Working With Us
For all clients and prospects, Geared Creative offers a complimentary, initial discovery meeting to get a snapshot of your strategic design, brand and technology needs. From there, we propose solutions based on our recommendations for solving your problem.
Booking Geared Creative
During our discovery period, we believe in an honest dialogue about your needs. Our initial recommendations are prescriptive. That is, we seek to solve your core marketing, communication or web site problem(s) first and foremost. If there are other considerations to your decision-making process, we suggest you simply let us know. Ultimately, this transparent communication will result in a greater value for both parties, as we can tailor the proposal to meet not only your design and technology needs, but also your fiscal and time requirements as well.
A Word on Investment
We are cost-competitive but, if you are seeking a bare-bones, cheap solution, we are not the studio for you. We emphasize value over price or cost. Our design, marketing and technical strategies create great economic value for our customers. In exchange for value, we seek fair compensation. When we are asked to calculate program investment, we base our estimates on three dimensions: complexity of scope, time requirements and current workload. We also track project times and base our estimates on similar historical data.
For small businesses and new ventures with restricted working capital, we offer flexible service options and payment terms to make our solutions more accessible. We also maintain special rates for non-profit organizations and philanthropic causes.
Geared Creative offers flexible service terms to meet the needs of our various client relationships. Generally, all of our work relationships fall under a fee-for-service or retainer program.
Fee for Service: Our fee-for-service option allows a customer to task us with a single project with a specific budget and duration. Alternately, we can be engaged in hourly work where we track time to completion.
Retainer Program: Our retainer program is a popular option for customers with ongoing branding, marketing, design or technology needs. Our retainer program provides a variable monthly block of time (e.g. 10 hours per month for 12 months) where you can task us with any project that falls under our capabilities. In the case of underused time, we roll over unused hours to the next month. If your needs produce an overage, we arrange a period to allow you to work them down, otherwise we invoice for the remaining overage at the end of the quarter.