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99designs Review – Design Contests

How much can you earn from design contests on 99designs?

  • Nina Ninety-Nine

  • Design Contest Participant at 99designs
  • $271 average per contest won

How does Nina make money online?

Nina doesn’t really exist. She’s our avatar to represent a typical person participating in Design Contests at 99designs.

99designs is a marketplace for design services. The site connects graphic designers and clients.

There are two ways designers like Nina can earn money via 99designs:

For the purposes of this article, we’re focusing only on Design Contests.

To earn money via a Design Contest, Nina would pick one of the many contests running on the site at any given time, read the requirements, and submit her design.

Here’s an example of two 99designs design contests:

If the client likes Nina’s design the best, she would be named the winner of the contest and awarded the prize money.

How much money does Nina make?

We looked at 540 recently finished contests on 99designs and found that the average prize money was $271 per contest.

However, the average number of entries per contest was 103, so it seems there’s a lot of competition and it’s quite hard to win any particular contest.

As such, if you’re going to use 99designs and want to maximize your earnings, it’s probably a better use of your time to pitch for 1-to-1 Projects.

Entering design contests might be a good idea if you want to gain some experience and build a portfolio that you can later use to improve your 1-to-1 pitches.

Worth noting as well that such contests are considered “spec work” and are controversial.

How did Nina get started?

She would have signed up to 99designs here and gone through their application process before entering contests.

What type of online business does Nina have?

According to our framework Nina would have a Contests business, which would be considered a Level 1 online business.

Other ways to make money online

There are many other ways to make money online, to work from home or anywhere in the world.

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