13 Places where Designers and Artists get Extra Income Online

by . August 23rd, 2012

Creative people by nature always seek different opportunities where they can showcase their works. Aside from joining different social networks and building online portfolios, making money by selling works and joining contests online is now a sizzling trend in the design industry especially for new and emerging artists.

Today we showcase some of the most popular places online where you can sell your work, join contests and earn extra income. They can be in custom marketplaces, stock sites, and other alternative avenues online. This list extends to diverse types of creative fields like web design, illustration, photography, logo design, animation and much more. Check out our list below and who knows, one of these might just give you the perfect project collaboration and opportunity you’ve been waiting for.


1. 99Designs

The site is a nice marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design. Find different graphic design contests by clients all over the world and compete with other designers. Contests include designing logos, web pages, t-shirts, business cards and more.


2. CrowdSpring

Submit designs to many clients in need of logos, web designs, stationeries and more. Compete with other designers and be chosen by the satisfied client and get paid for the project.


3. Threadless

This is probably the most popular t-shirt design avenue. Submit designs, join different design challenges, get paid, get your design printed and see your design getting purchased and worn by people across the globe.


4. Freelancer

Meet over 4 million professionals in the freelancing industry by submitting your craft and joining different design projects. Earn extra income by satisfying the needs of the clients.


5. DesignCrowd

Another design marketplace where designers can look for many design projects and compete with designers. Share designs with friends and colleagues, give feedback to the designers and request changes. Get selected by the client and get paid for your awesome design entry.


6. ArtBreak

A nice place for emerging artists mostly traditional illustrators and painters. Aside from showcasing your artworks, you can also sell your pieces commission free. Get the chance to connect with other artists, tons of art buyers and get feedback from professionals in this creative field.


7. PhotoBoxGallery

A nice avenue for photographers to showcase their photos. Sell your photos in your own online gallery. Get unlimited photo storage, set prices and start selling your amazing shots to the rest of the world.


8. MyFonts

More than just a typical online resource of various font styles, the site also allows font foundries or individual designers to sell their own font designs.


9. GL Stock Images

A Stock marketplace for designers, artists and photographers for selling their works at their own prices and licenses. Contributors and artists of course receive fair commissions in all sales and extended licenses.


10. LogoArena

A nice place for logo designers to earn extra income by participating in different logo design contests. Browse from various contests, submit your logo design, get selected and be paid for your service. It’s as easy as that.


11. iStockPhoto

Another Stock marketplace for artists and designers out there. The site lets its members contribute photos, illustrations, videos, flash and logo designs to be sold at reasonable royalty commissions.


12. Aniboom

An awesome place to showcase your animation skills. Just be a member of Aniboom and get the opportunity to browse various jobs and projects posted by different clients. Create and submit your animation entry. Be selected and get paid!


13. CreativeAllies

Creative people get the chance to create designs for popular bands, festivals and films. Winning designs will be part of an official merchandise receiving cash, other prizes and royalties.

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