6 Popular Freelance Websites For Graphic Designers in 2021
How Designers Can Earn Money By Creating Cover Art, Logos, Social Media Banners, & More
The pandemic has changed the way that we function in the world. From the types of jobs available to the cost of rent, and even our means of communication––people have had to find new ways to navigate their day-to-day, and that includes how they generate revenue. It’s a battle that no one really saw coming. However, changes like these always bring about new and exciting opportunities for those that are paying attention.
Unsurprisingly, freelance websites have started to gain a huge amount of traction for graphic designers in 2020. Online services that help working professionals find jobs without them needing to leave the safety of their own homes are increasing in value and should not be overlooked.
If you’re looking to join online freelancer websites, we advocate that to be the right move. The most productive freelance websites out there give graphic designers the ability to immediately connect with buyers, and it doesn’t take very long to find paying gigs.
There are many freelance sites to consider, but we’ll list out 10 options for you––that expand into many different graphic design services––to help you find the right fit for you.
Dribbble is one of the most popular websites for graphic designers to showcase their work and to find paying jobs. Not only is it a great resource for promotion, but many businesses use Dribbble to connect with graphic designers for any of their creative artistic needs. They are growing exceptionally fast and the company won the Inc. 5000: Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America award in 2016.
Dribbble has a built-in job board for designers to easily access paying jobs and is a perfect option for freelancers that want to make money from home.
Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a digital freelance marketplace that attracts individuals and businesses of all sizes to work together. One of the veteran sites, Upwork has been around since 2015 and was one of the first freelance sites to bring about a “post a job” feature that professionals can use as leads to make sales.
Upwork is a great choice for graphic designers that want to charge by the hour and that have many years of experience under their belt. Lots of businesses connect with designers for large branding jobs and may even put designers on a retainer for future jobs. They offer services for web design, print design, logos, and more.
Fiverr has the first-mover advantage and they are the first freelancing company to become a corporate size. They have a $6.64 billion dollar market cap and their stock is currently a valuable commodity on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Fiverr first became popular by offering extremely low paying jobs hovering around the price of $5.00 (hence the name Fiverr), but that quickly changed as sellers wanted to make more money.
Fiverr is a great choice for graphic designers that want to sell any and all artistic jobs. Including logos, social media branding, business card design, etc. What’s great about Fiverr is that their categories are vast, so pretty much any professional skillet designers like to offer as a job, they can do so.
99designs is an Australian graphic design freelance platform that connects designers from around the world to clients in need of artistic services. They exclusively sell design services to individuals and corporate sized businesses. 99Designs enables businesses of all types to easily create logos, merchandise, book covers, website design, and more. However, their selling model is a little different as they focus on the “contest” element rather than freelancers having more control over each job.
There is a bit of controversy in the contest model, or crowdsourcing system, as it forces people to work without a guarantee to get paid. But, it can be a very lucrative website for graphic designers that are okay with this system.
- Melody Nest
A relatively new company, Melody Nest functions specifically in the music industry and connects freelancers of all types to musicians, music producers, and DJs that are in need of specific music-related services. Melody Nest has categories for graphic designers to sell cover art, logos, and more to ambitious artists looking to make a career for themselves. Also, if you want to sell a professional service they do not offer, you can always reach out to their customer service chat-box and ask them to make a category for you!
Working in the music industry has become very popular as musicians need graphic design services more than ever. Melody Nest is currently growing quickly, so now is a great time to join as competition from sellers is not too severe!
Toptal is an online freelancer website that specializes in connecting businesses with professional software engineers, graphic designers, and business consultants. Toptal is known for its rigorous screening process and they only hire those that they believe are the very best.
For graphic designers with decades of experience, Toptal is a great way to earn extra revenue. However, their onboarding process is very selective, so many are not accepted to become sellers. For designers that are rejected the first time they apply, don’t be discouraged! Keep practicing and try again down the line.
In the past 10 years, these companies have been able to generate an amazing amount of revenue for both part-time and full-time workers. All six of the listed freelance companies enable people to work from home and to set their own schedules without the need of trying to find clients all on their own. During times like these, working online has become the norm and will continue this way into the future.
Digital marketplaces spend their hours looking to find freelancers clients, and anyone that puts in a little effort to create an attractive profile can generate a substantial amount of money. However, patience is key for any new seller as sales usually don’t come in overnight! But, with the right amount of care talking with potential clients, anyone can get started selling!
About the author: My name is Nicholas and I am an electronic music producer and graphic designer. I have worked professionally in the music industry for nearly 10 years and have been a part of multiple music industry startups. I love writing about all facets of the industry!
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