February 28, 2019

As creatives we pretty much all use stock sites or download assets online from places like Graphic Burger or Mock-Up World. So we all also know that there's money to be made selling stuff we create on these sites. 

Creating work to sell online can act as an amazing side hustle! It can act as a source of passive income, which come on...is never a bad thing!  

This format of uploading and selling your work has been around for quite a while now. But more recently we noticed a new site on the block which is shaking up the way creatives can sell their work online! 

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Introducing the 'Folder Market'

A new kind of digital Market place where you can sell well pretty much anything you have created or that can be uploaded to the cloud. 

They have all sorts for sale. From a collection of creative research to a fresh new branding project which was never put to use. 

Founder of the site Ben Pieratt wanted to create a place people could upload digital files in their most honest raw from. Files they may never have considered selling because the work isn't finished. Or it's just a bunch or new ideas that never really went anywhere. 

I guess one mans trash is another mans treasure and this site really relies on that idea.

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 downloadable resource working files
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Examples of resources available for download on the site.


How it works:

It's easy to get started as a seller. You just need to connect your Drop Box account by signing in with your email and password.

Once you have given Folder Market access to your files you are good to select which you want to go ahead and sell. Simple enough right?

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What's great about this site is that you are kind of trading in ideas and concepts. Instead of downloading a final piece of work ready to use you are exploring others thoughts. Or the way that they work.

Personally I always learn loads from looking at the way people set up files, use their layers or create objects/effects.

This site is an interesting way to get access to all sorts of work, working processes and different types of files.

Another bonus is that by uploading or downloading work you're contributing to an online creative community. Anyway you slice it, it benefits creatives. People can have a digital clear out. Upload some work and wait for another creative who finds it useful. 


Overall...

It's safe to say this site is certainly not a reliable source of income. It's very different to creating and uploading work for very professional sites like FreePik and Noun Project. Using these sites can help boost your portfolio, generate revenue and hone your skill set. 

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However Folder Market offers a brand new way to share your work online. A way to trade in ideas with other creatives and there definitely seems to be potential to learn here to.

At the very least it's a very interesting and original idea. I'm excited to see if the site or any similar bargain bucket kind of formats take off. In the meantime I might upload some of my old working files to see what happens!


As a quick side note. If you are interested in wed design you should definitely check out their website...even if you don't want to upload or buy anything. 

The design is simple but perfect for this kind of platform. Colour is used nicely but also subtly and personally I'm a big fan of their logo! 

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About the author 

Emily Melling

Emily Melling studied a degree in Visual Communication, after graduating she became a freelance graphic designer, specialising in Branding & Identity. She enjoys developing working relationships with clients and other creatives who are open to exploring new and innovative ideas.

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