Envato Studio Review

Posted on August 22, 2017

Envato Studio started out in 2013 as a company called Microlancer and they offered freelance work based on small graphic and web design work and programming and web development jobs. Initially they had a price list so you knew how much you were paying for a job as you shopped for the freelancer that suited your needs.

Like all good businesses that have a great idea, the concept grew as did the number of freelancers along with the number of customers. After just 12 months the name was changed to Envato Studio. The main office is located in Melbourne, Australia, and the company has built up an enviable list of designers, developers and digital talent who make themselves available to work on clients’ projects as requested. There is an Envato Network that encompasses training as well as hiring and they say that there are over 7,000,000 creative designers from which you can choose and they cover all fields of digital design.

Sites that are part of their online presence include ThemeForest.net who specialise in website templates, and Tutsplus.com which provides people wanting a career in graphic design with online courses, some of which are free. This is all part of the Envato Network. But there’s more. Audiojungle, videohive, 3docean, photodune, codecanyon and graphicriver all form parts of the Envato Market site.

How to get started on Envato Studio as a freelancer

Becoming a freelancer on Envato is a little more difficult than filling in a registration form, putting up a profile, adding some portfolios and waiting for work to come in. Envato states that they recruit talent and hand pick their design workers. If you would like to register your interest in offering services they have various forms for different services.

For example, as a graphic designer you will need a personal website or at least a portfolio, and have at least one social media link. If you are working from other freelance sites and whether you use a site to store your portfolio are other pieces of information they require.

The other part of the form asks you in what areas you want to offer your services and then you get to write about yourself as an introduction.

It states quite categorically that the registration form is only an expression of interest and if Envato doesn’t contact you then they either don’t require your services or you might not be as good at design work as you think you are.

Once you are on the books, you wait for a buyer to contact you. You receive an email notification as well as the contact appearing in your ‘Jobs’ section. All the job details are there and you can choose to ‘Accept’ or ‘Reject’ the job. It’s important to remember that your ratio of rejections and acceptances affects your ratings within Envato.

If you accept the job then it’s entered onto your timeline, you can share files with the buyer, updates, then approval.

How to get started on Envato Studio as a client

If you are looking for designers or anything digital to be made for you, then you simply register an account. Things like a tax file number (Australia)as well as your address are required.

Finding a contractor / freelancer is much the same as similar sites offering services. You can look through work in their portfolios, you can contact them and discuss the job, and you can agree a rate. Your payment is made and held by Envato until you are completely satisfied with the work that was done.

There are so many different styles of designers that finding the exact fit, while it may be a long search, will ensure that you find exactly what and who you are looking for. Your job offer can be accepted or rejected.

Fees and additional services

Fees and Services for Freelancers

The normal services offered to freelancers exist - use of the website, registration of the freelancer and providing a communication platform for buyers and service providers. Envato offers a 12-point marketing program for their freelancers as well as providing a few graphics like logos and banners that can be used in advertising services.

Being a freelancer on Envato will cost you 30% of your payment for the job done.

Fees and Services for Clients

After registering on the Envato site, you are free to navigate through all the different types of digital services that can be provided. The cost of getting your job done depends entirely on the negotiations with the freelancer you choose to do the job.

The really big plus for clients registered on this site is your ability to visit all of the Envato market places and either buy or sell digital services on those sites. There are literally millions of products spread over seven additional sites that were mentioned earlier as being part of the Envato Market.

Payment methods

The buyer of the service pays upfront for the job once they are happy with the freelancer and the time it will take to do the work. Final payment will still need the buyer’s final approval after delivery of the project.

Once that approval is given, the payment is transferred to the account of the freelancer after 7 days, and as long as no dispute was raised. 30% of the payment is taken by Envato. If your balance is at or above the minimum of $50, the money will be automatically transferred to you. Withdrawals are done through Paypal, Payoneer and Moneybookers. You get your money on the 7th day of the month.

Pros and Cons for freelancers using Envato Studio


  •  The website is well made and easy to navigate. If you have done your profile properly, you will be easy to find.
  •  The Envato Market makes this whole business a one stop shop, not only for the buyer but for the freelancer who can sell products on a number of websites specialising in digital designs that include audio to website templates.


  •  The 30% platform fee charged by Envato is going to hurt your earnings.
  •  There’s no guarantee you can get on this site without doing some great sales talk in your profile and preparing a killer portfolio.

Pros and Cons for clients using Envato Studio


  •  The site is easy to navigate and has broken up all the digital products into categories and sub categories.
  •  The messaging and overall communication system makes it easy to discuss projects in detail with a freelancer.
  •  The Envato Market is like a buried treasure of opportunity. After having something created you can then go and sell it on any of the other related sites. You can also probably find what you’re looking for on one of the other sites.


  •  There don’t seem to be any obvious negative aspects for a client using Envato. However, not all disputes seem to be resolved quickly if you look at some of their hosted reviews.

The Gig Economy is alive and well and it seems Envato does it better than most. Instead of just having a website that offers freelance services, the company has reached out a lot further into the digital services market place with some innovative ideas when setting up Envato Market. The website looks and feels good, the services being provided have a touch of class, and maybe that’s due to the strategy they have adopted of inviting service providers into their team rather than just allowing anyone and everyone to register. It’s a way to maintain a certain standard.

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