A retainer fee is like a monthly fee. It’s perfect for those who know that they will need design services throughout the year and want to reserve a creative professional’s time. Since its purpose is to retain the designer, it is paid up front each month before work is ordered. Essentially, you are “pre-ordering” time versus a service. Since I will anticipate a preset number of hours of work from you, I will block out my schedule with the appropriate time each month. This gives me the ability to plan my workload accordingly. Which gives you the certainty of a pre-established amount of work each month without having to worry about what else is “in the queue” ahead of you. It’s more efficient for all involved.
1. Contact me.
If I have availability, I’ll set up a 30-minute phone call so I can hear more about your project and so that we can get to know each other. I want to learn all about your business and goals. We’ll review your business needs and upcoming projects.
2. First payment.
Once the paperwork is completed and the first retainer fee is paid, we will discuss all your projects needed for the month and get to work! Prior to the 2nd month, we will have a phone call to review the next month’s priorities.
We will repeat the process each month for the remainder of the program you selected.
At the end of your contract, we will review the program to see if you want to adjust the number of hours reserved each month before signing again.