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Gizfolio Startup Blog

Gizfolio Startup Blog
Tracking the progress of an internet startup, which aims to help freelancers find contract work.
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Finally, Gizfolio rolls out a free service for bloggers!
2007-11-08 04:19:00
It’s been a busy month here at Giz HQ with lots to contend with, but we’ve managed to launch an early beta of our new blogging service called Pijoo ( The blogging community has followed our progress as we launched for freelancers and creative people, and we wanted to give something back, so here ...
More About: News , Service , Free , Bloggers , Finally
Site Updates
2007-09-10 18:05:00
We’re getting a lot of feedback from our members about various features that would make the site even better, and we always listen to new ideas, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on behind the scenes, and what you can expect to see in the coming weeks.. Membership periods - The signup form for ...
More About: News , Site , Updates
Competition Winners
2007-08-14 14:06:00
Well judging was really hard, it took a whole weekend of sifting through images and heated debate (mostly about the price of beer) but we have our winners… 1st Prize goes to Andrew Bennet (BenSpark) for his excellent photography. Among our favourites was this.. 2nd Prize goes to Astrid Mueller (PotatoMamma) for some really eye-catching illustrations. ...
More About: News , Competition , Competitions , Winners , Petit
Competition Update
2007-08-10 16:02:00
**Update d - Due to confusion about the whole 12am GMT thing, the competition is extended until midnight tonight (Friday 10th August) to allow all entries a fair chance** The Creative Arts Competition is now closed. We’ve had a really impressive response thanks to all the efforts of Kevin at FuelMyBlog, and winners will be announced in ...
More About: Competitions , Petit
Surviving the First Year of Freelancing
2007-08-03 15:13:00
Being a freelancer can be very rewarding, and offers both creative and personal freedom that’s pretty rare in other lines of work, but how the heck do you get started? It’s all about surviving the first year, which can be the downfall of the unprepared, and serves as a test not only of your creative skills, ...
More About: Freelancing , Elan , Ving , Year , Vivi
Creative Arts Competition
2007-07-18 23:34:00
If you ever wanted to make a career out of your creative talent, or just have an artistic streak you’d like to explore professionally, then this competition is a great way to get started! Gizfolio has teamed up with FuelMyBlog to give all you creative bloggers the chance to kickstart a freelance career in photography, painting, ...
More About: Creative , Competition , Arts , Competitions , Petit
Job Listings Overhaul
2007-07-18 16:34:00
The freelance job listings on Gizfolio have just had a whole bunch of new features and updates, thanks to the feedback of our members and even some non-members. Each listing is now far more interactive and offers more control to both buyer and freelancer… Job listers (buyers) can now link to external websites, PDF documents, google ...
More About: Listings
Startup Essentials For Freelancers
2007-07-08 03:27:00
Welcome to the first in a series of articles by myself, Calvin Innes, for the Gizfolio start-up blog. I have been working freelance as an illustrator, animator and writer for a few years now, and during that time have made a number of different choices on how to promote myself, some good, some just plain ...
More About: Startup , Lance , Elan , Essentials , Freelancers
Creativity vs Business
2007-07-06 23:41:00
There’s no denying it, creativity and business are two very different animals and bringing them together can result in frustration, misunderstandings, damaged egos and empty wallets. An artist and a project manager often speak very different languages, and tend to be motivated by different things. We’ve met with business advisors, serial entreprenuers and company directors, and ...
More About: Business , Design , Creativity , Sine
Features Round-Up
2007-07-02 19:13:00
With new features and changes to the site on an almost daily basis, it’s pretty hard to keep track and announce each one, but here’s a quick rundown of the most recent, followed by some of the things we have planned for the coming weeks… Recent changes… Not an important change, but an obvious one - the ...
More About: News , Features , Round Up , Round , Feat
8 Things about Gizfolio
2007-06-30 11:57:00
Oh no! We’ve been ‘tagged’ by fuelmyblog and have to post 8 things about us.. the pressure!! Seriously, I haven’t even got around to writing a decent ‘About us’ page yet, which should be a good indication of (1) I don’t know who the hell we are, and (b) I can’t blog for toffee. Every time ...
More About: Things , Thing
Gizfolio Part Deux
2007-06-27 04:34:00
It’s been a busy week, contending with major floods as well as trying to prioritise a torrent of ideas and fixes for the site, the usual pub meetings and all the daily issues of actually being live that make the pre-launch days seem easy. I can probably sum up this week by offering a snippet from ...
More About: News , Part
How much should a freelancer charge?
2007-06-20 00:56:00
This post was inspired by looking through the keywords used to find our site, and since it’s a question that crops up quite often, I’ll try to answer this difficult question as best I can, although I fully expect this article to be corrected and appended by any freelancer wishing to comment, and please do ...
More About: Design , Charge , Lance , Elan , Freelancer
Site Update
2007-06-07 17:53:00
Just quick update on the progress of the site, no big changes this week, as most of our efforts have been concentrated in the ‘real world’, but small improvements are being made daily, so here’s a quick rundown… RSS Feeds are now available for job listings, meaning you can stay up to date with the latest ...
More About: News , Site , Update
Building an effective portfolio - Part 1
2007-06-03 16:18:00
Getting on the front page The front page of Gizfolio is the hub of all recent activity, and getting on there can increase your visibility and lead to more work. Priority is given to higher quality work, and images with proper thumbnails and descriptions. An image without a thumbnail is scaled down to fit a 128×128 ...
More About: Design , Building , Portfolio , Part , Olio
Launch Update
2007-06-01 17:29:00
Yeah I know, we look all smug and you probably want to punch us, but it’s because we just launched after months of late nights and beer fueled ?design sessions?, so excuse us while we bask in our own glory before getting back to work. Nick Bardsley (pictured left) has offered a partnership between Gizfolio ...
More About: News , Update , Launch
Confusing emails
2007-05-30 10:55:00
Just a quick post to clarify, if you got an email telling you the site will open within 24 hours, and how to sign up for your free account, the site will not be open until 5-6pm GMT today. I sent out 20 last night, and the replies are flooding in from confused people, so ...
More About: News , Emails
We?re done! (ish)
2007-05-29 09:59:00
The site is finished and ready go live on Wednesday. After 4 months of sleep deprivation, 6000 cups of tea and countless design changes, it’s time to take a day off before the real work starts, and I have no intention of getting up before the crack of noon tomorrow. Email invites will go out to ...
More About: News , Done
Pre-Launch Digest
2007-05-27 09:10:00
The workload is insane - It just turned 7am here in the UK, and I’m still working on the site (since yesterday), trying to get everything ready for launch. At about 4am, instead of calling it a day like any sane person would, I decided to make some major changes to the way images are ...
More About: News , Launch , Digest
What makes a great portfolio?
2007-05-25 00:32:00
This is a question we asked ourselves when drawing up the plans for Gizfolio, and one we hope we can answer through the features we offer to our members. In this fast paced modern world, a creative professional has much less time in which to grab attention and distinguish themselves from the competition, making the initial ...
More About: Design , Portfolio , Great , Olio
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