99 Designs brings a selection of designs to your fingertips — and you decide which one you love. You start by filling out a “design brief,” where you describe the concept of your design, whether you’re looking for a professional logo or an entirely new blog design. Assign a level to your design contest, with the understanding that the higher the “prize,” the greater the interest. As your designs roll in, give feedback to try to narrow the focus for 99 Designs’ more than 972,000 designers. At the end of the 7-day contest, you should have a design you love, with a copyright agreement for your usage.
Elance brings together content creators and employers. Bloggers will find Elance helpful in two capacities — whether you’re looking to add more freelance work to your design portfolio or need help with your own site, Elance has you covered. Searching for and posting jobs is free — though you can promote your listing for a small daily fee. Writers, web designers, legal professionals and office administrators all use Elance, so why don’t you?
ODesk has a network of high-quality freelancers ready to get to work for you. Any work that can be done on a computer can be sourced through ODesk. ODesk freelancers are interested in large and small projects, one-time assignments and long-term projects. Freelancers on ODesk highlight their qualifications and communication skills in their profile, so you have a good idea of the type of person you’ll be interviewing for your project. Bloggers can’t always run their blogs on their own, so turn to ODesk for one-time projects, like logo design, or ongoing needs, like technical support.
Design Pickle takes care of your day-to-day graphic design needs so you can concentrate on running your business or your blog — or both. Get unlimited graphic design help for a flat monthly rate that includes unlimited revisions and next day business delivery. Design Pickle would love to design your business cards and banner ads, PowerPoint presentations and business brochures. You can cancel your membership at any time, so if you only need them for a month to get your business off the ground, only pay for a month — though you probably won’t want to let them go!
EasyOutsource connects international employers with Filipino workers. As small business owners see their businesses grow, the amount of work that needs to be done begins to outgrow the number of hours in the day. Employers sign up for free, search job seekers, communicate online and pay through a secure system. When you’re working with a team you can trust, you’ll find more hours in your day.