My coaching services are offered on a sliding scale. This sliding scale is a little different than most.
Here’s the deal:
Accessibility matters. Creating a false sense of authority and very real exclusivity through high price-points is not a business model I believe in nor teach. Forcing someone to go into debt to work with me is the exact opposite of what I want.
This is my work, and discounting it below its actual value isn’t helping me or anyone else. Especially since the fields I tend to work in are ones in which highly skilled people are often asked to “Do it for the love” which code for: do it for free.
Love is always happening but love alone doesn’t pay the bills.
So there is a bit of a crossroads here: how do I acknowledge the value of my skills while still making ways for my work to be accessible?
The Embody Yes Pay It Forward Fund is a way I’ve found to deal with that.
Here’s how it works:
Anything paid over the minimum of the sliding scale for any of my programs goes into the Embody Yes Pay It Forward Fund. When people want to work with me but are having difficulty finding the money to do so, they can apply for an Embody Yes Grant.
It’s as simple as that.
For people from marginalized communities applying for the grant, I will match the grant with my own work dollars. Meaning, if the grant can offer $100, I will also offer a price decrease of $100, meaning a total funded decrease of $200 for the cost of the program.
In addition to the fund grants, I also offer generous payment plans, without exorbitant interest rates. Basically – if someone wants to work with me, I don’t want money to be the reason they are unable to.
I am committed to dismantling systemic access barriers for poor people and marginalized communities in whatever way I can.
This is one way I’m doing it.