Fancy corporate logos, appealing posters, colorful magazines, and uber-cool videos – this engaging material is the product of the passion of graphic designers. This “art” makes the business world and the Internet beautiful and interesting. Internet rewards talented graphic designers with hundreds of opportunities of work from the comfort of their own homes, pursue their passion, live their dream, all the while making a healthy sum of money.Hundreds of websites offer work opportunities for such individuals. They are marketplaces where creative artifacts produced by creative folks for use by individuals and businesses.
Here is an overview of the top 9 websites to grab work-from-home opportunities. Go-ahead designers, read on!
Behance is a platform to offer and discover creative content. Owned and maintained by Adobe, this website has a rich portfolio – posters, logos, branding material, photography, illustrations, video, motion artefacts, fashion, advertising, UI/UX, among many others. Designers can extract the full potential of Adobe using its rich integrated suite –Photoshop, Light room, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, PremierPro and many more. Right on the home page, one can browse to the jobs page and look for what interests them most.
International recognition and fame is not too far. There are global events and showcases where individuals from around the world get to see an individual’s work.
99Designs.com is huge. Clocking over USD 50M in annual revenue, theAustralian based platform has a lot to offer. It offers creators two ways to work and earn:
- Direct – The designers and clients are engaged directly in a one-on-one fashion. The website matches the requirements of the clients to that of the skills offered by the designer
- Creative Community –The client submits a project and invites 99design’s creative community to participate in the project. Designers can submit their content which is then taken forward per the client’s choice
99Designs has categorized content into various buckets like “Logo & Identity”, “Video & Photography”, “Packaging and Label”, etc., and each category subdivided further with an indicative pricing for these subcategories.
Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk)
The largest freelancing platform in the world, Upwork has over 1 billion in listed projects. It boasts of having worked for the likes of Microsoft, GE and Airbnb. Apart from design, Upwork has Software, IT and Networks, Data Science, Engineering, Marketing and Sales as the major categories. Designers are required to sign-up, enter their skills, and start searching from amongst the thousands of available jobs like logo design, website design, marketing and branding, etc.
Graphic designers can find a huge volume of work on Freelancer. Similar to Upwork, this also has a wide range of jobs available.Getting started is a breeze. All one needs to do is create a profile by mentioning the basic details, payment options and skills.
Projects are matched based on skills. Individuals can bid after selecting the project of their choice. Freelancers can see the number of projects completed by the hiring entity. Other information like reviews, payment history and nationality is available for finer selection.
People Per Hour
Featured on Forbes and BBC, People Per Hour is a generic freelancing platform. Designers will have their creative juices flowing when they learn that it has paid over 106M pounds to freelancers. Tempting, isn’t it? Maya 3D is the top work category followed closely by Brochure and Leaflet on the third. Banner design and Vintage Logo Design are not far either with spaces reserved for them in the top ten.
Be the creative guru in your community. They have a registered base of 275,000 creative gurus. Collaborating and getting work is not a problem at all. The design and art page has a feature of individuals earning upwards of USD 50,000 per annul and designer firms earning upwards of USD 1 million. Both fixed-price and hourly contracts are welcome. Like-minded creative individuals can apply together for Guru Enterprise, which is their platform to manage a large group of freelancers.Other filters include location specific and time zone specific jobs.
Toptal boasts a collaboration between the top 3% of all freelancers in the world. Founded in 2009, this is a recent Silicon Valley company. Once again, a generic freelancing platform, this is of great appeal to content creators. Their network of designers includes Creative Directors, Logo Designers, UI UX Designers, Freelance Designers, Mobile-App Designers, Graphic Designers, Product Designers, Illustrators, and other creative individuals working in the Web / UI space.
Toptal’s a recent player in the design segment having a presence since 2015. Their focus is being on the “top” so expect a screening process once you register with them. Having served elites of the like of Apple, HP Enterprise, Zendesk and Shopify, their focus on quality seems reasonable.
Enough talk about generic freelancing. Meet Design Hill – World’s #1 design website, in their own words. They work in the design niche across categories like Flyers, Brochures, Posters, PPTs, Leaflets, Signage and other business artefacts. Businesses can choose their category of interest. Indicative pricing is available right on the page for quick reference. For the creative folks, they offer multiple routes to getting started – Design Contests, Graphic Design Services, One-to-One Design Projects and Ready made Logo Store.
High five game developers. Fiverr is looking for you. They employ freelancers to create game characters, landscapes, videos and other playable material apart from the routine business stuff like flyers, cards and websites. Let’s read what differentiates them from others. They have studios. It offers package solutions for niches like marketing campaigns, brand identity development, full service website development among many others. Their design studio offers funding too. Yes, you read that right.
Fiverr offers a PRO pack where customers can engage with the crème-de-la-crème. If stellar quality is how you differentiate yourself from your peers, Fiverr is necessary. PRO pack offerings command a very high premium when compared to the routine offerings. Naturally, your talent should be recognized and paid for.