Design Retainers

Perfect for businesses that need a good amount of marketing materials on a monthly basis but do not wish to hire a full-time designer.




If you’re looking for a way to ensure high-quality, on-brand design work throughout the year, a retainer program may be the perfect solution for you.

A retainer fee is like a monthly fee, and it’s perfect for those who know they will need design services throughout the year. By paying upfront each month, you’re essentially “pre-ordering” time with a designer verses purchasing a specific service. This can be a great way to save money since you’ll receive priority treatment and a discount off standard hourly rates.

Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing a specific amount of your branding and marketing materials will be completed each month. And, best of all, you’ll have more time to focus on your business’ other priorities. So, if you’re looking for a way to streamline your design work, a retainer program may be the perfect solution for you.


  • You’ll have a designated designer to work with throughout the year, eliminating the need to track down a new designer every time you need a project completed.
  • It’s an affordable way to secure regular design services without having to budget and worry about hourly rates.
  • You’ll receive priority treatment and a discount off standard hourly rates.
  • Less paperwork and simplified accounting.
  • You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing your branding and marketing materials will be taken care of consistently.
  • You’ll have more time to focus on your business’ other priorities and leave the design work to the experts.
  • You get access to a professional designer without the overhead associated with an employee.
  • It’s simply the best way to ensure you always have high-quality, on-brand design work.


3-month minimum commitment. At the end of 3 months, we will re-evaluate the program you’re enrolled in to ensure the number of hours are fitting your business needs. After that, we can move to a 6, 9, or 12-month commitment.

Each retainer contains a set number of hours each month. Overage time will be billed at the standard design hourly rate of $100 per hour.

If you have unused hours, 25% of them may rollover to the next month. Ideally they should not roll over each month as that defeats the purpose of allocating retainer time for projects. If I am running close on hours hitting their threshold, I will let you know before going over.

You will get a detailed invoice each month for the projects worked and the hours allocated to them.

NOTE: If we haven’t yet worked together, let’s start with a branding package, website, or other design materials before discussing the retainer program. We must ensure that a long-term contractual agreement is a good fit for both sides.

Brand strategy and visual identity design for new clients can not be completed through this program.

Services Are Included:

  • Business Cards & Stationary
  • Flyers & Posters
  • Brochures & Rack Cards
  • Website Updates & Maintenance
  • Social Media Graphics & Templates
  • Lead Magnets
  • Menus
  • Packaging & Labeling
  • Signage
  • Speaker Kits & One Pagers
  • Presentations & Templates
  • And more!

NOTE: Services do not include additional costs like stock photography, video, paid specialty fonts & printing.


How does it work?

Schedule a call. Click on the button below to schedule a consultation with me so I can learn more about your projected design needs. I’ll want to review your business/marketing goals and use this time to discuss and recommend design updates you might benefit from.

Paperwork and first payment. Once the paperwork is completed and the first retainer fee is paid, I will set up all your projects needed for the month in my client service dashboard. From there you will be able to see how much time is being spent on each project as well as time remaining for the month. Prior to the 2nd month, we will have a conference call or video chat to review the next month’s priorities. Payment for the month ahead will be paid via automatic subscription on the 1st of each month.

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

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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