I am interested in hiring an outside design service to begin doing all my designs beyond the very basic. In the past I have always done my own designs and have a decent closing rate on designs I get done quickly, but most take me forever to complete. I am looking to move to an outside design service to get a design to the client faster and I feel a full time designer will be able to better meet the client's expectations. For those of you using outside design services I am curious the procedure you follow from when the client first contacts you, to start of install. The following is what the designer I have been speaking with said she does with other companies. Do you, in order... - meet with perspective clients to introduce your company, ensure client has reasonable work and expectations then explain there will be an outside designer - have designer contact client, get deposit for designs - Designer does designs and gives presentation to client, leaving designs with client, giving you copy. Charges client balance for designs. - You contact client with price proposal, make sale, set install date, get work deposit. I would like to come up with some way for my company to own the designs and not the client. This will ensure I remain a part of the process rather than the client getting the designs and requesting quotes from other companies based on the designs. I am considering having the client pay me the design deposit, and balance, then have the designer present to the client, but not turn over the designs. I will pay the designer and have the designer turn designs over to me. Outside designs are something I have never really worked with before so therefore any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks for your assistance.