How to Make a  Freelance Portfolio From Scratch

How to Make a Freelance Portfolio From Scratch

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I often receive a lot of messages on how can you land gigs if you don’t have a portfolio? 

And how can you possibly make a freelance portfolio from scratch knowing that you’ve never landed gigs? 

All in all, to work, you need some experience and to have that experience you need to work! 

That is the exact equation in freelance!

But what if I tell you that you can make a portfolio from scratch even if you’ve never had a job before?

I mean when landing a job you must know what you want to do, or at least be good at it. Isn’t that right? 

If you’re a writer you must like writing.

if you like designing hen you must know a little bit about it… And so on!

Let me tell you a secret…

When looking for a freelancer, clients usually don’t care how experienced we are.

They just want someone that is good at what they do. 

In order to ensure that they’re good, they’ll usually ask about how many jobs/years you’ve been working.

They’re only curious about what you can do to them & how will you help them achieve what they want! 

On another note, when pitching for jobs, remember that you’re not the only person sending them a proposal! 

So make sure to only use examples on your portfolio that are relevant to what the job asks for. 

This way you’ll be able to convince the client faster, and not waste their time with examples they don’t care about.  

Get my freebies here! 🙂

How to Make a Freelance Portfolio From Scratch in 2020?

When I was just a beginner, I had no portfolio and no experience. 

NADA! Zilch! Zero! 

But did you know what I did? 

I created a portfolio from scratch with no experience at all!!

I was passionate about writing and wanted to land writing gigs so much that I created a portfolio by myself.

I came up with a list of topics that I liked so much and was passionate about, and created a list of articles from them. 

Easy peasy! 

With this simple trick, I was able to land so many jobs that are marketing-related and have helped me gain the experience that I needed. 

 “Ugh get to the point already”

Oh dear god, okay I will! 

I’m just joking If you’re curious about how to make a portfolio from scratch, then here is what we’re going to discuss in detail.

By applying at least one of these tips, you’ll find yourself with an abundance of examples for your portfolio.

  1. Know what you’re good at
  2. Give details not just links
  3. Give examples of your practice & unfinished projects
  4. Critique someone else’s work & give your twist on it
  5. Create from scratch

Know What You’re Good at

This might actually be the hardest part of what’s yet to come.

When you’re just starting out, knowing what you’re good at can be hard.

You still don’t know what to do, what you like to do, which kind of clients you’d like to target, and so on! 

So making a portfolio from scratch can actually be hard.

So, give yourself some time & explore your passion to figure out what you want to do and what you’re good at.

If you like writing, then say it, but be specific. 

Ask yourself what kind of writing? Do you like writing about products? Or do you like writing about branding? 

Or maybe it’s something completely different. 

Finding out what you like to do exactly will help you complete the next steps in no time.

Give Details Not Just Links

Every portfolio should not only be made of links of projects you’ve already done but also be detailed as much as possible.

You should give details about what was your approach to the project? 

What was the value that brought with your touch?

Why were you the right candidate? 

What were the steps that you went through to come up with the solution, design, article, or whatever it is?

Clients are interested in what you do, how can you do it, and how long it’ll take you.

If you list down all of these answers in your portfolio, then it’ll surely stand out.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve already done jobs before or not, just imagine a project and work on it. 

Think about different clients you’d like to work for and think about what kind of projects they’d like.

Then simply proceed to think about how you’ll approach their problem and give it a solution.

And in no time you’ll be able to create a portfolio from scratch.

Give Examples of Your Practice & Unfinished Projects

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to do your job for a school project, an internship or something else, then you’ll have something to work with.

It doesn’t matter if it’s finished or not! 

What matters is that it’s something worth looking at and worth showing to your potential future clients.

If you don’t have anything that is okay as well!

If you know what you like and are ready to start landing jobs, then you must start from this moment practising.

Practice makes perfect and that should be your goal.

The more you practice the more you’ll have content to put on your portfolio to land jobs.

Don’t wait to have a full portfolio to pitch for jobs. 

Just pitch even with an unfinished portfolio. 

Be your own client and keep practising until you find the perfect content to insert in your portfolio.

Critique Someone Else’s Work & Give Your Twist on It

If you’re too lazy to start practising then I’ve got another solution for you.

 It is easier than practising but gives the same results when applying for jobs.

You must have seen other people or your rival’s work and said to yourself “What the hell is that?” 

If it already happened, then you already know what to do… CRITIQUE.

Critique the hell out of that work! 

Show other people’s work and critique them and bring out what they lack and what you can do to enhance that work!

Show your client what you know, your expertise, and show them how you can turn something normal to something EXTRA! 

Something that can be Jeffree star approved! 

Make that portfolio from scratch pop up!

Now that you know what to do, what are you still waiting for? Go! Go critique someone’s work! 

But wait… There’s one more advice.

Create a portfolio from scratch

I guess this is already obvious and it’s basically the resume of all the above!

Now that you’ve got the secret formula to create a portfolio from scratch, the only thing that is left for you to is to make it.

If you’re too lazy, then at least give it 30 minutes per day.

If you do this every day, you’ll find yourself with a list of work you criticised, or work you’ve created from scratch. 

All About Freelance Portfolio

As a beginner, creating a freelance portfolio can be very hard.

I’ve struggled with it a lot.

But, you’ll have to be smart.

You don’t have to have some experience to create a portfolio, you only have to be creative.

That is what I did.

So, will you do it too? By the way, here are some other blog posts you might want to check:

Writer’s Block Solutions: How to Overcome Writer’s Block

Tips to Land High Paying Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners

Best Freelance Writing Sites For 2020

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