Dear 100 Hour Board,
Do you know of any places/people that can help with personal branding & also website design? Preferably that are either free (trying to gain experience) or somewhat inexpensive and located in Provo or work remotely. I'm needing a professional portfolio but don't have the technical know-how to create a logo or a super cool website.
-And I'm supposed to be Graduating
Do you remember anyone running their mouth about the importance of networking? It may have sounded like muffled "wah" sounds but it was actually a huge deal. This is exactly the need which networking can help with. Apply those principles and start meeting graphic designers. Reach out to relevant departments and try to get in contact with current BYU students. Attend events held by the department or major. Hopefully you'll find some students looking for experience who are eager to help you. Please though, out of decency, offer them some money. For your website design, maybe start with something mainstream like Wix? It's not as crisp as starting from scratch but at least you can do it without paying anyone. Or, just like the graphic design stuff, GO MEET WEB DESIGNERS. Post on Facebook pages like Jobs for BYU. Just get the word out and try to zero in on the right people. You can also post on freelance websites like Freelancer or Upwork but that tends to be a little more sketchy. I can't set you up with anything personally but those are my best ideas. Best of luck!
BYU actually has a program called BYU Domains that allows you to get a website domain for free through BYU (while you're a student, and it's relatively inexpensive after you graduate) and build your own website. They have videos that train you how to structure things and help you make the website you want.
I'd strongly suggest against trying to get someone to do it for free for you. The artist Kendall Hale—a BYU alum, in fact—actually addresses this in a beautifully-illustrated post describing the frustration he deals with frequently when people try to get him to make something for free, often for "the exposure." He says it best, and I'd highly recommend you check it out here.
Still not convinced? Please examine the Twitter page For Exposure. Be advised: There is a lot of swearing.
If your professional portfolio is indeed critical to your livelihood, I suggest making the time to learn how to create it, or paying another professional to make something worth sharing.
I could forward you the THOUSANDS OF SPAM EMAILS I GET ABOUT THIS because one time I paid $1 for a website domain from some sketchy website that apparently gave my email to everyone. One of them even promised to get my page onto the first page of Google!
Keep it real,