Even when starting out as a freelancer, you need to have a portfolio to get clients. Freelancers who have been around for a long time have these flash websites with there portfolio’s built into it.
Cost of website design
Freelancers are paying website designers hundreds or even thousands of GBP. As a newbie freelancer you do not have the money to pay this humongous amount of dosh. Especially if you are in the position where you are counting every penny that comes in and goes out.
Is there an alternative?
If you are thinking to yourself, I just can’t afford that!
Don’t give up and throw in the towel just yet.
You still have hope with these 2 options. Option 1 will require very minimal costs and option 2 is completely free. Yes, that’s right. I said free. So let’s look further at your 2 options in a tad bit more detail.
Option 1 | Build Your Own Website
You may be looking at that heading in absolute horror thinking
“I can’t build a website, I have zero design and technical abilities, especially when it comes to a website”
I feel you, I was the same when I started. In fact I was so overwhelmed by the whole thought of it. I paid a web designer (what I thought was a great deal) money which I didn’t really have. What I got in return was a website that was no where near what I wanted and didn’t have the functionality I wanted.
I got my money back, thankfully.
But then I came across the whole WordPress thing. Reading you can build and design the website to however you want. Plus you can have the functionality. I thought that is great, but what support will I get when I do something wrong as I am not technically minded at all.
With zero understanding of coding or any other computer technical jargon, I still need that support.
Getting the support
After hours of looking for companies that offer the support I need and reading reviews, I finally chose.
Bluehost was the clear winner by far.
Why I chose BlueHost
Bluehost has been an amazing company to be with from day 1.
– BlueHost has a support system where you can just pick up the phone or use the online chat support to get instant advice.
– Bluehost offers a free domain for the first year. This has saved a little bit of extra money.
– Bluehost gives you a WordPress site that you can customize, design and give the functionality you need.
All of this for only a fraction of the cost of a website designer, just a
Option 2 An offline portfolio
Create a portfolio on Google docs. Use Google Word, SpreadSheet or Slideshow to create your portfolio.
Next, download the files as a word doc, PDF, video or web page.
Use these files to present your clients with your work.
Worried you won’t look professional?
All freelancers have to start somewhere and what clients just care about is your capabilities to do the task you say you can do.
In a nutshell,
Having a portfolio for your freelance business is essential to get you off the ground running. But you don’t need a fancy pants website to do it. You can build a website yourself which will do the job. Or if you have no money at all you can just send free samples of your work using Google Docs.