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Thinking of becoming a freelance transcriber? After all, how hard can it be right? Download an audio file. Listen to it on the go. Settle down and type out what you hear in a word processor. Simple right? Well, not […]

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Clients come, and clients go. But as a freelancer running a creative business as your livelihood, you can’t afford the income to go. That has to keep coming. To ensure that it does, you have to continuously build (and rebuild) […]

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As someone who started out her life as a confirmed introvert, I can relate to anyone else’s fear of networking. Walking into spaces full of strangers, I could tell which ones were the power players I needed to connect with. Problem […]

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We all make mistakes. And, if you are a creative freelancer and own a creative business, you have made — and will continue to make — a ton of them on projects for your clients. That’s a given. The variable is […]

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Breaking up is the hardest thing to do—especially when you’re a freelancer. But, sometimes, you just need to do it. The reasons, of course, vary depending on exactly why you decided to become a freelancer in the first place. For […]

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The way you present your work can be the difference between getting your client’s approval and going back to the drawing board over and over again during the project, while both you and your client get frustrated. Below are a […]

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There are more than 50 million freelancers in the United States contributing over $700 billion to the economy. But despite freelancers’ growing ranks and influence, about 70% of them have reported being paid late or not being paid at all. […]

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With the growth in the gig economy, you have more and more people deciding to leave their regular 9-to-5 to become freelancers. However, for many people, this can be quite a transition, as freelancing comes with its own ups and […]

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Five years ago, I discovered I can make money with my writing. I was off to a promising start, having been hired as a regular writer for a popular tech blog. That gig ended abruptly and I was left without […]

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A typical work process for a freelancer is quite simple. The client finds you, a rate is mutually agreed, you complete the service and hand over the bill. But what if you take a break, and decide to go on […]

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One of the scariest parts of freelancing for me is dealing with money. I consider myself an artist, and don’t want to be bothered with things like finances and taxes. But in order to be successful as a freelancer, I […]

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July marks 6 months from switching from my 9-5 office job into a full-time freelance life. In the past 6 months there have been mountain highs, valley lows, and everything in-between. If you want to learn more about first-hand experience […]

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Ever notice how Amazon packages routinely come earlier than expected? They’ll tell you the package will arrive on or by the 27th, and when the package shows up on the 23rd, you are pleasantly surprised. Amazon sets themselves up to […]

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If you’re considering a career in graphic design, you’re probably wondering whether getting a degree is a good investment of your time and money. Graphic design degrees are generally graduate and post graduate degrees which are awarded by schools in […]

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As I’m sure you’ve already discovered by now, being a freelancer isn’t always the greatest thing. That revelation is probably not related to the core of your business, which is your product or service. No, instead it has to do […]

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Paraphrasing what the Beatles once famously sang, we can all get by with a little help. And as that’s true in life, it’s also true of our freelance businesses. A time might come when you’ll be better off accepting help […]

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You started your business because you were hoping for a better life. Life with more freedom. Freedom to hang out with your kids, or go for a run in the middle of the day. You were tired of putting in […]

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Gaining a foothold in a lucrative freelance field is difficult. You may have all the talent in the world, and produce high-quality work, but you may still be forced to sit back and watch as job after job is picked […]

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It’s no secret that the online world of freelancing is filled with providers who boast about their qualifications and throw proposals at every job that crosses their path. Though their intention is to make money, most of their time is […]

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Have you ever tried to change someone’s perception of you after you’ve known or worked with them for a while? If you’ve tried, you’ll know it is incredibly difficult to do it—especially with siblings or family for example. Maybe you’ve […]

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Going full-time freelance means leaving the comfort of a steady paycheck. But many freelancers find they make as much or more money once they make the switch. If you’re someone stuck in an office job or a freelancer wondering how […]

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Freelance photographers have a lot of amazing benefits on their side: doing what you’re passionate about, having a dynamic work environment, and improving your craft with each click. However, those things are unfortunately quite theoretical if you don’t have the […]

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I’ll never forget the day, roughly 18 years ago. It was about 7:30 p.m. and I was busy cleaning up after dinner for my family, which included my two children — ages three and a few months old. And then, the phone […]

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Anyone who says you can’t make money as a writer doesn’t know about all the ways that freelance writers are needed in the market. There are hundreds of opportunities out there, if you’re willing to think creatively and put the […]

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As a freelancer, your goal should be to offer something so good that your prospect can’t get it anywhere else. Or, at the very least, make your offer harder to compare to others. One way to do that is to […]

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Freelance designers are an ingenious lot, and they use a variety of ways to land clients. There is no one tried and true method to finding great gigs. It’s essential to be creative, proactive, and persistent — just as you […]

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Struggling with new leads? You need not look much further than your very own existing client list! You read that right. Your existing client list can be a gold mine, if you approach it with a new perspective and focused strategy. […]

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In two previous posts for Millo, I presented the idea of turning estimates into flat fees and also, how to determine that estimate in the first place. In this post, I’ll be discussing how you can live with, and be at […]

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The other night I took my wife to dinner and she was in the mood for Italian. I couldn’t help but notice the waiter offering us everything from appetizers, wine, desert, and he even offered to alter the menu if […]

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The definition of an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. Although this is true, I would call this the iceberg definition. What […]

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As a freelance creative, it’s essential to get paid on time. Clients holding back on you can create those terrible thoughts of going back into full time employment. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the cash flowing. I’ve developed my […]

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I’m asked frequently – and by frequently, I mean FREQUENTLY – “how do I ensure that a contract is legally enforceable?” You may think that legally enforceable contracts need to be really long and complicated, and use words like “heretofore” […]

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Are you a creative freelancer looking for some high-quality, free reading material? Then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve combed the internet to collect the best free eBooks for designers, voiceover artists, writers, and web designers. Also, you’ll find […]

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Net 30 is one of the most common invoicing payment terms used by small, medium, and large businesses. While it is a standard payment practice, it isn’t the same for all size businesses, and this is especially true for freelancers […]

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The luxury of owning a home comes with some downsides.  One of them is maintenance.  I recently had to have the trees near my house trimmed.  Not having any idea how much this would cost, I contacted a few professionals […]

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It is essential in any negotiation to understand what the client wants. Often an early misunderstanding can escalate into a full-blown battle of egos that can cause problems. We don’t want that! I’ll be discussing the various types of clients (particularly […]

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The idea of being able to fund my travels as I was traveling instead of saving for 6 months and then going appealed to me greatly. And I know it appeals to so many people as we are seeing the […]

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In an earlier article I wrote for Millo, I suggested that the right time to use a flat fee over an hourly rate was anytime and every time you are asked by a client to provide an hourly cost estimate for a […]

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This year, I did something I never thought I’d be able to do. I took two vacations. In February, I spent about a week in Las Vegas for my wedding/honeymoon. And in August, my husband and I spent several days exploring Colorado. […]

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One of the most frustrating parts of being a freelancer is putting a bunch of time into selling a client on your services only to get turned down. You spend an hour, or maybe several, on a proposal and then […]

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There is this “right of passage” that most freelancers go through when they start out to take to get clients. Freelancers are given the suggestion to attend local events called Chamber of Commerce. Or they are told that BNI meetings […]

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OK, you’re ready to roll. You’ve got your business name, your home office is set up, you’ve got your policies and contracts sorted out and you’re ready to dive into operating our own administrative services business. Fantastic! Wait…what did you […]

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Just about every freelancer has heard this piece of advice at some point: You need to pick a profitable niche to succeed. And it’s true – when you niche down the right way, your target clients are more likely to hire […]

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I was 24 years old, fresh out of college, and eager to begin my career in the creative arts field when I got the news from my then Art Director: “Micah, CONGRATS, we love your work and would like to […]

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