Words play a huge role in promoting a business and giving it a great online presence, however, coupling the right words alongside fantastic visuals can take this promotion to a whole new level and this is why graphic designing is an essential part in the advertising and presentation section of any business.
A graphic designer creates visual concepts with the aid of images through the use of certain computer software in order to captivate or inspire consumers. A good graphic design is a secret to a great business hence why there is a high demand for skilful freelance graphic designers all over the world.
There are lots of sites that offer freelancers job positions whether directly or through sourcing but in order to get a good freelance designer, one should tend to search on platforms dedicated solely to Graphic Designing alone. In this article, we bring you the top 10 websites that can help Nigerian Graphic Designers in making good money from providing their services. This is grouped into two sections, Websites that offer general freelancing jobs and websites solely dedicated to Graphic Designing.
WEBSITES THAT OFFER GENERAL FREELANCING JOBS, GRAPHIC DESIGNING INCLUSIVE
Upwork is also a very good platform for skilful freelancers to monetize their talent whilst working from home. It brings together businesses and independent professionals to connect and work together remotely. Formerly known as oDesk, this platform is very beginner-friendly and one can easily find rewarding projects and get hired relatively fast compared to how it would be normally. The downside about Upwork is that it charges freelancers 20% of their payment until after a while when the relationship with the client goes over the top so the more you earn, the lesser the fee.
Yokebay is another online freelancing platform that offers Nigerians fantastic freelancing jobs of virtually any kind as it boasts 50 different categories of which graphic designing (from creating logos to greeting cards e.t.c) is part. Whether you’re a newbie, or a highly experienced professional, as long as you’re good at what you do, Yokebay is likely to have a job for you. It is really flexible, a potential employee can set up personal price for rendered services. If you are a skilled graphic designer, you should check this out.
Asuqu.com is a formidable platform for Nigerians who want to sell any kind of service. Their services include Graphic designing but also other areas such as Social Marketing and Content Marketing and these at provided at a much more cheaper and unique way than usual. It is very simple to go about and is beginner-friendly whilst the fact that it is based in Nigeria is a huge plus.
There’s no list about online jobs that shouldn’t contain Fiverr in it. Fiverr, as most-likely already known, is a global online marketplace for freelancers including graphic designers to put up their services for clients to pick and freelancers can earn a lot starting from $5 per service. A lot of Nigerians have benefitted from the flexibility and user-friendliness of this website. Fiverr is in 7th because we’ve left the top six places for platforms dedicated to Graphic Designing alone.
Airtasker is another great place where designers could get great jobs.
WEBSITES STRICTLY GRAPHIC DESIGNING
Launched in 2008, CrowdSpring is one of the oldest freelancing website dedicated to Graphic Design. It boasts over 200,000 graphic designers over the world and as a Nigerian if you are competent and highly-skilled in your field you can become one of them and get a very high payment for services rendered. The site works in such a way that clients post their needs and graphic designers are picked to suit those needs and one thing that’s good about CrowdSpring is that it is grouped into over 30 categories.
Codeable is a bit complicated. It is for Nigerians who are based on the US and UK and have exceptionally great skills in graphic designing that niche down to WordPress. It is a very competitive platform and only the highly talented applicants are picked to render services for clients.
Evantostudio is a freelancing website that offers a wide range of services but is basically designed for graphic designing purpose. It is a community of designers and website developers waiting to jump on the requests of clients. On this platform, the client makes a search on what he/she desires and a list of graphic designers are put up for selection, the client just needs to compare prices and other factors and then go on to pick his choice. For a Nigerian graphic designer, as long as you’re skilled, you can be among the leading designers and if lucky, get picked.
Awesomeweb is the strictest of all the websites mentioned here. It’s among the top 3 because it is solely for Advanced Graphic Designers making it easy for young but really good designers to get jobs real quick. Here, all graphic designers are verified and for a Nigerian, if you meet the criteria you can hop on this really good platform. The major advantage of Awesomeweb is that it charges freelancers much less than the 10-20% of payment most websites do and the platform capitalizes on this advantage.
The crowd in their name is basically to announce to clients how rich they are when it comes to the number of graphic designers under their sleeves. This means it’s a very competitive platform for freelance designers as DesignCrowd boast over 600,000 of them. DesignCrowd is a good platform for young designers to create suitable portfolios and announce themselves to the world.
If you are highly skilled in Graphic design and want to make money out of it, 99design is the platform for you. It is the largest platform for freelance graphic designers as it possesses over 1 million from over the world. On this platform, freelancers can partake in graphic design contests and showcase their unique ability thereby winning exciting prizes and getting paid accordingly.
After winning contests, payment is made through PayPal or Payoneer. Getting a good job from here is difficult though as you’ll be competing against the best designers from all over the world, but as long as you have your degree in design, you can build your reputation gradually and if you hit, boom!! That’s that.