Build an Amazing Portfolio

Want to impress your business partners but not sure how to?

Well, look no further! In this edition, TheMeetUpSG is here to share with you 4 simple but highly effective tips for building an amazing portfolio that will leave a first great impression on your clients!

Now, let’s get started, shall we?

Before we can create a stunning portfolio that will make your clients want your products or services, we have to first understand what a portfolio is.

So, what is a portfolio then?

To put it simply, it is a collection of resources that represents your skills, knowledge, experiences, backgrounds and beliefs!

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Now that we’ve covered the what, let’s explain the why!

Why create one?

Having a portfolio puts your skills and past experiences in a very comprehensive format for your clients. On top of that, it also speaks volumes of your ability to organise information and communicate them in an effective and interesting manner!

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Now that you have a better understanding of what a portfolio is and why it is so essential in the business world, let’s dive right into the 4 key elements you’ll need to build an amazing one!

1) Show your best side

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Just like deciding the kind of ingredients that you want to add into your pot of soup, you’ve got to first think about what you want to show your clients before presenting your portfolio to them!

While you may be tempted to include all your past experiences and skills in your portfolio, we strongly recommend against that.

You only have a few minutes - and in some cases, seconds - to convince your clients of what you’re capable of. So, why not put your best foot forward?

You can start by first compiling a list of some of your best works. After you’ve decided what to include in your list, rank them based on how outstanding they are and pick your top 10 most outstanding works to showcase in your portfolio!

If you’re looking to demonstrate a variety of skills in your portfolio, you may then want to consider including two to three projects for each of the skills you would like to display.

Be sure to selectively choose the skills you want to present based on the kind of services or skills that your clients are looking for!

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2) Simplicity is key

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The simpler and more concise your portfolio is, the better!

Keep the amount of information that you’re presenting to a minimum level so as not to overwhelm or bore your clients.

A great way to keep your portfolio simple and easy to understand is by including photos of your products, services, or even past experiences!

Include only key details in your captions such as the name of the project, the date of its execution and a hyperlink to the original one for easy reference.