Every freelance writer should have a good online portfolio, a place to showcase their best works and examples of the kinds of writing that they do.
However, creating a portfolio is not as simple as choosing the best writing that you’ve done for your clients and putting up copies or even snippets on your site. Not only might this be considered bad form on the part of your clients, but there may be legal issues that prevent you being able to do so.
So as many of us begin to look toward the new year and seek out ways to revamp our businesses for 2011, it’s important that we do so with care and respect.
Simply put, the best portfolio in the world won’t do any good if it’s been taken offline for copyright or other legal violations. So it’s worth taking a few moments to understand our legal obligations when assembling our portfolios and how we can best stay out of trouble. [Read more…]