Earn Big $$$ with Dribbble!

Jacob Olenick
2 min readJan 18, 2022


Here’s a secret to how you can have 1 of 3 things in your design career!

  1. You can have a multiple 6 figure freelance business.
  2. You can land your dream design job.
  3. You could have an amazing full-time job and freelance on the side.

You ask, How can I achieve this?

I’ve earned great money this past year by sorta hacking the algorithm of Dribbble. Well, Kinda. I basically used tools they already had in place that others don’t utilize.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I&#39;ve made over $100k since June of this year alone just by posting my work consistently on <a href=”https://twitter.com/dribbble?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@dribbble</a>. <br><br>Clients found me on Dribbble and reached out. <br><br>It&#39;s really that simple.</p>&mdash; Jacob Olenick | ☕️ (@jacobolenick) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jacobolenick/status/1471684595074715650?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset=”utf-8"></script>

I would post regularly and only post design work I would want to be hired for.

I would then once a month pay to have a shot boosted. (This was the game-changer for my earnings)

Followers on Dribbble aren’t important!

Dribbble isn’t like Twitter or Instagram. On this platform having a bunch of followers isn’t important at all, but creating influence is.

  1. Find your niche and double down.
  2. design quality and quantity

Designing quality and quantity is really important. It’ll help you to receive more likes and views, which pushes your work to people who are hiring for full-time roles or freelance.

Link out to Linkedin!

I’ve noticed personally when I used both Linkedin and Dribbble as sort of one tool recruiters would reach out more and more. I would typically have anywhere from 5–12 messages a day on my Linkedin.

Recruiters would either find me on Linkedin and then view my Dribbble or the other way around.

These jobs were consistently over 6 figures in salary. Some as high as $215,000.

Key Takeaways

  1. Post regularly quality content in your design style
  2. Utilize Linkedin and Dribbble as sort of one tool

Happy designing and crush this week.

Jacob Olenick

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