How To Make Money On 99designs
99designs is one of the world’s biggest online design marketplaces, connecting designers, graphic artists, tattoo artists (yup even tattoos!), and organizations around the world.
So How Does 99designs Work?
99 designs are one of the best options to generate income online if you are the artistic, creative type and know how to use graphic styles and icon modification software like Photoshop.
It starts with a client ordering a design for all kinds of purposes (website logo, branding, packaging, etc). The client then has an option to either hire a designer (1 to 1 projects) or start a contest.
If the client chooses the latter, designers and creators will submit their ideas for the client to consider. The contest will end once the client picks the design of his choice.
How To Start Making Money On 99designs?
The concept is simple. A client opens a contest for a requested design. Artists and designers compete with each other and only one winner gets picked. If you win the contest, you’ll receive the prize money.
Fire up Your Freelance Career
You design. We’ll handle the rest.
Do what you love, and get paid for it on 99designs. Find awesome clients and become a part of our global community of talented designers—all in a safe, secure workspace.
The Design Community You’ve Always Wanted
99designs gives you everything you need to grow your clientele and expand your skills.
Work on what you want, when you want, where you want. All with great projects from reliable clients all over the world.
Push your creative limits by competing in Design Contests with other designers in our community who challenge you.
Your work matters. From Designer Support to regular platform updates, we make sure 99designs is the best place for you to do work.
What kind of work is available?
How much can I earn?
Do you charge fees?
How do you curate designers?
Can I create my own designer profile?
Two Ways to Work
Clients are waiting just for you. And we’ve got multiple options for you to collaborate and get creative.
Start your dream job now. It’s simple.
Bring your A-game. Get verified. Apply to join our global design community today.
Throw yourself into the Contest ring or get matched up 1-to-1 with quality clients that fit your skillset.
Get some serious pineapples! We’ve paid out more than $250 million to our designers to date.
Ready to start freelancing?
99designs was founded by Matt Mickiewicz and Mark Harbottle as a spin-off of Sitepoint, a website started in 1998 as a forum for web developers and designers. Designers on its forums began organizing contests based on fictional client briefs. The founders decided to test charging a fee to post briefs for real projects, eventually creating 99designs as a separate company for the contests.
In 2008, the company opened a San Francisco office, because the majority of the platform’s initial clients and designers were in the United States. It later moved its U.S. headquarters to Oakland, California. By 2012, the site had 175,000 designers in 192 countries. By 2016, it had about one million registered designers. The platform was later redesigned to allow customers to directly search for and hire designers, outside of design competitions.
In 2012, the company acquired a European competitor called 12designer, based in Germany. Its office became the European headquarters of 99designs. In 2013, the company acquired LogoChef, a Brazilian competitor. In 2017, the company relocated back to Melbourne.
The company was acquired in October 2020 by Cimpress