The JP Time Exchange is working on documents to help you navigate the hOurworld software platform. Meanwhile, check out the hOurworld website for support. Or, contact us with your questions! We are always happy to help. Email JPTimeBank@gmail.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the JP Time Exchange?
A: Read all about it here.
Q: I offered to prepare dinners since I love to cook, but who pays for the ingredients?
A: It is up to you and the recipient to discuss and agree upon monetary payment. Usually, the person receiving the service will either provide materials or financial compensation. This can apply to food, art supplies, or study materials like GRE practice books. The amount of compensation is up to the participants in the exchange to agree upon before the trade takes place. You should be upfront about all costs so that the participant can make an informed decision about the cost of your service.
Q: If I am “paying” someone to housesit for a weekend, should I pay them a full 48 hours?
A: Not necessarily. It is up to you and the house-sitter to discuss and agree upon payment before the exchange takes place. The hours exchanged should reflect the amount of work done. For example, a housesitting job that requires petsitting and garden care would pay more than a job that only requires the house sitter to take in the mail each day. Each housesitting job will be different and there are many valid ways to exchange for this service. Expectations and responsibilities should be clearly communicated before the exchange and each participant should feel comfortable with the agreed upon payment.
Q: If I teach a class with multiple participants, does each person pay me with an hour of their time?
A: This is one possible outcome. It is up to you as the teacher to decide if you believe this is fair payment and you should communicate your policy to your students before the exchange takes place. If the class is structured with one-on-one support and you only want to charge students for that one-on-one time then you should communicate this option as well. Time can be exchanged in full hour increments or in 15-minute fractions.
Q: How can I ensure that I am safe while using the exchange?
A: See guidelines below.
Guidelines for Safety and Well-Being while Exchanging
The Time Exchange is a group of community members who share an interest in using this alternative form of exchange. We love to trust our neighbors – but we also know that common sense is always in order! The founders of the time exchange online platform, hOurworld, produced a policy around safety that states “How do you trust anyone? Get to know them, just as you would with any other relationship. People are people whether they are in the Exchange or not.”
- Trust your instincts. If you are uncomfortable in a situation, leave. Do not worry about appearing or being rude.
- Communicate through the exchange. Do not give out personal information unless you feel comfortable.
- Review people’s profiles and ask for references. Read all the information available about a person before agreeing to an exchange. This will help you be an informed exchanger. You are also free to ask for references before engaging in a trade.
- Set boundaries early and clearly. Discuss the details of the trade before you agree to an exchange. This includes location, time, and duration of the activity. For example, if you do not want to meet at someone’s house you can suggest meeting in a public place, or you can bring a friend along.
- Report unsafe or negative experiences to JP Time Exchange at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to know if something went wrong so that we can help build a strong and safe community.
- Be upfront about your skills and limitations. For example, if you offer carpentry work and someone asks you to do a job beyond your skill level, be honest with them about your limitations. Clearly stating your skills will save both parties in the exchange time and energy.