Freelancer Engineer Portfolio
One of the keys to success in being a freelancer is to build a solid portfolio. Portfolio is essentially a collection of your past work with different clients that show what you do with the kind of things that you love doing one of the things that is valuable. Portfolio is the number one way for you to be able to show your clients the kind of work that you do with the things that you love to do and it's also a way for them to figure out if you are the right fit for the kind of job that they liked or that they're asking to do. Second it also gives you an idea on the quality of work that you do whether it really fits their style their requirements. Your portfolio it allows you to be able to charge higher to your clients but. Let's admit it I mean if you're just starting most likely you don't have a portfolio yet so how are we going to build that.
Building a portfolio is not really a very difficult thing to do and there are a lot of tools right now available online for you to be able to build that very quickly even just in a few hours you can already build a portfolio for it that you do I think the very important thing is how do you go about starting as a freelancer right now let me give you a few tips on how you can go about that.
Number One Be a Specialize important for freelancer Engineer to be able to specialize on a skill that they do if you're going to offer a service and you're trying to offer different services say for example you're writing a technical article or you are an MEP designer or data analysis or Digital marker, marketing your work by doing different things with different projects that you would like to do. Be a specialize because clients see what you are able to do, they're only able to see one particular thing that you are really good at it.
Number Two prioritize fixer projects over long-term once now I think this can be a controversial thing for a lot of people because a lot of freelancers right now specially those were starting in upward dream of really finding that long term client but if you are just starting out my recommendation for you please do not try to look for that client yet but focus on doing small short-term projects why because doing small short term projects teaches you a lot of things. First, it teaches you how to market yourself, how to put yourself out there and be able to close deals, and more importantly do it short term projects allow you to build a solid portfolio. Let me give you an example there are two freelancers both of them are Interior designers the first one has a long term project with a client and he was doing their designs for along for a long period of time so it's just one client and he's full time for it working 40 hours every week in doing one thing and then the other freelancer he's an Interior designer but he's working for about 2 clients every month doing short-term projects at the end of one year freelancer number one has only one client true he's probably built a lot of different designs but it is already just one single client, freelancer number 2 on the other hand at the end of one year he probably has 24 different projects.
Now let say you are a new client and you're looking for an Interior freelancers who will work with you for a specific task will you choose will answer number one we just work with just a single client or freelancer number 2 who has 24 different projects for 24 different clients. I am sure freelancer number 2 has more experience in what he's doing compared to freelancer number one who is able to charge more so it's very important, I know it's difficult because we always want to find that long-term client that we treat but I guarantee you if you're just starting out freelancing try to focus on those short-term projects because it will help you build that portfolio you have a solid portfolio if that's the time you can get all these long-term clients because by now you're able to charge more and you're able to show them the kind of work that you do.
Third, select your portfolio clients. They try to contact a lot of designers as Architecture engineers over the course of my career Really surprising me is that a lot of engineers don't even have a portfolio on the Internet telling me they have ten years of design experience, but when we ask about their online portfolio, he had to ask a week to be able to collect everything, so save yourself by building an online wallet. The key is putting your business online for people to see. In a large scale, you can upload your projects with the ability to write a full description of each project.
Fourth make a personal project. Now this is very important because when you don't have that kind of job that will allow you to build a portfolio, making personal projects that say for example you are an Interior designer and you got one client where you made a small flat design and then your next client he or she does not really need to make a flat design but need an office design you enjoy creating these works, so create personal designs create an office design for a company. I think that's very important.
Last, offer to help out on specific events or people or causes that you believe in. if you find an event or you find the cost that you really believe in and you want to help them for example you have a cause that needs a conceptual architecture design and you're good at it then offer your help, offer your services to them. I suggest you charger small fee for it but I think this will help you to create that portfolio that that you need. Just putting yourself out there and voluntary offering your services to these clients and I think that's an important way not just to build your portfolio but also to build your relationships with possible clients we can refer you to other people along the way.
So those are the five tips that I have on how to build your portfolio.