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Being a freelancer can be exhilarating. You choose your hours, you call the shots and you work for yourself…. or do you? Take a step back for one moment and think about it. Do you really work for yourself? You […]

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It seems I caused a little bit of a stir in my last post when I suggested you could potentially outsource some design tasks to cheaper labour in places like Manilla. I do love a hearty discussion so I thought […]

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After months and months of work, the brand new Millo community, Stoked, is finally here! At Stoked, we’re trying to build the best community for fueling your design business and really getting excited about the work you do as a […]

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One of the most common pieces of advice I see freelancers offering other freelancers is “get referrals.” That’s because it is one of the best pieces of advice there is. Referrals are one of the best ways to get new clients. They […]

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In a perfect world, clients would have ample room in their budgets for design work and would happily pay you immediately upon project completion. But who knows if they even have designers in Heaven, so let’s focus on life here […]

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If you are like most freelancers, client work makes up the bulk of your income. For me (and I suspect the same is true for most other designers) the creative process involves a lot of experimenting. Sometimes this means that […]

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In just 3 short weeks, we’re launching Stoked, a brand-new community for designers who are serious about fueling their business. (Learn more about Stoked here.) And to celebrate, we’re giving something away every week leading up to launch day! Last […]

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Here at Millo we talk a lot about how to convince your design clients to hire you again (and again and again and again). We’ve talked about upselling your next design project and when the right time is to ask […]

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Today, I’m over-the-top excited to announce one of the biggest developments at Design Blender in a long time! We’re announcing the release of Stoked our upcoming design community built to help you throw fuel on your design business. You may […]

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I’ve been designing web sites for almost a decade. I love web design. I stay up late designing web sites. I thrive on learning cool new techniques and get a rush every time I update a page’s source code and click refresh. Every…single…time. It’s […]

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Are you sitting around waiting for the next big idea to pop in your head before you start your business? Maybe you sit on the couch on Friday Nights watching Shark Tank on television and thinking to yourself: “Gee, if I […]

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My first business was in manufacturing. I was 10. I used to make all sorts of dazzling arts and crafts and sell them at the local Sunday markets. I remember the table being so huge I could barely see over […]

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With the new year approaching this is the perfect time to start something new. Something about a fresh start really motivates us to dig into the work we’ve been putting off and take on some new challenges. What better time […]

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Can you believe it’s already December? If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to put together something for your best clients in time for the holidays. But what to do? And how can you afford it – December generally being a […]

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It’s a common voice all entrepreneurs hear inside their heads: “Will anyone actually pay me real money for this?” “Why would anyone pay me when there are so many other experts out there?” “Who am I to build a business around what I […]

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Admit it. There have been nights you’ve gone to bed without brushing your teeth. Some days you skip washing your hair. (I’ve just discovered dry shampoo and I’m embarrassed to say I use it, but hey, this mini-mohawk is temperamental […]

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As freelancers we are busy, picky, and at times eccentric. What a nightmare to buy for! So, if you’re shopping for fellow freelancers, a designer friend or co-worker, or just looking to treat yourself for the holidays, you’re in luck! Today, […]

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Have you ever been asked to critique a fellow designer’s project that needs more than a little bit of work? You don’t want to come off as snooty or rude and you certainly don’t want to hurt their feelings, but […]

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There are a lot of reasons you haven’t started your dream business yet. Maybe you think you need tons of money to get started (wrong). Maybe you think there aren’t enough hours in the day to make it happen (also […]

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Who decided jargon was a good thing? When did we start believing it made us look smarter? I don’t know about you but one of my biggest gripes as a designer is the amount of jargon I come across, especially […]

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Design, like most everything else, changes with the times. There are landmark art and design movements that we are taught about in school. These come about as there are massive shifts in technology and popular culture. There are also more […]

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Today, I’m very excited to announce two additions to our writing team here at Millo. Bianca Board and Ben Brush have both accepted offers to join our team and I absolutely can’t wait to start regularly publishing their amazing work! […]

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I don’t know about you, but I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. I can’t shake it. I think I got it from my dad. He’s always talking about his next big idea and how it’s going to change the […]

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Every day, people are figuring out how to start a business with no money. It’s not impossible. It’s not even close to impossible. In fact, for ever person taking action to start a business with no money, there are millions […]

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re working hard, getting all you can out of your design business. Your clients are happy, you’ve got steady work, and the cash-flow is solid. Then, suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a new […]

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Deciding to tackle a project you’ve never done before takes guts. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Can you do it? Is this going to be a total disaster? Are you going to absolutely rock it? Once you […]

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If you want to be insanely profitable doing what you love (that’s design by the way) then you need to find a happy balance between art and commerce. Basically, you need a head for business and a mind for design. […]

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Let’s face it – most freelancers neglect their resumes, if they even have a resume at all. After all, you’re running a business with a great website, portfolio, and dribbble account. Isn’t a resume simply unnecessary? Maybe. But if you […]

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We’re human. And we work in business. But for some crazy reason, when we enter a board-room, a client meeting, or some other suit-and-tie affair, we feel like we have to start speaking a strange new language. Imagine a web […]

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Yesterday, my wife, two kids and I got our family pictures taken. And, of course, I filled my life with all sorts of things that kept me from getting my hair cut until the very day of the photos: a […]

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Here at Millo we talk all the time about how to go from good to better. Better clients. Better income. Better communication. Better business. But what about just getting to good? Not all of us are in the position right now […]

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When we as freelance designers think about networking, we generally think about meeting potential clients. However, today we’re going to talk about networking with people who might not be a client (hey, you never know) but can be absolutely essential […]

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With the end of the year coming up, we’re all trying to find ways to boost income, hit our 2013 financial goals, and maybe find a little Holiday bonus for ourselves. But boosting your freelance income could be as simple […]

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When I left college, I had no idea how printing presses worked. I didn’t understand why people judged me for how I looked and not what I knew. I knew no one in the design industry except the on-campus staff […]

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Recently we received the following question about getting paid as a freelancer from a reader planning his freelancing debut: Would you recommend I set up a credit card service to receive payments through my future website or is this unnecessary? Is […]

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So you’ve got this potential lead. You meet with them, go over their needs and wants, and you’re all pretty excited about getting started. And then they review your design quote. “Oh. We were thinking more in the <subtract 50%> […]

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Today I’m very excited to finally launch the redesign of GraphicDesignBlender.com! Take a look around and let us know what you think. We’d love your honest feedback. After all, this is for you. (If you’re reading this in an email, […]

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The Freelancer’s Union recently announced the ability for members to purchase liability insurance. But as freelance designers, do we really need it? Truthfully, when I read the “hey, we’re now offering liability insurance” email, I wondered what, exactly, that entails. […]

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Argue with them about every single change or revision they have. Don’t call them back. Use email instead of phone calls 100% of the time. Talk negatively about them on twitter with fellow designers. Bill them when fixing an error […]

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We’ve had tons of reader questions rolling in here at Millo and I absolutely love it! Today’s question comes from Colleen who asks: “Should I be charging for client meetings? [What about taking time to] learn or to learn more […]

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In today’s Q&A episode, I answer a question in a way that might surprise you if you’ve been reading Millo for long. The question is “Do I need a contract for every design project, even the small ones?” If you’re […]

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Recently Preston launched his debut Q&A video series where he talks about handling clients that treat us like employees. If you watched it, you know that Preston talks about what I believe is a freelancer designer’s greatest attribute. (And it’s […]

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“Well, maybe just one more day to see if they pay.” Have you ever said this to yourself? (I have.) One of the most troublesome parts of freelancing is invoicing and collecting payment. Nobody likes to be the bill collector, […]

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I’m about to share a secret with you. Something you probably don’t know (or expect) about me: Long-term goals scare me. Yep. I’m a huge proponent of short-term goals. I wake up every morning reviewing my short term goals in […]

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