Yes, you’re reading that right. I tried to fire my client, and it backfired – so well, in fact, that our business relationship has improved! So what happened? Let me tell you… Deciding to fire my client Most of you […]

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Here at Millo, nothing makes us happier than helping out our readers as much as possible! Recently, JasonG asked the following question: Another problem I have along similar lines is the proper way to respond to ads from people looking […]

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If you would’ve told me when I got laid off I’d have a profitable freelance design business a mere 18 months later, I’d have laughed at your absurdity. Heck, I may have even snorted. Losing my job = best thing […]

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A note from Preston: Millo is more than 3 years old this year and in 2012, we’ve had a great first half of the year! Why so great? Because so many of you have joined us! My analytics show that more […]

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How many of your clients absolutely must make a change, no matter how minor (or just to decide that they like yours better) on EVERY project? Most of them, right? Mine too. Give ‘Em What They Want… People, including your […]

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This post is brought to you by Printrunner, an online printing service that provides label printing. * * * Okay, it’s decided: you’re going on vacation. (Yay! I want a postcard.) As your departure date nears, follow these tips to […]

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I have a love/hate relationship with my phone, especially when it comes to new clients. In fact, I used to be so bad that my boyfriend would listen to my end of the conversation so that he could give me […]

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Hi, Millo readers! I’m back from a fantastic two-week cruise from Miami through the Panama Canal to San Diego. (My deepest apologies for my belated responses to your wonderful comments.) So it IS possible, as a freelancer, to take a […]

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Quoting a project isn’t easy – and knowing how to quote a design project well is even tougher. Part estimation, part research, and part historical evidence, a good design quote creates a fair proposal for both the designer and the client […]

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Feeling like your graphic design portfolio needs a face lift but in need of some inspiration? I’ve compiled a list of 50 awesome graphic design portfolio examples and a short blurb on why I’ve chosen them, categorized alphabetically by awesome […]

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For those of you who, like me, used to work for someone else, you know what it’s like to beg for updated software, hardware, printer ink, and design-specific supplies. At the thought of turning freelance, my heart went pitter-patter at […]

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Did you read my earlier post about how I set my first 10 design business goals? It’s been less than a year since I first wrote them, and already I have reached some of them (and set new ones)! (PS: […]

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One of the beautiful things about being a freelance designer is the freedom to live where you want, be it within walking distance of the ocean, near family, or three floors above the most awesome coffee shop downtown. But does […]

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It starts out innocently enough. You sit down at your computer, check your email, check your social media outlets, comment on some LinkedIn discussions, explore some inspirational design sites, read an interesting post on increasing blog traffic, and geez… …is […]

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Designers often work so diligently for clients, we often forget to work for ourselves. Our own logos, collateral such as business cards and websites, and marketing campaigns suffer a bit of (okay, a fair amount of) neglect as we delegate […]

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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 […]

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True story: I was on the phone going over some proofs with a new client just last week and he starts the conversation by saying, “I hate it.” Those are pretty harsh words to swallow for any designer, especially coming […]

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I’m a person you’ve never met. Maybe we just bumped into one another in line at the supermarket. Maybe we’re both regulars at the local coffee shop waiting for our morning latte. Maybe we’re riding the elevator together in a […]

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Often as freelancers (budding or otherwise), our goal is to get ‘out there.’ We want as many people as possible to view our LinkedIn portfolio, visit our blog, appreciate our Behance project, and contact us for work. We have no […]

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It can be as simple as a harsh comment on a discussion board or a missed important deadline. Just like that, you’ve burnt a bridge. As Millo reader Fion mentions in a comment on this post, “…I regret to say […]

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Welcome to the next phase of building my design business–Greer Genius: designing the logo (read here for the post about naming the business). Today I’m going to tell you all about my process in developing my logo in hopes that […]

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You know as a designer you’ve got to market yourself in order to find new business. But if you’re only selling your services using “marketing” techniques, you’re missing a vital piece of the puzzle: networking. Get Connected. You may think […]

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Most businesses fail not because their owners aren’t good at what they do. A design studio doesn’t generally fail because they create poor designs. A dentist doesn’t generally fail because he cannot fix your teeth. Most businesses fail because their […]

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If you’re anything like me, the absolute very last thing on your mind after finalizing a proof is your pitch. At this point you’re reeking of awesomeness and positively giddy with the prospect of  reveling in the praise and glory […]

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Millo readers, it’s time to name my design business, and I really need your help. But first, a little back story: When I got laid off last February after 5 years with the company, I was devastated. I loved my […]

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Every designer has that high-maintenance client who always needs their projects rushed to the highest priority. You know, the one that calls at 4:30pm on a Friday needing something for a Saturday morning conference but who is still waiting for […]

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First, a note from Preston: Hey Millo Readers, you may have noticed a few articles recently from April Greer here at Millo. She’s an excellent entrepreneur,  designer and writer (as you’ve probably already noticed) and I’ve asked April to join […]

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One of my very first clients asked me to redesign a “simple” website. Being a young graphic designer, I was so excited that someone was about to pay me to design something (anything) that I ran full throttle into the […]

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In this age of instant messaging and texting, usage of proper English (or whatever language you’re communicating in) has become a rarity. It’s not uncommon to receive a text from your spouse that might say “k gtg ill b l8 […]

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