Gifting My Skills
In the most basic of terms, my pricing policy says that I will give to you the gift of my skills in designing and building a professional website. In return, you may choose to give me a reciprocal gift that you believe to be fair for the work I have given to you. It’s that simple.
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered. ~Proverbs 11:24-25 †
Gifting is a way to step outside the traditional contractual system to a more personable trust and gratitude based way of doing business. Gifting is a rewarding model that says your word and a handshake still means something in my world. Gifting says, I trust you and you trust me and that we are grateful for each other.
Without realizing it, I have been practicing the idea of a Gift Economy model for quite some time. I didn’t know there was actually a name for these types of transactions and that folks were out there discovering how rewarding gifting their talents can be. Adrian Hoppel showed me that there are others doing this and for that I am grateful. Thank you Adrian!
And so, with new inspiration, I have adopted this new way of doing business. But is the idea of a Gift Economy really a new one?
Gifting Goods and Services is Not New
At the heart of the matter, gifting goods and services is not by any means a new idea. Gifting ones labor or product has been around for a long time and has taken many variant forms. In its’ purest form, gifting says ‘I give you this service without expecting anything in return…period.’ Perhaps it involves the faith that you will go out and do the same for someone else. Other forms of gifting may involve some sort of trade, barter, or a gifting of time or money.
When it’s all said and done, my hope is that both I and my clients walk away from our shared experience feeling great about the entire process. Ultimately, if we decide to work together, my services will be my gift to you, end of story. If you choose to gift me back, I will accept anything that you think is fair and be grateful for that.
I love working with charities and small non-profit groups who work on very limited budgets. These are true gifts because usually they do not involve a reciprocal gift and are very rewarding for me personally. I have faith that other clients who appreciate my approach and want to gift me back for my services will do so in abundance. It isn’t hard to see how rewarding gifting can be and I hope you agree!
There are many models out there which have shown that a “Gift Economy” is not only possible, but has many benefits! Take a look at some of the links in the sidebar to learn more about the Gift Economy.
The fact that I am working in the Gift Economy does not mean I provide inferior services. I strive to do the best I can at everything I do and building websites is no exception. I will provide to you all the services you might expect to receive when working with any other web designer and probably more than most.
Most projects go something like this:
- We discuss your project and see if we are a good match. I do not accept every client who wants to work with me. I am a Christian and will not do any work for a project which goes against my beliefs.
- I will consult with you about your needs and expectations. I will also let you know what I need and expect from you through the process.
- Although no two client needs are the same, as a general rule, I follow the design process outlined here.
- Based on how well you like the finished product and our interaction, you may choose to gift me what you determine is a fair compensation for what you have received.
And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.‘ ~Acts 20:35 †