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Retainers : How much and what for?

6:32 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm soon going to be discussing a retainer for managing a site which I have coded and designed, it is likely there will be a good amount of ongoing work however I will not be employed by the company that owns the site and they want me on a retainer.

I've not encountered this before because I have never had such a large hand in the work done on a site of this nature.

So my question is what would be a likely retainer fee and what should be expected of me, to put things in perspective I am UK based and the site is a user generated ad based site for a specific market, like auto-trader or a dating site in functionality. There are currently no other coders involved in the project but this will probably soon change when the next major development gets underway.

I expect to be doing things like administering e-mail accounts, reviewing/analysing stats, making minor adjustments/tweaks to existing pages, monitoring the performance of the site and making development suggestions based on that.

I'm sure a lot of you have a better idea of what can be expected from which I should be able to work out a suitable fee.
6:47 pm on Sept 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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25% of the expected contract total is not out of question.
2nd, it depends on how you are going to bill them. If you are going to bill them monthly, then you can stand to take a little less.
10:32 am on Sept 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes it would be monthly