- After a trade, don't forget to record it on the web site! Normally the person who received the service should do this.
- 1 hour spent = 1 Timebank Hour. Please don't charge extra time unless you spent that time in relation to the trade.
- Adding in travel time is encouraged, unless the 2 members agree it's not necessary.
- Ingredients and materials should usually be paid for with money, unless the 2 members agree to pay with Timebank Hours.
- Post all the services you'd like to offer and request on the web site.
- Please keep these postings current.
- Describe and explain your services - this will encourage people to contact you about it.
- If it's time sensitive, tell the coordinator so it can be sent out in an email update.
Guide to TradingThe Time Trade Circle is made up of its members and can be whatever we want it to be. Good will, respect for self and others, and the desire to build a network of support, care and trust will make us strong.
When you want to receive a service:
- Look on the website to see who is offering the service or ask the coordinator for suggestions about who to contact for that service.
- Contact the member and request the service. You can contact people through the site or directly by email or phone.
- Agree on a date and time.
- Show up at the agreed upon date and time.
- Enter the hours you spent into your account.
- If you would like, report your experience to the coordinator.
- If you are unable to find a member to provide the service you are interested in, contact the coordinator. Your request can always be announced in the weekly update email.
- Be patient. Sometimes busy schedules make it difficult to connect. Try to contact members well in advance if possible.
- If you arrange exchanges with Time Trade Circle members you already know, please remember to enter the hours spent.
- If you are requesting a service, it is your responsibility to pay for parts, supplies and ingredients, unless you and the other member agree on other arrangements.
When you are asked to give a service:
- When accepting a time trade, be sure to write down the name, contact info, date, time, place and assignment.
- Be on time! It is even better to be 5-10 minutes early. If you are delayed, call the member immediately.
- If you are unable to make the scheduled appointment, call the member and make other arrangements if possible.
- Know the member's name and be sure s/he knows yours.
- Wear practical clothing.
- After, check to make sure that the hours spent and earned have been entered into your account.
- Do not ask for or accept money or tips from any member.
- If you use your personal car to transport a member, you must maintain the required insurance, wear your seat belt and make sure your passenger wears a seat belt, obey all laws and drive safely.
In any time trade:
- Maintain confidentiality. All members are expected to respect the privacy of other members and to keep all information received from other members confidential. A member can be dismissed from the program for violating this code. The only exception is when a member feels that the health of safety of another member is at risk. This concern should be reported to the TTC coordinator.
- Although the likelihood of a medical emergency while you are with a member is extremely small, be prepared. If an emergency does occur, call 911, stay calm, and call the TTC coordinator to alert her. Above all, stay calm.
- Remember that each service given presents a different set of circumstances. If something arises that you have concerns or questions about, call the TTC coordinator.
Video Help: How to sort the member listThis video from the Louisville Time Bank shows how to sort the member list by name, distance, or join date.
The Time Trade Circle is a coordinating program. Although Time Trade Circle exchanges are based on shared values of goodwill, good faith, good intentions, cooperation, sharing and a positive attitude, there is an element of risk involved in all exchanges. The Time Trade Circle cannot guarantee the performances of anyone who is referred and cannot be held responsible for any injury to persons or damage to property experienced while involved with the exchange.