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Three years ago, I realized that working at a mind-numbing 9-to-5 corporate job just wasn’t for me. I looked at my boss, and my boss’s boss and noticed that I wasn’t interested in their positions or what they did on […]

July marks 6 months from switching from my 9-5 office job into a full-time freelance life. In the past 6 months there have been mountain highs, valley lows, and everything in-between. If you want to learn more about first-hand experience […]

I wanted to be a writer since the first grade. I remember the day like it was yesterday… My teacher told me the Principal wanted to see me in her office. I was terrified.  Every time someone went to the […]

One of the first pieces of business advice you’ll hear is how it’s a good idea to save at least 6 months to a year of living expenses before trying to win big at full-time freelancing. While this is wise advice from […]

When my wife, Jamie, and I graduated from college in 2010, there were two things we never thought we’d be doing for a living: freelancing, and teaching. Who wants the stress of not knowing when your next paycheck is going […]

It’s been almost a year now since I made the somewhat nerve-racking decision to quit my full-time job without having a new one to go to. I had been working in different marketing roles for over 7 years. I really […]

I’m one of those strange workaholic creatures doubly blessed with an enjoyable full-time job and a thriving freelance business. By day, I do real estate marketing for a large group of entrepreneurial-minded agents and a small, well-respected brand. By night, […]

Are you longing for the day when you can turn your side hustle into your main hustle? Or maybe you’ve already taken the plunge and business isn’t at all what you expected to be. Perhaps you’re not currently working and figure […]

Everyday, more and more people decide to leave their 9-5 job for an amazing life of freelancing. According to a new survey, 34% of the total U.S. workforce is made up of freelancers; that’s 53 million people! That means if […]

Maybe you’re still only dreaming about starting your own design business. Or perhaps you’re doing a few side-jobs in your free time hoping to start a design business full-time. Maybe you’ve just started your design business but need a bit […]

Ok, I’m calling you out. Why aren’t you freelancing? You know you want to start freelancing, you know you’re talented. So what’s stopping you from freelancing full-time or, at a minimum, on the side of your full-time job? Today, I […]

The purpose of this article is to help you understand how to start freelancing without quitting your job. We always hear about the freelancing vs. working for someone else argument. But why are the two ideas always mutually exclusive? I […]

A lot of Millo readers I talk to say something like: “I’ve been getting ready to make the switch to freelancing for months now, and I think I’m almost ready to take the leap.” Today, I want to crush all […]

Hands down, the most common reason Millo readers haven’t made the change to start freelancing is because they fear the loss of “job security.” And while I’m a huge advocate of having a day job (only if it adds value […]

One of the most important, overlooked aspects of owning your own design business is preparation for the inevitable rainy day. What would you do if something happened and you needed to take some time off? If you can’t pay your […]

Today is an unusual day for me. I’m working from home. As many of you know, I’m not a full-time always-work-from-home freelance designer. I have a full time job too. (Don’t hate me, remember?) But today, I’m working from home. […]

When I relaunched this brand new version of Millo earlier this year, I asked you to submit your ideas for posts you’d like to see over the next 12 months. (Haven’t had a chance to submit your request? Click here […]

I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at […]

I spent eight months, from August 2016 to March 2017, developing my first ever e-course. The one that was going to end my time-for-money struggles forever, give me more passive income than I could ever dream of, and make me […]

Just for the fun of it, type in “accounting software” into your favorite search engine and see what appears. When I Googled it, I found a list of apps, ads and reviews of the top online accounting software programs. Figuring […]

One of the scariest parts of freelancing for me is dealing with money. I consider myself an artist, and don’t want to be bothered with things like finances and taxes. But in order to be successful as a freelancer, I […]

Going full-time freelance means leaving the comfort of a steady paycheck. But many freelancers find they make as much or more money once they make the switch. If you’re someone stuck in an office job or a freelancer wondering how […]

Millo Mastermind is a great place to talk shop about the business side of freelancing. We’re all great designers, writers, illustrators and artists, but the thought of contracts and pricing and scope creep can send even the most battle-tested freelancers […]

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a freelancer about how to jumpstart her career, and in our discussion, this question popped up: “Stefan, I’ve been freelancing for three months so far and everything looks good. I managed […]

I worked in a small sushi restaurant for years before I started freelancing full-time. It was a tiny little place, the kind that only seats about 20 people and most of them at the bar. Working in such a small […]

Being a freelancer seems glamorous, even romantic at times. The notion of working when you want, how you want, and only on projects you deem worthy sounds too good to be true. While it’s true that freelancing is pretty darn […]

A friend and fellow copywriter recently asked me for productivity advice. This guy has worked for years as a full-time, in-house writer for a large corporation, and now he’s ready to make the jump to freelancing. Brave guy. That move […]

Why would anyone choose an uncertain career path that involves facing fears, having to work harder than ever before and not actually knowing if you’ll be able to bring in enough income to continue living as you’d like to? What […]

If you’re like me and value practical, actionable advice, you might be thinking something like this right now: Mindset? Seriously? How the heck is that going to help me make more money? I get it – I really do. It’s […]

Before starting my career as a full-time freelance blogger, I used to sell landing page designing gigs on Fiverr part-time. Back then, I used to make $2,000+ each month with little effort on my end, and so far I’ve made […]

One of the basic tenets of business is to keep expenses low and profits high. Over the last few years, particularly in the tech startup world, an extreme form of this theory, called bootstrapping, has become extremely popular. Bootstrapping is […]

I got my first Graphic Design job straight out of college at a local construction company.  It wasn’t the most glamorous design job; fairly simple web design, signage and brochures for properties. I knew this job wasn’t going to build […]

You’re sabotaging your business. How do I know? Because we all do it to some extent. And while it’s not always 100% evil to leave money on the table or not grow to zillions of dollars in revenue, it’s important […]

For those of you who’ve made the leap into full-time freelancing, the ebb and flow of new business can be especially unnerving. You’ve cast aside your full-time safety net, and now have to keep the fish biting in order to […]

We were at the closing table, finalizing our first home purchase, when we found out. We were doing a complete gut renovation on this house, which means we couldn’t live in it for at least 6 months. Our mortgage lender […]

Between freelancing and running Millo, I’ve been “in business” for over seven years now. I know that’s not much for some people, but for me, I feel pretty blessed to have reached lucky number 7. Looking back on the last 7 years […]

Running a freelance design business is one of the most fulfilling careers you can embark on. Think about it – you spend some time honing your design skills, and then use your skills to make an income, hopefully enough to […]

I don’t think I chose the freelance life, I think the freelance life chose me. While other kids were playing little league, I was trying to build a two story colonial house for my teddy bears out of logs, complete […]

As I mentioned before in this post, recently I interviewed 9 amazing veteran freelancers, each on a different challenging topic they have personal experience excelling in. From hiring employees to overcoming self-doubt, here are bits of the wonderful information four […]

Regardless of how great you are at building great business relationships, nearly every designer finds themselves (eventually) at odds with at least one client. You know what I’m talking about. The client is pretty picky, always asking for revisions or […]

My first business was in manufacturing. I was 10. I used to make all sorts of dazzling arts and crafts and sell them at the local Sunday markets. I remember the table being so huge I could barely see over […]

As I’ve interacted with many of you here at the blog, I’ve been shocked to learn than many full-time freelancers actually have less free time in their days and weeks than many of you who work full-time somewhere else and […]

Pretend you’re Saul Bass. You’re one of the most famous designers and filmmakers in history when a young designer approaches you and says, “Mr. Bass, I’m a huge fan of your work and one day I hope to be just […]

You’ve all heard the phrase, “if you try to be good at everything, you’ll be excellent at nothing.” But unless you’re one of the lucky ones, finding your niche can be really difficult. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t found […]