uptownmaker wrote:I wouldn't hesitate to pay $25 a month for this, depending somewhat on location, once I stack it up against where the rest of my (truly) discretionary cash goes.
I'm thinking that for alot of people a membership to a workshop like this would be more than just entertainment. But for many it would be part of more varied entertainment spending. I think there may be some natural segmentation in our user base that would justify a "good, better, best" model.
Maybe a series of tiers for "casual", "serious", and "professional" makers/craftsfolk would be in order? Given the costs of things like insurance, equipment, administration, and other vital things I'm not sure a $10-20/mo flat fee for all would be sustainable. But if we had 50 members at $20/mo for "casual access", 20 at $100/mo for "all day access", and just a few at $250/mo for "all hours" access then that might be more sustainable from a budget perspective. I just pulled arbitrary numbers out of my head as an example so please don't focus on the numbers. The definition of what each tier means would take some tweaking and understanding of the customer base but it could work, it's far too early to say what fees would be specifically.
In the end it'll depend on the needs of the people that will inhabit the space. If we've only got people that want casual access and nobody doing any "professional" building (prototyping, development, etc) then that will define things clearly. We will need to be mindful of budget since, in my experience, insurance and maintenance (to pick just two topics) are almost always more expensive than anyone considers at first.