If you’re just starting out, chances are you’ve wondered about work samples.
How will you prove your skills to potential clients if you don’t have any work samples to show what you can do? And how will you get work samples if you can’t land any clients?
It’s a classic catch-22.
Fortunately, in this catch-22, you have a lot of options for breaking out of the loop.
Option 1: You Might Be Overlooking Existing Samples
If you’ve had a job or spent time volunteering, there’s the possibility you have some writing samples already.
Did you ever write up a summary of results or put together an overview of what was happening in your department? Or maybe you wrote an article for your company’s internal newsletter? You might have helped with the copy for a brochure or a fundraising effort? If you did anything like this for a job or volunteer gig, these work as professional samples.
Option 2: They Aren’t Paid Samples, but…
If you’ve taken a class that involved working on sample projects (AWAI has several programs that do this), then those projects are examples of your work.
As long as you don’t pass them off as client work, you’re good.
Option 3: Do You Have a Website or Blog?
If you do, everything there is an example of your work.
Option 4: Give a Friend a Hand
Do you have any friends, family members, or acquaintances who own a business? If yes, reach out to them, and ask if you can do a little pro bono work on their website, email newsletter, or blog. What you put together for them will also be a sample you can show a potential client.
Between these four options, you either already have samples or you can put some together pretty darn quick.
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!