Interested in working together? Here are some details!
There are two different ways we can work together. We can structure your work at the project level or client level. Projects are clearly defined deliverables like a website, a book, a marketing plan, a logo and brand guide, or a package of marketing materials. Client work is on-going. WE typically have standing call 2-4 times per month, there are weekly deliverables, and ongoing deadlines.
With a project, you will typically send me all of your content/materials and I will return to you a finished product. Client work is an ongoing and evolving relationship in which we work on multiple projects simultaneously. Most contracts begin as a project and evolve into an ongoing client retainer as your business grows.
Here are the two ways in which we can structure these contracts:
If you have a one-time project (website, brand guide, business plan, marketing plan, book design, program development, etc.) with a clear deliverable and start and end day, then standard Project Billing is the way to go. We’ll set up a 30-minute free phone consultation to discuss your project.
From there, I will develop an outline with detailed milestones and deadlines for the project completion as well as an estimate on the hours it will take to complete the project and a clear set of deliverables. This is only an estimate. If throughout the course of the project, it becomes more involved than initially estimated, we will revisit the hours needed.
My hourly rate is $75.
A 30% deposit is required to secure a time slot to complete your work.
35% of the the remaining balance is due on the start date of the project.
The remaining 35% is due upon completion of the project and must be paid before final files are released or website is taken live.
Example, a typical e-commerce website takes around 20 hours of work.
20 hours x $75 = $1500
$450 non-refundable deposit is due to block time out for your project. We will work together on creating a timeline that works for both of our schedules. I’ll send you a list of content and assets that I will need to begin the project.
$367.50 is due on the start date of the project.
The remaining $367.50 is due upon completion of work.
Monthly retainers are great for on-going projects. If I’m providing ongoing business/marketing/organizational support, managing and updating your website, editing and designing content and emails, managing social media, designing marketing materials, etc., on a regular basis.
Retainer: Based on your business needs, I will create an outline of services and deliverables with time estimates. We’ll set a monthly budget. Typical budgets range from $600 – $1,500/month, or 4 – 20 hours per month.
Hourly Limits: You may set a limit on the number of hours per month and if it looks like the work will exceed that, I will get permission from you first.
Billing: I charge $75/hr for all services. I offer a discounted hourly rate of $65/hr if we agree to and accrue a minimum of 20 hours per month, for a 3-month minimum.
Time Tracking: I track my time and invoice using GetHarvest.com time and task tracker and submit a report with each invoice. You will only pay for the hours accrued.
Invoicing: I invoice twice a month, once on the 1st of the month (hours from 15th of the month through the last day of the month) and once on the 15th (hours from the 1st of the month through the 14th of the month). Invoices are due upon receipt.
Payments: Payments are due upon receipt of invoice. You have the option of using credit or debit card through Stripe payment processing or you may make payments using PayPal with eCheck, PayPal direct, or credit/debit card. If payments are not received within five days of receipt of invoice, then work will cease until payments are made. More than three late payments will result in required pre-payment of future retainers.
Stock Photos & Font Licenses: You are responsible for paying any licensing fees for images or fonts. I will get your permission before purchasing any of these and the totals will be added to your invoice. I have an account with Adobe Stock Images and can get gorgeous photos and graphics for $5.99-$9.99 for general use (expanded licenses are available if the fonts/images are used for product labels, etc.). Canva also has a library of photos for $1/each. I will not use publicly accessible images and fonts that are not properly licensed.
Social Media Management Tools: You are responsible for payment of your social media management tool of choice (Buffr, HooteSuite, Sprout, Etc..), if you choose to use one.
Ownership & Rights: You retail full ownership of any design work I produce for you that has been paid in full as well as any images and fonts that I have purchased on your behalf and have been compensated for.
Availability: I’m available 9am – 5pm PST, Mon – Fri. I usually check my email a few times over the weekend but am not typically in front of my computer to complete projects. Exceptions can be made if I know in advance!