of Hawthorn and Yew’s Sliding Scale
for all of my services, i provide a price range rather than a single nonadjustable fee. for example, a listed price for hourly service might be $20.00 – 30.00. I’m able to offer sliding scale rates because the higher ends subsidizes the lower ends. I invite you to enter into this with mutual trust, and consider your income and expenses carefully in order to maintain accessible pricing. Additionally, if you are a person who has an abundance of financial resources, please consider paying extra, on top of the high end of the sliding scale. Any extra donation will go towards providing support to people with more limited financial means.
So, how much should you pay? Only you can determine this, but some helpful hints are below.
You might pay the high end of the sliding scale if:
- you have a job with dependable hours and have no dependents
- you regularly (once a year or more) pay for airline travel for recreation
- you pay to eat at restaurants or to have nights out on the town regularly (three times a month or more)
- you have access to adequate health care
- you have access to healthy food
- have access to family money and resources in times of need
- work part time by choice
- have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education, gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.
You might pay the low end of the sliding scale if:
- are low(er) income or experience variable income that challenge’s your economic stability
- you are currently unemployed
- you have a job but care for many dependents
- receive public assistance
- you have unstable, or no, access to supportive health care
- have immigration-related expenses
- are an elder with limited financial support
- are an unpaid community organizer
or, more simply:
If you choose a price below the highest listed price, you are receiving a discount. The middle of the scale is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little-to-no expendable income. Paying for this support may qualify as a sacrifice but it would not create hardship. The lower end of the scale is for those who struggle to meet basic needs and paying for support would still be a significant hardship.
for all offerings on this site, I welcome inquiries about sliding scale fees, free services to those with significant barriers, as well as work and craft trades. please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on sliding scale fees on this page has been borrowed from:
The Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice (2015) from Worts & Cunning Apothecary
How to Make the Sliding Scale Better for You + Your Clients (2018) from Worts & Cunning
Sliding Scale: Why, How, and Working Out the Who from Ride Fearless Money