Great tip for freelance workers

Freelancers, I will share with you, a great idea how to win freelance projects. I have used it for over one year and I can definitely say that it works wonderful for me.
Instead of offering to work for free to build your portfolio as freelancer, choose a website similar in nature to the type your prospective customer wants to build, and develop a written plan for improving it. (Yes, you'll have to have some conversations with them FIRST to determine what they want and need.) Use the site as an example of the type of site you think they need. Do NOT present the site as your own work, unless it IS your own work, but DO use your "superior knowledge of how the web works" to show them several ways that THEIR site will be better. Even more powerful is to look at one of their competitor's sites that seems to have similar goals and objectives, and show them how they will be better than their competitor.
Freelancers, you can comment it and share your own tips and ideas about how to win freelance jobs and projects and how to stay ahead of your competitors.

Building a freelance portfolio without working for free

I would post a couple ideas for building a freelance portfolio without working for free. I used each of the ideas below in my business every time I wanted to add a new service and needed to prove myself.

Building a freelance portfolio without working for free. IDEA 1
Instead of offering to work for free to build your freelance portfolio, start out by building a site for your own business. Because you are your own client, this can be done around the hours you might spend on a day job. But, don't just make your site look pretty, go through the entire site design process, from ascertaining your needs, goals and objectives, to testing on multiple browser versions and even purchasing and setting up a domain name. This way, when a client says, "You're pretty new at this," you can say, "I understand your concern about the fact that I am new to freelancing, but let me show you what I have done for my own business, and explain the process I went through to create this site. This is the same process I would go through with you." Then, give them enough info to show that you do not just
"throw up a page," but that you go through a distinct planning phase that takes their needs into full account. This shows that you are a serious business owner who thinks about goals and objectives and how the web as a marketing tool can help achieve them. If you are lacking in actual experience, the best thing you can do is to build your prospect's confidence by showing them that you understand the bigger picture as well as the details of coding a web page. This works pretty good for me and i have won many freelance projects with this tactic.

Why to hire a freelancer

Freelancers can be a great option. One of the great things about a freelancer is that they have more freedom and flexibility to take on a variety of projects. Some of the most creative people in web design work strictly on a contract or freelance basis. Another great thing about using a freelance web designer is that you may be able to negotiate a great deal. Freelancers often work from their homes, so there are myriad expenses that are spared. While it is true that freelancing has its own expenses associated with it, freelancers certainly have a greater range to negotiate a price. Lastly, you may find a great talent at a bargain. Many new freelancers are eager for work and sites that they can use in their portfolio to command higher-paying jobs. These people are very talented; they are just not as experienced. If you can find one of these gems, and don't mind being a bit patient while they get the hang of freelance work, you can get a great deal on top of the line web design service and also help a deserving person launch his or her career.