Preston is a web designer, entrepreneur, and the founder of this blog. @prestondlee

When Nathan Barry dropped out of college a few years ago, he never dreamed he’d soon be running a company that generates over $800,000 every month in recurring revenue. But that’s exactly what has happened with Nathan’s Saas company ConvertKit. […]

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Michael O’Neal is one of the most well-known podcasters in the world of independent entrepreneurship. His show, The Solopreneur Hour reaches a massive audience and Michael himself has become one of the most well-known and highly respected hosts around. And it’s […]

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Just a few years ago, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner was a recently graduated financial analyst with loads of student debt. Now her blog, Making Sense of Cents, is a seven-figure operation. For the last few months, she and her husband have really upped […]

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Today, I’m excited to announce that we are officially one week away from launching season 2 of our first-ever podcast, Freelance to Founder. Last season, we brought you some incredible stories of freelancers and solopreneurs who scaled their businesses to be […]

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Quitting your day job cold-turkey and starting your own business is way more risk than I think anyone should take. There’s a learning curve to running a business. It takes time, patience, and a lot of hard work. (PS: don’t […]

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CJ Burton is a photographer and illustrator who went from being a starving artists just out of college to now working with companies like Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and many more. He has been around photography his whole […]

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Adrienne Thakur was born and raised in Kentucky by entrepreneurial parents who owned and ran an antique store. Which meant she was exposed to a wide variety of unique artifacts from around the world. This exposure planted a deep desire […]

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When entrepreneur Bianca Board was young, she used to join her mum every morning on a paper run. She’d sit in the back of a little jeep, driving around the mountains, delivering papers. As she got older, her nana taught […]

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Nate was the only boy in a family of all girls. Which meant he had a chance to spend lots of time with his dad, who worked at home. Greg, Nate’s dad, worked at home from the time his children […]

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Courtney Brown has always been a hard worker. At her very first job, she worked at little girls’ birthday parties where she learned from her boss, a female entrepreneur, that anything was possible with determination and hard work. But Courtney […]

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After a long wait, season 1 of our first-ever podcast, Freelance to Founder is finally here. You can listen to all 8 episodes of season 1 here or by searching “Freelance to Founder” in iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. Season one tells […]

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Today, I’m happy to announce that Millo is launching two all-new podcasts for freelancers and solopreneurs. Here’s everything you might want to know about the new shows: First, the shows are called Freelance to Founder and Sidegig. Our mission here at Millo […]

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One of my favorite entrepreneurial quotes goes something like this: Just because you hate your job, it doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. I love it because it keeps antsy freelancers or solopreneurs grounded in reality. In my mind, the best […]

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Automation. It’s such a sexy word. I mean, who doesn’t want the most time-consuming, annoying pieces of their business to run on auto-pilot? A few years ago, when I first read Tim Ferris’ landmark business book The Four Hour Workweek, […]

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I’ve been running my own business long enough to know that absolutely no one gets into business because they love invoicing. And since it can be such a pain, it’s easy for us to overlook invoicing or pay very little attention to […]

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It’s a pretty common phrase around the freelancing world—“charge what you’re worth.” But I think it’s doing more harm than good. In fact, I think it could be completely killing or holding back some freelancers. I know you mean well. […]

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Ian Barnard is over-the-top talented. Which is one of the primary reasons his handlettering instagram account recently surpassed 120,000 followers. His account, which explores the diverse possibilities of hand-lettering, started not long ago when he first got into calligraphy and […]

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Stop beating yourself up over little things. Realize that you’re good enough. And acknowledge that your work is worth paying for. These are just a few of the key mind-shifts you’ll need to have if you’re truly going to thrive […]

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A few weeks ago, this conversation blew up in the Millo Mastermind group. I can understand the frustration behind watching computer-generated designs get a bunch of attention on big tech websites like The Next Web. At first reaction, it’s easy […]

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Running a business is not for the faint of heart. Especially a business that relies so much on repeat orders, finding new customers, and high-ticket sales. If you’re a freelancer or an aspiring agency you know what I’m talking about. […]

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This article contains a list of common mistakes that freelancers make. If you enjoy this article you may also want to read “10 Steps to becoming a successful freelancer” and “22 logo design mistakes you might be guilty of“. Here […]

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Earlier this month in the Millo Mastermind facebook group, Lisa had a question that we come across all the time here at Millo. “Can I include in-house work in my portfolio?” Here’s exactly how she put it: I’ve been a […]

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You know in cartoons or movies when the main character is trying to make a decision and there’s a little angel and devil perched on their shoulder taunting or encouraging them in either direction? That’s your life as a creative […]

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It’s January, which means everyone’s going crazy about setting goals for the year. Whether you’re clipping along nicely with your goals or still trying to figure out exactly what you want to do in 2016, there’s something you must know: […]

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I love a lot of things about startup culture. I love that more people than ever are giving entrepreneurship a real shot. I love that people are building businesses every day that solve major problems and make the world a […]

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It’s been a big year for us here at Millo (especially since less than a year ago Millo didn’t exist. We changed our name from Graphic Design Blender. Read about the rebrand here.) And with each year, I try to look […]

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Recently, we redesigned the Millo logo with the help of Dina Rodriquez at Letter Shoppe. (Stay tuned for the final logo reveal + lots of cool swag by subscribing to our email newsletter.) Getting our logo redesigned put me in […]

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It’s been less than 6 months since Graphic Design Blender became Millo.co. You can read all about our rebranding process in this post: “Why we rebranded: answers to your 6 most common questions” Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re […]

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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 […]

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So you’ve got a new business idea, huh? You can’t stop thinking about it. It occupies your thoughts all day long. And admit it, you probably already have a logo mocked up for it. I’ve been there. And you’re in […]

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Am I an entrepreneur? And I don’t mean like how most of the world these days considers themselves to be an entrepreneur. I don’t mean do I include “entrepreneurially-minded” on my resume or do I daydream about starting the next Instagram […]

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The last thing you want is to have a control freak hire you as a freelancer. To a freelancer, that’s like death. Of course you should always try to make your clients happy. And you should work with them to […]

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Every time the question of “should I charge by project or by the hour” comes up here at Millo, we always advocate for per-project pricing. Why? The short of it is this: when you charge by the project, you guarantee […]

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Do you have a to-do list? Most of us do. “And why wouldn’t I?” you might be thinking to yourself, “It keeps me on track and helps me get work done.” But a to-do list managed the wrong way can […]

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Maybe you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. Maybe you work in a cubicle. Maybe you run an agency. Or maybe you’re a billionaire CEO. Whoever you are, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you have […]

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Take a moment and run through the first 15 minutes of your day with me. Any day of the week, a “work day,” the weekend, any day you like. What does your morning routine look like? You wake up. You […]

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I saw someone asking it on twitter just the other day. I got a Linkedin message about it over the weekend. And I’ve realized it’s the absolute worst question you can ask about any sort of creative work. The scariest part is, most […]

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I was recently listening to an interview with James Clear–productivity hacker, athlete and entrepreneur. He made a very interesting point about two seemingly similar words that can have very different meanings. Those words? “Can’t” and “don’t.” He was specifically speaking about […]

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It’s been a couple of weeks since we changed our brand name from GraphicDesignBlender.com to Millo. Personally, our team has loved the change. I mean, can you imagine all the time we save every day by typing “millo” instead of “GraphicDesignBlender”? […]

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Writing today’s post is proving much more difficult than I thought it was going to be. After 6+ years of blogging at Millo and interacting with so many of you, we’re closing the doors on Millo and cutting the ribbons on an […]

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Dear friend and Millo reader, After 6 years of providing some of the best business tips for designers at GraphicDesignBlender.com, we’re giving Millo a major upgrade. The first and most obvious change to Millo will be that it will no […]

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One of my favorite business books of all time comes from Chris Guillebeau and it’s titled The $100 Startup*. The book is packed full of great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Here’s one that really resonated with me and can help […]

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What’s the number one resource all entrepreneurs don’t have enough of? Time. Especially if you’ve built your business around providing a service for people. Because, once the 24 hours in a day run out, you have no choice but to start […]

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Last month, we completely changed where we host GraphicDesignBlender.com. We left our previous host, where Millo had been hosted for more than 5 years, and made the switch to Squidix. And today, to celebrate a seamless transition (thanks, guys!), Millo […]

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