Freelancing
Offering up your services on one of the many dedicated freelancer websites is all well and good. However, with the ever amounting competition and ever increasing commission, going out on your own is something that I believe every freelancer should strive to achieve.

However, going it alone requires a lot of work. Whether you’re a photographer, a web designer/developer, a graphic designer, a writer, a wedding planner or a caterer, your biggest marketing tool will be your portfolio. Which is exactly why I’ve dedicated today’s post to sharing with you my top tips on how to create a freelance portfolio.

Set Up Your Website

Setting up your website is simple and straight forward. In 90% of cases I’d recommend starting a site with WordPress.org. If you use GoDaddy it’ll cost you circa £14 for the first year that includes your domain name and hosting.

I’d recommend WordPress as it’s the most versatile. I’d recommend purchasing a domain rather than opting for a free website to add to your professionalism.

Imagine the difference in; www.CoraHarrison.com when compared to www.CoraHarrison.wordpress.com

Which one says, I’m serious?

Style Your Portfolio

Depending on the type of work you’re doing will depend on the style of your portfolio. Here are some great examples;

Photography

Dave Hill is a fantastic photographer. He highlights his work for recent clients on his portfolioHe highlights his work for recent clients on his portfolio. Notice how clean cut the page is with very little text. Yet navigation couldn’t be easier. 

How to create a freelance portfolio

Graphic Design

Bert is a heavily interactive graphic design portfolio. The team is based in the Netherlands and has used the portfolio to share their story while also showcasing their skills…


Programming

Jordan Peck has a fantastic programming portfolio. What makes it so great is that’s understandable to someone who knows absolutely nothing about code. As well as sharing his projects he also links to his GitHub profile under his social media accounts. This is great for sharing contributions you have made to open source software. 


Translating

NordicText have a fantastic portfolio which highlights their translative services. It’s detailed, highly professional, and provides you with multiple ways to contact the freelancer. The website is also available in the languages that the freelancer translates to / from.



Journalism

Finally we have Alyssa Fishers fantastic journalism portfolio. This does two things really well, it highlights how relevant and up to date her work is with every post including a date. It’s also really easy to navigate. Something that can prove difficult for journalists (who are typical word nuts) to achieve.


Changing the theme of your WordPress blog will allow you to create a freelance portfolio style that’s right for your niche. If you’re struggling to find the right theme, then I’d always recommend checking out ThemeForest.

Add Your Recent Work & Testimonials

Once you create a freelance portfolio you’re going to want to add your recent work and testimonials from previous clients. You’ll find that no matter the niche every portfolio above features these two things.

Now you maybe saying to yourself, but I’ve got no recent work and no testimonials… and that’s ok. There’s three different ways you can go about getting some;

Speak To Friends & Family

Drop an email to your friends and previous co-workers. Call your family. Explain that you’ve started your own business as a freelancer, explain the services and how you’re establishing yourself in the market and how you’re looking for work to feature in your portfolio and testimonials to share with potential clients. Explain that you’ll do the work either for free or at a heavy discount. There’s absolutely no shame in having your first freelance gig coming from your aunty who runs her own cleaning business.

Speak To Non-Profits

Non-profits are always looking for services. Try and align yourself with a non for profit you care about and ask if they require any of your services in return for a testimonial. Not only are you getting a testimonial and some work to feature on your portfolio, you’re helping a charity – what could be better?

If you don’t know where to start with this check out Catchafire where non-profit organisations list projects they have.

Talk To A Local Business Owner

Local is always best. Check out the different shops, bars, restaurants etc. in your local area. Do you think you could help them design a better website? help them manage their social media? help them improve their marketing strategy? 

Speak to them explaining how you might be able to help. If you have a relationship with the service (i.e. you eat / shop / drink there a lot, even better!)

Take note of their current situation and explain how you are able to improve it. Give them confidence by explaining exactly what you would do and again offer them a amazing discount or offer to do the work for free – or even in exchange for store credit!

 

Final Hints & Tips

So you have just finished creating your freelance portfolio, and have recent work and testimonials from real clients. You’re ready to hit the market, here are my final hints and tips to ensure you’re freelancing career starts with a bang!

Be sure to have multiple methods of contacting you shared on your portfolio – and make sure they are professional. Nothing screams great journalist quite like the email address: hotchic478@hotmail.co.uk. Basic professional email accounts start at just £2.99 per month with GoDaddy.

Only showcase your very best work, and be sure to include variety. If you’re a journalist, try and add different styles of work for different media’s. Maybe one piece was for a newspaper, one was for a website and another was for a magazine. Don’t just highlight your variety internally, but externally too. Keep an eye on what you’re competition is doing and look to stand out from the crowd. You want work that really ‘pops’ and get’s the potential client saying “that’s it, that’s what I’m looking for”.

Avoid making your portfolio overwhelming. You’re going to want to limit the amount of work you share. This is entirely going to depend on your niche so have a look at the number of pieces your competition share. Go for quality over quantity. 

No matter how great your work is, the potential client is only going to click through a few projects before deciding if you’re the freelancer for them.

Stay current. Remember how much I loved the journalist who had dated her work. That’s because I knew she was actively working. Actively on trend. Now, I’m not suggesting you date your work, but be sure you don’t include old work. Regardless of your niche trends change, and a potential client will be able to spot your old, outdated work. 

Don’t be afraid to add notes. But be sure to keep it concise. You don’t have to tell the life story of the project but if you want to explain about who the client was, the problems they were having or the brief, and how you achieved or solved that problem – Great!

Don’t forget to purchase business cards. They are great to hand out to friends, family and people you just bump into on the street (well, maybe not quite but you know what I mean…). Read more about the best places to get business cards, and how to stand out from the ‘business card crowd’ here…

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Clothes, Everything Else, Food, Leisure, Personal Finance, Save Money, Travel
I love my student discount card. I love it even more now that I can get it without being a student

Which is why I’ve put together this complete directory of where you can get a student discount.

This is an open document, meaning you’re able to contribute. So if you know of anywhere in the world that offers a student discount for students then feel free to add it to the sheet using this form.

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Blogging

I started blogging as a way of documenting my journey to financial freedom. At the time I felt alone, none of my friends or family really cared about saving money or side hustling and my girlfriend was fed up of me talking about the subject. I didn’t expect anyone to read it, but they did. In fact, I ended up MAKING MONEY from sharing my journey, thoughts and ideas.

In previous posts I’ve covered how to set up a free blog using wordpress.com. Unfortunatly by doing so you’ll be unable to receive sponsored posts, share affiliates, or basically make any money from your blog. Which is why today I’m sharing how you can start a blog using wordpress.org. It’s simple, straight forward and can have you earning as little as £1 a month right up to £100,000 a month.

Click here to start a blog on WordPress.org and use the directions below for helpful pointers.




Choose A Domain Name

The very first thing you’re going to need when start a blog on WordPress.org is a domain name. That’s the name of your site, like mine is www.TheMiniMillionaire.com 

Having the right domain name is essential to the success of your blog. So spend some time deciding on the topics you’re going to cover and think of a relevant name that’s short, catchy and not already been taken by someone else.

When I started this blog it was selfishly going to document my own journey, rather than helping others. It was going to be a diary and therefore The Mini Millionaire seemed fitting. After all, I dreamed of becoming a millionaire. Three years later, I don’t. I’m more than happy with my financial situation as it is – and I’m not a millionaire. Instead, I now enjoy being able to help share ideas with you guys on how you can earn extra money, save more money, and spend money on the things that matter to you most – rather than the boring stuff!

How to start a blog on wordpress.org

You can get your domain name directly though GoDaddy. It makes the process so simple and straight forward.


In fact they’ll give you a free domain for the first year if you buy 12 months worth of hosting at just £1 a month using this link designed specifically for readers of The Mini Millionaire. I recommend GoDaddy for those with little or no web experience because the customer service is not just the best I’ve experienced in web hosting & domains. It’s the best customer services I’ve received… EVER! 

Once you’ve proceeded to checkout you’re ready to install WordPress on your GoDaddy account…

Installing WordPress on your GoDaddy Account

Installing WordPress on your GoDaddy c-panel account couldn’t be made any easier. I’m 100% sure I couldn’t do a better job of explaining it than this video…


Installing WordPress on your GoDaddy account is completely free. If you get stuck or confused at any point, don’t be afraid to call the GoDaddy customer service (020 7084 1810) and they’ll help you though every step.

Setting Up WordPress.org

WOOHOO! You now have a WordPress blog.

Once you’ve installed WordPress you’ll be able to sign into your WordPress account. All the information you need for doing so will be sent to your email address once you’ve completed the step above. 

This email will include your WordPress login URL. This is separate from everyone else and is the only way you’ll be able to access the back end of your WordPress account to do things such as write blog posts. The email will also include your username and password for logging into your WordPress account so you’ll want to be sure to keep this email safe.

Installing A WordPress Theme

Once you’ve logged into your WordPress account, you’ll find that your blog looks rather bare. In fact, if you click to view the site you’ll find it looks something like the image below…


Which is why you need to install a WordPress theme. There are thousands upon thousands of themes to choose from both free and paid for. For a good 18 months I used a free theme. I then bought a theme with Pipdig for around £40. Unfortunatly, I found that everyone seemed to use the same paid theme and it really didn’t help me stand out from the crowd.

Which is exactly why I decided to install a Massive Dynamic theme. It was $36 from ThemeForest. The theme comes with the ability to drag and drop different elements into your pages, which makes it perfect for beginners.


If all that is still too much then Massive Dynamic also comes with 60 pre-built designs. These can have you up and running with a professional and stylish blog design in a matter of minutes.


Most importantly, Massive Dynamic comes with 12 month of VIP support. So should you be stuck with absolutely anything you can contact them directly and they’ll help you fix it in a matter of hours!

Write Your First Post

So you’re all set up and ready to go. All that’s left for you to do is add content. Start writing your first post and editing your pages such as home and about page. If you’re struggling as to the information you need to start your first post then this video should help…



There we have it that’s everything you need to start a blog on WordPress.org. I’ve helped hundreds of people just like you start a blog using WordPress.org so if you have absolutely any problems feel free to drop me an email or contact me on Twitter or Facebook and I’ll do my very best to help.

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Gifts
With three weeks until fathers day I thought it was about time I launched a new segment on the blog. Gift guides. Unfortunatly, at least for the vast majority of the time buying gifts for people is unavoidable. 

However, that’s not to say that the art of gift giving has to break the bank. Which is why I’m sharing my 5 fathers day gifts that cost less than £10. 


1. Ghost Flight Book By Bear Grylls

First on my list of fathers day gifts for less than £10 has to be Ghost Flight the explosive debut from TV presenter and survival expert Bear Grylls.

The book has been inspired by the experiences of Bear’s grandfather, Brigadier Ted Grylls, and his role in a secret task force during World War II.

Get it on Amazon for just £3.85





2. Guinness Luxury Fudge

Could there be anything more fitting for a dad than Guinness luxury fudge? This 170g box is no doubt going to go down a treat!

Contains Soya, Gluten and Alcohol, also may contain traces of Nuts.


Get it from Amazon for just £5.99

 


3. Star Wars Wallet

Star Wars is really making a come back recently, so get your dad one of these awesome retro star wars wallets. Of course if this comic book design isn’t for you there’s a wide range of other star wars wallets (and other branded / themed wallets) available.

Get it from Amazon for just £6.99

 

4. Golf Ball Monogram Stamper

Ideal for the dad who loves to golf. This monogrammer has all the tools you could ever need to personalise your golf balls. It includes a self-inking stamper with quick dry ink for smudge free results. Stamping up to three characters at any one time in a matter of seconds.

Get this on Amazon for just £9.00


5. Lego Mug

One of my ultimate favourite things on this list of fathers day gifts that cost less than £10 has to be this Lego mug. What dad didn’t play with Lego as a child? Encourage them to bring back their creative side with this ‘everything is awesome’ building mug.

Get it from Amazon for just £8.45



There we have it!
My complete guide to fathers day gifts for under £10. As always I’d love to know what gifts you’re getting your dad this fathers day, let me know down in the comments below!

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Travel, UK

In 2016 I had the pleasure of attending my very first World Travel Market in London. The event was held over three days with events taking place the weekend prior. This meant 5 nights in central London, this meant money.


I went shopping around and managed to snag a deal at the EasyHotel South Kensington, but at just £24 a night for a double room, what on earth was it going to be like?

Trip Details

Dates: 4th November 2016 – 9th November 2016
Nights:
 5
Price I Paid Per Night: £24
Room Type: 
Double
Booking Platform: EasyHotel


Location

Easy Hotel has eight London properties and is often overlooked as you wont find it on any of the websites such as Hotels.com or Booking.com. The most central to my stay was the South Kensington property. 

A five-minute walk from Gloucester Road and Earls Court Underground station, moments from the museums of South Kensington.

 

The Room

Many EasyHotels come with the option of window or no window. Yes, that’s right you’ll pay a premium for a window. Personally I decided to save myself the £6 and I have zero regrets of doing so (although it’s something to bare in mind if you’re claustrophobic)

The room was small, it was basic, it was bright orange, but it had everything you could possibly need and was spotlessly clean!

EasyHotel South Kensington

 

Facilities

As you might imagine the facilities are rather basic. I mean you’re in the centre of London so what more do you really need?

There is however a TV and Wi-fi available for an additional charge. As well as some computers in the foyer and a vendor for some essential snacks!



In conclusion, sure the EasyHotel South Kensington is small, it’s cheap, it’s orange… But honestly? What more do you need? It’s a clean space in the centre of the city to lay your head down at night.

It’s a great alternative to a hostel and pitched at the same price point. So in my opinion you really can’t go wrong. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I’d book not only this hotel again but any other from the EasyHotel brand. 

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Matched Betting
I’m on a mission to share as much information on the subject of matched betting as I possibly can. After all, I want everyone to have an equal opportunity to earn £20,000 in tax free cash this year…

While I’ve recently completed a detailed and in depth matched betting FAQ post. One question I struggle to answer is “Which betting exchange should I use?”

That’s because unfortunatly the answer is highly dependent on a vast array of variables. The only way I can combat such a question is by reviewing each of the five betting exchanges currently on the market.

Today I’m starting with the biggest (although that doesn’t necessarily make it the best) Betfair.


For me the prospect of a truly great betting exchange comes down to three things, and it’s those three things that I’ll be covering in every betting exchange review.

Wagering Options

The Betfair Exchange without a doubt holds the largest of all wagering options. Name something you want to lay and Betfair has it. In fact I’ve struggled to find something I can’t lay on Betfair.

This includes obscure matches, greyhound racing, in-play bets, cycling, cricket. Even weird and obscure stuff such as who will host the 2024 Olympics or who will be the next Dr Who. 

While you maybe saying to yourself “Who would bet on that” In my early days of matched betting there was a promotional offer on one of the bookmakers for the winner of Big Brother. Luckily the Betfair exchange once again had me covered.

There’s no denying that the wagering options on the Betfair exchange get’s 100/100.

Betfair exchange review



Market Liquidity

The second big thing I really care about in a betting exchange is the market liquidity. That’s the amount of money in the market, to ensure that you’re bet doesn’t become partially matched.

I’ve been in situations in the past where it’s been seconds until kick off or until a race starts and my bet is still partially matched because I’ve failed to check how much money is in the market. 

Luckily, Betfair has the largest amount of money in the market. Which is pretty much a given considering the size of the exchange.

This means that if you are going to be betting on slightly less mainstream events then you’re going to want to use Betfair to do so. 

You can always check the amount of money in the market using the numbers provided, and remember you don’t need to mug bet the exchanges, they wont gub you. 



Commission

Betfair knows it’s the king of the market, and by doing so will charge the highest commission on the exchange market at 5%.

This is unfortunatly the one reason why I’d put off using Betfair over other exchanges on mainstream horse racing and football matches where the availability and market liquidity is highly available.

Luckily, Betfair exchange do offer new customers 0% commission up to £50 / €50 which does make up for something in the short term… Click on the image below to sign up and receive the offer.



Side Notes

Betfair is a bookie as well as an exchange. Much like the Ladbrokes exchange. Which means while they wont ban / gub your exchange account they may ban you on the bookies side of things.

There are a couple of things you can do to avoid this. The first being, don’t ever back and lay the same bet with the same company. If you’re trying to trigger an offer on Betfair don’t lay the bet off on Betfair. Instead look to use one of the other exchanges.

Do your best to use the Betfair exchange only as and when you need it. Other exchanges cover the market almost as well as Betfair which means you should only need your Betfair exchange account on select occasions. Reserve the Betfair exchange for just that, select occasions.

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Life, Travel
It’s a little over one week until we leave England although this time it wont be for a couple of nights. Instead we’ll be gone for eight weeks, only coming back in August for a conference and a wedding before setting off once again.

We’re hoping to become digital nomads. 



We’ve sold our house, sold our car, and sold 90% of our belongings in the hope of being able to balance work and travel long-term.

 


NomadList

We’ve invested $99 in a lifetime membership to NomadList. Created by the start up genius that is Pieter Levels. This nifty site allows you to filter destinations based on there ‘nomad rate’ you can also add specific requirements such as ‘Within Europe’ or ‘Gay Friendly’.

It also allows us to chat to other Digital Nomad’s, people who’ve been doing this kind of thing before it even was a thing. As well as being able to track where we’re going, and when we’re going – so you can perhaps meet us? or even just recommend somewhere for us to stay? eat? or see?



iTunes

Of course, our nomad adventures are VERY budget friendly. Which means we’re likely to find ourselves on long bus journeys and overnight train rides. To get through all that and into the real spirit of travelling we’ve created an awesome iTunes playlist. 

Let us know your favourite travelling song, so we can add it to our list!





How We Plan To Earn Money


To keep up with our adventures be sure to follow me on Twitter & Instagram.

Also, for the ‘real’ experience be sure to check out our Youtube channel where we’ll be daily vlogging our lives and showing you the good, the bad and the ugly of our Digital Nomad adventure.

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Technology

Earlier this year I looked to upgrade my traditional vlogging camera (the Canon G7X Mark II) to something slightly more professional. 

I wanted something that would support a Rode microphone for better audio, but was still tailored towards vlogging. Which is why I opted for the Canon 80D. 

 

Features

Product Type: Digital camera – 1080p – SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Sensor Resolution: 24.2 Megapixel

Face Detection: Yes

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Interfaces Provided: HDMI, USB 2.0
Wireless Interface: IEEE 802.11b/g/n, NFC (Near Field Communication)

Connectivity Features: Remote control via mobile devices, remote live view
Camera Flash: Pop-up flash
Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec
Screen Resolution: 1,040,000 pixels
Display Form Factor: Rotating
Touch Screen: Yes
Display Features: Display brightness control
Microphone Operation Mode: Mono
Connector Type: 1 x USB 2.0 1 x HDMI output (19 pin mini HDMI Type C) 1 x composite video/audio output 1 x microphone (mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm) 1 x headphones (mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)
Battery Type: Canon LP-E6N
Width: 13.9 cm
Depth: 7.85 cm
Height: 10.52 cm
Weight: 730 g

Design

A typical DSLR design the Canon 80D comes with a rubber grip and interchangeable lenses. The design is almost identical to it’s predecessor the 70D. 

Canon 80D Review

 

AutoFocus

The Canon 80D comes with a comprehensive autofocus system with 100% field of view optical viewfinder which works a treat with the vari-angle touchscreen!

Value For Money

From a vlogging perspective. This camera just isn’t enough of a big step up from the Canon G7X Mark II to warrant the extra cost, weight and dimensions.

That said, if you are looking for just a great all round DSLR to take fantastic photos on then this is going to be a highly suitable easy to use camera and I’d recommend it.

 
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