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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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Entrepreneurs are crazy. And I mean that in a good way. We’re the hustlers of the world. We wake up early to work on our passions. We lay awake at night thinking about our goals. While the rest of the […]

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There are a lot of stigmas about what freelancing is like. Blogs like this one tell you about how to start a freelance business, how to find more freelance clients, and how to get paid more as a freelancer. And […]

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I think most freelancers could agree that finding work is one of the hardest struggles we face – and if you’re just starting out you might not be familiar with how to get your name out there. For you beginners: […]

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I get asked to critique freelancers’ websites fairly often. In general, I find we freelancers tend to make the same basic yet egregious mistakes: We claim to be experts in creating a brand yet our own websites are generic web […]

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True story: This last week was the week from technology hell. Why? Because I’m in the middle of moving 1200 miles, so not only have I fought missing cables and NAS storage crashes, I’ve also battled dial-up slow “high speed” […]

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Earlier this year I wrote a post about the 9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed. I received a lot of great feedback from the Millo community begging for more advanced terms. So, of course, I just […]

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Recently, I received this client response to a proof: Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh OH MY GOSH!!! This is SOOO cool I squealed when I opened the pdf!!! I LOVE IT!! (PS: If you’d like to see what my […]

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No matter how well you plan, some weeks it seems like every client needs something and you’re left wondering when you’re going to sleep. Maybe everyone wants their project finished before an upcoming holiday or perhaps you’re taking a long […]

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Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, web developer, writer, photographer, or any other type of business – an online presence is a vital part and can make or break your success. The important question is: are you building an effective […]

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True story: Last week I had a GoToMeeting client call at 9am, but I had a dentist appointment at 8am. No worries, right? But my dentist was running 40 minutes late, so I was 14 minutes late to my 9am […]

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It’s been proven: consistency is a key to success. Not just in the design or business world, but even in your day to day life. Popular designers, bloggers, or even YouTubers put out content on an appropriate, consistent level and […]

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We all know the dangers of discounting client work to get our foot in the door – we already have enough trouble haggling over pricing as it is. However, there are times when a client earns a discount. Maybe they’ve […]

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In the last four years of running this blog there is one thing I’ve been asked about more than almost anything else. There is one product that you all have been begging for. And today, I’m extremely jazzed to tell […]

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UPDATE: Congratulations to @joesteenholdt, @kevkern, and @Minus510 for winning a free eBook bundle! Hundreds entered to win and these three were lucky! Happily, for everyone else who entered, we’ve dropped the price so low, it’s almost a no-brainer. Click here […]

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted […]

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You know the “forever” projects I’m talking about – those that are three months behind schedule yet your client wants to see “just one more” color scheme or isn’t sure about the copy. When once you were thrilled about landing […]

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If you graduated from art school, a trade school, or even with a liberal arts degree, you know that they don’t teach you how to go into business for yourself. Suddenly, besides designing and dealing with clients, we’re thrust into […]

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The new year is in full swing for most of us by now and I’m sure your inbox has been inundated, like mine has, with posts about new year’s predictions, resolutions, and the like. And that’s all fine and dandy. […]

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Taking the plunge into freelancing is scary – we all know that. One of the reasons we’re so afraid is that we’re great designers but often know little about running a business (and that’s why many businesses fail). So to […]

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I recently worked with a freelancer who was putting together a video for me. The deadline was tight, the project was important, and I was relying heavily on him getting it right the first time. But when the first draft […]

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I’m sure you know the marketing gimmick by now: the reason most retail stores price items at $99.99 instead of $100 is that it tricks the average consumer’s mind into believing an item is cheaper than it is. But does […]

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I know what a lot of you who haven’t yet found your niche or who are undecided if you even want a niche were thinking when I recently blogged about finding mine: “I’m not sure finding a niche is a […]

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Pretend you’re Saul Bass. You’re one of the most famous designers and filmmakers in history when a young designer approaches you and says, “Mr. Bass, I’m a huge fan of your work and one day I hope to be just […]

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