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

Here’s the most common path I’ve seen creatives take to freelancing: You’re a work-a-holic at a job you hate You decide to make the switch to freelancing You quit your job, set up your “business” and get started Before your […]

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It’s time for you to get over the idea that creative professionals have to be poor. I know, I know: the world tells you that in order to be successful doing something you love, you have to take a huge […]

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I’m a freelancer, so I get it. You need to find new clients. New clients bring in new money to your freelance business. They are the lifeblood of your business. They make it possible for you to pay the bills. […]

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I’ve noticed something fascinating recently on a post I wrote a couple weeks ago. In just two weeks, “What your pricing strategy says about you as a freelance designer” has quickly become one of Millo’s most popular posts and has […]

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If you’re anything like me, you have good days and bad days when it comes to running your freelance business. Some days, weeks, or months, business is booming, income is at a high, clients are calling, and you couldn’t be […]

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I’ve met a few designers who think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page for their freelance design business. Whether or not I think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page as a freelance designer (I […]

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Have you ever realized what your price point says about you as a designer? As designers we worry so much about how our brand looks when it comes to logo, web site, etc. We obsess over what to name our […]

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Do you ever wonder if you can make it as a freelancer? I mean, are you afraid to leave your full-time job even if you hate it to pursue the freelance lifestyle? There’s nothing wrong with a full-time day job […]

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We talk a lot about contracts here at Millo (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if […]

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I don’t know about you, but any art classes or design classes that I took in college were amazing yet unsatisfying at the same time. Don’t get me wrong: I could never have made it without beginning design classes where […]

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In 2009, I wrote a post titled “7 tips on presenting logos to a client” and more than three years later I got this tweet from @thomshouse: I was curious of the order in which you present a logo… Do […]

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Usually, here at Millo, it’s all about business. No joking around. After all, Millo’s the leading authority on business advice for designers around the world. But today, we have something unique and (shh don’t tell anyone) fun to show you! […]

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After a long time of being on my “must-read” book list, I finally started reading The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. The book is all about “Setting Your Own Rules, Living the Life You Want, and Changing the World.” […]

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It’s the most common reason many would-be entrepreneurs never venture outside their comfy cubicles. It’s what keeps many small businesses from reaching their potential. And it could be killing your small business. What is it? Fear. 5 Phobias that are […]

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If you’ve been an entrepreneur for long, there are certain metrics (measurements) you practically live by. You know them like the back of your hand. For us designers, it could be something like average dollars per project, average dollars per […]

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Last month we ran a sticker giveaway here at Millo (closed) and I asked you if you’d like to see more giveaways in the future. Since most of you excitedly responded “yes,” today, we’ve partnered up with Printrunner to give away […]

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Today, I’ve partnered up with Steven at VandelayDesign.com to bring you an awesome deal! I’ve been a fan and follower of Vandelay Design Blog for a while now and they’re always offering awesome deals on helpful ebooks, design tools, and […]

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If you were around at the beginning of the year, you remember that in late 2011, GraphicDesignBlender.com was seriously hacked. The site was down for a few weeks and it was quite a challenge to recover fully. Once we finally […]

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There’s a reason I love freelancing and entrepreneurship. It’s not the money (although that’s nice). It’s not the fame. (Wait, who is this guy?) It not that I am my own boss. (Sometimes that’s more work than you’d think.) It’s […]

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Last Friday I was one of many speakers at a Communication Conference at my Alma Mater. Having graduated less than two years ago from the school, it was wonderful to go back and visit with faculty and students. In addition […]

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How many of you blog? I know a lot of you do. And I know that blogging can be a huge part of building your design business too. Not too long ago, one of you asked me what the best […]

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Yesterday, I was trying to imagine what I should write about today on the blog and, after exploring a few ideas, I thought I would ask you what I should cover. A few great responses came in that I plan to […]

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I was recently in a lunch meeting with an entrepreneur who lives near me. We had become acquainted through some random business opportunity and, both being, internet marketers, we started to hit it off immediately. He launched his own business […]

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So you’re ready to freelance huh? You’ve got your web site up. You’ve got some school projects in your portfolio. You’re ready to start calling clients and pitching your services. So what’s stopping you? If you’re like a lot of […]

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I get questions all the time about running a design business and usually, I can kindly point readers to a past post on Graphic Design Blender, but I absolutely LOVE it when a reader stumps me with a question. Why […]

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We’ve been talking a lot lately about designing and creating your own web portfolio. We showcased 50 stunning design portfolios you should see before designing your own and discussed the one critical site mistake that could be costing you clients. Today, […]

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Lately, I’ve been reviewing and critiquing a lot of design business and portfolio web sites (get yours critiqued here). There’s one critical mistake that A LOT of designers are making – and it’s losing them clients! It’s not a hard […]

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Every once and a while I hang out in freelancing forums and read what other freelancers are struggling with. Yesterday, I read a really interesting question that went something like this: “Should I charge old clients for re-sending old files?” […]

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“Who’s your target audience?” Lately, I’ve been asking a lot of designers that question because I’ve been offering 5 business critiques per month lately and that means digging deep into how designers build and market their businesses. But I’m worried. Because […]

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You all know April, right? If you don’t yet, I would recommend you read through some of her posts here at Millo. She’s quickly becoming a seriously great author on this blog. Not only does she write about some awesome […]

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Tax season is upon us in the United States; and it’s never fun. (Hey Millo readers from around the world, help me out here: when is tax season – if any – in your country? Leave a comment!) But today, […]

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Today, I’m excited to announce that I have created a completely new opportunity here at Millo that will allow designers to get their business critiqued. If you’ve ever wanted to get more from your Millo experience; if you’ve ever felt […]

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For today’s post I have a very intriguing question and, frankly, I’m not sure I know the best answer. In a freelancing forum recently, I came across someone with this question: “Do you use a contract for every job, even […]

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I am a huge advocate of finding your design niche (or even a super-niche) and sticking to it. For me, finding my niche has been the fastest way to grow my design business. But have you ever reached a point […]

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Have you ever had a client who gives you this challenge?: “Just think completely out of the box on this one.” You’ve probably just gone along with the idea assuming the client knows best (even thought I’ve told you they […]

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Freelancing can be tough. It’s not always easy pleasing a client or working under a deadline. In fact, every once and a while it’s enough to make you want to stop creating…stop designing. The problem The problem is, designing has […]

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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. […]

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Since I’ve been answering a lot of reader questions lately, I’d like to turn the tables today and ask you a simple question: How much should a freelance designer make? I recently had a facebook fan ask me how much […]

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The last few posts I’ve written here have all come from excellent reader suggestions on this post. Today’s is no different. Joe Malleck writes: One topic that I’m interested in is what a designer’s future role in the marketplace is. […]

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A few days ago, I published a post in response to one reader’s question about overcoming fear as a freelancer. The post was such a hit, I decided to tackle another question posed by a designer named Bree. Here’s the […]

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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 […]

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A couple years ago, I was stuck – big time. Maybe you’re familiar with it. You’ve been designing for a while, finding clients, fulfilling their needs, rinse and repeat. But my client pool was starting to grow thin (PS – […]

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Have you ever used a theme or a template on one of your freelance web design projects? I have. And I’m (in my humble opinion) a good designer and coder. I’ve built tons of web sites both for myself and […]

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