slow moving

I wonder what the secret is to getting freelance jobs.  I have bid on many jobs on Elance in the past several weeks.  I got two jobs in quick succession a few weeks ago and since then it has been all dry.  I know I am a good provider. I work hard and get things done on time.  I am VERY experienced with powerpoint after being an intelligence analyst for 4 years.  Heck my job was to build powerpoints! I am doing well in school.  I get good remarks and high grades on all my projects.  So why can’t I get anyone to hire me.  I think part of the solution is to build up my portfolio.

This will be my research for this week.  How exactly do you build a portfolio? What should be in a portfolio?  Should you have one portfolio with everything in it or should you have separate portfolio’s for each type of work?  Maybe both? If you don’t have actual work for real clients to put in your portfolio should you create random things for fictitious clients? How should you display your portfolio?  How do you share your portfolio?  How do you make your portfolio stand out from all the other ones the client is looking at?


One response to “slow moving

  1. Jennifer Lavender

    I agree, building your portfolio so people can SEE what you are capable of will be a great idea. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and people will.

    I don’t have any real experience in building a portfolio, but when I was considering Scrapbook For Hire I asked people to donate pictures that I could use in scrapbooks so I would have a variety of different themes to showcase in a demo album. Anyone who sent me pictures got a discount on pages. If you are looking to beef up a certain section of your portfolio, perhaps you could offer a special discount to people who are looking for that type of work.

    I would start with the list of services you provide. Then, get yourself at least 2 or 3 examples of each of those things. Use actual client projects and get them to write a review if you can first and then fill in the blanks with personal projects.

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