Graphic designers can make a little extra by selling their designs on various marketplaces. I have listed here all the marketplaces that I have come across. In the end of the post I also added some other extra earning platforms.
To me Envato is the king of all marketplaces. I’m sure you’ve heard of themeforest or graphicriver? They are both part of Envato market among several others such as audiojungle and photodune. If you are an exclusive author, you’ll earn 50% commission and once you have reached $75 000 (!) you will start earning 70% comission. Even so, Envato market has been good to me and they are my nr. 1 choice when selling and buying.
You’ll need to apply to become an author. I wish that CreativeMarket would list how many sales each file got just like Envato does. They take 30% commission.
On Fiverr you’ll offer your services for 5 dollars. Most of the best gigs end up costing you more than $5 due to gig extras. If you can offer a service that doesn’t take too long for you to do, you can earn nice extra income. For you to add gig extras you do need to have certain amount of happy customers. Fiverr takes 20% commission, leaving you with $4 per gig. If you want to get a free gig (worth $5) use this link: https://www.fiverr.com/s2/3a82d3a149
Etsy is a place to sell handmade goods, but you do see people selling printable goods and web design services and even Photoshop actions. The only difference between Etsy and the marketplaces mentioned earlier is that they have a listing fee of $0.20 + 3.5% fee on the sale price. Get your first 40 listings for free and use this link: etsy.me/2aA9ZGq
Another marketplace for you to sell website templates, business cards and logos. You can be an exclusive author and get 50% commission, that will increase as your sales increase. Or you can be an non-exclusive author and be locked on the 50% commission rate. Minimum payment $50 via PayPal as most of the sites. The sales don’t seem to be as great as on Themeforest.com thou. Selling non-exclusively is something to consider so that you can sell the same file on other marketplaces and maximize the sales.
Sell your logo designs. Put your excess logo designs for sale. There is no listing fee. You’ll earn 60% of the price.
Are you good with vectors? Join the team of designers at Freepik.com.
You can sell variety of graphics as well as web templates and photos. You keep 75% of each sale and set your own prices.
Sell your virtual files and offer your services. Quiet marketplace.
You can sell PowerPoints, flyers, business cards etc.
At bootstrapbay.com you can sell WordPress and HTML templates. Non exclusive selling. 55-70% commission. So far very quiet marketplace.
Daily exclusive deals for creative professionals. Limited time offers. Submit your digital goods for sale to boost your sales and get exposure to your product.
Your design on products
Sell your design printed on goods like t-shirts, hoodies, canvas, mugs etc. You make the design, they take care of the selling and shipping and you get your commission.
You get 100% commission! Now how do they make money? By selling frames to the art work and by selling premium membership. They do have a free plan with limited amount of galleries and groups.
Broad variety of products that you can put your design on. You can set up your own shop.
Put your design on t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops and other fabric goods. You can set up your own shop.
Everything from wall art to t-shirts and home decor
Build your portfolio and sell prints
T-shirts, posters, device cases and many more products that you can put your design on. You’ll decide what you’ll earn from each sale
You can open your own store and set your own royalty rate on every product. Plenty of product options.
Sell you illustration and art work to stock sites.
About 70% commission. Sell photography and digital art
Accepts photos, videos and vectors. Commission about 20% to 63%.
Accepts photos, videos and vectors. Commission about 30%.
Accepts photos, illustrations, videos, audio. You can earn up to 45%.
Sell photos and vectors. 52% commission on all sales.
Design contest that you can earn on
These are not really marketplaces, more of contests but thought I’ll list them here as well. If you are a newbie you can test your design skill on these sites.
You can start selling goods immediately with the help of these e-commerce platforms. They are fast and easy to set up.
Place to sell your digital and physical goods safely. 5% + 25¢ per transaction. You can add extra apps for a fee such as PayPal and shopping cart to add multiple products in a single order. By default you can accept credit card payments. Selz let’s you add your store to your Facebook page for free. Easy to set up and they provide extra security measures (fraud prevention) compared if you would sell your items directly with PayPal. Also if you sell digital goods you don’t need to worry about storing your goods on your server.
Place to sell your digital and physical goods. 5% + 25¢ per transaction.
5% per transaction + PayPal fee. Get paid instantly via Stripe, PayPal or Paymill. Facebook & WordPress integration.
The first $50 USD you earn each month is always free of charge. If you earn more, then $9 per month + 3% transaction fee.
Receive microdonation from your fans. PayPal donation alternative.
Set up your own webstore
If you yet haven’t done so, you should set up your own shop to sell goods. These days setting up a webstore is easy. If you run a WordPress site, just get free WooCommerce plugin.
So there are quite a few marketplaces out there, only if there would be more hours in a day to create more products for sale. What is your favorite marketplace? Comment below.