Thanks in advance to anyone taking the time to read and/or reply to this post.
I'm completely new to freelancing and can already tell ya I'm no good at "self-marketing". And while I've managed to get a couple of small translation gigs on Odesk, I'm quite lost as to how to get around as a freelancer.
My main question is regarding a new career path I'm considering which seems perfect for my aptitude - data analysis/visualization. Will such a field allow for a sustainable freelancing career? And since it's a relatively new field, how exactly could I "prove" myself to prospective clients as a data analyst considering I do not intend on getting another higher education degree (I live in the US and am unable to travel to say, Germany, for reasonably priced education at the moment)? What exactly do I have to teach myself to qualify as a data analyst/visualizer? Maybe the last question is too specific for this forum, but any advice would be appreciated.
Now to my second question...I've recently graduated and have a lot of experience building websites as part of my coursework, but they have all been taken down (the lecturers always replace projects from previous semesters with projects from current ones) . In order to provide proof of my web developing skills (aka, resume), do you know of any way I could volunteer my web design/development skills in exchange for free hosting of my "sample websites"?
Thanks a lot again.