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Artist Tips | Get a Large Exposure And Stable Income Selling Your Icons On FLATICON

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Flaticon is the largest database of free customizable icons in the world with millions of icons in all formats for all kinds of projects for personal and commercial use: Presentations, apps, websites, catalogs, infographics, etc.

1. Factsheet

Company typeFor profit
HQ locationMálaga, Spain
Founded date2013


This is one of the Europe’s fastest-growing start-ups.

3,486,500+ Free vector icons in SVG, PSD, PNG, EPS format or as ICON FONT. Thousands of free icons in the largest database of free vector icons!

The Freepik Company was launched in 2010 and since then continued growing with:

  • Flaticon: The largest database of free customizable icons in the world.

  • Slidesgo: An extensive catalog of free Google Slides themes and PowerPoint templates, and

  • Piktab: The new-tab Chrome extension.

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2. How to make cash

How it works

The offer: Flaticon offers a wide catalogue of free icons.

The process: Theses icons are submitted by Designers and downloaded by users in return for a subscription.

The cash: A percentage of the subscription goes to the Designers as royalities for the resources downloaded by users.

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How do YOU make cash

Become a contributor

To become a contributor, you need to get published at least one pack with a minimum of 20 icons.

Besides, you have to generate a minimum of $100 USD to get paid.

Will my files be available for free?

All the files uploaded as a contributor will be available only for subscribers, meaning that they will be added to the premium category and will not be available for free.

But… why does Flaticon distribute some files for free?

Flaticon has plenty of qualified graphic designers who are creating exclusive content on a daily basis. 

Those resources are added to Free Section category and available to be downloaded for free by crediting the icon to the author. 

In order to avoid this credential and access to the contributor content, users must become premium subscribers.

How can I upload icons?

To upload icons to the panel, go to the Upload section on the left of your dashboard. 

There you will find some specifications related to the upload process.  

You can upload your packs to the panel in two different ways.

Way 1: One of them is by dragging & dropping multiple files or a ZIP file in the gray area.

Way 2: Another option is to click on Browse and select the files you want to upload. In this case, you can also select multiple files or a ZIP file.

You will find a step-by-step explanation of how to upload files on your dashboard.

3. Admission process

The admission process is pretty simple.

Follow the steps…

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4. Expected income

How much money will I get for my resources? 

The contributor model is based in the earnings accumulated from the number of downloads of your resources published at Freepik.

The more your icons you download, the more you earn.

But there is not a fixed price for the download of an image.

This is how your earnings from downloads will be calculated.

At the end of each day:

  1. Flaticon will calculate the total amount of subscription fees and the “per diem” subscription amount.

  2. Then they will calculate the total number of downloads.

  3. The total daily subscription average will be divided by the number of downloads to calculate the “per file” price for that day.

  4. That number will be multiplied by 0.5 to calculate the 50% rate.

Let’s try again…

Flaticon Fees explained

For futher information, I would recommend to go check the FAQ Flaticon

What is RPI and what does it stand for? 

RPI stands for “Return per icon” and this basically is calculated to know what earnings your overall portfolio is making for every icon uploaded.

The higher the RPI the better it is.

RPI fluctuates depending on various factors such as: number of downloads your icon get, acceptance rate and uploading frequency.

When do I get paid?

The payments are made between the 10th-15th of each month

The first payment will be made within 2 months from the moment you accumulate the minimum required.  

The minimum payment for all Paypal users is $100 USD (only Payoneer users have a minimum payment of $50 USD). 

After that, the remaining payments will be done skipping a month but all months will be paid.

For example: In September Flaticon would pay the earnings corresponding to July, in October they would pay the earnings corresponding to August…

5. Feedback

With over 12 million monthly visits and 7 million users, you get almost instant exposure and stable income from your vector icons.

Needless to say that you directly get access to a large audience.

You can work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to the Internet. 

Take your time and work when you’re most productive.

Why not becoming a contributor then?

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