Retainer Arrangements

What is a retainer arrangement?

If your marketing needs are ongoing and varied, a retainer arrangement can be the perfect solution. For small businesses and individuals who don't have a great enough need to hire full-time marketing personnel, yet don't want the hassle of searching for a different freelancer for every project that comes up, working with us on a monthly retainer can provide the perfect balance. 

What are the benefits?


  • No surprises: With our retainer clients, we offer a level of consistency and availability to businesses without the permanent commitment to payroll and other HR expenses. You enjoy a flat rate and consistent billing, which means you'll know at the outset what your marketing cost will be for the year, allowing you to accurately set a marketing budget. And you won't have to worry about the added costs and surprises often associated with hourly rates. If the scope of work increases in a given month, it can be offset by any unused value carried over from previous months, or you can bill for the extra work separately.

  • Development of Relationship:  Wouldn't it be nice to just pick up the phone and talk to the one person who knows everything about your company and its marketing strategies? Rather than paying separate agencies or freelancers on an hourly basis, you can trust someone who already understands your brand, which saves time and leads to better content. When you are signing a retainer agreement with us, not only are you making a commitment, but so are we to your business. 

  • Priority & Availability: You have priority access to an agency you trust, and don’t need to worry about whether we've already booked another project when you need us.

  • Cost & Time Savings: Because of the breadth of our services, we can customize your retainer to meet your specific business needs. For example, we can provide copywriting with web design or photography with graphic design services on a monthly basis. You won't need to find 2-3 different people for one project. Booking our time in advance also saves money, compared to budgeting projects one at a time.

  • No Added Overhead: With the monthly retainer service Adorned Studios will be an extension of your business and you will have the resources available to get your advertising, graphic design, web design and social media marketing done right, without having to make space in your office, paying for equipment or added employee costs and benefits.

How does it work?


We base our retainer agreements on projects or tasks completed for your company per month, at a fixed rate. For example, we may agree to write 2 blogposts and 2 email newsletters for your business per month, billed at a monthly fee of $1,000. 

Our retainers are based on month-to-month contracts with a 30-day trial period, which offers you a great degree of flexibility if your business needs change. Contracts are paid in advance, with typical terms set for 3, 6, 12 months or longer.

What types of services can be part of a retainer agreement?


  • Email newsletters

  • Blogposts

  • Website copy

  • Product photography

  • Website updates and maintenance

  • Social Media Marketing (see our business profile for standard pricing)

  • Other recurring work

Still on the fence? 

Check out this informative article on why marketing retainers are so beneficial for your business.