ARE YOU A DESIGNER SEARCHING FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?

I think one of the hardest things as a new designer is to break into the industry and it is by no means an easy task to land a job after getting out of college. Throughout history there have been so many talented starving and struggling artist which has not changed now a days. For someone who no matter how much they tried and put themselves out there could not land the job of their dreams they might find themselves looking for some freelance graphic design jobs. Even for a designer looking to earn extra income freelance work at home might be just what you need and could also add to your portfolio which in return will help a infant designer gain the experience they require to look more appealing to design firms. Now I did a post on “UNUSED LOGOS,TOP FIVE PLACES TO SELL LOGO DESIGNS” which is a great way to earn some extra income while adding to your portfolio but I believe it is now time to talk about what freelance sites such as Freelancer.com┬ácan help your find your next design project.

FREELANCER.COM

Freelancer LogoFreelancer which most know to be previously know as Get A Freelancer change there name some time ago and this was a great move my the company because it makes the name more memorable as well as add some simplicity. Freelancer.com is the largest freelancing and crowd sourcing marketplace worldwide. The website connects 24,600,585(growing) clients and freelancers globally from 247 countries. Freelancer has plenty of categories that can not only find graphic design freelancers projects but it all caters to web designers, photographer, writers, video production, business, programmers and so much more.

The freelance website offers several ways to find work which are browsing projects directly related to your skills, browse all projects, browse by categories, browse local projects and browse contests. The Client looking for freelancers has just as many options such as post your project to a world of freelancer graphic designers and choose the one you believe gets your vision. However if your are looking for a quick turn around with many different mock-ups from several professionals you have the option to post a contest where you can compare all designs before choose one that conveys your message. Overall Freelancer.com is one of the best place to look for freelance work and for clients to out source projects.

UP WORK

Up Work LogoUp work just like freelancer was know by another name which was Odesk and this platform definitely benefited from changing their identity. The freelance website has over 1.5 million clients and offers projects for all type of freelance professionals. Whether your looking for short or long-term projects Up Work has options for you. The website also let’s your set-up hourly or paid per projects with expert or entry level options.

 

TOPTAL

Toptal Logo

Now what sets Toptal aside from other freelance website is for professional talented freelancers so it elimates the flood of poor design and the chance that a client will choose a design that doesn’t properly capture what their business has to offer. The Toptal service has a screening process that if passed proves your are worthy to work on clients projects and are skilled enough to give the client an effective design or professionally complete project that helps them excel in their market. If you think your have what it takes and want to work with companies such has Hp then head over to Toptal to apply. Good Luck!

99 DESIGNS

99 Designs Logo

99 Designs is a freelance site that focuses on contest driven projects letting clients submit a brief and freelancer designers upload mock up entry designs to compete against other designers to win the prize.  This is definitely a platform where the market will get flooded with poor design and most of the time a client will pick that design over the other effective designs in the contest. Over all the times I have used this service I have seen overused and abused logo design. However there has been a time or two where you just might be chosen the winning of a project and make a little bit of extra money to help with bills.

Other Freelance Websites

The freelancer websites above are some of the site I have used the most in the past but there are plenty of other sites that you can give a try and they are all worth giving a try.

  • GURU
  • People Per Hour
  • Freelance Writing Gigs
  • Demand Media
  • College Recruiter
  • Get A Coder
  • iFreelance
  • Project4hire
  • Simply Hired

Final Thoughts

These are just a few freelance services on the internet that can help a freelancer jump start their freelance business or just make a little bit of extra income on the side.If your a designer just starting out and looking to jump start your career I would take a look at some of the above freelance sites but get in some experience before you give Toptal a try because as I said there is a screening process where there isn’t really with the others. My suggestion is as always build a great portfolio, get yourself out there and prove yourself.

If you have any question or need a little guidance while signing up and bidding on projects on any other the freelancer websites above please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments down below or join one of my social media pages. Thanks you for reading and I hope this article has helped shed some light on searching for your next project.

2 Comments

  1. Daniel Gurtner

    July 9, 2017

    This is definitely one of the best articles I’ve seen about how to get started as a freelance designer. Personally, I can highly recommend UpWork myself; I’ve done work through them for about a dozen clients. The only downside with these types of portals is that they take out quite a bug chunk out of your earnings… it kind of reminds me of Uber or Lyft. And there’s a lot more clients on there that just want something cheap, which makes it hard for Americans to compete price wise. But it’s a great way to build your portfolio. And I’ve found that when I charge more per hour, I get fewer potential clients, but the ones I do get are more serious and offer higher quality opportunities.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      July 9, 2017

      I have to agree with there being many clients on there that wanting something for far to cheap… I have had many clients want to pay pennies for a logo design but then request revision after revision costing far to much time for little gain and that bad for the freelancer.

      It definitely has to be worth the time and money for the freelancer as much as it is for the client!

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