The 99designs freelancer toolkit

Freelancer toolkit
Artist. Dreamer. Creative genius. You go by lots of different names, but first and foremost, you’re an amazing designer.

Now get ready to kickstart your freelance career! We’ve put together everything you need to market yourself, build your business, earn more on 99designs and communicate with clients.
Freelancer toolkit
Build your brand
Guide to 99designs profile
Market yourself off-platform

Nothing beats a good first impression. We’ll show you how to create a memorable brand identity that expresses your unique design style.

Get building

A great online portfolio will bring you more work. We’ve developed your 99designs profile page to effectively showcase your best work and introduce you to clients.

Profile yourself

To launch your career, you’ll need to tell the world exactly who you are and what you do. Here’s how to refine your marketing and focus on what matters.

Spread the word

Build your brand
 

Nothing beats a good first impression. We’ll show you how to create a memorable brand identity that expresses your unique design style.

Get building

Guide to 99designs profile
 

A great online portfolio will bring you more work. We’ve developed your 99designs profile page to effectively showcase your best work and introduce you to clients.

Profile yourself

Market yourself off-platform
 

To launch your career, you’ll need to tell the world exactly who you are and what you do. Here’s how to refine your marketing and focus on what matters.

Spread the word

Manage your business
Organize your work
Win more contests

Bookkeeping. Taxes. Juggling clients. Freelancing comes with a lot of challenges—but nothing you can’t overcome.

Start managing

Creativity can be messy. But clear away the unnecessary clutter so you can be efficient, work better, and make your clients super happy.

Cut the clutter

That top prize is up for grabs. And you want it. Learn how to pick the right contests and work better with your clients so you take home the gold.

Start winning

Manage your business
 

Bookkeeping. Taxes. Juggling clients. Freelancing comes with a lot of challenges—but nothing you can’t overcome.

Start managing

Organize your work
 

Creativity can be messy. But clear away the unnecessary clutter so you can be efficient, work better, and make your clients super happy.

Cut the clutter

Win more contests
 

That top prize is up for grabs. And you want it. Learn how to pick the right contests and work better with your clients so you take home the gold.

Start winning

Find follow-up work
Start working 1-to-1
Set fees & expectations

Your project’s done, but you want more work! Here’s how to use the tools at 99designs to create a steady flow of work from your clients.

Get great gigs

Once a contest’s over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Build a hands-on relationship with clients so you get regular paid projects.

Collaborate with clients

Great projects start here. Make sure you and your client are on the same page—about everything—and you’ll both be happy.

Set expectations

Find follow-up work
 

Your project’s done, but you want more work! Here’s how to use the tools at 99designs to create a steady flow of work from your clients.

Get great gigs

Start working 1-to-1
 

Once a contest’s over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Build a hands-on relationship with clients so you get regular paid projects.

Collaborate with clients

Set fees & expectations
 

Great projects start here. Make sure you and your client are on the same page—about everything—and you’ll both be happy.

Set expectations

Improve client communication
Get designer resources
Build your vocabulary

Design is all about collaboration, which means communication is key. Here’s how to navigate negotiations, design feedback and more.

Communicate better

It’s our toolkit within a toolkit! Here’s a bunch of free fonts, templates, graphics, stock photos, brushes and more that you can use in any design.

Stuff you need

Kerning? RGB? Pantone? If you want to play the game, you gotta know the lingo. Learn your design vocabulary so you can be a better designer.

Our design dictionary

Improve client communication
 

Design is all about collaboration, which means communication is key. Here’s how to navigate negotiations, design feedback and more.

Communicate better

Get designer resources
 

It’s our toolkit within a toolkit! Here’s a bunch of free fonts, templates, graphics, stock photos, brushes and more that you can use in any design.

Stuff you need

Build your vocabulary
 

Kerning? RGB? Pantone? If you want to play the game, you gotta know the lingo. Learn your design vocabulary so you can be a better designer.

Our design dictionary