[EMS Discuss] Getting funds together for a possible move

Mr. Clif EMAIL HIDDEN
Wed May 22 10:38:19 PDT 2013


Count me in. :-)

     Clif

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> Likewise.
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>> I would be happy to join either group.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM, Rick Osgood<EMAIL HIDDEN>  wrote:
>>
>>> When we first started EMS we had about 5 people involved.  We all decided
>>> that in order to get things moving, we would have to bite the bullet and
>>> rent a space, even though it would cost us each $100 per month at the
>>> start.  We all came to the agreement that we could each afford $100 for 6
>>> months, worst case scenario.  After that if we weren't going anywhere, we
>>> could cancel the lease and call it quits.  The idea was that once we had a
>>> space, we would get more members and our $100 shares would drop every month.
>>>
>>> Well, obviously things have worked out since we now have around 28 members
>>> and all of our bills are covered by dues alone!  However, this growth means
>>> that we really need to move to a bigger space in order to keep growing EMS
>>> in a positive way.  Getting a larger space means our operational costs are
>>> going to go up.  Right now, we are making just enough money to break even
>>> on all of our bills.
>>>
>>> We figure we are going to need an additional $500 to $1000 per month
>>> (depending on the particular space) in order to afford a move to a bigger
>>> and better space.  We were talking about several ways to accomplish this
>>> goal at the Hack your Hackerspace meeting last night.
>>>
>>> I have two questions for the members.
>>>
>>> 1) Are any members interested in joining that "financial backers" group?
>>>   This is the group of members who agree to split the difference on the
>>> bills so we can afford to keep growing our organization into something even
>>> more awesome.  It's hard to say right now what the monthly cost would be,
>>> since we don't have a particular space lined up.  But we would most likely
>>> try to keep it under $100 per month per person in order to actually move
>>> forward on a new space.  And we would try to get a 6 month commitment so we
>>> can back out after that time if we just can't afford it any more.
>>>
>>> 2) We are considering introducing a sliding-scale membership.  The idea
>>> here is that the lowest "tier" would be $25 per month.  Then there would be
>>> additional tiers above that price.  All members would still have equal
>>> rights and access.  You wouldn't get anything extra for paying more.  But
>>> this model allows members to who get a lot of of the space to pay what they
>>> think their membership is worth to them if they can afford to pay more.
>>>
>>> What are your thoughts?  Would you be interested in belonging to one of
>>> these groups?  Do you have other ideas for how we can increase our monthly
>>> income to afford a better space?
>>>
>>> Rick
>>>
>>>
>>>
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