I use a fee scale for clients that is dependent on a number of things. I base my fee mainly on the clients budget. Then I give them options on what I can do within that budget. Other considerations include how much time I will need to prepare and design their program, their level of fitness and the length of time that they should be exercising/training (are they ready for an hour or only 20 minutes, etc.), are they making special requests of my time/travel, how much of a commitment are they making, etc.
Christopher, I like Christines approach. first ask why? what do you gain or want from a sliding scale that you feel you are not getting from a flat rate?
I also like Karin’s response. Offering half hour and or small group training provides them a price point they can afford without sacrificing what your time is worth.
I wise man told me once “You can only give so much to charity before you become the charity”
Honor yourself and pricepoint fairly so others do not take advantage. Then you can afford to work with people who really need your time and deserve your charity.
Hope this helps…
From what I have experienced with sliding scales, it’s left entirely up to the person paying. I think that’s the whole point.
I have had some people offer something like :price is anywhere from $60-90 depending on your ability to pay. However this leaves you not knowing your income until the day is done!