Since Deafmade is a coop, everyone’s contributions matter.
You must be deaf or hard of hearing to join DeafMade. Are you Deaf? Great. You can have a company, and contract services from us at a discount (brand owner membership), or you can work for us as an independent contractor, contribute to the system, and get first crack at gigs from other members, as well as discounts on services should you happen to need them.
In order to maintain your membership, you must either buy a minimum of services, contribute to the system with your contracts through the system, or pay a monthly fee.
No. First of all, not all members provide services, and some DeafMade members are employees of members. Our system is designed so that we can provide support to different brands and for their needs to be met in a variety of ways.
We have members, who we call Brand Managers, which are focused solely on their brand. They do not provide services other than what their company provides, either a product or a service package that is not billable by the hour.
These members utliize discounts, services and support from other members, and enjoy the billing support and access to software provided by the DeafMade system. As the system continues to grow, further benefits will be provided to all members. In addition, the system provides the benefit of networking, support, and community collaboration. The cooperative spirit is what drives Deafmade.
Yes, you can!
The process is different for merchant members.
In this case, you need to hire one of our members for your business or organization. If the member works with you well, this means you probably will be a good fit for the Deafmade vision and can become a member and gain discounts. Also, during the process of working with us, you will have a better idea of how Deafmade works, and how being a member benefits you.
Don’t have funding? Contact us anyway, there are possibly grant funds or local programs we can help you qualify for.
The largest benefit that members get is discounts on services and products sold by other Deafmade members! You’ll be able to get what you need from the best, all in one place. You don’t have to do time-consuming research, making sure your providers are qualified, because we’ve already done all of the vetting for you.
Need some extra work? Members will promote any new jobs and gigs they may have available under their brand among Deafmade members before advertising them publicly. You’ll get first crack on many opportunities! Also, by being a part of our team, you’ll provide your brand or services to other members, gaining a wider network of customers.
Plus, you will instantly gain a supportive team with a wide range of skill sets. You’ll get valuable feedback and outside perspectives on your projects and make them truly shine. With us, you have a network where you can communicate in our native language, American Sign Language, and convey your vision and intent to supportive like-minded peers.
In addition, service professionals enjoy time logging and billing support. Just log time on projects and DeafMade will take care of everything. That’s right… you can be free from the burden of invoicing and account management! This allows our service professional members to spend time doing what they do best, providing professional services to their clients.
This is the magic that is Deafmade.
No – but you will not benefit from the system. You will need to provide your own invoices, time logs, and other financial documents. You will also need to cover your own third party app membership for any projects that require them, and you will not have access to our shared resource library. It is in your best interest to join the system.
Deafmade believes in respecting everyone’s work and allowing everyone to set their own rates, within reason. For independent contractors and service providers, we have a shared rate chart. When you join the system, together we will find the best rate for you based on your skillset and experience. The percentage of this rate that goes back into the system depends on your membership level. The higher level memberships are required to earn a certain amount monthly to maintain their membership. When you buy services from other members, the rates are discounted based on membership level.
Members who are only buying services from others are expected to buy a certain amount to remain active members, or pay fees into the system.
Our bylaws and organizational documentation is available to all members, and goes into further detail. In addition, the structure is a cooperative, which means each member gets an equal vote and say as to how the costs and fees work in the future.
Think of Deafmade as a huge shared house. We have been building a strong foundation in the last year of this project, with all members contributing to the effort. It is important to remember that Deafmade is a cooperative, which means that it will become what the membership makes it into. We are still in beta stages and are working on partnerships with several organizations and companies. We expect to fully launch by January 2019.