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This post is part 8 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 7 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 5 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 3 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 2 of a series. If you’d like to read part 1, please click the link below: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract For today’s installment of Common mistakes designers […]

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Working this clients can be a difficult task. With lots of training and practice designing logos or web sites and very little practice or official training on working with people, it’s easy for us to make serious mistakes when working […]

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Someone asked me recently if all the work and stress that goes into being a freelance designer is worth it. (Before I jump too far into this post, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and answer […]

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If you’ve been putting off starting your own design business for a long time now, you’re not alone. A few months ago, designers across the world joined together to enroll in From Passion to Profit, a premium email course we […]

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If you’re anything like me, you have a lot to do. Running a design business isn’t easy and there are a million different pieces to your design business. It can be pretty common to let some less-important tasks fall through […]

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There’s more than one way to make great money as a designer. If you’d like to increase your design business’ income without dramatically increasing your workload, keep reading – you’re going to enjoy today’s post. Start and maintain a blog […]

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Any good entrepreneur knows that it’s easier, cheaper, and more effective to sell to existing customers than it is to find and sell to new customers. A design business is no different. Many freelance designers waste a lot of time […]

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Have you ever started working on a design project for a client, only to realize that they need a lot of design work done in more than one area of their business? For example: I was hired to design a […]

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I cringe every time it happens: A client contacts you for work, you settle on payment, timing, and all the other important details, you work hard to get them a preliminary design and then it happens. Their response? “I have […]

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In the career of every freelance designer comes a plateau; a moment when you simply can’t make any more money because you don’t have any more time to give to your business. This has always been the inherent problem with […]

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Chances are at some time in your design career, you’ll be asked to design a blog. Or maybe you’ll want to design a blog for yourself or your design business. And designing blogs is fun. But there are also a […]

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So newbie, you just landed your first big design gig huh? What are you designing? A company web site? a fancy business card? maybe some print marketing material? Congratulations on landing your first gig! Now, the key is to keep […]

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On Monday, we discussed the importance of finding a freelance mentor; someone who can help you and guide you as you build your design business. But how do you find a good mentor? Sure, there are plenty of people out […]

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Have you been freelancing for a while now with less success than you had hoped for when you started out? Maybe you’re just getting started on the freelance scene and feel like a fish out of water. Whatever concerns you […]

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Have you ever gone nearly insane trying to please a client? I have. In fact, I have probably done it more than I would like to admit. After all, the clients pay the bills (hopefully) and if the clients not […]

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Blogging is tough. And blogging about design can be an especially difficult ball game. In fact, a lot of designers get frustrated because their blogs don’t take off like they had hoped and many give up within 6 months. Sound […]

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Lately, I’ve had a lot of designers email me who are experiencing dry spells in their workflow. For one reason or another, they aren’t finding new clients. Eventually, the client pool dries up and many designers are left wondering what […]

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Raise your hand if you like to get paid. Ok, I can’t see if you’re raising your hand, but I would guess that you are because who doesn’t like to make money doing something they love? But collecting money can […]

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Have you ever worked hard on a web site only to be depressed that it doesn’t cause your site visitors to do anything important? Maybe you have a portfolio web site that just doesn’t convert visitors into clients. Or perhaps […]

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If you’ve been designing for long, you’ve experienced a scenario like I am going through right now: You’ve met with your client, discussed the details of the project, signed a contract, and made some major progress on your project. Now, […]

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Keeping clients happy is one of the most difficult aspects of running your own design business. After all, if your clients aren’t happy, it’s likely you’re not happy either. And if you’re not happy as a designer, why not just […]

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It has happened to me one too many times: A potential clients calls me, we talk about their project, we meet and discuss the details of the project and sign the contract. And then the client turns rotten. Of course, […]

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Designing great-looking logos or websites (or whatever your passion is) can be one of the most exhilarating experiences for designers like us. But after a while, you start to realize it’s not just about doing something you love. You’d also […]

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Hey freelance designers: just because you’re a one-person show doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to find high-caliber, high-paying clients. Ignore the myth that you can’t compete with what a large design firm has to offer. You have things they can’t […]

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Have you ever wondered what makes a client choose one designer over another? Well, wonder no more, my friends. Today, I’d like to tell you the truth about what clients look for in a designer. The myths First, it’s important […]

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If you have a design blog, I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve had a hard time knowing what to write about on your design blog. After all, producing great content on a daily or weekly basis […]

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A couple days ago, we discussed which job title you should put on your business card as a freelance designer. That got me thinking about how important it is to be able to explain your business to other people quickly […]

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Have you ever wondered what title you should give yourself? If you’ve been a freelance designer for long, it’s likely you have encountered a situation where you need to have a title. Perhaps you were trying to print business cards. […]

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If you’ve been around Millo for long, you know we only sponsor giveaways when we really think they rock! Today is no different. We’re excited to announce that our good friends at MOJO Themes are celebrating their one-year anniversary this […]

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We’ve written a few posts here about making a good first impression with your design clients. But most of what we have written is based on the assumption that you will meet your client in person to make that impression. […]

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Starting your first project with a new design client can be very exciting. It can also be a little nerve-wracking. After all, you always hear the horror stories about clients who are terrible to deal with…what if your new client […]

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It seems like every time I talk to designers about bringing in more business, the most common solution for finding more clients is dropping prices. Unless you want to make less money and be more stressed, let me offer a […]

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One of my favorite pieces of design business advice comes from talented and successful designer, Christ Spooner. You can read about his advice (and some of mine) in detail by skimming through “Avoid Design Burnout by Limiting Client Revisions” but […]

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“Stealing” is a bad word. But today, I want to teach you a few ways you can steal business from your competition; a few ways you can get the edge on your competition and win more clients than anyone in […]

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Logo design is hard. I mean, sure, any second-rate designer can throw together some text and an image. Most designers can even handle themselves fairly well with the pen tool in Illustrator. But it takes some serious time, effort, and […]

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Blogging about design (or blogging about anything for that matter) is a tough thing to break into. With thousands of designers all vying to share their opinion with the design community, it’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed when it comes […]

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If you’ve ever wanted to take your design career to the next level, you won’t want to miss this exciting news: Today, we are excited to announce, for the first time at Millo, a premium memberships email course delivered to […]

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Keeping all your design clients happy and be a daunting task. If you’ve ever lost your mind trying to keep all of your clients happy, keep reading for a few tips on keeping everyone happy without losing your marbles. Making […]

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