You will have to humble yourself somewhat to work in the gift. There are many gift-based businesses out there whose owners are talking about the challenges and joys of gifting. Marie Goodwin is Chief Plate Spinner and External Hard Drive for Charles Eisenstein. Don't let people tell you you are doing it wrong because you accept money as a gift. Or, maybe you are thinking about starting a small business on the side: selling kimchi or pickles or vanilla elixirs at the holiday market in town this year. *Required field. I am on a great team of community builders that is Transition Town Media, and with their support founded the Media FreeStore and Timebank Media. They are likely to cry out in exasperation, “Just tell me a price already!” People are very used to not having to think deeply about gratitude, and it may cause some frustration. Donations and charities in multiple countries also provide examples of the gift giving economy. The more generous you are, the more you are held in esteem by your community. Receiving gifts from others acknowledges that you wish to be in relationship with them and that you will be there when they need you. For my day-job, I work in the gift with author/philosopher Charles Eisenstein. Be Ready to Explain Gifting to Your Clients. In addition to stories, I'm interested in activism and transition. Log in. However, I can offer some things to keep in mind as you consider how to apply gifting to your work in the world. Without trust in a self-evident but mostly unconscious gift economy as the basis of society, our economy … You won't work for your friends because you've always been told that mixing money and friendship doesn't work and now you are seeing one of the reasons why people say this. If you are confusing those words, stop! Your community esteem matters because, in times of crisis, that web then supports you in turn. There are two main themes in gift economics: the first is service and the second is trust. For instance, you might want to create a list of expenses that you incur every month: coworking or office space rent, utilities, website hosting, food costs, etc. Social norms and customs govern gifting in a gift culture, gifts are not given in an explicit exchange of goods or services for money, or some other commodity or service. Everyone “owes” everyone else a favor. Flexible, Shareable Workspaces. Please check your email for further instructions. Thanks for subscribing! Sign up for Shareable’s weekly news about the latest people-powered solutions from around the world. and offer up these expenses as potential means of gifted payment. People-powered solutions for the common good, +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++. The essential idea is that when you have enough of a surplus of something, you give away what you can to friends and neighbors. We move from a relationship where money is seen strictly as an asset to accumulate, to the view that money is just another way of expressing gratitude. But something doesn't feel right. You might want to have a “gift” button on your website so that people can appreciate your work in the future, long after the primary work has been done. You hate that part. Accepting Money is Not “Gift-washing” There are gift economy purists out there that think any exchange of money is tainting the gifting relationship. The Significance, The Tealiki Story – 4. Not every client is going to work out well for you. Gift economics is a long game and in the end, in my experience, you come out better than you would if you had charged a set fee in the first place. When you bill people for your time and expenses, something feels off. When you work in the gift, what you are doing is asking the receiver to decide on their own level of gratitude rather than you, the seller/creator, dictating it for them by attaching a price to the transaction. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.