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As freelancers, it’s easy for us to forget what it’s like to work with other people. After all, we did go solo, and often because we grew sick of being stuck in an office with a bunch of yahoos. Luckily […]

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Last time I checked, 74% of our new business came from word of mouth referrals. That’s just downright staggering isn’t it? Pretty much three quarters of our clients came from people jibbering on about how awesome we are (or something […]

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One of the most powerful lessons I’ve ever learned came from my first mentor, my half-brother Steve. I called him complaining about some clients and the crazy revisions they wanted and he said… “You know, dude… When stuff like this […]

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We all know by now that it’s important to have a contract, and to use it. Everybody should have one to make sure they don’t get taken advantage of. That doesn’t just apply to freelancers. Guess who else should, and […]

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If there’s one reason to start freelancing I hear more than anything, from college students to recent grads to design veterans ready to break out of their cubicle, it’s this: I’ll get to work on the projects I want to […]

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The idea of having a personal assistant has stuck with me ever since I first heard about it back around 2010. I mean, wouldn’t you love to have someone following you everywhere you go, with a calendar and pen in […]

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In my last post I got into the basics of selling the heck out of your design services. That post left off with how to shift the conversation from email to phone. Why? Because on the phone, you’re going to […]

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So you’re midway through a potential client consultation when your gut starts telling you this client isn’t for you. Maybe your personalities just aren’t clicking or maybe they sound like a bad design client. (Here’s a handy list of warning […]

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Do you ever sit back and wonder what you ultimately want from your design business? What does it look like 10 years from now? Staff, money, cars, house, turnover, clients, holidays, boats, helicopters, happiness and the list goes on. I’ve […]

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I’m an artist first. I care about creating beautiful, functional things more than anything else. If I could just sit in a room all day and create and pay the bills – well, that’d be just fine with me. However, […]

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If you read many publications about design and freelancing you have probably noticed there can be a lot of doom and gloom in regards to the current state of the design industry. I hear quite a lot of hopeless chatter […]

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A couple months ago, I was totally taken by surprise when I realized that GraphicDesignBlender.com turned five years old! In the Spring (U.S.) of 2009, I bought the domain and started writing. And now, five years later, here we all […]

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There are probably some things you do to say “thank you” to all of your clients: send them holiday greetings, thank them for their business, and maybe even provide a small referral discount. But what about those clients that are […]

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Let’s be honest, running a successful design business can be stressful. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE my job. I love my business. And I know there’s a good chance you also love what you do. But sometimes that really […]

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Everyone wants to work with their dream clients, myself included. That’s why I recently decided, if I want to work with my dream clients I need to know who they are, or at the very least, define the qualities I […]

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It’s finally here! Today, we’re releasing April Greer’s all-new ebook bundle How Much Should I Charge? A simple guide to getting paid what you deserve. And, in case you missed the post last week, we’re giving away a FREE Skype […]

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I was recently working on landing a new client that I was excited to work with. Everything went great, they accepted my quote, they sent a great creative brief and it looked like everything was going to go smoothly. When […]

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At Millo, we’re committed to providing amazing content to help freelancers at all levels escape agency life and build a business you love. We especially love tackling your tough questions, and there may be no tougher aspect of freelancing than […]

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When you decide go freelance you have to do more than just design. You have to run your business. I won’t lie, running a design business can be tough, but it can be a lot of fun too. Now, I’m not […]

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Traditionally a press kit, or media kit, is a pre-packaged set of promotional materials of a person or company that can be distributed to members of the media for promotional use. As a designer this might seem like something you […]

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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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