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