What are you willing to create for $599?

What's the big idea?

599Work is a project where freelance creative workers create a menu of jobs they would do for $599 (to avoid the 1099 tax return). It’s a way for freelancers to fill up their schedule and find new clients, and for businesses to try out new talent.
Through matching creative talent with new clients, 599Work is a system legitimizing the smallest of creative work projects.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

Behance. It’s an exploration into a creative professional’s portfolio.  Pricing definition is scarce and one will need to start from scratch when contacting the creative professional. The scope of available work projects is not defined. This is an online White Pages.

How are you different from that player?

At the price negotiation is removed and the project scope is simple in nature. 599Work does not encourage a nebulous matching process between creatives and clients as Behance does.

How's the world different with your idea in it?

This is about providing a place of connection for projects that deserve an artist even when an artist may be hard to hire. Small non-profits and businesses can now hire a professional for a project they need completed without the same affordability concerns.

There have been 8 replies to this page

  1. Timothy Schaaf

    I think this is a fantastic idea. It might not be the perfect price point across a broad spectrum but the simplicity makes sense. I know too many talented people that could be a lot more productive if they had a better mechanism to take some measured risks. More exposure to more talent can only lead to good things.

  2. Tory Klaubo Patrick

    This is brilliant!! I’ve seen similar crowdsourcing-type sites like this, but I really like the concept here.

  3. Amber Brandt

    Good for you… Now where can I dig up some work? :)

  4. Jonathan Bell


    Hi Amber, just now seeing this, sorry!  Head over to to see the prototype that’s currently being tested. If you’re a Creative Pro, sign up!
    If you’re looking to hire someone, please send us an email (per instructions on the site) and we’ll get you squared away and get your job done for $599.

  5. Kimberley Markoff Rodas-Mendez

    This is brilliant!  As someone who has unlimited access to these resources in a professional environment (in-house), I struggle to find talent at a price point I can afford when I want to work on my own side project ideas—and often it stops me from doing so.  I *will* be using this service!

  6. Jonathan Bell


    The second installment of is now live. Please take a minute and check it out!

  7. Matt Saul

    Good site.  Have you heard of which is the same idea but for $5

  8. Cecil Garren

    What services do you perform. I would like some samples and examples.
    Serious Beach Man

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This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on April 25, 2012.