As a business owner, I have often questioned the traditional sales models I have employed over the years. Where do integrity, value and `the going rate’ meet? Should I charge based on my time or my expertise? And what makes an hour of my time more valuable than someone else’s?
So how do I decide what my time and expertise is worth? And am I willing to hold my programs and services hostage to high price tags in order to “value” my time appropriately. Personally, I think my programs are invaluable. They will change your life.
Put a price tag on that!
So for me, it all boils down to “Am I a do-gooder or not?” And the answer is, “Yes!” My whole purpose for being is to do as much good in the world as I can.
Enter the Gift Economy business model. (Ooh! Aahhh!) Finally an idea that makes sense to me! I can give my programs freely and graciously and choose to work with people who I trust to value my offerings and provide me a fair return (or pay it forward) in accordance with the value (good) that they feel they have received. Beautiful!
I wanted more freedom to help more people find peace, balance and joy in their work and lives; and this model does just that. How?
First, it opens the door to all people interested in the programs I offer, because affordability is no longer an issue. Whether you have $50, $500 or $5000 to give back or pay forward is not the most important aspect. It’s the intention, generosity and willingness to stretch into the commitment of the program–no matter where you are now. I want you to sign-up for my programs and feel good about it, so you can fully absorb and apply the materials provided for your highest good. The Gift Economy model does that.
It also takes away the illusion of money being the decision-making factor of whether or not you can participate. There is no longer the convenient excuse, “I’m sorry, but I just can’t afford that right now.” The Gift Economy model forces you to be honest with both me and yourself that you either don’t think you need the service, you don’t believe in it, or you just don’t want to change. And that’s OK! But it’s important that we start learning to be honest about our desires (or lack thereof). That change alone will help to heal our society by bringing a new level of truth and boundary setting into our daily lives.
Embracing a Gift Economy model also eliminates bargaining and price-shopping which is all based on a mindset of lack and is the antithesis of the world I want to be part of creating. I want to foster an atmosphere of “more than enough”, giving, generosity, trust, good will, opportunity, possibility and community.
So, against the “wisdom” of the traditional business model and coaches who say “Raise your prices and know that someone else will help the people who can’t get on board with them”, I say, “No! I am not in the business of trying to ‘get’ something from my clients in exchange for my services.”
Instead, I say, “Yes!” to a model that allows me to give the best of myself for the betterment of others, freely and generously–working with people I trust to value my time, expertise and talents and to treat me fairly and generously in return.
So, from here forward, my services will be gifted to you, and others, in trust that you will commit fully to any program in which you decide to participate and that you will honor this giving model by returning to me (or paying forward) a Gift that you feel is appropriate and proportionate to what you gain. That might take the shape of money, goods, services, referrals, doing good in the world, or maybe some or all of the above.
I am excited to offer this new method of exchange and hope that some of you will accept this Gift and join me in my programs; and perhaps even try the Gift Economy model in your own businesses or projects.
We have the power to change the world. This is part of my contribution. So please take advantage of this offer if any of my programs or products speak to you. After all, a Gift is meaningless if no one receives it.
Spread the word!
And as always, thank you for your support.
Contact Asha for more information or program registration.