One of the significant challenges since we started AKO, has been related to our pricing strategy. While pricing might seem intuitive from a marketplace perspective, we knew what the available options were, we knew we wanted a pricing policy that reflected our values, and most importantly we wanted you to to be a part of deciding the pricing, which some were.

Our focus was and is still on correlations between creating and increasing value for you as a freelancer on AKO, being affordable and accessible by freelancers on different points of the spectrum in our industries, and doing so without feeling like we are ripping you off.

In the aggregate of things, for us to create, optimize and increase the value of the AKO platform for your experience as a freelancer, we needed to implement pricing, and there’s no better time to do so but now.

How are we going from a FREE platform to a paid one? We are not, we are giving you options, starting with this, and will introduce more options continually.

Here is one of the plans and pricing options to be implemented June 30th, 2019

Essential
Cost: free
Duration: Lifetime
Upgrade anytime

An Essential Experience

With the essential plan, freelancers still get access to all the vital features that allow you to explore AKO, consider starting your fashion and lifestyle career, side hustle, or creating an added service profile on AKO. The essential plan will enable clients to find, message, connect, and hire your services. However, there will be a periodical quota for these features and a renewal date.

Premium
Cost: $9.99/per month or $4.99/per month billed annually at $60/annually
Duration: Monthly or Annually
Downgrade anytime

A Premium Experience
For only $9.99 a month or $60 yearly, freelancers get unlimited access to all essential and premium features as well as get exclusive access to all new premium features, support, updates, invites, and information.

                                   Image on details on the Essential and Premium plans, features, pricing and availability. See more on akoapp.com/pricing. 

 

Our central focus in implementing this pricing was on affordability, transparency, and fairness for freelancers/businesses/professionals/agencies of any capacity, and this, as well as other plans and options, will be introduced, surveyed and implemented in the nearest future.

                 Follow us for  updates  on AKO Premium release on June 30th, 2019.

                    Send us  any questions, concerns, and suggestions on these plans and pricing at info@akoapp.com

“Knock off the middle man”    “Buy my work directly”     “I can’t have platforms taking a percentage off my hard work”    “It sounds too good to be true”

There are no direct responses to these concerns, as they are frustratingly expressed by freelancers that feel robbed off their creativity, and that have been taken advantage of multiple times by systems and platforms preaching the same message as we are- connecting them to clients. Because, quite technically, we also are middlemen.  

However, we are more than just middlemen or a platform for clients to meet and hire fashion and lifestyle freelancers, we are a community!  Founded by a fashion freelancer, built by freelancers, for fashion and lifestyle freelancers. We understand and can personally relate to these concerns, because we too have been handed these cards by other freelancing platforms. Ones that make you loathe the experience of paying some unknown person a sizable percentage of payment for your hard-work, the creative value, sweat, time and passion, you put into creating-a photograph, an artwork, a center piece, a design, a custom piece or in providing a service. We get it. Which is why we are doing it differently. 

We understood early on what our value preposition and revenue options were in order to maintain the community, and cancelled out commission and transaction fees from this pool because not only did we want to do this differently, our core values weren’t in any way reflective of this option. Accessibility, choice, transparency, and liberation needed to reflect in every component of the community. Because as freelancers ourselves, we craved for empowerment and seek to empower  with AKO. We crave for control over the terms that decide our creative efforts and abilities, because it goes beyond just being paid to provide a service.

What we are doing differently?

Making you the decider of your own terms of providing a service- as a stylist, a designer, a tailor, a photographer, an artist, an interior designer, a jewelry maker, a pattern maker, a furniture designer  or as a creative professional. You are in control of everything that relates to your craft! Your discoverability, your identity, your schedule. your requests, your payments!

You choose if you want to be discovered or not. 

You choose your identity as a creative. 

You set your availability.

You choose your clients. 

Your control your payments, as there are no payments on the platform. 

AKO isn’t  subjecting you to terms that constrict you as a professional on our platform. We are letting you decide and choose what works best for you, whilst we work as the bridge letting you connecting with clients, start a career, expand your client base, promote your accessibility, do more.

Join the community.

P.S.

“Knock off the middle man” – This would mean knocking us off, as well as all other platforms that keep us connected. Lets knock off a few middlemen.

“Buy my work directly”  – What if clients can’t find you directly, where else would they find you?

“I can’t have platforms taking a percentage off my hard work” – We 100% agree!

“It sounds too good to be true” – Yes, indeed. But it is, AKO is making the difference.

The Earth is indeed affected by our passion for looking and feeling good, and while there are campaigns around the world advocating for more sustainable fashion and lifestyle products and services, there are few actionable mediums and/or platforms enforcing sustainability. 

Across major spectrums of production and supply of services and products, from fashion design to interior design, the supply side of fashion and lifestyle industries typically adhere to archaic regulations and compliance that date back to the industrial revolution era, and initiatives towards sustainable fashion  have been restricted to usage and disposal of products, by-products,  and services of the fashion and lifestyle industries. Even though we comply with some ideally acceptable sustainable practices, little control exists over the next phase of the utility usage, which extends the issue beyond being able to afford custom made or made to order items, or being able to hire fashion and lifestyle freelancers to make or supply custom products or services.  

AKO’s goal is to serve as an actionable medium of sustainable fashion. Our approach to sustainability extends beyond the norm of buying ready-made fashion or lifestyle items from popular brands. We are pushing back against mass production practices that focus on cost and analysis methodologies, and that are based on standards and practices that are environmentally unsafe and unsustainable. 

As a fashion and lifestyle community, we have a personal stake in preserving the resources and output of these industries alike. AKO is re-structuring current consumption trends reliant on mass production and fast fashion, and as as a broader mission we seeking to create sustainable processes and enforceable compliance, as a crucial step in preserving the environment.

Yes, as a client, you have an unrestrained choice to hire fashion and lifestyle freelancers, custom jewelry designers, tailors,  fine artists, furniture designers and more. And as freelancers, you have the moral choice of choosing the best applicable standards or social conditions to your creative processes. But (you should) also hold more responsibility to do more than just consume or create. Recycle, repair and reuse, share used products by donating to goodwill, sell to vintage and thrift stores. These actions in addition to other ethical practices lend to the greater mission of leaving earth better than we found it. 

 

Tweet us Like us Join usGet help