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It's normal for there to be a smaller number of open contests compared to the number of designers on the platform. The number of contests available can vary depending on the time of year, the demand for specific design services, and other factors.
While there may be a limited number of open contests, there are still opportunities for work through 1-to-1 projects. These are direct projects between a client and a designer and can offer a more consistent source of work.
In addition, CAD Crowd offers a variety of services beyond contests, such as design consultations and project management, that can also provide opportunities for work.
The number of orders on the platform can vary, but generally, there are always ongoing projects that need designers. It's important to keep checking the platform regularly and to apply for projects that fit your skills and interests.
I hope this information helps, and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors on CAD Crowd!