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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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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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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 ...
7 votes

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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5 votes

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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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 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 ...
4 votes

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 ...
3 votes

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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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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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 ...
3 votes

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

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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How can I list project in my Github profile, while only doing work for clients?

Short version LinkedIn: position yourself where the client is (or you can invite to) and qualify for their needs. Describe who you are in regard to expertise and problems you solve. Provide detailed ...
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A specific case of not knowing how much I'm worth?

Okay, you kinda hosed yourself on this first project. Fine, hammer them out, make them nice, and make it clear that you were doing these to build their trust, so they knew you were worth what you're ...
2 votes

How many completed projects is good for a portfolio for a new freelancer?

When it comes to portfolios, this is a delicate situation. It all depends on a few factors; What position are you looking for? What is the company you are applying to looking for? What are your ...
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building portfolio having only deals from my works.

About building a portfolio, you can see other topics here. Many of us described the way to build a portfolio. Let's not repeat that. And about the lack of the real samples that clients can see: do ...
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Can I modify clients testimonials?

I have worked as programmer a couple of years in a translation and copywriting studio and to make orthographic and grammatical corrections to any text, citation, speeches or quoting was mandatory. The ...
2 votes

Using work I was subcontracted to in portfolio or on social media

On virtually every project, I work as a freelancer/subcontractor through a third party. In my LinkedIn profile, I never mention that third party; only the fact that I was freelancing and not employed ...
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Are projects under NDA not allowed in portfolio?

Depends on the NDA. NDA's I sign generally concern information I will receive or process in the course of the project, but that doesn't mean I can't put the project on my resume. And when in doubt: ...
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Are projects under NDA not allowed in portfolio?

It very much depends on the content of the NDA. Recently, I worked on a cutting-edge mobile payment app - and even without an NDA, it was pretty obvious that I (initially) was not allowed to mention ...
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