For the last few years, we have been working in a Gift Economy. While it is a very rewarding way to work, it is not sustainable outside of our local community.
As we grew larger and attracted a wider client base, we found that people outside our community – who we did not know personally, who were not local to us, and who we could not meet with in person — too frequently did not support our work sufficiently. Sadly, sometimes not at all.
Community is key for a successful Gift Economy, so we have decided to put some healthy boundaries on working this way.
We are eager to work in a Gift Economy with local individuals, small businesses, community based organizations, and progressive and non-profit organizations. Generally, with people we know who are trying to help other people. We want to help as many organizations as we can, however we will be very selective about the projects we choose to work on this way, and will limit the number of Gift Economy projects we’ll take on each year.
For the majority of our work, we will be moving to what we are calling Trust-Based Pricing. This will be a little more formalized, where before we begin, we’ll provide clients with a detailed proposal and contract with a timeline and a range of costs for their website. When we’re finished, they’ll pay us any amount within that range they feel is fair.
We explain in detail here.
Thanks for continuing to support us while we continue on this journey. We’ve learned a lot about how to work — and how not to work — in a Gift Economy. We hope to share more about that later on in 2016.