The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

Help 99designs donate to relief efforts in the Balkans

Photo from 99designs’ Meetup trip to Serbia  If not for our community of designers in Eastern Europe, 99designs wouldn’t be what it is today. A quick glance at our site reveals just how many talented designers are located in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the surrounding Balkans. In light of what these individuals bring... Read More

May 22nd By

Former 99er weighs in on building a company from the ground up

Our beloved former 99er, Mikey DeWildt, was working on an exciting project when he came across a roadblock — so many customer support emails to answer and so little time to develop his product! After searching for a solution to the never-ending influx of support emails, he found there was no efficient and effective one. Thus,... Read More

May 21st By

Infographic: Is your SMB on the road to mobile success?

Every minute, more and more people around the world are shopping, searching, and conducting business on the go. It’s no surprise then that this year’s National Small Business Week highlighted the theme “Making it big: Small Biz Success in a Mobile World.” But how quickly are small and medium-sized businesses reacting with mobile design, and... Read More

May 16th By

Meet PinchStudio: designer and small business owner

This week, we’re hoping that hundreds of small businesses around the United States will be posting this awesome illustration by PinchStudio in their real or virtual storefronts: PinchStudio’s poster/social media banner illustration for National Small Business Week Most of the folks who run contests on 99designs are small business owners (and many designers are, too),... Read More

May 15th By

Responsive web design – what are we talking about?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about responsive web design as an answer to the challenges of designing for the ever-widening array of mobile communications devices. This year’s theme of National Small Business Week is “Making it big: Small Biz Success in a Mobile World,” underscoring its growing importance. But what exactly are we... Read More

May 12th By

5 great ways to optimize your landing page

Your landing page is your first point of contact with nearly every potential client, whether they’re accessing your site from their laptop, tablet, or mobile device. And while the Information Age prizes many virtues, patience is not among them. That means you have only seconds to make a compelling impression before your visitor finds a... Read More

May 9th By

Let’s celebrate National Small Business Week!

At 99designs, we’re passionate about helping small businesses succeed. So while National Small Business Week 2014 officially starts next Monday (running from May 12 to 16), we thought we’d kick off the festivities a little early with free designs to help you celebrate. We partnered up with 99designer PinchStudio to create this awesome poster for you... Read More

May 7th By

Copyright vs. trademark: what’s the difference?

There’s no getting around it: when entering the arena of design you’ll need to understand intellectual property law. This is so you can protect your company’s brand identity in an age when images circulate freely around the Internet, as well as understanding what you’re signing at the handover stage of a design contest. While this... Read More

May 1st By

How great design can bring your content to life

Killer content and awesome navigability are great assets to any website. But to make that critical connection with site visitors — and to turn the casual guest into the repeat customer — your site needs compelling, eye-grabbing design. When all the elements come together, the results can be beautiful (and profitable too).  Here we’ll take... Read More

April 28th By

Twitter’s redesign: 3 ways to highlight the new you

Ah, don’t you love the ever-changing world of social media? Just when you’ve figured out how you can best represent your company on Facebook, or how to grow your brand on Pinterest, the tidal wave of change hits the Internet and it feels like you have to start all over again. Earlier this month, social... Read More

April 25th By