When you’re looking for work as a freelancer, you’ll quickly find that potential employers are going to constantly ask you for examples of your work to see whether you’re a good fit or not. We’ve found that have a portfolio is often crucial to put your best foot forward for new jobs.
Here are some examples of some of the best places to host your freelance pieces on the Internet. They will help new freelancers send links to potential employers to gain employment. It makes it a lot easier to manage constant applications since you don’t have to send the same files out to everyone over and over again, and you can also just refer any interested parties to your portfolio.
This is a site that allows you to host up to 10 pieces of your work for free. It’s fairly easy to set up, since you can start a site from your Google account, for example. Next, all you have to do is hit the plus symbol to add an article, and then pick how you’re going to add it. We’ve found that the “blog” format is one of the easiest since you can just copy and paste whatever you want into the form.
In the cases where you already have an article that’s posted elsewhere online, you can just put the URL in the appropriate box instead, and get the article ported over easily that way. There’s a lot of possibilities for customization with this website. It is limited to only 10 pieces of work, however, unless you go with the premium option.
This portfolio site is specifically for journalists. You can write many different articles as a journalist for a huge variety of publications. The key is to keep track of some of them in order to have your best work for others to see. Some automation options on this site make it easier for you to create your portfolio and then keep it constantly update it.
Once you connect it to where you’re posting articles, you can often get automatic updating. This includes social media profiles as well. There’s a big purple button here called “create your free portfolio” where you can get started and then see whether you like the site enough to continue with it.
SquareSpace is a website that makes it so that you can host your portfolio. One of the names of the game here is customization. The site has more than 100 templates that are flexible enough to allow you to adapt your portfolio automatically to whatever device connects to it. You can try out the tool for free for 14 days, but after that, it is true that you will have to select a paid plan. The plans aren’t especially expensive, however.
Benefits to using this kind of portfolio is that it’s often a better choice for those who are intent on going pro. Another is that it’s one of the better options available for those who plan on blogging on the regular in addition to adding their portfolio pieces.
WordPress is not for the faint of heart since you have to configure a lot of it yourself (You can learn more about it here, here and here). However, if you have some technical skills, there’s no better site to use for a portfolio in terms of customization. There are an endless number of plugins for the site, for example, many different templates.
In fact, it’s so popular in a general sense, that some statistics have it as being responsible for nearly a quarter of all new websites. Setting up WordPress to be your portfolio is highly cost-effective. Maintaining it is also cheap. You can also add to it and make any edits that you may need to existing portfolio material from anywhere that you please.
Additionally, you may have more luck getting your portfolio into the hands of people who might decide to employ you more easily since it works well with SEO. You can even directly edit SEO components for all pages within the portfolio for WordPress. This can help you figure out how to rank high to attract clients. It also has what’s called responsive web design, so that you can automatically get the right look for whatever device is connecting to your website. It’s easy to update the software as well for whatever new tool you may need to complete your portfolio in the future.
The contently site has a high rating from clients at 4.85 out of 5. More than 200 enterprise clients use it. IN terms of individuals using it, it works well for that purpose as well It’s easy to set up and it’s easy to communicate with whoever you want for employers and even those who might collaborate with you on projects that flow out of the portfolio. It also helps to make it easy to get started with projects through your portfolio on the site.
This site is also particularly good for journalists. More than 10,000 are currently using it for their online portfolios, or even for their pressfolios for press releases. It’s another site that you can try out for 2 weeks. At that point, you have to choose a plan though, with the common one being the Lite option that’s $10 a month. This gives you 250 stories though, so it may be ideal for if you want to have high-volume in terms of your portfolio pieces.
In the end, it’s hard to overstate just how useful it can be to have a place to put your portfolio online in terms of kickstarting and sustaining your freelance career.