I work on a sliding scale basis because a significant amount of my client base are self employed creative types or work for non-profits. While our world needs them, and I love working with them, they aren’t rewarded with large salaries. And lets face it, I’m a self employed creative type so I know what it’s like! If you’re curious about why I work at sliding scale rates you can read all about it here.
FAQs about Sliding Scale
How does this work?
If you’re ready to book a coaching session just fill out this form letting me know why you’re interested in coaching, how much you are proposing to pay, and how many sessions you are committing to. I’ll be in contact with you shortly letting you know when we can work together and send you an invoice to be paid before your first session.
Why do I need to commit to a time period?
The rate we agree to is locked in for the time period you commit too. Then if you return in a year or two when something else is up or extend the time we’re working with each other we start over. This is to protect both of us, as either of our situations may change and the rates we agreed upon might not work for us in the future. In most cases this is a formality so don’t let it freak you out.
What’s reasonable to pay a Coach?
Coaching rates vary considerable, experienced coaches often make $100’s of dollars an hour. And then again, even very experienced coaches may work for lower rates to make themselves more available to the people with whom they enjoy working. My personal range is typically $50 – $180 an hour.
Why are coaching rates so high?
Figure 1 hour of coaching will be at least 3 hours of my very focused time, maybe more if you receive notes and we’re in contact in-between sessions. Then factor in overhead and/or time and energy spent on running a business, not to mention continued study and investment in our own personal growth. Soon the hourly rate is not as impressive.
What if what I’m offering is on the low end?
Hey I’ve been there. Hugs to you. I hope you’ll be brave and make the offer anyway. You never know, I might have clients who are paying plenty to cover you too. Here are some things you can do to help me afford to work with you that aren’t financial.
- You can be flexible about our session times.Most people want (or need) to work with me first thing in the morning, in the evenings, or on weekends. So you can help me find balance in my life by being willing to work in the afternoons or late mornings.
- You can forego notes. Post-session notes are something that takes up a great deal of my time and energy. Just let me know you’re a brilliant note taker and don’t need mine 🙂
- You can pay me up front for several sessions. Admittedly this is financial, but rather than a larger per-hour rate, you can opt for a larger commitment. As you can imagine, this helps my budget planning to get a chunk at once.
Can I pay in installments?
No. This just makes things more complicated for both of us. Instead simply let me know what you can pay for a session now.
What are the reasons you’d decline an offer?
Usually I don’t outright decline someone who has taken the time and made the effort to contact me. However sometimes I just don’t have time in my coaching schedule to take on another client, and sometimes I just can’t afford to work with someone at the moment. Neither of these are personal, and I have a waiting list.
Sometimes after talking to someone I just don’t have the feeling that I can help them, or that we’re a good fit. This is rare, but when it happens, I’m honest about it. I simply won’t waste both of our time if I don’t think I’m suited to your needs.
What if I have questions not answered here?