Saturday, November 12, 2016


I am not going to talk about the technical details or performance; neither how big or small the motor is, because there are many reviews of this type with many opinions available. I want to only share my own feeling about the car after experience it live. You could see how fascinated and excited I was in my previous post on the topic, I even said that I think it will become a “future legend” or classic, so now after experiencing it live I felt the need to share and provide an update on the previous article.

It is still true that the new "Handcrafted by Racers" AMG GT is a very nice sports car with all it needs to become a bestseller but I do not think anymore that it will become the “next classic” and that because it has, for me, too much commercial aspect. After seeing the first released pictures I was really amazed but seeing it live it removed the fairy tale aspect and probably the image that I created in my head about this car.

So why did I change my view on this? Firstly, because of the impression you get from first seeing it the car on front of you. All of us, especially the ones already excited after seeing the pictures, expect to have a “boom” like experience while having the first live look at it. I was so happy to finally get to see it and when I actually did I was it did not met the high hopes that I had built for it. Don’t get me wrong I was expecting the “prince charming” among cars and found just Mercedes’s next sports car. There are far more attractive models out there and in comparison to them the new AMG GT looks more like a low build 2 door limousine.


While seeing it from the front I missed the aggressive design of a sports car even with the available wideness which makes it look sporty, but that is not enough as I feel that better and bigger headlamps would have helped a lot more in this aspect. On the other hand the GT like side line is still great and it really makes the car very attractive compensating for the front. The back side is also very nice but could be even great with some further adjustments as for example one single or double “slimmer” LED diode back-lights instead of the multiple LED dots. Similar for the front lights would also help but the lamps could be bigger, as mentioned before. One deflector would have been great as well.

About the interior, the 2 sits provide good side support, you sit low but have great visibility on front (what it is a real issue for me in the Audi R8, for example) and can access the command desk easily. On the materials I cannot complain but find that Mercedes should have not borrowed so many items from other models. Two example are: air conditioner vents like in A, B, C Class or the steering wheel.

I guess that this is my own taste in cars so please consider that while reading and try to do your own judgment using your own standards. All in one the car is very attractive the price is competitive in the class and it can be really a good alternative to the existing models. My personal choice: I would first try with a Porsche 911.

Claufficious Car Review Verdict: ★★★★

Cheers
― Claudiu








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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The 2016 Dodge Charger is unlike most other automobiles in its class. The truth is, it is in a class of its own. Part muscle car, part modern-day sedan, this is an automobile that can perform at the top of its game in all conditions without costing you a fortune to own one. It even manages to get decent fuel mileage for a car that produces so much power, with approximately 19 miles per gallon in town and a much improved 31 miles per gallon on the highway. When it is all said and done, there are a lot of things to talk about regarding this automobile, ranging from the interior and exterior to its outstanding performance and safety features. In addition, it has a number of technology features that definitely make it stand out above the competition.

Interior

If you like to be comfortable, this is the car for you. It features heated seats in both the front and the back, something that very few automobile manufacturers think to employ. In addition, the front seats are also cooled, so you can be comfortable regardless of the ambient temperature. For a car that looks rather compact, there is a surprising amount of room in the back seat and enough room in the trunk to store virtually anything you want to put back there. The car even features convenient paddle shifters, putting you in charge of your driving just like the muscle cars that were popular so many years ago.

Exterior

The Charger also features 20 inch wheels that come in a mind-boggling 11 different designs. Furthermore, you can get the car with LED fog lamps and running lights. It also has a spoiler and three different hood variations that are available, largely depending on the specific model that you choose. You can even choose to have the entire roof painted black, something that makes this car look even meaner than its performance might suggest. If you want a car that looks great and performs just as good as it looks, this is definitely a car that will turn heads.

Technology

This car is second-to-none when it comes to technological features. First and foremost, it has a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot so you can connect to the internet no matter where you are. You can also choose between either HD or satellite radio that is coupled with a state-of-the-art audio system. Add that things like Bluetooth, voice command and a media hub, and you have an automobile that allows you to do anything you want when it comes to staying connected. Use it for work or play, the choice is yours. This car also features auxiliary power outlets and dual USB charging ports.

Performance

This car is designed to perform. While there are four different engine variations available, depending on the model you choose, the most popular is easily the 6.2 liter HEMI V8 engine. This is a supercharged engine that is capable of delivering 707 horsepower and 650 foot pounds of torque. Couple that with a responsive electronic transmission and all wheel drive, and you have a car that is capable of outperforming many other cars in its class that cost far more, yet aren't capable of performing as well. The car also features a high performance brake system and adaptive suspension system, making it a joy to drive in any type of weather or terrain.

Safety

Of course, no car would be complete unless it was safe. Again, the Charger delivers. It features anti-lock brakes and an electronic brake assist system that is adaptive for different weather and driving conditions. Furthermore, it has a collision warning system that not only warns you that a collision is imminent, but automatically begins the braking process until the car is completely stopped, even if you don't initiate the process yourself.

Summary

The original muscle car movement was all about creating great looking cars that were capable of delivering a level of performance that had not previously been seen. The movement that exists today is about the same thing. However, these cars are not just muscle cars. They are also family sedans that are capable of performing like muscle cars and they are capable of doing so with a higher level of reliability, controllability and safety than their predecessors. While some might not think of the Charger as a muscle car based on appearances alone, the truth is that it is exactly that in every sense of the term. Many people would agree that it defines what it really means to be a muscle car while simultaneously filling the role of a safe and secure family automobile. Better yet, it is both fun and easy to drive.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

As long as I can remember, I was very attracted by the idea of having a car that combines the usability, the space and the sports car look in one. The car manufacturers have responded to that by creating the SUV models. Many have created cars with sporty body lines trying to give an elevated sports car note and that seem to have attracted the public very much, so a good move coming from the car manufactures, which is not always the case in this hugely competitive market.

How did Audi respond to the SUV market trends? - Claufficious Car Review
Audi's response to this trend was the Q7, the top of the line SUV, a car that was supposed to bring all that and more, and they succeed, in my opinion, because this car despite its huge mass (for European standards, of course) is very agile and sporty. I mean if you see it from outside you would think that this is a whale on wheels but if you'll sit inside for 30 minutes you will get what I mean. The interior is very nicely done the quality of the materials is great and my first impression was that I am entering an air-plane cockpit. Many lights and LEDs everywhere, especially in the dark this looks really cool, and is not just looking cool, it is also fitting its utility purpose on the same time.

Driving the car the first time will probably give you the impression of sitting in a truck because you actually have a big overview to what happens on front of you but if you press the throttle hard enough you'll notice that it also has a sporty heart. By just hitting the throttle a bit more the "kick down" will make you feel like pushing the launch button. Do not get me wrong here, we do not talk about a car that can compete with a Porsche 911 but among the SUVs this is one of the sportiest that you can get. There is of course always something that you can complain about these type of cars and by Q7 the standards seats do not really give you any side support so if you take a curve a bit more aggressive, because you can, thanks to the 4x4 and a powerful engine, you will end up sliding out of the driver seat and hitting the door. Not so pleasant.

On the other hand, with the V6 3.0 liter diesel engine, you will have at least a clean conscience, thanks to its catalytic reduction system, EURO6 standards compliant, which is by the way compulsory starting 2015. Talking about this motor I cannot miss to say that the second very positive surprise is its consumption which for a car as heavy and big as the Audi Q7, it takes, on highways, in average 6.5 liters diesel, which is really insignificant compared to its weight. Many other cars with half its weight and engine power cannot compete with that.

Overall a pleasant surprise from Audi on the SUV market, a model with many lovers and but also haters, a good compromise for the environment with some sporty characteristics which will probably satisfy some family men's desire to combine a spacious family car with their passion to sport cars, at least until the kids are big enough and they can fulfill their actual dream to drive a real sports car because for the amount of money you pay for a more or less fully equipped Audi Q7 you could buy a Boxster GTS instead and still have some money left for a one week road trip around the French Riviera.

Meanwhile Audi launched the new Q7 model and I tried to add some comparison data, at least for the way it looks, because I did not tested it yet. So the picture below compares the old and the new models and I'll let you draw the conclusions.

How did Audi respond to the SUV market trends? - Claufficious Car Review

It might be that the new 2015 model is lighter, more efficient, modern and comfortable but it sure is not prettier than the previous model. Just adding LED lights is simply not enough. To me it looks more like a bad facelift than a completely new model and to be honest I expected more from Audi than what they delivered. I anyhow scheduled a test drive so I will be writing soon on the new model, keep tuned for more.

Claufficious Car Review Verdict: ★★★

Cheers



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Saturday, October 29, 2016

How to become a successful entrepreneur? - Claufficious Entrepreneurship Advice

You might not believe it but I think that anyone can be a successful entrepreneur if it puts the right effort and passion into it. Actually everyone is already an entrepreneur even if we don’t realize it. Did you ever exchange or sell your old toys, in your youth times, to get something you always wanted? Did you ever collect your tooth fairy bucks to make a budget for your next toy purchase? Did you ever build up a plan how to reach a goal? These and many more questions like that; are the ones which most of us would answer with yes. So what do you think now? This is the next big news for all of us: the entrepreneur mindset is already planted deep into our mind; we just need to activate it or make use of it again. So how do we activate our entrepreneur mindset?

Many of us have plenty of ideas, we know stuff, we can even scrap the budget to sponsor the first steps but why don’t we do it? There are many reasons for that like the lack of time, a busy lifestyle or job, money, worries, procrastination and many more but in my opinion the biggest reason of all is that we are afraid of failure.

So what's the risk for you to start? And what would the failure mean for you? I was in the same situation many years ago and I still get that feeling each time I want to try something new, that’s natural. We just need to find better ways to assess the risk and remove the fear.

Are you afraid that you’ll lose money? Don't be because you'll only need a minimal investment (less than 100 $) to validate your business idea (publish a landing page and do some advertising).

Are you afraid of failing? In that case I have good news for you, without failing there is no success. Nobody has success without learning from failure first.

Are you perhaps afraid of not having the time to invest in your idea? Not at all, it only takes minutes to create a landing page and initiate the marketing campaign and you can do this in your free time, right after work.

Are you afraid to lose your 9-5 job and be left without revenue while waiting on your idea success payoff? Don't be because you do not even have to quit your job to be an entrepreneur. Just try and try some more until you find your idea that gets validated and start bringing you revenue. Should you have success and earn enough to sustain yourself without your 9-5 job, then you can quit, but you can actually keep both as there is not limit or rule against that, if you are doing it during your free time. It's your decision alone.



A wise man once said “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” - J. K. Rowling; and I fully agree with that. We need to take charge and initiate actions, calculate risks and learn from failures. Only then we will succeed with our endeavors.

Before you start, but please don’t use this as a reason not to act, I recommend you to read some books on entrepreneurship (like for example Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Workweek) books which will get you very motivated but also provide you with the tools to start, implement, sustain and develop your ideas. This is of course not a guarantee for success but they will provide you with a starting point and confidence which is all you need for starting.

If you start, you do the research correctly, have a plan and ACT, I guarantee that you will at least find the best way to do all the required steps that will make you an entrepreneur. And another piece of advice, do not give up if your first idea(s) is not a success, just try another and another until you find the right one. The message here is to enjoy the ride, the success will also join you as soon as you do the things right and find your own personal way to do it. I am also in this stage in which I'm chasing ideas and validate them and even without the actual success I really enjoy discovering the entrepreneur ways and that is priceless.

Enjoy and let me know how it worked out for you.

Cheers




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Saturday, October 22, 2016

One good reason not to follow your passion - Claufficious Entrepreneurship Advice

To succeed in life or business, you do not necessarily need to follow your passion; you need to concentrate on what you do best instead. Everyone of us is born with lots of passions and we love many things or dream of doing lots of stuff, so why not investing in our biggest passion?

During the 70’s there was an idea surfacing that following your passion will lead you to success so many people followed. In the latter years people started to reach a conclusion to that advice and that is not always positive. It seems that by following you passion for success has less linking to education, skills or experience, therefore passionate people could run into big issues in their way to convert their passion into profitable businesses.

Basically the reason not to follow your passion is that you can be very passionate about one thing, but do not be necessary very skilled at or able to really master it. One example: you're crazy about music, love singing songs but your voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Of course you could sell or produce music but I hope you got my point.

The idea that I want to introduce here is that of course if you are passionate about something and are also able to master that thing than you should definitely trigger that. Unfortunately not all of us can match the passion with the skill, so in that case you need to concentrate on the one thing that you can do best and become passionate about it. That skill that you master is where you are the authority at and where you need to concentrate on to reach success.

The conclusion: do not do what you love, learn to love what you do instead.

Another argument to sustain this idea is that people really cannot handle passions like businesses because they are simply too attached to them and miss being pragmatic. Or because people enjoy the things they love but hate the work that surrounds that passion. On the other hand if you have a skill, and that is easily found anyhow, then you can start right away to invest in it. And that what you usually invest first is time, the only thing which you cannot own so you need to plan it very carefully. On the other hand, with a passion, time does not play such an important role and that would end up being bad for your success.

So how do you transform a skill into your business?

First you need to identify that skill. Just look at what you do best, what you master or that at what you are an authority on. See, for example, the reason why the people at work are coming to you for help or for what your friends ask your support for. Now you need to see if that skill solves a problem, or brings something new into a popular or, even better, rare area (market). It is very important that your chosen skill solves an issue.

Next thing to do is to concentrate on becoming as good as possible with that skill by investing hard work on developing it. Read books, practice a lot, become a master of that skill, find ways to measure your success and “jump into it” by going out of your conform zone.  After you reach that level you’ll also start to enjoy it and if you enjoy doing something then there is a good chance to become passionate about it. There is just a small step from this point to transform that skill into something that will make you proud doing and that is something that you’ll also love.

Cheers
― Claudiu









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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Alle Schweizer Neuwagen Rabatte auf einer webseite gelistet
I’m getting many questions on Pro-Motor.ch, the Swiss car deals comparison database, about  how can it be used for getting the best deal at car purchase, where the data is coming from, how to’s and why’s, free or not, etc. so I decided to write this post to clarify on all that.

First, a bit of background information on pro-motor.ch. As you might have noticed I’m from Switzerland so this site is related to that country's automotive market.

As mentioned in the short introduction, the idea came actually from a need, rather two needs. The first one was to find a better offer for a new car that I wanted to purchase and was so bored and pissed to have to search thousands of sites and visit all dealers in the region for finding the right offer for me.

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Of course you can always pay the catalog price and escape the effort of getting "more for your money" but I am not that type of person and always want to get the maximum out of my investments, after all I'm working hard for it.

The second need was that I needed to find a topic for my MBA Entrepreneurship exam which was to build a business plan, so I took the first need and converted it in the solution for the second. The result was the business plan for Pro-motor.ch, Win-Win :-)

But let’s go back to the problem I was facing. So let’s suppose you’re searching for a new car but do not want to settle just with the catalog price, where you pay what you’re told, but you want to get something more for your money. This "more" can be many things, such as: extended insurance, additional extras, reduced leasing rate or just price discounts. Assuming that you have the same problem, what do you do? I'll tell you what I did, I started to research in the Internet and open, read, collect information then "surf" to the next site and do the same. This for each of the car makes that I was interested in. Sounds like a lot of work isn't it? Believe me IT REALLY IS!

After many days and weeks of searching, comparing, calling, reviewing, consulting, visiting car dealers or shows to get the most suitable and advantageous offer for my new car I ended up very tired and confused. My conclusion? A central database that will list all the car offers and deals  by car make or type of offer will make the search a LOT EASIER. Then the idea came up, why don't I create a web portal to list that and provide help for people in the same situation as I was?

As as result of that idea, pro-motor.ch was "born". That's the story behind. Moreover, based on the same idea and the popularity of this site I decided to offer the same solution for the German car market, therefore starting April 2015. The website is called auto-promotionen.de and is also accessible directly from pro-motor.ch 


Now let me just provide answers to some of the most common questions.

What is pro-motor.ch about?
A collection of most of the deals, discounts or offers available on the Swiss car market, with most of the car makes and garages.

How can I or should I use it?
You can simply profit out of the available information, select your most suitable deal and then use this information to contact the dealer to get the best offer for your money.

Can I order or purchase directly from pro-motor.ch?
NO, this site is only a source of information. Your advantage comes from the fact that you do not need to invest weeks in searching the best deal on your own (see above problem description)

Where the data is coming from?
The data is been collected manually from all the official car dealers and makes websites and published centrally on pro-motor.ch for your reference.

What does it cost me?
All the data and information available on pro-motor.ch is offered completely FREE OF CHARGE.

I hope that I could help you better understand the idea and purpose of my site. Should you have any other questions do not hesitate to contact me.

Cheers
― Claudiu




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Thursday, September 15, 2016



21st century job hunting and customer prospecting requires 21st century technology.  Gone are the days of sealing dozens of envelopes closed with a wet sponge and mailing off your resume and portfolio to prospective employers.  The job market these days requires candidates to maintain a certain competitive edge; one that won’t so easily be achieved unless you take the necessary steps to ensure your online presence is top-notch, tech-savvy, and professional. 

Do I need a portfolio Website?

Um yes!  Absolutely.  Portfolio websites aren’t just for individuals entering into a creative niche, either. They can be for everyone and anyone who’s job it is to create something.   Whether you’re a writer, a coder, a developer, an artist, a designer, an architect, a photographer – a portfolio website will suit you. Think of them as your virtual resume.  They are a visual representation of who you are, the projects you’ve undertaken, your achievements, and your background – all woven into a beautifully designed (yet simple and affordable) website.  Sounds complex?  Don’t worry it’s not.  The project will take you a few hours, but it’ll go a very long way in making you stand out as a driven, organized, technologically current, and professional candidate.

What should your Portfolio Website do?

1. Showcase your best work with a simple design
This might seem intuitive, but it’s not for everyone.  Make sure you go into designing your portfolio website with the right frame of mind.  The purpose of your site should be to create a web space that showcases your best work (not all of your work). Keeping this in mind, your design and web presence should be clean, slick, and to the point.  Yes, fancy websites are awesome to stare at for hours on end – but your portfolio website shouldn’t detract from the work you’re showcasing (unless, of course, you’re a web developer or designer and the work you’re showcasing is the website itself).  Let your work speak for itself.  Your web design is just there as the framework.

2. Have an easy to navigate layout
Your web design should be simple, but your navigation should be even simpler. Your portfolio viewers shouldn’t land on your website and find themselves weaving through an intricate maze. Your viewers should have no problem at all understanding the layout of your website, and navigating to the page they seek.  Like I said, keep it simple.

3. Display a clear Call To Action (CTA)
Your call to action will depend on the purpose of your site.  Are you trying to land a job working for another company?  Are you freelancing your services?  Whatever your goal may be, your call to action should be clear, visible, and drive your traffic to “convert”.  A site conversion means you’ve reached your goal – whatever that might be.  Perhaps your goal is to grow a subscriber list. In that case, your CTA should be a subscriber button.  Perhaps you want your traffic to buy your services. Your CTA should be to request a quote from you. Your traffic shouldn’t need to look too hard to find your CTA.  In fact, they shouldn’t need to look at all. That’s why it’s called a “call to action”.  Make them clear, big, and they should always (always, always, always – say that 10 more times) stand out.

So we’ve nailed down the basics.  You’re now ready to begin the portfolio website setup!

Obtain the basics for starting a website      

Before you can even consider the design and setup of your portfolio website, you’ll need to walk through the preliminary setup steps to create your website’s foundation.  Web hosting comes first.

Select a Web Hosting Solution


In order for your website to be publicly accessible to the World Wide Web, you need to rent a space in a server for your website to live.  To do so, you’ll need to pay for a web host.

Web hosting isn’t a terribly expensive cost to starting a website though it is a necessary means to the end.  Understandably, you’ll want to secure the best, most affordable, and secure hosting solution for your site – so be sure to check out web hosting reviews in order to choose the best one.  If you’re a student or on a budget, there are a few ideal solutions for you that will do the job at the right price.

Most web hosts will give you a free domain name when you buy their web hosting package.  Whether you pay for your domain or you get it for free, you’ll need to acquire one before you reach the next step in the process – installing WordPress on your site.  Feel free to be creative with your name, but I’m always a believer that using your name dot com (as in JaneDoe.com) is one of the most professional ways to go.  Plus, owning your name as a domain name is always going to be useful to you down the line no matter how much your career path evolves or changes.

If you’re lost and confused about how to choose a web host, no worries, you’re not alone.  It’s not such a confusing process if you know what to look for in a web host and the questions to ask.

Once you’ve secured a domain name and web hosting, you’re ready to progress to the next step.

Install WordPress on your site


WordPress is an open source website content management systems.  It’s one of the most robust website platforms in the world.  Fun fact:  every second, six WordPress posts are published.  Craziness!  Over 70 million websites are WordPress websites.  So, by choosing this free and incredibly functional, easy to use platform, you’re setting your portfolio website up for success.  Wahoo!  Now, let’s get started.

For the sake of a clear explanation, we’re going to assume that you purchased Bluehost as your web hosting solution.  Bluehost is a great host so I’ll use them as an example, but, for the record, most web hosts will follow the same or similar process for installing WordPress on your website.  If you chose another host, you’ll still be able to glean insight on how to install WordPress by reading through these next few steps.  The ultimate goal for this step is to install WordPress on the domain that you acquired when you purchased web hosting.

1.      Login to your Bluehost account using your hosting credentials and navigate to your dashboard. You’ll want to choose “website” from the top menu.











2.      Next choose “install now” and follow the process.  It’ll take you a few clicks and it’s an extremely intuitive process to follow.  







3.      Click continue when you land on the next main screen














4.      Next you’ll be prompted to choose where to install WordPress (on which domain).  When you purchased your web hosting, you’ll have already decided on a domain name for your site. Choose to install WordPress on that domain.










5.      Finally, you’ll be prompted to set the following:
a.       A title for your site
b.      The admin username
c.       The admin password
Once you agree to the terms and conditions (and store your username and password somewhere safe) click “install now”. This will take you to the installation page.

6.      You’ll receive an email when the installation is complete and it will prompt you to login to your WordPress dashboard.When your WordPress installation is all set, you’re ready to move onto the next step – preparing the portfolio.

Preparing the Portfolio

Congratulations! If you’ve reached this step, you successfully managed to purchase web hosting and to install WordPress on your website.  You are well on your way to creating the ideal, professional website portfolio. 

1.  Gather your Work
You’ll need to make sure you have digital copies of all of your work that will be featured in your portfolio.  Weed out the sub-par work.  Only feature your most creative, brilliant work.  Your portfolio should highlight the best of the best.  There’s no need at all to include everything you’ve ever done.  In fact, that could be more harmful than beneficial to your cause.

2.  Choose a theme
WordPress is your platform to build a site, but your WordPress theme will dictate how your website looks to any visitors who land on it.   You can choose a free theme or a premium theme (which costs money).  There are thousands of themes available to you so choose the one that looks best to you and will work best for your portfolio site!  If you’re looking for more direction, read this article by Colorlib that outlines the best WordPress themes for portfolio websites.  If you choose a robust premium theme, chances are you can avoid the next bullet (choosing a portfolio plugin) because you’ll have the framework to create your portfolio within your theme.  If you choose to go for a free theme, you’ll likely need to choose a plugin (next bullet) that is specially made to feature portfolios. 

3.  Select a portfolio plugin (optional)
If you’ve chosen a free theme, you’ll likely need to choose a portfolio plugin.  Some are free and some are for purchase.  Ultimately, which plugin you choose is up to you and what you plan to do with it!  Remember, the goal is to feature your work in a simple, clear, and professional manner. As long as the plugin does its job, it doesn’t really matter whether you chose a free option or a fancy-schmancy paid plugin.  Check out this article by Elegant Themes featuring some of the best WordPress portfolio plugins. 

Creating the Portfolio


You have your website setup and now you have the tools to support your portfolio. Awesome, now what steps must you take to curate the ideal portfolio website?

Here’s the thing: this part is different for everyone.  Perhaps that’s not what you’re looking to hear.  Perhaps you’re looking for someone to tell you step-by-step every little detail you need to make your portfolio perfect. But the cold hard truth is that your portfolio website should be unique and should be you-centric.  Using a canned solution or copying Joe Shmo’s portfolio design and approach won’t do you any good. Depending on your goals, the type of person you are, and the type of work you’re trying to showcase, your next steps to create your portfolio will be very unique and should be individualized to feature you not only as a professional, but also as a person. 

So I won’t give you the answers, but I’ll give you a few pointers.  Keep the following things in mind while you mold yourself a portfolio website:

1.  Be yourself! 
Your portfolio shouldn’t just feature your work, it should also feature YOU.  Add a unique about page that highlights your personality and the type of person that you are.  Employers and potential customers like to work with PEOPLE not robots.  Add in a bit of personality and let yourself shine.

2.  Highlight your awards and achievements
This can be on a separate page, or it can be on your home page.  Either way, don’t forget to include those achievements!

3.  Start a blog and feature it on your portfolio website
People don’t only want to see your work; they also want to see that you’re actively engaged within the community and space that you work in.  Blogs are the perfect way to display your knowledge, your interest, and your self-drive.

4.  Include a contact page
Even if your contact page isn’t your CTA, it should still be incredibly easy to reach you.  Include a contact form and include as many forms of contact on your site as possible.  The easier it is to reach you, the more likely it is that you’ll be reached. Simple as that.

5.  If you have testimonials, show them
Even if they’re screenshots from your LinkedIn account, honest words from real people will surely help your cause.  

6.  Keep it simple
Remember, let’s not overdo it.  Your portfolio website should clearly convey your purpose.  It should be easy to use, simple to navigate, clear, clean, and concise.  Flare and flash is great to a certain extent – but the minute you start overthinking your design, you’ll start distracting your traffic.  Stay focused. 

Good luck and happy building!

Article written by our guest writer Eden Fried

Eden Fried is a book nerd, an exercise junkie, and a freelance writer.  She recently quit her day job and bailed on law school to pursue a career as a freelancer online. Since then, she's spent her time learning how to earn a full-time salary off of freelancing, all while traveling the world and working from her laptop.  You can follow her journeys at http://EdenFried.com.

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