How do you show prospective design clients what you can do?
The best way to show clients what you can do is to show them what you’ve already done. Direct them to your online portfolio.
If you’re a new freelance web designer, creating an online portfolio is one of the very first things that you need to do. As soon as you complete a project that you can be proud of, you can start to build your portfolio.
If you’re an experienced freelance web designer hopefully you already have a portfolio. However, don’t make the mistake that many experienced freelancers make and let your portfolio sit untouched for months–or even years. Your portfolio should be a changing online document that always highlights your very best work.
On Vandelay Design Blog we share many examples of what a good portfolio should look like. Here’s one post with 50 Awesome Portfolio Websites. Here’s another post with 25 Beautiful Portfolio Website Designs.
While looking at the portfolios of other web designers can certainly give you some good ideas, it’s also helpful to have a checklist of elements you should include on your own portfolio. That’s what this post is for. This post lists seven vital elements that every good web design portfolio should include.