For Black, Indigenous, People of Color
In an effort to align my business practices with my anti-capitalist ethics and values, I’ve developed the following sliding scale for clients to choose their own fees for coaching. This sliding scale is on an honor system where you determine what is right for you based on the level of your income and generational wealth. For more information about sliding scales, you can read more here.
Coaching is based on mutual trust and respect, so this sliding scale is an act of trust that you will pay me a fair amount for my time, energy, and expertise AND that coaching remains accessible to those who need it the most. My goal with this offering is that I don’t feel exploited by my clients, and my clients do not feel exploited by me (I’ve been on both ends of those scenarios and they both feel terrible). I’m also committed to doing my own inner work to separate my value and sense of worth from how much income I generate, and to explore what it feels like to be enough.
Below the table are suggestions for how you might determine your rate, and a short FAQ. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
For those who have financially benefited the most from the current system OR those who are willing to pay more in order to support others in need of coaching. Examples of how financial benefits might show up for you:
- I own my home, and possibly multiple properties
- Someone else paid or pays my rent/mortgage/down payment
- I have savings, investments, and/or retirement accounts
- I own or lease a luxury brand car or multiple cars
- I have or will inherit significant wealth (six-figures or higher)
- My education and/or experiences were paid for by my parents, grandparents, or other relatives/connections
- I had access to wealth & gave it away
Note: please select this rate if your coaching is being financially supported by your organization
For those with sufficient financial resources who can pay fair value for the experience. Examples of how this might show up for you:
- Paying for coaching might require some budgeting, but it wouldn’t prevent me from meeting my basic needs
- I own my home/property or rent a higher-end property
- I have or might inherit some money or property in my lifetime (less than $100k)
- My friends and family could provide support in times of financial need or transitions
- I can afford to take an annual vacation or take time off
- I am employed and have an expendable income
- I have some money in savings or retirement accounts
- I can always buy new items
- Most people in my family have at least a bachelor’s degree
- I travel recreationally
For those with limited financial resources who will benefit from access supplemented by community. Examples of how this might show up for you:
- I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them
- I sometimes financially help my family or origin or chosen family for basic living expenses
- I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs
- I am employed, I have access to health care
- I rent my home or live with my family
- I have moderate debt & budget my finances
- I might have access to savings
- I have some expendable income
- I am able to buy some new items and thrift others
- My parent(s) might not have graduated from college
Pay what you can
For those who are and have been historically exploited and targeted most by the system that currently exists. Examples of how this might show up for you:
- I frequently stress about meeting my basic needs and don’t always achieve them
- My family of origin or chosen family relies on me for financial help for basic living expenses
- I have debt and it sometimes prohibits attainment of basic needs
- My debt is from basic living expenses such as food, rent, utilities, healthcare, childcare
- I qualify for food stamps and public healthcare
- I can’t afford a vacation or time off without financial burden
- My work is unavailable or challenging due to immigration or incarceration status
Frequently Asked Question
Which rate should I choose?
Capitalism has warped our sense of giving and receiving, and so I ask you to examine your instinctive desire to pay less or more, then choose the opposite (this may feel counterintuitive). I say this because I often find that those with more wealth are less willing to pay more, and those with less wealth are often the most generous.
Therefore, If you have financial support systems, earning income, and enjoy privileges based on your social location, I encourage you to pay at a higher rate, to ensure lower rates for those that would otherwise find coaching inaccessible. If you are struggling to pay basic needs, I encourage you to choose the Reparative or Solidarity Rate, as a small payment on the debt of generations of exploitation that capitalism and white supremacy has inflicted on you and your ancestors.
Content for the sliding scale borrowed and modified from (in no particular order):