1. CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
Your privacy and proprietary information is of upmost importance, so before talking to you about your project, I’ll be more than happy to sign a Confidentiality Agreement (also known as a Non-Disclosure Agreement), to provide peace of mind that personal and confidential information about you and your project will never be disclosed to anyone.
2. DISCOVERY PHASE
The most important step is learning about you and/or your company to develop a solid understanding of your needs and goals, market niche and how you differentiate from your competition. Even if you already have a brand image, I want to learn about you so that my work will mesh with your vision, such as:
Top goals of your project. For example, do you want to promote and sell products, market yourself to potential employers, advertise your services?
Target audience. Knowing and understanding your target audience is very important so that your design and style (colors, images, wording and layout) perfectly fit into the demographics.
Project concept. What is the personality or mood you want to portray? Do you want to generate excitement or tranquility, business or casual, conservative or trendy? What will your target audience insight be after viewing your project? What impression do you want to leave them with?
Summary. After our brainstorming session I’ll prepare a summary of what was discussed to make sure we’re on the same page with the same vision going forward.
COST: Varies, as described below
A breakdown will be prepared of all the tasks and estimated hours required to complete your project. If the price doesn’t fall within your budget, I’ll figure out how to make it work. Cost varies greatly between projects depending on your budget, complexity and size. However my prices are more affordable than most because as a freelancer I have no overhead costs that big companies incur from renting office space and staffing a team of graphic designers and web developers.
—Marketing material, custom artwork/graphics, greeting cards, model comp cards, graduation announcements, book covers, photo alterations/touch-ups: Cost varies, depending on project size and quantity. Contact me for a quote.
—Promotional videos: Cost depends on length of video. Contact me for a quote.
—Websites: A simple one or two page website such as a personal “About Me” or other informational website could cost $200 to $300, whereas a business website with e-commerce and member login could cost $1,200 and up. Animations, responsive web design, custom logos and graphics, etc., are all taken into consideration when composing a quote.
—Website maintenance: Updates to your website are performed on an as-needed basis, at your request. Most routine maintenance tasks such as updating photos and text normally take less than one hour. However, changing the layout of the website takes longer.
—Domain name registration: If you have not registered your domain name, I can do it for you. The cost of registering your domain name typically costs around $9.99 per year for a .com website. You can register a domain name for a year or more. You need to make sure that you renew your domain name before the expiry date otherwise you will no longer own that domain name. The domain registrar can then sell it to someone else. If you lose your domain name you can lose your whole online identity. So it’s a good idea to register your domain for multiple years.
—Web hosting: I'll recommend a reputable web hosting company based on your website needs. Hosting companies charge as little as $6.00 per month (for basic websites), and up to $26.00+ per month for large websites that require extra storage for e-commerce and/or storing customer information.
NOTE: If I underestimate the project and it takes longer than what was originally quoted, be assured that you will NOT be charged for additional hours, unless it’s an additional item that you request outside the project scope that was not included in the original quote.
25% DISCOUNT ON ANY COMBINATION OF 3 OR MORE ITEMS!
4. DESIGN CONCEPT
I will create up to 3 unique design "concepts" (also known as design mockups or prototypes) for your review, comments, written approval or suggested revisions. Revisions are common in the design process, and the scope of work in the quote includes revisions. There are no additional charges for revisions, except for items added to the project scope that were not agreed upon in the original quote.
COST: A non-refundable payment of 25% down will be required before creating the 3 design concepts.
5. FINAL DESIGN
Once you have chosen one of the design concepts presented to you in Step 4 above, the necessary work will begin to create the final product. Once completed, the final product will be presented to you for review.
COST: Another payment of 50% down will be required before beginning work to transform the design concept into the final product.
6. RELEASE ASSETS & CELEBRATE!
All assets related to the project (code, graphics, photos, fonts used, and any documentation relating to your project) will be handed over to you. This information will be copied to a thumb drive and given to you.
Woo Hoo! Your idea has come to fruition - a time to celebrate!
NOTE: You are responsible for proofing and providing written approval of the final product before assets are released to you. The written approval releases Sunset Fire Designs of any and all liability in the case of missed errors, albeit typing errors, graphical errors, or other errors.
COST: Final payment of 25% prior to releasing final product and assets to you.