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3 Ways to Host Your Freelance Portfolio Without a Website

3 Ways to Host Your Freelance Portfolio Without a Website
Elvira Strinosa
Written by Elvira Strinosa

No doubt freelancers need a portfolio to display your work. Doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or an accountant. Your portfolio helps clients get a feel for who you are and what you do. But what if you don’t have the time or cash to set up a portfolio website right now? No worries, today I’ll show you three ways to host your freelance portfolio without a website.

Hosting Option 1 – Freelance Platforms

If you plan to freelance through one of the major platforms like Upwork or Fiverr, then you’re in luck. You won’t need a website because your freelance account serves as your portfolio.

Almost every freelance platform I’ve come across has a special area dedicated to portfolio examples. On Upwork you can set up as many pages of examples as you want.

Some platforms may limit the number of portfolio pieces you can upload. That’s fine. Portfolios are designed to share your absolute best work so clients get a feel for what you can do.



Since freelance platforms make it incredibly easy to set up and share portfolio pieces, they’re a prime candidate to host your freelance portfolio without a website.

Hosting Option 2 – Cloud Services

If you won’t freelance inside the major platforms, then it won’t make sense to use them for your portfolio.

Instead, you might consider one of the top cloud-based services such as Google Drive or Dropbox. If you don’t like either of those, then you could also try Box, OneDrive or Zoho Docs.

Cloud-based services are a powerful, free portfolio tool.
The benefit of cloud-based services is they give you a lot of control over the management of your files. You can organize your portfolio pieces into folders and give or restrict access on a user-by-user basis.

Cloud services are usually free (up to a certain point). Most freelancers get more free storage with cloud services than they’ll ever use.

One disadvantage is that you can’t make your portfolio pieces look as pretty as they might look on the freelance platforms or on your own website.

Hosting Option 3 – Free Portfolio Services

In addition to freelance platforms and cloud services, there are portfolio websites that let you create targeted, functional portfolios for free. Usually these platforms target specific skill sets.

For example, Behance, Deviant Art, and Dribbble offer free portfolios for designers. For writers, there are sites like clippings.me, Contently, JournoPortfolio.

If you do some other skill like photography, narration, or any other off-the-wall skill, you can still find portfolio services that work for you. I can’t list them all here, so just search for your skill + free portolio.

Google returns tons of results, so even if you don’t find something skill-specific, you’ll still find more general free portfolio option that will probably work well for you.

Do You Need to Host Your Freelance Portfolio with a Website?

Honestly, probably not. I don’t use a website to host my work. I just link clients to examples of past work performed on their website, or I send them to my Dropbox account.

Setting up a website can be a huge time-suck, not to mention it costs money you may not have. But if you’re dead set on building one, there are free options through places like WordPress, Wix, and Weebly.

These websites not only give you free hosting, but a free domain. That means you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket. That said, at some point you may want to upgrade (at least your domain name) so you have your own dot com URL for a more professional image.

So those are three places you can host your freelance portfolio without a website. Now it’s your turn. Where and how do you host your portfolio? Comment below.

 

About the author

Elvira Strinosa

Elvira Strinosa

Elvira is an Assistant Editor and News Writer for Notorious [F]. She has served in various freelance positions over the past four years including copyeditor, copywriter, and content writer. When she isn't writing, or editing, she spends her time reading sappy romance novels and taking long walks outdoors.

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