Success as a freelancer is all about taking your chances: blink and you’ll miss the perfect opportunity. In such a fiercely competitive market, we look at how you can get to the front of the freelance queue.
Although money talks on popular freelance platforms such as Upwork, Fiverr and Guru, quality shouts: it’s not always the lowest bidders or the earliest risers who get the cookie. The ability to present relevant examples of your work attractively and uniquely can be the difference between picking up that contract and losing it, which makes your portfolio your most valuable asset.
When it comes to such an important tool, why settle for second best? To give you the edge over your rivals, we’ve prepared a short guide to creating a stunning freelance portfolio, utilizing the powerful integration between Dropbox and MindMeister to the fullest. Read on to find out more.
3 Simple Steps to the Perfect Portfolio
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Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or a developer, being able to present your achievements is a minimum requirement when it comes to attracting new freelance clients. With the incredible range of styling and sharing options available on MindMeister, you can create a portfolio that contains all your best work while reflecting your personal brand.
Here’s how to use MindMeister as your portfolio and share it with your potential clients:
Step 1: Get the Structure Right
Your portfolio is the summation of your life’s many achievements. However, the reality is that most of the people you send it to will not have the time or inclination to read each and every item in order. It’s for this reason that structuring the content in your portfolio is so important. With a clear and logical layout, you give potential readers the best chance of finding the information they’re looking for quickly and easily.
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Endless lists of links, videos and websites can be a turn-off for companies looking for freelancers. However, a well-structured mind map allows you to include deceptively large quantities of information while keeping the overall visual effect easy on the eye.
Our tip would be to split your portfolio into the types of projects you have worked on (websites, magazines, videos, etc.) and subdivide these by year or publisher. Don’t be afraid to play around a bit: the impressive versatility of MindMeister means you can drag and drop topics to organize your map differently if you decide it needs a change.
In the example below, a portfolio for a freelance writer, you can clearly see the categorization by content type, which helps readers find what they are looking for immediately.
Step 2: Dropbox it!
Keeping an independent online repository of your work as backup is imperative, even if you aren’t using MindMeister to present it. Cloud-based backups guard against you losing locally-stored data (for example if your laptop crashes), as well as providing a useful fallback if any live content belonging to you is updated or deleted over time.
One of the most popular tools for this purpose is Dropbox, an online storage facility that allowsContinue reading