Retainer Services

When you need ongoing, varied design, and creative support, a retainer offers consistency and availability with an experienced professional graphic designer, without the permanent commitment to payroll, HR and other employee expenses.

Why choose a retainer program?

  • Not everyone needs a designer on staff full time (or can afford one at this time). But if you need design work a few times a month, it’s worth having someone on stand by.

  • You will never have to worry again about who you are going to have to get to do that next project.

  • No more Rush Fee extra costs.

  • You have peace of mind with a guaranteed amount of work each month.

  • You get access to a professional designer without the overhead costs of an employee.

  • You pay a set amount each month for the duration of your contract and don’t have to worry about fluctuating design fees.

  • You have your own personal design consultant to reach out to at any time, durning working hours of course!

How does it work?

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.

Designer x 10

10 Hours a Month
$ 1,620 Per Month
  • 10 design hours per month
  • Priority service in projects
  • 8% discount – you save $180
  • 1 call or virtual meeting per month
    to review projects

Designer x 20

20 Hours a Month
$ 3,060 Per Month
  • 20 design hours per month
  • Priority service in projects
  • 15% discount – you save $540!
  • 1 call or virtual meeting per month
    to review projects

Designer x 40

40 Hours a Month
$ 5,760 Per Month
  • 40 design hours per month
  • Priority service in projects
  • 20% discount – you save $1,440!
  • 1 call or virtual meeting per month
    to review projects

Graphic Design Retainer Details:

  • 3 month minimum commitment. At the end of 3 months, we will re-evaluate the program to ensure the number of hours are fitting your business needs. After that, we can move to 6, 9, or 12 month commitments.
  • Each retainer includes a set number of hours per month. Overage in hours each month will be billed at the standard hourly rate of $180 per hour.


  • Unused hours expire at the end of each month. This is to ensure that I can allocate time for your projects each month and plan my workload accordingly.


  • You will get an invoice on the first day of each month. Invoice will include the monthly retainer rate for that month and any additional charges from previous month.

What type of services can be used in the Graphic Designer Retainer programs?

  • Print Materials – sales sheets, direct mailers, brochures, event programs, signage
  • Digital Materials – email templates, social media graphics, blog banners, and other web graphics
  • Ad Design – print and web ads
  • Services Do Not include additional costs like additional creative resources, custom fonts, ornate illustrations, stock photography & printing, copywriting, or web development.
  • Additional services are available upon request (ex: web motion graphics, website development, socia media motion graphics, etc).
  • Please note: Services do not include logo design. Logos will be charged at hourly rate of $180/hour.

I would like to proceed, what do I do next?

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.

3. Repeat.

We will repeat the process each month for the remainder of the program you selected.

4. Reevaluate.

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.

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