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One of my earliest clients was a fashion design company in Los Angeles who asked me to create a print ad for use in one of the larger industry trade magazines. Excited to be creating a design with such a […]

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“Failure is just an interesting way of collecting more data.” It’s an interestingly optimistic way to look at life and at business and it’s a fantastic introduction to our most recent guest on the Freelance to Founder podcast, Brennan Dunn. Brennan […]

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I think it’s every blogger’s wet dream: Get your posts on the first page of Google, get LOADS of traffic for free, and have all your business problems solved forever because so many people are seeing your work and loving […]

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Let’s not fool ourselves, inbound marketing is not a quick-and-easy 3-step job. In fact, it’s a process that requires constant attention, analysis and refinement. Maybe for that reason, those that are more likely to get involved in inbound marketing are […]

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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 […]

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It happened to me today. I was talking to a client who didn’t understand the difference between “design” and “layout.” Sigh. In fact, I don’t think a day goes by without a client asking what we in the creative industry […]

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I want to share a few of the common money and pricing mistakes freelancers do that can sabotage their earning potential. These were things I was doing in my design business and didn’t even realize it. I’m going to show […]

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Managing a team of employees is something everyone needs to be good at, but since the working world is changing, you need to learn how to deal with remote teams of freelancers effectively. Transition from an employee driven workplace to […]

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Are you a newish freelancer who’s been told that you have to “get out there and promote your business” in ways that require you to talk to strangers? Well today, I’m going to save you from a world of discomfort, […]

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Let me ask you a question: if you needed surgery would you seek out the best specialist you could afford, or would you go with the nearest general practitioner? Me too! And your ideal clients are no different. During my […]

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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 […]

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Clients come, and clients go. But as a freelancer running a creative business as your livelihood, you can’t afford the income to go. That has to keep coming. To ensure that it does, you have to continuously build (and rebuild) […]

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We all make mistakes. And, if you are a creative freelancer and own a creative business, you have made — and will continue to make — a ton of them on projects for your clients. That’s a given. The variable is […]

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Breaking up is the hardest thing to do—especially when you’re a freelancer. But, sometimes, you just need to do it. The reasons, of course, vary depending on exactly why you decided to become a freelancer in the first place. For […]

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You perform a service. Then you get paid. That’s the definition of business in a nutshell. But what if your clients take their sweet time when it comes to compensating you? You need cash now. But in this case, your […]

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Whether you fear to spend your life doing a job that you have no passion for or you have been in the workforce for a while and are entering a mid-life crisis, it is common to consider a career change. […]

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The way you present your work can be the difference between getting your client’s approval and going back to the drawing board over and over again during the project, while both you and your client get frustrated. Below are a […]

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As a designer, do you struggle with understanding your client’s requirements? More often than not, making sense of the client’s demands and requests can be quite a daunting task. Here’s a scenario that’s quite common with designers and their clients. […]

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If you’re considering a career in graphic design, you’re probably wondering whether getting a degree is a good investment of your time and money. Graphic design degrees are generally graduate and post graduate degrees which are awarded by schools in […]

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I don’t think I took what is the normal path to starting an agency. Six years ago I was pretty happy managing a small computer shop. I had zero children. I was training to run a half marathon. Life was generally […]

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According to Brandwatch, there are 2.3 billion social media users worldwide. Social media is a valuable opportunity to reach a large untapped audience. If people like what they see on your social media profiles, they’ll likely check out your website too. A problem […]

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It’s no secret that the online world of freelancing is filled with providers who boast about their qualifications and throw proposals at every job that crosses their path. Though their intention is to make money, most of their time is […]

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Have you ever tried to change someone’s perception of you after you’ve known or worked with them for a while? If you’ve tried, you’ll know it is incredibly difficult to do it—especially with siblings or family for example. Maybe you’ve […]

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Freelance designers are an ingenious lot, and they use a variety of ways to land clients. There is no one tried and true method to finding great gigs. It’s essential to be creative, proactive, and persistent — just as you […]

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Struggling with new leads? You need not look much further than your very own existing client list! You read that right. Your existing client list can be a gold mine, if you approach it with a new perspective and focused strategy. […]

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In two previous posts for Millo, I presented the idea of turning estimates into flat fees and also, how to determine that estimate in the first place. In this post, I’ll be discussing how you can live with, and be at […]

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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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The other night I took my wife to dinner and she was in the mood for Italian. I couldn’t help but notice the waiter offering us everything from appetizers, wine, desert, and he even offered to alter the menu if […]

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The definition of an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. Although this is true, I would call this the iceberg definition. What […]

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As a freelance creative, it’s essential to get paid on time. Clients holding back on you can create those terrible thoughts of going back into full time employment. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the cash flowing. I’ve developed my […]

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Season 1 of Sidegig is sponsored by Freshbooks: the #1 invoicing software for freelancers and side-hustlers. To take your sidegig to the next level with Freshbooks, visit Freshbooks.com/Sidegig and enter “sidegig” in the ‘how did you hear about us?’ section. It’s official! […]

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Have you ever noticed how time-consuming the business side of freelancing is? On any given day, you’re pitching clients, responding to emails, chasing payments, marketing your business, maintaining your books, taking client calls – the list of tasks seems never […]

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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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In an earlier article I wrote for Millo, I suggested that the right time to use a flat fee over an hourly rate was anytime and every time you are asked by a client to provide an hourly cost estimate for a […]

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One of the most frustrating parts of being a freelancer is putting a bunch of time into selling a client on your services only to get turned down. You spend an hour, or maybe several, on a proposal and then […]

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Finding clients as a freelancer is difficult no matter the location. But it’s not as hard as people make it out to be! I’ve been abroad for two years and have been happily freelancing since I’ve left the States. We […]

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Becoming a world class chef. Building a “buffet-like” investment portfolio. Earning $3500+/month working less than 20 hours per week. All these achievements were once thought to be impossible to obtain by many people. Yet, after personally starting to earn more […]

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Impostor syndrome. It can be crippling for any creative professional. What’s impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling of being exposed as a “fraud.” Where you think you’ll be found out at any moment. You think they’ll find out […]

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Can we increase our creativity by changing our office design and decoration? Is it possible to reduce stress only by choosing the right elements and colors for our work-space? Recent studies indicate it definitely is possible. In the last few years, […]

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You know you’ve got the talent for web design, but you’re tired of making money for someone else. The idea of going off on your own on a freelancing adventure seems like the obvious next step. Flexibility, choice in projects, […]

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Getting big things done is a constant battle. When it comes to big projects, especially personal projects, you just never seem to find the time to get it done. Here are three hacks to help you avoid the guilt that […]

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In 2005 David Choe painted a mural in Facebook’s Palo Alto offices. He was offered $60,000 for the work, or stock in the company. He choose the Facebook stock. Fast forward to 2012 when Facebook went public and the stock […]

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In this day and age, it is necessary for every freelancer to have a professional and elegant website. It is crucial to create your digital footprint so your potential customers know where to find you online. A well-developed website is just what you need. […]

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When it comes to working on your freelance business, it can be difficult to decide on how to price your products or services. Although most freelancers simply base their prices on what their competitors are doing, that may not be […]

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