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Can I modify clients testimonials?

This answer is based upon my 20 years experience of having legal departments review testimonials and approve/refuse edits. I am not a lawyer though. Almost every piece I design has many, many ...
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I believe my skills are better than what I have produced so far - should I avoid making a portfolio or just show off what I have so far?

Speaking from experience, I'd always say it's better to show a few key projects than nothing at all. From a clients point of view they need at least a little bit of proof that you can design. Why ...
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How do I start my Freelancer career?

The biggest misconception most have is that you can just decide you want to freelance and then do it successfully. That's most often not the case. Unless the skills you provide are something tangible ...
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How to get Fiverr jobs at the beginning

As a beginner, try to keep your prices low, but not so low that it gives off an image of low quality. Add all the keywords that are relevant to your services. Also, along with keeping your images and ...
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Authorization for showcasing customer project as portifolio

The easiest way is to have a term in your contract that says you can use the work in your portfolio. You don't need to explicitly mention it separately from that. But don't try to hide this term ...
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Advice on creating a simple, do-it-yourself website?

Depending upon the nature of your freelancing, your targeted financial goals, and your client base -- the proper thing to do would be to hire someone that can create what you need if you have no ...
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Is a single page site better for SEO and visitors, or is a site with various pages better?

There is no design that is better for SEO - there are rules for content, the only way a single page app could rank higher than a multi-page app is by the content you are showing off. Basically, one of ...
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As a freelance programmer, how to include projects in portfolio without legal trouble?

If you haven't signed an NDA, and have no contract in place for the work that mentions this, then posting the work on your site would seem to be fair use. I would also infer that there is no obvious ...
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Are projects under NDA not allowed in portfolio?

Uhm, YES. They are not allowed. Non-Disclosure means you can't tell anyone what you worked on. That includes showing it off in a portfolio. If you would like to display the work in your portfolio ...
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Do you need a degree to freelance?

A degree is only required when laws require it. Such as.... (in the United States) A PhD is mandatory to be a doctor. Passing the Bar is mandatory to be an attorney, etc. Unless laws require a ...
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Is it okay to use screenshots of other websites on my websites "sales" page?

TL;DR: I don't think that this would be OK. The best course of action would be to make your own designs (even if they're for example sites) and use those for your "samples". Your clients ...
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Can I use screenshots of my development works in a huge organization in my personal portfolio?

Showing work you have completed as a freelancer is obviously preferable. Whether you can legally show the work you did for a previous employer will depend on your employment contract and/or whether ...
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May you include projects from books into your portfolio

Absolutely! You are not writing the code for a customer, so you don't need permission, especially if you learned how to do something. Created a marquee on a website? Sure, show it off! Create a ...
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Can I show clients I've worked with at my agency on my personal portfolio site?

No — this may seem to a large extent both unhealthy and unethical in my humble opinion. You've worked for the agency and as such can have this reflected in your CV, with your core duties and ...
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Is it okay to use screenshots of other websites on my websites "sales" page?

No it is not OK If you need to show samples of things you can do, but have not yet procured any clients, you should design your own static wireframe mockups (or live sample sites) to show people what ...
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What should be in portfolio for jquery developer

I suggest you visit popular freelancing websites like freelancer.com or odesk.com or elance.com and find their top jQuery developers and see what they have listed into their portfolio. Since ...
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How I can be good Asp.Net Developer Freelancer

Each of this two sites have a sort of ability tests which you can use in building a good first impression. If you have theoretical knowledge, than you should score high. By doing this, you will gain ...
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May you include projects from books into your portfolio

Approach this with caution. It's easy to copy something out of a book, and change images and text. It's MUCH harder if you don't really know the technology that the code from the book is utilizing, ...
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Is a single page site better for SEO and visitors, or is a site with various pages better?

You're thinking about it backwards. Top freelancers can build a crappy site, and still rank. It's about reputation. Contribute to opensource projects, start a blog, get known. This will attract links (...
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Using work I was subcontracted to in portfolio or on social media

This is always tricky. You can see Metis experience. In cases like this my first point of contact is the person who contracted me. I inform him that I want to use the project in my portfolio and if he ...
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How should a backend developer showcase his/her projects?

Could you showcase how you've been efficient? A customer had a query that ran for over 3 minutes to retrieve the data. After detailing the requirements, I was able to run a query to produce the ...
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How should a backend developer showcase his/her projects?

For a back-end developer, I believe your portfolio would be the enterprises and the scale of the projects you worked on. Even though I am a front-end developer, I'm not really focused on integrating ...
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Freelancer to Entrepreneur

Having done both: Startup is to freelancing like - take your administrative overhead and multiply by 100. Also take your responsibility and your worries and multiply by 100. If you are good at your ...
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how to create a portfolio when you have never got hired?

Offer your services to non-profits, charities, schools, or struggling businesses. Instead of asking for monetary payment, ask for publicly-available review postings and recommendations. If you donate ...
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Client wants me to take a portfolio project off my website

As a freelancer myself, I always ask upfront if the client lets me show their project on my portfolio. Most of them would say "okay" but some of them would say "no." If they say "no," I would honor ...
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How to build a portfolio as a freelancer new to the market

You can create three of your own projects in the language that you prefer and use LinkedIn and Instagram to sell development services. The idea is you can show your abilities to make things like a web ...
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How to build a portfolio as a freelancer new to the market

I highly recommend investing time into building a reputation on a freelancer platform like Upwork. That's how I got my portfolio off the ground. Approach the process as an investment into your ...
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How do I make clients understand that I am the right freelancer for my assignment?

Even if you are 100% honest and upfront, this person, for whatever reason, has a mindset about you that you will not overcome, especially online. Regardless of whether or not you want to work on the ...
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File format for CVs for software freelance jobs

The Portable Document Format is actually the best format to submit any documentation. It guarantees the document will be received with the exact formatting. Word documents will render diferently ...
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I believe my skills are better than what I have produced so far - should I avoid making a portfolio or just show off what I have so far?

After almost every project, I have learned so much that if I were to do that same project again, I could do it better. In that sense, by the time any piece is done, I am already better than it, so the ...
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