If you belonged to a national club that was divided up into regions and then further into chapters within those regions, what would you think of this?
I belong to one such club. I created a website for my local chapter because it is a volunteer basis and I want to help out as best as I can. So I cunstructed a very basic website and put a good deal of time in to it because it directly benefits me and my chapter. I now have 5-6 other chapters trying to solicit my time to them to build and maintain thier own websites for them.
Maintaining 6-8 websites that will have regular updates will take up a good deal of my own personal free time. I already have problems getting people in my own chapter to help out even a little, dealing with that on a level 10 times greater would be extremely time consuming and not how I would prefer to spend my free time.
So the other clubs that are asking me for help, I thought that I would charge a flat fee of 200 bucks a year for website maintenance. That includes monthly-bi-weekly updates to the site and any emergency updates as needed. I would also maintain thier domain name and the server space and include the basic fees for those in the 250 dollars a year. I'd work with then on a site design also. If they used my friend's hosting service, I'd give them that deal for 200 bucks a year. Given the fact that I am not too willing to get into advanced website programming for this, I don't think that it is that bad of a deal for thier service agreement plus my time.
A couple of chapters have scoffed at that idea because they think that because I am not charging my chapter I should not charge other chapters either. My argument is that my time is important to me and if I am going to be spending so much time doing this, I want some pittance of compensation.
Is it wrong for asking for a sponsored club with corporate backing to fork over a few hundred bucks a year to cover web hosting services and website design and publishing?
Most chapters have 20-30 active members so the total cost would be about 5-10 dollars per person. Thier sponsors would see the 250 dollars a year as a drop in the bucket and petty cash the expense. Given that, I didn't think I was out of line but so far I have been met with opposition.
So what do you think? Am I that wrong?