Have you ever looked through the portfolio of one of your idols and experienced a combination of awe… and imposter syndrome?
If you’re freelancing, looking for a job, or just trying to build up your expertise in an industry, putting a great portfolio on the Internet is key. Word of mouth is a great tool for getting your name out there, but a building a freelance portfolio website will make you stand out in a potential client or employer’s mind.
But if you’re new to your field and it feels like it will take years to build up a collection of work you’re proud of, then one of those beautiful portfolios might seem way out of reach.
So what can you do if you’re caught in a catch-22 where you can’t get more clients without a portfolio to share, and you can’t stock your portfolio without more clients??
Well, you can take a deep breath for starters. Even if you only have a few projects under your belt, YOU can create one of those envy-inducing, client-bating portfolios.
Here are a few strategies for building a freelance portfolio you’re proud to show off:
The freelance landscape is growing at a rapid rate lately, with over 53 million Americans now identifying as freelancers. That's one-third of the American workforce!
With so many people choosing to live the freelance life – whether as full-time self-employed entrepreneurs, contract workers, or side-hustlers – the are big changes happening in the way we work.
Luckily, with a growing number of people making the leap to the freelance life there comes a growing number of tools and tech resources for freelancers available.
Software companies and startups are answering the call to help make running a freelance business easier than ever before. From tracking your time, to automating your marketing, to streamlining your contracts, there are tools out there to save freelancers loads of time on managing the day-to-day.