Portfolio Development: Some weeks into Freelancing | Harkes Creative

Portfolio Development: Some weeks into Freelancing | Harkes Creative

One of the many figures cut from the development of my portfolio in the past few months.
An altered image from one of the early iterations of my portfolio.

Development of my portfolio: A tougher task than I thought

The development of my portfolio is something I’ve been working on for the past few weeks and I’m in a strange place. For the first time, I’ve found myself living exactly how I’ve wanted to for some time and I have no idea where to go from here.

I’ll explain.

I’m a designer by trade and I’ve found myself unemployed for the time being. I’m turning this into an opportunity by starting and building Harkes Creative as a business. I’ve managed to build some savings so I’m in no rush which is helpful.

The only problem now is I’m completely unprepared for all of this and I feel very overwhelmed at times. My previous employment for a newspaper lasted two years and I didn’t gather a single resource for my portfolio throughout most of that time. I’ve since gathered everything only now I have two years of materials to go through and organize into some semblance of a portfolio.

I feel making an active effort to search for clients is top priority now, however, I have nowhere to send them to show them my work. I feel this is a problem. I’ve been working on it steadily but it is definitely taking more time than I would like.

I guess I’m just lost in my head now. I’ve always worked for other people my whole life and now I’m finally in a place to work for myself and it  feels weird. I know I’m ready to work for myself but I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I am remaining focused and I will continue with my efforts. I figure if I make at least a bit of progress each day I’ll be alright. I can’t stay still for too long or I’ll drown.

I have to make significant progress before I run too low on savings. I’ll leave it at that.

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I'm a graphic Designer from London Ontario with a passion for bringing people's ideas to life. I've been an artist since I was a kid and now I create designs with an alternative look and a professional feel. Let me work with you and together, we'll create a design solution that best suits your company.

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