Key Differences of Retainers vs. Projects

Key Differences of Retainers vs. Projects

Projects

  • Well-defined scope & services

  • Clear, short-term deliverable

  • Shorter timeline (typically less than 6 months)

  • One-time needs (once completed, there is no more work to do)

  • First-come, first-serve

  • Budgetary considerations


Retainers

  • Broad or unclear scope & services

  • Broad range of services

  • Longer timeline (typically 3+ months)

  • Ongoing needs (there is always work to be done)

  • Needs prioritized over projects

  • Budgetary considerations