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How many of you work on retainer?

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I'm curious how many of you work on retainer. I do but after attending the virtual assistants webinar, it seems most of you charge hourly.

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Starting out I charge hourly, but know retainers and packages have been suggested to me. This makes sense because it helps set boundaries.

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i, too, have retainer packages, which are technically hourly. They buy bulk hours at XX rate a month. I also start a new client hourly for the first three months until I get a better idea of how much work is involved. Then I offer to change them to a monthly package with additional requests being additionally charged on an hourly basis.

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Personally I think its best to do monthly retainer packages that are paid up front with the enticer to pay up front being they get a discount if they do. Otherwise they have to pay as you go at your hourly rate.

 

Packages are awesome if you can sell your services that way but not all can.

 

Here's how I set mine up. http://www.mediamage.com/virtual-assistant/VA-retainer.htm

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