How do you get Your First Freelance Design Job?

Welcome to Futur Freelance Fridays with Matthew Encina, where we answer your questions about freelancing. In this episode, we’ll be sharing how to get your first freelance job.

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Matthew’s Networking Online Video:

1:16 The definition of a freelancer
3:10 What to consider when you are looking for your first freelance job
3:46 Where do you want to work?
5:16 Study the studio’s site
7:20 What do you put in your portfolio?
12:10 How to personalize your portfolio site
13:00 why it’s important to show personality in your portfolio
18:20 Example: Michelle Grepo’s site. Before and after.
20:00 show case studies and details about your thinking and process
25:00 comparing portfolios to studios
25:55 Reach out to companies. You have to go to them.
27:23 how to reach out through email, social media, job posts, and recruiters
35:00 Why it’s important to intern first
38:00 Do something memorable to get into your favorite company
41:35 Open Q&A

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The Freelance Manifesto (Motion designers):

Freelancers Bible:

Burn your Portfolio:


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