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    Discussion in 'General jobs discussion' started by new_gaber, Mar 28, 2012.

    1. MSHOfficial

      MSHOfficial Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      That is a very good idea. If I have a job which I am sure I can complete in no time and have previous experience in that area, I will do the insanely high price trick to make sure I get the job.

      About the portfolio, I don’t have one. I only send out attachments of my work whenever needed. But since you are focusing on portfolio so much, I would like to know how to make one. What are the things I am supposed to put in there?

      About cover letters, I write them well but it depends on whether I am writing from my phone or my laptop. I have landed job both ways. I get replied about 10% of the time. Not more than that. I guess portfolio is the limiting factor here.

      Also, I live in the EU and the tax is 5% so basically I get paid 75% of the price. When do you drop down to 5%? I wish this day comes really fast to me. I still haven’t earned my first 500$ in upwork so I still pay 20% fees for Upwork services.

      Also usually clients ask for very specific software to be used for their projects and I don’t send out a proposal because I don’t have it. Do you guys think I should send out a proposal for these type of jobs and explain to the client in the coverletter that I can do the job in some other software? Do you think its worth the connect ?
       
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    3. john12

      john12 Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      If you have 'spare' connects (usually I don't use all of mine) then it might be worth sending a proposal if you think you can do the job using your own methods. For instance, people sometimes ask for a DXF file to be drawn using AutoCAD. You can produce the exact-same result using Solidworks, just the process of getting there will be different.

      For the portfolio -I basically have a selection of about 10 -20 previous projects, explaining the project, the process of creating it and the final outcomes. It doesn't have to be complex - maybe only a page, or three or four images for each project.
      Clients can then see your range of skills and experience and you can also highlight specific pages (or add extra pages) if you have something that's particularly relevant to their job.

      For the 5% fees - I'm afraid it's on a per-client basis, not your total earnings. Up to $500 per client you get charged 20%, then $501-10,000 you get charged 10%, then everything over that is 5%. So you need to do a lot of work for one person!
       
    4. MSHOfficial

      MSHOfficial Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      The 5% fees seems to be a long way from now. 10,000$ worth of work might be more than 2 or 3 months work for me.

      About the portfolio, so you make a short report pdf summary of your projects and you put them up on your portfolio to make it visible to your client. Is that right?

      I was wondering if there are any other sites which might be better for European market?
       
    5. john12

      john12 Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      I personally made a PDF that was maybe eight pages - one intro, about five with one large project per page, then a few with multiple smaller projects per page.

      You can also make a portfolio website pretty easily on Wordpress or using a free portfolio site (you can also add portfolio pieces directly to your profile). It's a bit of a pain to put together but it's worth the time!

      I'm not sure on other sites but I'd be interested to hear too. I think Upwork dominates pretty strongly now.
       

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