How to get a remote freelance web development job without a full portfolio
A lot of new developers often ask me, “Hey Ayomide, I’m quite new. But can I land a remote freelance job too?”
I would always respond by saying, “Different projects need different levels of experience. What projects have you completed or gotten your hands into?”
After that question, most of them start getting this idea that they need to have a full-blown app or must have fully developed websites before they are worthy to be awarded a job from a client. Most feel they won’t be taken seriously without that.
HERE’S THE TRUTH
Most clients don’t even go through your portfolio anyways.
Your potential client’s main goal is to solve his/her business problems.
Most portfolios are not even as detailed as they should be. Most simply comprise of pictures with the links to the prospective website.
The developer doesn’t make reference to how he solved his client’s problems, how much his client has made ever since he set up the website or app or insights.
Most share nothing significant. And even when the portfolios do have case studies, it all comes from the developer’s point of view.
An individual who has no idea of tech related stuff would leave that documentary page in split seconds
Most developers will only write how they accomplished the project using “so and so” programming language or framework, or how it helped them gain expertise. No reference to the client’s problems.
Here, I will take out the belief that you need full-blown portfolios full of unreadable and boring case studies.
To start getting remote freelance projects contracted to you, you need to start believing that:
CLIENTS DON’T WANT TO READ A RESUME. THEY WANT A BUSINESS PROBLEM SOLVED.
Most of your clients are too busy solving other issues. They just want to know in a few seconds if they can trust you with their project. All that goes through their mind is: “Can you help me solve my problem? And how fast?”
If you are really serious about getting that project contracted to you, then you would want to quickly and ‘quickly’ show your potential client what you are capable of doing once you contact them. Speak their language.
You know almost beforehand what they want. Don’t let them say it themselves before you understand. They should know you understand what they want, and get the strap that it’s no big deal for you to accomplish.
And please don’t make the mistake showing them pieces of code they most likely won’t understand.
Show them visuals, show them outcomes, not puzzles. Do your presentation in a way your client will easily understand how much benefit it will add to their business.
BUILD SMALL REUSABLE AND APPLICABLE COMPONENTS – THEY HELP LATER
This is my deal sealer most of the time. During my hobby time and even active development times, I take out time to build series of small and easily understandable projects that clients can look at without getting confused.
Then when the day I get a potential client comes by, I simply take those projects, in full or part, and send them for review by the client; as well explaining how those little bits and bits can help accomplish what the client wants. They find that interesting immediately.
Most potential clients won’t give you the benefit of the doubt, most of the time. They simply just move on to another candidate, neither do they take the time to go through your portfolio.
Consistently building small reusable and presentable projects go a long way in making things convenient for you and also convenient for your client to go through. I use this a lot when reaching out to a potential client.
WHERE YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR PROJECTS
There are so many online hosting services today that will let you create and host your code for free. Look through the list below and make your choice. All these services each offer great benefit. Personally, I use and I’m really familiar with CodePen. I will list that first.
- Codepen (https://codepen.io)
- JSBin (https://jsbin.com)
- Github (https://github.com)
- Glitch (https://glitch.me)
The key thing is that you are able to create an account on any of these platforms and get a link to each of your projects hosted therein. They all offer that functionality.
It makes it simple to link them up in your email when you are reaching out to your potential clients.
Always build small scale and bite-sized projects so you can showcase your skills to your client in the easiest and digestible manner appropriate.
In a conclusive summary, if you want to find remote freelance web projects, you have to:
- Participate and be active in big projects, freelance projects
- Forward great proposals to potential clients with very clear and easy to read explanations about your project and how it can help them, so they will understand and trust that you are capable of solving their business problems.
Good luck with hitching your next remote freelance project.