How to Create a Winning Freelancer Profile/Portfolio Even with Zero Client

work online for freeIf you had read my previous post, then you’re probably lost now in creating your profile. A freelancer’s profile is much the same with some of your social media’s personal pages.

Freelancer Portfolio/Profile sample

Don’t tell me you don’t have a facebook account. Having experienced filling your personal info – making a freelancer profile will be a little bit less difficult. Unlike your facebook and twitter pages, a portfolio needs to have a more professional tone. This is where you introduced yourself not just another mediocre individual looking for work but rather a serious and determined one. Keep in mind that what and how you put your information will differentiate you from other new freelancers. Samples on page 2.

All of us begin with nothing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a chance compared to some. I will enumerate some steps in creating a potential freelancer portfolio/profile to help you land your first job and client on any freelance marketplace online.

So how do you Create a Profile with No Previous Clients?

1. Be Simple and Professional but add a Personal Touch
Freelancing is about “selling” yourself to the clients. It’s about getting the benefits of hiring you. When client’s look at your profile, they will ask, who you are and if you’re worth hiring. This in mind, lists the best skills and talent you accumulated and learned from the past. It can be from school/college, summer job or a previous employer. What you put should be related to work experience.

Don’t overdo your introduction; include only the significant skills that you are competitive with. Make the statement clear and direct. Do it more of a teaser and create a link to your dedicated freelancer page (which we’ll discuss in step 3). Do this all without being too robotic – give it something that is you – a more personal tone.

2. Less is More

Sometimes having 3-5 excellent, high-quality samples is enough that putting up 20-30 uninteresting item. When crafting your freelance profile/portfolio be sure to present your best samples. If you’re worrying that you don’t have one, scan some old college file. Rummage through the files, you might be surprise what you will find. It could be an old report done in excel or an article from your favorite subject.

Don’t duplicate many samples in one category or field. For admin jobs, include reports done in spreadsheet, a word document and from a powerpoint. For article writing, play with topics from your favorites, technology and current events. Show the client the extent of your abilities.

If you’re aspiring to be a freelance writer, or SEO content writer. Show 1-3 samples below with varying topics:

  • Blog Post
  • Website Page/Content
  • Sales Pages
  • Product Description

Most online freelancing jobsite includes a profile page. You can upload you best samples there. However, don’t put everything in. Introduce a sample and create a link directing to your own online freelancer profile.

3. Dedicated Online Profile/Portfolio

Aside from your freelancer page on online jobsites, create a more detailed page. You can do this for free with any blogging tools. You can use blogger, wordpress and for some they use linkedIn. On the jobsite, create a simple statement or introduction on what your portfolio sample is about. Give them a complete access via a link to your blog or page. This way, you can avoid having too much unpleasant clutter on your jobsite freelance profile but still provides further elaboration.

To construct an outstanding freelance profile/portfolio put your best skills on top. To give range to potential clients, you can include some skills that you might not master but had a chance to use.

4. First Impression Matters
No matter how pretty you look from a picture during a friend’s party or a girl’s night out, never, I mean never, ever put it up as your profile image. Choose an image that shouts “I’m Professional!”rather than “I’m still Partying!”

In the next page, I’ve included some samples that I think can help build your profile. Getting the hype to work online for free as a freelancer? Good luck!

What do you think? Do you have other tips that can help our starting freelancer friends? Would love to hear from you.

Recommended Read: The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms

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