I'm currently doing sliding-scale prices for custom work.
This means you choose the rate you can afford.
This is my attempt to work with everyone who needs it in a way that aligns with their ability to pay. Art is my job, so I can't work for free (yet!). But I hope this will allow for more equity. Peruse the information below to help you get an idea of where you fall on the scale.
Try to approach it honestly and openly. Think about how much you'd pay for, say, a nice pair of shoes or a flight. I ask that you consider the highest end of pricing that you can afford. This allows me to continue running my practice in an accessible way for others. On the flip side, ask for the lower end if you need it! That's why I do this. I'm happy to answer questions!
I have difficulty meeting my basic needs (i.e. food, housing, healthcare, essential transportation).
I have little to no savings. My money goes toward immediate expenses.
I have significant unpayable debt. I have trouble affording loan payments.
I have little to no extra money. I budget like crazy.
We're still trying to find our footing. We worry about our finances.
We hope our mission succeeds, but we regularly worry we won't make it.
We regularly run out of funds. We might be volunteer run, but we strive for better.
I have some stress about meeting basic needs, but I regularly achieve them.
I wish I had more savings, but I do have some.
I might worry about my loan payments, but I'm making it work.
I can afford things like restaurants, movies, coffee shops, concerts, pets, and new clothes.
We get paid enough to sustain our business. Sometimes we do charity work and give discounts.
We're a little worried about the future, but we've been doing good.
We have pretty good profit margins. We're in the green.
I can meet all of my basic needs, and I have money left over afterwards.
I have comfortable savings and I might even invest.
I may have some loans and student debt, but payments are no biggie.
I can afford to go out when I want and often take trips. I still look for sales, but I can afford things either way.
We have a healthy financial cushion. We can afford philanthropic giving.
We're not concerned about longevity. I think we're in it for the long-haul.
We have significant funds. We can cover our expenses and still make extra money.