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If you have been a freelancer for a while, chances are you’ve encountered the special species known as ‘difficult clients’. They come in different shapes and forms. There are the super needy ones that call you three times a day […]

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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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You might be guilty of making critical marketing mistakes when it comes to managing your business. It’s time you addressed them. Are you a smaller business? If so, then it is likely that a “marketing budget” is something which is […]

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As a freelancer, just being good at your job is not a guarantee for getting clients. Sooner or later, we all realize that it takes a lot more than just being talented or creative to find success in freelancing. Although, […]

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Referrals from existing clients are one of the most effective ways to generate new business. This is true across industries and business models. It is especially important, however, for web designers and other freelancers. Getting web design clients or clients […]

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Years ago I remember studying a direct mail letter from the amazing copywriter, Gary Halbert. The letter performed well, but on a hunch, Gary changed one small detail. The results of the letter instantly grew by quite a lot. The […]

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Most of us struggle to find the financial means for purchasing Adobe Photoshop and related products, let’s face it…. they’re expensive. Even the monthly/yearly subscription models seem like a complete rip-off. However, subject to the type of your usage and […]

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It happened to me. I wanted to say no to a project badly. I was running through a list of excuses in my mind, even having slight nightmares about this project. There was just something inside me that kept me […]

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I’ll never forget what landed us one of the worst clients we ever got, years ago. Back then we didn’t have many clients, so we fought for each one that came our way. We fought for this particular project too […]

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Being a freelancer can be tough. Sometimes, even with a regular practice of daily marketing, the work is slow and we find ourselves staring at our monitor with nothing to do. Instead of sending out another 50 cold emails to […]

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I want to make something abundantly clear before getting started. Just because you’re a freelancer, doesn’t mean that you have to settle for mediocre pay. Yes, I know that there are countless other designers, developers, and writers who are willing […]

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Your portfolio is what sets you apart from the thousands of other designers online. Have you ever thought what it says about you? Most of us have. But after we’ve created one, many of us take a “set it and forget […]

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There is a lot of really good information out there about pricing, and when I was starting out I read a lot of it. I quickly settled on a combined system of flat rate and hourly that works very well […]

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Great news: the “starving artist” cliché doesn’t have to be your reality. The truth is, business is everywhere. But we have to train ourselves to look in the right places to uncover new opportunities. The great news is that it’s […]

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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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I was eating at my favorite restaurant the other day (Harlow here in Portland!) when I looked across the room and noticed something brilliant. It’s something I’ve seen about a hundred or so times before, and didn’t really think much […]

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After writing this article on scheduling your life around working from home here at Millo not long ago, I was sieged with comments and questions about how the calendar works for me. Many of you echoed Grace’s feelings below: It’s taking that first step […]

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Earlier today my partner, Louisa, called a CRM company to ask some questions. We’re outgrowing what we’re using now, so she wanted to see if they could help. “[Blank] CRM,” a man answered. “Hi, yeah, I had some questions about your […]

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I really hate the word “productivity.” It’s one of these buzz words that everyone praises and most things that are supposed to make you “more productive” (like apps and tools and such) just burden you with even more work to […]

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The basics of any business lies in helping people to solve their problems. As the saying goes – people do not need a washing machine, they need clean underwear. People don’t need a washing machine. They need clean underwear. #marketing #business Click […]

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If you’re the type of creative who enjoys jumping from project to project, you’ve probably feel an equal combination of excitement and terror. Excitement because you’re constantly stimulated and flexing your creative muscles by changing it up so frequently. Terror […]

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This year marks my eleventh year in business. That’s 11 years of solid practice running a design business and figuring out what works… and what doesn’t. Just the other day I had a client say to me “Geez Bianca, you […]

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Sounds crazy, right? But looking back, I can attribute any and all success I’ve had to what the title of this post is saying. Bad, Crazy Clients Will Make You Rich I can also attribute people staying in place, not […]

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It was close to midnight when I called my girlfriend. “Sorry honey, I’m not gonna make it home tonight—I have a lot of work… Hey, don’t worry about me, my jacket can be a comfy blanket in a pinch… We’ll […]

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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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In the awesome Millo Mastermind Facebook group I’ve seen this question pop up about half a dozen times now. So I thought I’d answer it once and for all – as well as squash the “myths” people are reading about […]

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Whenever a designer asks me if they should quit their job and go the freelance route, I always answer with two questions. First, I ask, “What are your goals”? And second, I ask, “Will what you’re doing now help you […]

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It’s 4 a.m. in the life of a work-at-home mother of 3. I’m starting this blog post in my mind while dressing the 3-yr-old and thinking about what she can eat all day while riding shotgun in the semi with […]

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The rush of inspiration is something. It turns everything else other than its focus into meaningless dribble. You can’t continue your life until you satisfy it and create what you envision. I’m not just talking about projects here – but […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Do you read those tantalizing stories about other creatives working remotely while traveling the world and wonder if it’s right for you? Or are you hoping to sneak in a family vacation and you’re on the fence about whether or […]

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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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Freelancing is great – you can choose your own hours; pick your own clients; charge an hourly rate that you’re comfortable with; and ultimately, do business on your terms (not the terms of your David Brent-esque boss!). One of the […]

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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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Now that everyone has a second cousin or daughter in college who’s a “whiz” with editing and layout software, true creative professionals have a lot more competition. We have to be ever more vigilant in finding good clients, explaining our value […]

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Trying to pin down one day in my design life is a pretty daunting prospect. I guess that’s what makes being a freelance designer so darn interesting to me – it’s not an orderly, predictable existence. One day is never […]

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