Upwork vs Hatchwise – which is right for you?

For many businesses, having an in-house design service team isn’t an option, whether that’s due to financial or staff resources. For those businesses, design service companies offer the ideal solution. While Upwork and Hatchwise may seem similar at first glance, Hatchwise is a crowdsourcing design company, whereas Upwork is a design company that lets you choose the freelancers you want to work with. To help you make the best decision for your business, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of each for you below.

Which one should you choose?

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The Design Contest Process

When you work with a design service platform, you are outsourcing your business’s design work, and often this can be done on an unlimited basis with companies. While many different business models can offer this service to you, with a contest-style format, you’ll be able to outsource your design projects to numerous creatives from all over the world with a contest that is anywhere between 48 hours and 10 days! Instead of a recurring charge, there is just one set fee to see multiple design submissions before you award a winning designer to conclude the contest.

Other design service platforms sometimes offer unlimited design, but instead of working with multiple designers, you’ll only be working with one, dedicated creative. 

1. How it Works

2. What You Get

With design service platforms, you never have to wait once you choose a final design. With both Hatchwise and Upwork, you’ll receive the final artwork design files within hours right into your account. By doing this, you can easily have access to the files and the full rights given to you. That means that you can use the design however you’d like or change the design later as your business develops.  

What Hatchwise offers is a simple process with ongoing personalized support throughout the entire contest. This will help you get your contests started and finished in the shortest amount of time. Beyond that, Hatchwise values every customer equally, and they will always strive to give you the best possible experience with every contest. That’s because they will always work to find you the perfect creative design that meets the vision of your business, at a low cost, without any hidden fees. 

3. What It Costs

Hatchwise’s pricing reflects that of a per-project crowdsourcing platform, whereas Upwork’s pricing reflects that of an unlimited design services platform. Since Upwork’s structure is focused on you overseeing the hiring of your talent, their cheapest plan is free. If you want to take some of that work off your plate, you can opt for their monthly plan for $49.99 a month. On top of that, you’ll pay the freelancers you hire directly. For hourly contracts, Upwork will count keystrokes or take random screenshots of your freelancer’s screen, and on fixed-price contracts, you’ll agree on certain milestones and only pay when those are met. Why Upwork can offer a free plan is because they will charge freelancers and agencies a 5-20% service fee depending on the total amount you’ve billed a freelancer. 

With Hatchwise, there are no hidden fees, and the pricing is transparent. Yes, you’re paying, unlike Upwork’s free option, but you’re paying for what most businesses would dream of – a wide array of options, at least 30, for each project and ongoing premium support. Their lowest package, the Bronze package, starts at $89 for a contest, like a basic logo design. Unlike Upwork’s pay model, you’re paying per project, not per month, which can save you in the long run. And with Hatchwise, if you’re willing to pay more, you’ll get more. That means you’ll be guaranteed more entries from more designers (with their most expensive package guaranteeing you over 250 designs). If you ever don’t receive their guaranteed number of submissions, and as a result don’t award a contest winner, Hatchwise will give you a full refund for your contest winner. And with them, no questions will ever be asked, and their money-back guarantee applies to all projects

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The Final Verdict

If you’re someone who likes to have control of all aspects of your business, then Upwork’s model may be best for you. They have a free package but with this, you’ll be doing more work. So, if you are looking to save money, then Upwork would be the best option. With Upwork, you can filter through designers, hire who you want, and receive your final designs. If you are willing to pay a monthly rate, you can have access to a dedicated team member that can help find you the best creative. However, if you don’t have many projects, the monthly rate may not be worth it.

With Hatchwise, you are paying per project and you still have all the control, without the leg work. As soon as you post a project, you’ll receive contest submissions that still give you the power to choose the best design for your business. Hatchwise doesn’t limit how many creatives can work on each of your projects, so you can get more concepts than you anticipated, and all of this comes at no extra charge. Yes, Hatchwise doesn’t have an unlimited model, but their price per project is affordable so you can start as many as you want.

Most of us use design service companies to take the work away, and you can’t do that entirely with Upwork. So, if you are looking for the best way to grow your business without having to spend time interviewing, sourcing, and hiring candidates, then Hatchwise is the best choice for you. And it’s no risk with their money-back guarantee!

I was originally going to use 99designs and your service was recommended to me by a friend who had used your site before so I gave it a shot and it lived up to everything he said. I was connected with 25 original designs and found one that was exactly what I had envisioned! I will be recommending HatchWise to all my friends!
Mary Scott
Los Angles Designs
I was a little apprehensive since my experience with 99designs in the past has been excellent and you're services were much cheaper but I was thrilled with the result.
John Borthwick
Double Dog Dare and Sons
Used 99Designs before and I like your platform better. USer friendly to a guy like me. Chris
Jane Bill
Bill of Fancy
Hatchwise was great to work with! I used 99Designs a few months ago for a different company I own and I am far more satisfied with the options I received with the Hatchwise designers, plus the Hatchwise price was much lower. I'll definitely recommend Hatchwise to anyone I know looking for a logo!
David Anderson
The Educated Professional

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