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I currently work as a full time freelancer. And I develop various applications within excel. I have created lot of applications for many clients. So I thought to create a Youtube channel showing the past work I did. Then I can upload demonstration videos about applications I have done. Then I get a questions how to name this channel. Can I name it as "Freelance portfolio"? I have seen portfolio websites of graphic designers. But haven't seen Youtube channels? Does freelance portfolio always need to be a website? Thanks in advance.

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If you want to place only a portfolio on this channel, it does not matter how you'll name it. Because it will be visited only by those who get direct address from you. Unfortunately, I have to disappoint you: YouTube is the last place where any of your potential customers will search for your portfolio on their own. So just name the channel by your own name: this will be the easiest and most logical option.

But there is good news. You can use your channel to really attract new customers. All you need to do is expand its content.

You have rich experience in creating applications for Excel? Great!
Create a training channel and show how to create simple applications. Those visitors who need really simple applications are still unlikely to become your customers, but they will be interested in the training side of your channel and they will help this channel to become popular. This will help you promote your name as an expert in this field.
As a result, the channel will be visited by those who will be able to become your customer in the future. Some of them will initially hope to solve the problem on their own, but they will understand that it is better to turn to such an expert as you (of course, you need to mention this possibility in each of your videos!)
Someone will immediately look for professionals whose videos on this topic are popular, because it means you know what you're talking about.
In both cases, your channel will really start working for you!

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    Thank you Very much for your answer and great suggestions. I get work from freelancing websites. Sometimes new employers want to see my previous work before they hire me. So I thought to create a channel to show my previous work I have done, So whenever a new employer asked for sample work I can send them links of video demonstrations of applications I have done which are similar to what they want. Also they can watch other work I have done if they want. – coderH Jan 27 at 19:16
  • Actually I have a blog where I teach Excel for free. Currently I don't have my own ads there. But a year ago I placed ad on their so I got a work from it. And yes I am planning to create a youtube channel for Excel tutorials as well. – coderH Jan 27 at 19:17
  • @coderH, if you want to give a new employer a link to the video with a demonstration of your previous work, it does not matter what is the name of the channel on which this video is located, it is only important how the video itself is called. If you want to split the demo of your previous work into several clips and give a link to the channel containing them, then this is not a good idea. Most potential employers, seeing the need to choose several videos, most likely will not watch any of them. – Ivan Olshansky Jan 27 at 21:02
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The purpose of any portfolio is to show your previous work. If that is best done via video then that what you should use.

As for Youtube channel.. well, check the Terms of Service. You may be granting YouTube more rights to your work than you should by uploading content there. That would be the number one reason what your suggesting isn't widely used -- copyright protection. Remember, if it's on the internet it will be stolen. If you grant a third party (YouTube) unlimited reuse of your work, they may take advantage of that and devalue it all as a whole. And you may have contracts stating your clients own all the IP, in which case you can't grant YouTube use of it, regardless of the intention.

You're also open to trolls, comments, undesired links, etc. I think you need to examine and think about the YouTube market more. Not necessarily who you would send a link to, but those that would find your channel, and if they were a mind to, create problems.

While using a third party site/service to show off occasional work can be great here or there, I'd hesitate to rely solely on such a service.

Most portfolios are hosted on your own domain allowing some protection of the content, even if minimally. In addition since that only means you're using the content, you aren't granting another party use of the IP.

  • Thank you very much for your detailed explanation and advises. To be honest, my knowledge about copyright laws is poor. So I think I need to learn about copyright laws and YouTube terms. So far I have worked with more than 275 clients around the globe. I did all this work via freelancing websites. And lots of these application were custom made according to my clients requirements. – coderH Jan 27 at 18:51
  • However I will not share the links to download the files from YouTube video descriptions or any other place. I will only upload the demonstration videos about the applications. So no one can get that actually files but only thing they can do is creating some similar app using those ideas. However I need to check YouTube TOS regarding what kind of right they get if I upload a video to the channel. – coderH Jan 27 at 18:51
  • @coderH Any video on Youtube can be downloaded. If your web browser displays something, it can be grabbed. It doesn't matter if you "allow" the download or not. – Scott Jan 27 at 19:57

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