Retainer Client Status If you are in need of multiple services or would like VIP client status, consider becoming a retainer client. Retainer fee starts at $2000, and gives you better rates on services and faster response time. Many clients choose to put me on retainer when they are involved in a move or the creation of a business. Other clients put me on retainer because they are often signing contracts, traveling, or checking investment opportunities. Retainer fees expire after one year.