How much should pitch deck design cost?

How much does it cost to hire a professional pitch deck designer?

Typical prices for professional presentation design, even when hired online, begin at no less than $1,500 for a full presentation in the hands of an experienced pitch deck provider. That said, boutique service providers on the upper end can easily reach $5,000 or $10,000 — some have even paid up to $50K for this. If you’re looking for solely design updates, prices are usually lower — but this somewhat defeats the key benefit of hiring an external resource: to get an outsider’s take on your startup’s story.

Is $1,000 for a pitch deck worth it?

A good pitch deck will be 10–15 slides at least, and 20 slides at most. At that rate, you’d be paying ~$60–100 per slide for a $1,000 pitch deck.

Cheap is not good

Hiring the cheapest consultant will likely hurt your chances more than it helps.

So, is it worth the money?

At the end of the day, your pitch deck is the most important document in defining the destiny of your startup. If you’re pitching venture capital firms and accredited investors, you’ll spend the same if not more money on legal fees for due diligence even before the deal even closes — so why not spend some to ensure you get to that second stage?

Who is the best pitch deck designer for your startup?

At the end of the day, there are only two answers to this question:

Option 1: When the founder is not the best pitch deck designer

As a founder, you are deeply embedded in the day-to-day and near-term goals and getting to the “birds-eye view” can be a mental challenge.

Hiring agencies vs. freelancers for your pitch deck

Often, working with an individual pitch deck exper t rather than an agency can be far more constructive:

Pitch deck agency Launch Module outsources for cheap on Upwork

Why hire an outside professional for your pitch deck?

For most founders, the reason is two-fold:

  1. The birds-eye view: Founders are deeply involved in the day-to-day and near-term building processes. A former Goldman Sachs partner & angel investor once told me: “If you picture your startup as Disneyland, the founder always concentrates on explaining the new ride rather than the whole theme park.”Third-parties are often better at summarizing what you do since they have a low-context, outside perspective.

Option 2: When the founder is the best pitch deck designer

On the other hand, for many early-stage & bootstrapped founders, spending $1,000+ on a pitch deck can be too hefty a sum to afford. In these cases, cheaper options (ie. $x00 gigs on Upwork and Fiverr) can seem enticing, but you should consider deeper:

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