The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

SMB Survey: How marketing savvy are you on tax day?

Last year, the IRS handed out more than 110 million tax refunds with an average payout of $2,803. With tax day rapidly approaching, we wondered if small business owners had marketing on the brain. Were they writing off marketing expenses? Were they happy with how they’d spent their marketing dollars in 2013? What worked best, and... Read More

April 14th By

Inside 99designs: How to best prepare for a graphic design contest

The more effort you put into anything in life, the better the results tend to be. Running a graphic design contest on 99designs is no different. When running a design contest you’re essentially taking on the role of Creative Director, so it’s important to be prepared to offer the direction and guidance your designers will... Read More

April 10th By

Security Update from 99designs: The Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed logo – a design 99designs intends never to see again! (Courtesy of heartbleed.com) As you may be aware from the widespread media reports on the issue (including this article in The New York Times), a serious internet bug dubbed “Heartbleed” was identified yesterday by security researchers. Reports indicate that two-thirds of all websites... Read More

April 8th By

How to collaborate with a designer on 1-to-1 projects

One of the best outcomes of running a contest is finding an awesome designer who you’ll be able to turn to for all of your future projects. We just so happen to have a 1-to-1 projects platform to help you collaborate in just this manner. The results tend to be glorious – especially if you... Read More

April 7th By

Top 5 unusual logos, placements, or promos

Design in advertising is a big tent that embraces a wide range of looks, campaigns, and approaches — from the conservative to the bizarre. Catching and holding a viewer’s interest involves not only the creation of a memorable, eye-grabbing design, but also the timing and context in which viewers will be most receptive to its... Read More

April 4th By

Create a simple marketing plan in 6 steps

“Plan” is a daunting word. Those four little letters are brimming with process, commitment and responsibility. It’s no wonder, then, that many small businesses go without a plan when it comes to marketing. You may think creating a marketing plan is one of those tasks best left to the pros, and you simply don’t have... Read More

April 3rd By

The behind-the-scenes story of Swiftly’s sticker

In a recent bit of cross-company synergy, Swiftly partnered with the 99designs community to design a promotional sticker. While there could only be one winner, we saw so many amazing concepts that we just had to share. Here’s a quick recap. First things first: the brief We wanted a sticker that we could proudly display... Read More

April 1st By

Redefining disability with YoorallaTEE 2014

Here at 99designs we’re extremely passionate about making a difference in the world. Our 99nonprofits program is one of our favorite initiatives and we’re thrilled to be a part of the YoorallaTEE design contest for the second year in a row. Yooralla is one of Australia’s largest and most proactive organizations working to support people... Read More

March 31st By

Struggling with time management? There’s an app for that.

Until someone invents a 30-hour day, busy professionals will be faced with the challenges of managing their time to maximize their productivity. Fortunately, there are several useful time management apps that have taken up the battle for you. The trick is finding the one that best suits your needs. Here we’ll take a look at... Read More

March 28th By

Fool your friends with Swiftly

Today, Swiftly announced that it will now only be a service for cat GIFs. APRIL FOOL’S! While we love cat GIFs, we will save them for the enthusiasts and stay focused on delivering you quick design tasks. Jokes aside, April Fool’s Day is almost upon us and we think this is one awesome holiday! What... Read More

March 26th By