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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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“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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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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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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If you are at all like me, you probably started in the design profession because you had a passion for art, design and technology. You enjoyed doing the work, being a problem solver and creating beautifully functional things. You probably […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Have you ever worried about a situation where a client of yours is not pleased with the site you’ve just finished designing for them because it’s too simple, and not flashy enough? I mean, it seems easy to bill someone […]

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Last year I set a goal to read more. More specifically, I set a goal to read at least 6 new books (one book every 2 months – which is good for me since I never read offline). Along with […]

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Today, to kick off the new year, I want to extend a very unique challenge to you: don’t set any new year’s resolutions for your design business this year. Why would I extend such a ridiculous challenge? Watch the video […]

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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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This is not one of those posts that rants and raves about how great designers are and how horrible design clients are. In fact, I hate all the bad karma floating around the design community when it comes to dealing […]

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been reading a fantastic book recently titled The Four-Hour Workweek* by Tim Ferris. In the book (which I cannot recommend highly enough for freelancers-seriously, it will change the way you work forever!) […]

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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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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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Google+ has an interesting approach to social interaction. Google looked at how people socialize in the real world and they applied it to Google+. For instance, instead of everybody being able to see what you’re saying, you can group people […]

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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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Twitter has more than 10 million users and is growing every day. Everyone from celebrities to the average person is on Twitter. If you’re not on Twitter, you’re possibly missing out on interesting content and people – not to mention […]

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Cover letters are a great way to make a positive first impression. In the design world, the purpose of a cover letter is to introduce a portion of your work history, to exhibit your ability to write intelligently about yourself […]

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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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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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Pressed by the daily responsibilities, working incessantly to meet deadline and never finding the time to handle other matters – these are the main problems that you have to deal with as a freelancer; in such situations, following the suggestions […]

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Have you ever come to a point in a website design where you’re lost? You’re staring at a blank Photoshop document and you have no idea how to fill the space. You don’t know what the client wants and what […]

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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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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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Odds are, if you’re just starting out with your freelance business, money is tight and you definitely want to make the most of it. Budgeting can be very beneficial in helping you plan your spending.

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As a freelance designer, there are certain hardware and software needs that I just can’t do without. I need a reliable computer, a desk, my design software, a smartphone for email when I’m away from my desk, FTP client, text […]

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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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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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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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Today, we’re excited to debut a new series titled Behind the Design Business. Every now and then, Millo will offer 15 minutes of fame to a growing design business. We ask a series of questions and the responses have been […]

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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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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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