Why Charge a Membership?

So it has been a little long between blog entries on Chatter & Co. I apologise for that. Although things have been a little quiet on the blog front, I can assure you that the team never stops working on ways to grow our community J on that note, we would really like to thank everyone for their support. New websites have their challenges, but it’s because of your patience that we keep persisting to grow our membership base. So thank you for your continued support of the little engine that could 🙂
I confess, this blog topic is one that has been debated back and forth. To some of us, it seemed a little silly to be writing our reasons for charging a membership; to others in the team, we felt it necessary to clear it up for any members, current or prospective, that were wondering. So here I am writing it! Because at the end of the day, we like to be honest with our members, and if something isn’t as clear as it should be, it’s up to us to fix that.
In a nutshell, we charge a small membership fee for our members because this website is a small business funded by ourselves. We are not a government organisation or non-profit organisation – we are simply a team who saw a genuine need for this website. Making new friends in Brisbane has truly proved to be one of the more difficult challenges as an adult, and I can speak from experience when I say that. So with that little dream in mind, Chatter & Co. was born. And with that dream, came costs. I am not going to elaborate on costs associated with small businesses, marketing and websites, as I am sure you are smart enough to work that out. Some of you may even have experience in those costs yourselves. That is certainly one reason as to why membership fees are needed – to keep the website going. We made the decision very early on not to litter the website in advertisements that would block your experience. They can be distracting, and it just wasn’t the path we wanted to choose.
Truthfully though, the biggest reason we charge a membership fee is to help to ensure that our members are genuine about finding new friends in Brisbane. For the price of a cup of coffee, women are able to meet a whole network of women they wouldn’t usually meet. To us, that seems fairly reasonable. And putting a small fee on the subscription even further filters women who truly want to find those friendships. Not to mention adds an extra security measure for our members. At the end of the day, people are happy to pay a price for value. Take for example online dating. Some of those services charge a fee, and members are willing to pay to meet others for dating. And we hope our small fee serves a similar purpose, of a platonic nature.
We do run promotions fairly regularly, particularly why our website is still in its’ early stages. However, for the most part, our small fee remains.
I hope this has cleared up any questions you may have regarding our subscription fee. The only other thing to mention is make sure you read our terms and conditions before you click sign up, particularly in regards to refunds etc.
Thank you for your support!
Chatter & Co.

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