The difficulties of starting a career in tech

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

This is a good summary of some issues with starting a career in tech. This one jumps out at me, though I realize the issue of portfolios is controversial in some quarters.

More than a couple of times have I met developers looking for web development gigs without a proper portfolio to show off.

Having a portfolio helps to demonstrate what you are capable of doing.

You’ve probably been told that having a personal domain puts you a mile ahead in your search for clients.

But if your domain is not filled with useful content placed in the right manner, it will be a automatic turn off for the client you are seeking to woo.

If you are venturing into web design, you need a domain.

Your client will ask himself why you want to build a website for others when you don’t even have one for yourself. If you are seeking a real client, outside your inner circle, who is ready to spend money on you, then you need to have a portfolio domain to show off.

When starting out you probably don’t have much money to spare in buying hosting space and a domain.

But remember you are competing against a multitude. There are probably a dozen other developers approaching the same client for the same service you are seeking to offer.

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