Writing in this modern age is quite different- it is no longer old-fashioned – and as other fields are evolving, it is too. Isn’t it amazing that sites and apps make things easy in this century? You can easily search and pay for certain services in the comfort of your room. One of them is step-by-step guide to building a portfolio.
While it may seem exhausting seeking a job, try having works scattered in your drive. Then, when you want to apply for a job, you begin to search for the file that has been edited and published on a site. This is one of the problems a portfolio solves.
WHAT IS A PORTFOLIO?
Almost everyone’s parents had a heavy case they kept their documents, while growing up. Some still do. These cases were a no-go area as they contained important files like birth certificates, school certificates, passports, receipts and so on. Usually, they were guarded and kept in places that were quite unreachable.
Just like piggybanks have been modernised into apps, these cases have also followed suit. They are called portfolios and simply put, are a collection of important works.
A portfolio is like an ambassador. Think of it as a mute cover letter. In a cover letter, you express yourself but in a portfolio, your works speak for you.
WHY DO YOU NEED A PORTFOLIO?
The major reason everyone should have a portfolio is organization. It’s easy to create a folder on your laptop and dump your works in it- that’s actually a type of portfolio- but there are limits to the features it can provide.
Another reason to create a portfolio is for reference. References to employers, friends, followers, and so on. In this case, it can be likened to a house where all belongings are kept.
WHAT SHOULD BE IN A PORTFOLIO?
Although some love to put only their best works in a portfolio, others prefer including all. There are really no rules to it. What would you want people to see in yours? The portfolio would likely be public in your instagram, twitter, facebook bio. What works would you like to represent you?
On the contrary, there are some who do not have enough works but would like to have a portfolio for job references. Here are some ways to solve that:
• GUEST BLOG:
It is true that every writer should be paid for their talent but guest blogging has its benefits. As an amateur writer, you want to make sure you have a strong portfolio so that employers can consider you.
Guestblogging comes in paid and unpaid forms. Unpaid blogging involves writing for blogs in exchange for a link. The advantages of these are: getting noticed by readers of big blogs, advertising yourself on big blogs(you can include links to a blog, your book, etc. It is the least they can do for not paying you). Optimize these opportunities and ensure you save your links to your portfolio.
On the other hand, paid guestblogging has perks and a slight disadvantage. Its perk is monetization, obviously, while its disadvantage is competitiveness. Since it’s a way to monetize writing , there’s often a competition for limited slots. However, it’s one sure way to build a portfolio. Click here to check out sites that pa Building y writers to guestblog.
Building a portfolio when you are a novice can be quite tasking. You want to make sure the works you put there are great but there isn’t a plethora to pick from. Hence, blogging.
As easy as portfolios have been made, blogging can also be done with the snap of a finger. Sites like wordpress, medium, substack have made it easy to create a landing page for thoughts and words.
As an amateur, creating a blog is an easy way to build a portfolio. The links would be available once you publish your works. Collate them in the portfolio and you’re set.
• SOCIAL MEDIA:
Are you the kind of writer who is ninety-five percent available on social media? Perhaps you do not have a blog but are active on social media. The good news is, portfolios do not discriminate.
Although this idea is suitable for those who are interested in social media management, it is not a bad one for those whose works are featured on social media only.
So, collate your links and get to work!
WHERE CAN YOU BUILD A PORTFOLIO?
There are so many portfolios available for designers and illustrators that the ones for writers are often hard to miss. However, there are some amazing sites that have been created solely for writers.
Other than wordpress which creates a platform for a landing page , sites like clippings.me and pressfolios are also good portfolio makers. Unlike wordpress that doesn’t have design features, these sites are exclusively for portfolios.
Imagine a combination of photodump and linktree/disha? That’s what clippings.me is. It requires no technical skill and is super easy to use. With available spaces for links, this portfolio maker arranges works neatly.
Interestingly, you can paste link without images and clippings would import the content in the link (including the featured image) and align it properly. This applies to social media links too.
Also, it has a free and pro plan.
As the name implies, this site was created solely for journalists to arrange their works. All kinds of writers can also use it. Super easy and reliable, pressfolio offers a 14-day trial and two plans; Lite and pro.
This is another portfolio making site. A hundred percent free, it is flexible and allows you group your works in sections.
See below its benefits:
In summary, building a portfolio is a process, it reflects your level of expertise. So do not be in a hurry to start from the top of an organization but be classy in your deals with blogs and sites you write for. Often, organizations exploit writers by promising them links for their portfolios instead of paying. Writers who often fall into this trap do it out of desperation. Be smart!