What does your sliding scale mean? I think of packages as a sliding scale of rates, buy more, pay less. Also, as mentioned above it would depend on what the market can bare, and what you offer in experience, technique, certifications, education etc.
Often one rate does not fit in all circumstances.
Hello Christopher Blood,
You need to decide what is fair to both you and the client. The range I use is the bare minimum up to my full rate. Sometimes the client will start to take advantage; but, most of the time, the client is very appreciative and will pay more when they are able.
Another way around this, is to offer the sliding rate for a predetermined amount of time.
Discounted rates do not apply to farther distances, either.
Clients also have the group session option if they want to save money.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I have priced based on a training radius – two tiers. I haven’t done a sliding scale per se. One of my clients is a marketing executive and her advice to me was to price myself at the high end of market rate (I have a lot of experience) and then if I wanted to give an occasional scholarship to someone, I could do that. I’ve taken her advice, I currently have a young student who attends my small group training on scholarship; everyone else pays full price.
‘fair’ is a relative term, and unfortunately people will take advantage of you.
I had clients who ran into financial problems but I offered them a different way to working with me. Let’s say, half hour sessions at half price. While I did not give them a real price break, I made it more affordable, and they got a little more for less.
I think perhaps you are the best person to answer your question about a sliding scale. What is the reason for the sliding scale? If it is to accommodate and include those who may have a harder time financially, how will you make this determination fairly from client to client (without looking at tax returns). :). It will also depend on rates being charged in your area. Just a few things to think about.
If you can give a little more detail about your plans it may help, otherwise I’m not sure what is fair. I’ve always thought it is too difficult to charge different rates, but you have your reasons and it may work for you. Hopefully someone else who charges on a sliding scale can help you more.
Best and good luck,