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 portfolio from scratch knowing that you’ve never landed gigs?
All in all, to work you need experience and to have the 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 something 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, clients when searching for potential people to work for them.
They don’t really care about how much they’ve worked or how much experience they have.
They’re only curious about what you can do to them & how will you help them achieve what they want!
That’s what you should remember next time you ask “How to make a portfolio from scratch”
And also, another note!
When landing gigs, remember that you’re not the only person sending them a proposal!
So a short & perfected portfolio is how you’ll be able to land gigs!
Of course, if you still don’t know how to land gigs, make sure you click here to know how to land your first gig in 4 easy steps.
How to make a portfolio from scratch in 2019?
When I was just a beginner, I had no portfolio, no experience, NADA!
But did you know what I did? I made a portfolio from scratch with no experience at all!!
I was passionate about writing and wanted to land writing gigs, so I thought about what I liked most, which is marketing, and made articles about it!
Easy peasy! Since that day, I’ve actually landed a lot of gigs, marketing related! That I was able to rock!
“Ugh get to the point already”
Oh dear god, okay I will!
I’m just joking If you’re curious on how to make a portfolio from scratch here is what we’re going to discuss in details.
All of these steps combined will get you rocking your gigs and land them in no time!
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 you 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.
Give yourself some time & explore your passion to figure out what you want to do and might actually be good at!
Be specific, it’s not just writing or design in general! Be specific. Do you like writing?
Yes, well okay! But what kind of writing? Do you like writing about products? Or do you like writing about branding?
Or something else completely different from these two? Exactly!
So make sure you find out what you actually like so that we can move on to the next step 😉
Give details not just links
Every portfolio should not only be about projects you’ve already done or that you are trying to do.
But it should be about the details, what was your approach to the project, what was the value that you’ve brought with your touch?
What were the steps that you went through to come up with the solution, design, article, whatever it is, you name it?
Clients are interested in what you do, how can you do it, and in how long.
If you list down all of what you can do, in details, the time you’ll take, the steps that you’ll undergo.
Your portfolio will surely stand out. Even if you’ve never had clients that you can give details about, you can simply imagine them!
Think about different clients you’d like to work for and think about what kind of projects they’d like.
And 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.
Make sure you check these tips to become a successful freelancer.
Give examples of your practice & unfinished projects
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to do what you love for a school project, an internship project and so on.
You’ll certainly have something to make a portfolio from scratch 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 gigs, then you must start from this moment practicing.
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 gigs.
Don’t wait for clients to have a full portfolio, be your own client and keep practicing 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 practicing then I’ve got another solution for you.
It is easier than practicing but gives the same results when applying for gigs.
You must have seen other people or your rival’s work and said to yourself “What the hell is that?”
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 where they lack and what you can do to enhance that work!
Show your client what you know, your expertise, show how you can turn something normal to something EXTRA!
Something that can be Jeffree star approved! Make that portfolio from scratch –okuuur- !
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 and you can go.
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 at least give it 30 minutes per day.
So at the end of the month you find yourself full of works that you gave critiques to, and even work that you’ve practiced.
For more tips on how to make a portfolio from scratch check here.
Btw, if you’re a writer then I suggest you take a look at these tips to become a better one.
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