As a freelancer, you already know that showing examples of your past work is one of the best ways to attract clients and help them decide whether your skills, style, and experience matches their needs.
That’s why we designed Project Catalog to let you show samples of your written work to prospective clients, as well as pictures and a video.
Writing samples, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, and brochures are just a few examples of work you might showcase in the Gallery section of your project.
Choose your work sample:
Your work samples must be a PDF, and you can add up to two files that are less than 2 MB each. We don’t limit the number of pages, but we will only show a preview of the first three pages. So, be sure to include samples that showcase your best work in those.
Be sure to only add samples of your original work that you still own and that don’t violate confidentiality agreements you may have with previous clients. Also, only include work that relates to the specific service you’re offering in your project.
Prepare your PDF
We recommend giving your PDF a title so clients can see what it’s about at a glance. If you’re offering a service in a language other than English, we suggest that you write details in English as well as in the language you support.
Be sure to proofread and consider having someone else look over the PDF as well. It’s also smart to make sure that the PDF is visually attractive and easy to read. Look it over one last time to be sure that the:
- Page is visually crisp and clear (not blurry)
- Print is large enough to read without zooming
- Fonts are accessible and easy to read
Note: Your PDF can’t be the project’s cover — you will still need to add a picture or video. Since that cover image will be the first thing your clients see, make sure it is high-quality. Learn more about creating picture-perfect images and videos here.
We review all projects before they are available to buy. Be sure to follow the best practices described above and avoid the following issues that might keep your project from being approved:
- Low visual quality (blurry, print that is difficult to read)
- Clickbait (shocking or misleading wording designed to catch attention so that people will open a link to content)
- Including your contact information (such as phone number, email)
- Showing any logos other than logos you own
- Violating policy (including inappropriate language or plagiarism)
- Content that doesn’t represent the type of work you are offering