9 Tips to build a better portfolio
Clients usually hire developers and designers on the basis of the skills displayed in their portfolio. So making a good portfolio is important in order to find work. Here is a detailed list of pointers which will help attract more clients and more work at the best price.
1. Create pretty and detailed visuals
Pictures are easy to understand and help portray ideas to clients better than text. Designers and developers should provide lots of pictures in their portfolios to in order to showcase their specialties and expertise. But they should also make sure to provide potential clients with all the details of their work.
2. Provide a deadline
Often major designers and developers don’t provide clients with a dead line. They usually say that the project completion will depend on the features of the project. But clients must have their needs met. They also need some kind of security so that they can provide their boss with an estimate or plan their future course. Designers who provide deadlines are more likely to get the work.
3. Provide the cost
Always clearly state the cost of a project. Clients want to know what to expect and how much a designer will charge. But stating the cost upfront, it will prevent hassles with clients in the future.
4. Showcase problem solving abilities
Any portfolio should have a clear cut and detailed report of all the problems has faced in their career and how they solved them. Problem solving is just as important as designing. Clients should know a designer is talented enough to overcome any issues.
5. Show a breathe of work
Portfolios should include work that was done over a span of time. Examples of past work are of absolute importance in a portfolio. Provide clients with links of previous websites that you have developed or designed so that they get a taste of your work. Don’t be afraid to also provide links of your work featured on other websites.
6. Include the history of a project
Show the steps or work required for a previous project. Designers should provide examples of how the project was completed from start to finish to give clients an idea of how they approach projects. This will also help clients understand a designers work process and build trust between client and designer.
7. Display your skills
Clients will primarily be attracted to the skills you display in your field of expertise. So it is of utmost importance that you display all your skills in detailed manner on your portfolio. This will help you to attract more clients who are interested in your skills and wants to engage you in their projects.
8. Technical knowledge
Tech savvy clients often look into the technical skills of a designer before considering hiring them. Make sure to give clients any technical background and any important roles you played on a particular project. This helps clients choose designers who have previous experience in a particular field which they may need. Provide them with details of your technical strengths and where you can do a good job.
9. Increase your web presence
Having a great portfolio won’t help if clients are unable to find you. Your ability to work depends on the ability of your portfolio to be seen by potential clients. Make sure your portfolio can attract clients for you.