What is "Pay What You Will"?
The "Pay What You Will" or "Pay What You Can" business model began in 1984 in Malaysia, and has slowly spread across the globe. This movement is most well-known in the restaurant industry: Panera Restaurant operates "Pay What You Can" Restaurants in St. Louis, Chicago, Portland, and Boston. Today the business model is expanding to other business types such as theatres, hair salons, and even the financial industry!
Why "Pay What You Will"?
Everyone faces different financial circumstances. I believe in the value of coaching and training, and want to make my services available to everyone from a homeless teen, to a successful entrepreneur. At the same time, I need to meet my own financial obligations without the need to seek other compensation so that I can continue to bring joy, possibility and abundance into the world through my individual coaching, classes & retreats. The “Pay What You Will” business model enables anyone to be an active participant in co-creating an authentic and empowered life, with the benefit of a trained coach, no matter their circumstances.
I am aware that "money" is a charged issue for most of us in this culture. As a passionate proponent of peace through economics, I want to maximize the possibility of a shift in our relationship to money. I believe that our "real wealth" comes from the quality of our relationships with ourselves, one another and nature, and our real power comes from where and how we spend and earn our money, and in where we place our attention. It is no mystery why Super Bowl commercials cost so much ... think of the number of people in our country who watch the Super Bowl not only for the game, but for the advertising!!
One of my strategies in shifting our relationship to money is allowing you to choose how much you can afford to pay. As you consider my “Pay What You Will” business model, I hope you will consider this model an opportunity to make a choice to support yourself, and the things you value most. Because you are here, these might include personal development, health & well-being, security, ease, comfort, and contribution, among others. I invite you to pay me an amount that reflects your financial reality grounded in your desire for a better world for yourself and your loved ones. To make this decision less stressful for both of us, I usually recommend a range of prices, and allow you to choose where you fall on this spectrum.
PWYW is a business model that is wholly aligned with my own values, and my choice to lead with my heart and live a holistic heart-based and adventurous life. Like the Port Angeles Love Letters movement, and Compassion Games choosing the “Pay What You Will” business model gives me an opportunity to role model my commitment to living a magnificent and abundant life fully aligned with my values.
My purpose, and business mission is to inspire a revolution of positive change, to get people to think outside the box, cut through limiting beliefs and old social constructs, and live fully into their highest potential.
The TED talk by Amanda Palmer states it well. By leaving it up to you to decide what to pay, I am living into my values and modeling my practice of a value exchange, whereby the giving / receiving is a mutual act of caring.
What other businesses follow the "PWYW" model?
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Q & A about Insurance
Coverage and benefits for traditional therapy and counseling services change from one health insurance company to another and from plan to plan, and with many health insurance plans, coverage can be partial or very limited.
- In many cases, before you can get reimbursed by your insurance company, your therapist would have to diagnose you with a mental disorder or issue. This diagnosis would be sent to the insurance company and recorded in your medical file. In some cases the therapist would also have to provide additional clinical information to the insurance company, such as treatment plans, summaries or copies of the entire record.
- Even if your plan covers all your costs for traditional counseling and therapy, I invite you to consider the results you hope to achieve. Because I am a coach, not a counselor or therapist, I am very results oriented. Rather than focusing on what got you to the place you are today, I help you focus on creating the future you desire and support you as you walk that path.