Hope it's not inappropriate to ask here but I'm curious as to what others, who offer small scale home permaculture, are charging per hour for consultation and design. Email if you prefer.
i find the biggest problem, not related to this thread really in terms of money but the customer. is they want a lot of food. yet they dont want to process 50 lbs of apples, 15 lbs of currants/gooseberries, 25 lbs of tomatoes a week or bi weekly and a lot of food doesn't get eaten or processed. at least its a forest garden and everything will recycle itself but sometimes peoples eyes see more than they can handle.
pattimair Hatfield wrote:Rusty I have revised my response to you after seeing your site. It has a sophisticated appeal. The suggestion is that your consultation services address buildings and land-the whole property with high end artistic sensibilities. Is this what you wish to convey? This is professional level design at well over 100 per hour. Someone else will know better than I. Love of the land and devotion to your work shows too.
John Polk wrote:If you will be offering some free consultations, may I make a suggestion?
Have the first meeting at your place, not theirs. If they will not commit to the 'chore' of going to your place, it is unlikely that they will commit to following through the ideas that you provide them. That way, you will save countless hours pampering many people who just saw the "Free" sign. You can weed out those who are least likely to follow through.
When you invite them over, have them bring some pics of their property. You can look over the pics, view online topo maps, and chat with them about their goals before you visit their property. You'll have the advantage of some knowledge of the task at hand, and also know that they have enough initiative to start the ball rolling. Anybody can pick up a phone when they see a "Free" sign.