my plugin? Not at this time.
That means maybe your plugin could be rejected if you try to monetize it.
But you can still experiment how the monetization of plugins could work. And there are some ChatGPT Plugin services that are working on monetization features.
Services that allow you to monetize your plugins
PluginLab offers a monetization feature that allows you to charge users for using your plugin. They work with Stripe to process payments.
In PluginLab you can create many plans for your plugin. You can create a free plan and a paid plan. Also you can not use the same Stripe account for multiple plugins. So, if you have multiple plugins you will need to create a Stripe account for each plugin.
PluginLab will give you a payment portal where users can pay for your plugin, and ChatGPT will redirect users to that portal when they exceed the free plan limits defined in the Quotas section of your plugin.
With this implementation you can charge users for using your plugin, not at the installation time (it is clear that OpenAI does not allow that), but when they exceed the free plan limits.
In April 18th a thread "Monetising plugin - ideas" was published in OpenAI Developer Forum. You can read it here. In the thread there are some ideas on how to implement monetization for plugins.
If OpenAI does not allow monetization, how can I monetize my plugin?
While OpenAI does not allow monetization, you can try to implement it in your own way. For example, you can create a website where users can pay for your plugin, and then you can give them a token that they can use to install your plugin. Or in the moment of installation you can redirect users to a payment portal where they can pay for your plugin.
Remember that the last word is from OpenAI. They will review your plugin and they will decide if it is allowed or not. At the end, if you make any changes to your plugin, you will need to submit it again for review.
Where can I learn more about ChatGPT Plugins?
LaunchPlugins is a website where you can learn more about ChatGPT Plugins. We do our best to keep the website updated with the latest information about ChatGPT Plugins and the ChatGPT Plugin ecosystem.