Creative Financing: Pricing for Inclusivity
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How might we design our businesses and our services to support an economically just future?
Learn about and explore options for sliding scale, scholarships, pay-what-you-wish and pay-it-forward models in your business.
Businesses are microcosms that allow us to experiment with and practice better, more just worlds. As small economic engines, we have choices about how we price and make our products and services accessible.
Economic Justice is about addressing systems of oppression -- race, class, gender, ability, to name just a few -- and recognizing that there exist in our culture barriers to accessing resources. Creative financing recognizes that financial resources, including income, are not and should not be the only determining factor in whether or not someone can access our offerings.
Let's figure out:
What would our businesses look like if we always offered multiple pricing options?
How might creative financing create a more vibrant, sustainable community of businesses?
How do we balance our own needs and our businesses needs (for revenue, income, excellent-fitting clients and customers) with a desire to offer a broaden who can afford our work, especially during these tough times.
What options make sense for your unique business and the customers you serve?
Together we will cover:
- Models for creative financing: payment plans, sliding scale, pay what you wish, pay it forward, offering scholarships
- How to balance expanding access with your business's and your needs
- Pitfalls, checks and balances, and boundaries to consider
We'll have time to work on designing and implementing in your own business, as well as time for discussion and q&a.
This workshop will be about 90 minutes long and will be held online via Zoom.
This is for you:
- You have a business with existing services or products ( while some of the models we'll cover are better fits for service-based businesses, we will also touch on products and retail. )
- You are somewhere on the spectrum between curious and committed to economic justice
- You'd like to experiment with ways to create more financial accessibility in your business
Cost & Registration
This workshop is offered on a sliding scale:
$45 - Sustainer - Pays for your spot
$65 - Supporter - Pays for your spot and supports others
$25 - Community - Discounted rate
You will receive an email to confirm your registration and with details for joining the workshop via Zoom.
The day prior to the workshop, you will receive an email reminder with workshop materials.
About Kate Strathmann
As the founder and director of Wanderwell Kate has worked with hundreds of businesses, integrating financial expertise with an empathic, vision-forward approach. She leads with the belief that businesses can help create a new paradigm that centers people, community, and the environment.
About the sliding scale
For this workshop we're using a simple three-tier sliding scale model adapted from one that yoga teacher and dismantling racism trainer Michelle Johnson uses in her work. The tiers make explicit the true cost, while offering those with the means the opportunity to support those for whom the discounted community rate is the best option.