No website? No problem! Best alternatives to showcase your creative freelancer portfolio
Most freelancers or creative professionals have to showcase their talents to new and prospective clients and they usually do this via portfolios. But what happens if you’re not fully freelance yet and want to showcase your stuff? Or perhaps you’re not very ‘tech-savvy’ and the idea of setting up a website is definitely too much.
We’ve got some great alternatives to showcase your work without needing to buy a domain or even commit to going fully freelance!
Why have a portfolio?
So why is a portfolio a great idea in the age of remote working?
Having quick link access to some of your best work is a great way to promote yourself! Whether someone has messaged you on LinkedIn or wants to see some of your work, being able to share a quick link with them saves you time and is super user-friendly.
Perhaps you’re working on a side gig with your full-time role or you’re considering freelancing but haven’t got around to it. Create a portfolio so it’s ready when you decide to take the plunge!
Great portfolio options for the producers, videographers and motion designers
If you’re a visual freelancer and love to create videos, motion imagery and funky reels then you’ll need a platform that can really showcase your talents and promote your videos — for free or just for a small fee.
Maybe you’ve started sharing your videos on social channels like YouTube or Instagram and want to step up your potential reach, or you want a platform that already has viewers and could help promote and share your work. Many freelance videographers and motion designers use sites like Vimeo and Dribbble whose platforms are free to upload and use and will help generate URLs to share your portfolio.
Gil Peres, Digital & Motion Designer, says:
“Dribbble is great to show technical skills. Depending on the speciality, a professional might want to showcase individual pieces of artwork, as opposed to entire case studies. Each post is often a single image or video, which, for me, alleviates the weight we put on creating case studies.”
Calin Radu, Designer, adds: "I think it is a good place for illustrators and designers to show their works in a simple and 'snackable' way."
Gor Baghdasaryan, video editor, is a fan of Vimeo:
“I use Vimeo mainly because it is more tuned for storing your videos and categorising them in folders by genre, client, type of work, etc, in order to quickly find and include links to relevant works when responding to briefs. It’s also good for sharing private or password-protected links in case the showcased work can’t be published openly.
You can also create a folder with multiple videos and share the link to it (for example if you need to showcase a series of videos that were made for the same campaign, without having to send multiple links to several videos).”
Matthew J Clugston, Motion Graphics Designer, emphasises the community connection:
“I always thought the community behind Vimeo were more creatively led and so posting work on there felt like it had more opportunity to connect with creative communities.”
Best for bloggers, writers and storytellers
If you’re a writer, budding blogger or experienced journalist looking to showcase some of your best work, look no further than portfolio sites like Clippings and Muckrack. They work by aggregating any sort of online published work tagged by the author in one handy portfolio.
Here’s what Tom Usher, Copywriter and Creative Director, says about Clippings:
“It’s a good software for showcasing my portfolio for a number of reasons: firstly and probably most importantly, it’s free, secondly, it’s display is stripped back but neatly shows all your work in an easy to digest format, and thirdly…it’s free!”
Already a YunoJuno freelancer? Try these tips!
Why not try using your YunoJuno profile as your own portfolio to showcase some of your best work with clients on our platform? Simply log in or sign up to YunoJuno and edit your portfolio to feature links to external pieces if your work has been published.
You can also request client feedback from anyone who has worked with you on and outside our platform. Simply add their email address, their name and the company they work for that hired you and ask for a glowing review.
If you’re using YunoJuno as a portfolio and want new clients to book you through YJ, don’t forget to change your profile visibility to ‘public’ for some added traffic!