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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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The freelancer economy is here and it’s not going away anytime soon. Whether you want to work full time from home, or just earn a little extra money on the side, there are an endless number of opportunities online for […]

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Are you a ghost? Don’t jump to rigorous “No!” right off the bat. The first time I was asked this question, a negative answer was the only variant I had. But soon I changed my answer to a proud “Yes.” […]

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Becoming a world class chef. Building a “buffet-like” investment portfolio. Earning $3500+/month working less than 20 hours per week. All these achievements were once thought to be impossible to obtain by many people. Yet, after personally starting to earn more […]

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You’ve probably heard it a hundred times by now. “Expert freelancers get paid more than generalists.” But here’s the thing… Just because you’re an expert doesn’t mean that requests from high-paying clients will magically appear in your inbox. You have to actively […]

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Impostor syndrome. It can be crippling for any creative professional. What’s impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling of being exposed as a “fraud.” Where you think you’ll be found out at any moment. You think they’ll find out […]

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Millo Mastermind is a great place to talk shop about the business side of freelancing. We’re all great designers, writers, illustrators and artists, but the thought of contracts and pricing and scope creep can send even the most battle-tested freelancers […]

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A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a freelancer about how to jumpstart her career, and in our discussion, this question popped up: “Stefan, I’ve been freelancing for three months so far and everything looks good. I managed […]

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Being a freelancer is one of the best jobs in the world. You get to set your own hours, work from wherever you like, and choose your own clients. It’s flexible enough for those with families and hobbies, while also […]

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Several years ago, I completed a design project free of charge for a non-profit organization, mainly to build up my portfolio. It resulted in an expansion of my freelance business that I never expected. I started to receive job after […]

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You know you’ve got the talent for web design, but you’re tired of making money for someone else. The idea of going off on your own on a freelancing adventure seems like the obvious next step. Flexibility, choice in projects, […]

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Freelancing is a roller coaster. Sometimes we get so caught up in the ride that we forget to plan ahead. I’m a horrible accountant. Fortunately, my mother is a brilliant one. This article is brought to you by our partners […]

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You’re a freelancer. You’ve got queries to write, invoices to send, and a stack of projects that need to be finished today. So, if you’ll give me just a couple of your precious minutes, I’ll tell you how you can […]

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In 2005 David Choe painted a mural in Facebook’s Palo Alto offices. He was offered $60,000 for the work, or stock in the company. He choose the Facebook stock. Fast forward to 2012 when Facebook went public and the stock […]

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Let me start this post off with a hard truth: Many freelancers fail to take their business and income to the level they want. Ouch. That’s not a fun thing to think about, right? But it’s true. And after working […]

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Despite what your client might be telling you, the check isn’t always in the mail. Chasing late payments on invoices is one of the toughest, and most awkward, jobs for any freelancer. But this is business. You are entitled to […]

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When it comes to working on your freelance business, it can be difficult to decide on how to price your products or services. Although most freelancers simply base their prices on what their competitors are doing, that may not be […]

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When I met my wife 9 years ago, the car she drove kept breaking down. It wasn’t a cheap car either, it was an early 2000’s Audi A4 but since her car wasn’t new it wasn’t under warranty. We would […]

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Every week, I get emails from people asking how to become a freelance writer. They’re great at writing, but they wonder: How can I turn my talent into a full-time income? Well before we get into the details of how […]

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I remember freelancing in the “old days.” As a writer, I mailed a lot of letters with SASEs (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelopes). Contracts and deposit checks often came by mail, and if I was in a real hurry I could fax […]

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Even the most creative of freelancers can get in a rut. If you’ve been freelancing for a long time, status quo can feel more than comfortable — it can feel “right.” Of course, some of the things you might be […]

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Stress is a common enemy of everyone, from the high school student, to the successful businessman, and to the working mother. However, some careers are more stressful than others. Even though working for yourself may seem like low-stress to an […]

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Like many of you, I’ve always wanted to have a location agnostic career. Quite simply, to work from where my laptop is. My goal was to be a freelancer, but how do you start? I knew I had a skillset […]

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Freelancing is becoming an increasingly large business as more and more people decide to work from home. To date, there are almost 53 million freelancers in the United States alone. So it’s easy to see why some people might feel lost […]

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Pricing a logo design and other design services can be tricky. The first thing most freelancers do when tasked with getting a price to their prospect is they ask their freelancer friends what they charge. Or, they Google other freelancers […]

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What do you do when you’re starting out as a freelancer and have no connections? For most new freelancers, the go-to method for getting clients is cold emailing. You find some businesses that look like they could use your help […]

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The anonymous nature of the internet makes it easy for people to hide. While most of us are honest folks, unfortunately not everyone shares our values. Even the most discerning freelancer encounters clients who disappear when it comes time to […]

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A rock hit my car and left a crack a bit smaller than a dime in my windshield. A few weeks later I went to a carwash down the street—the one where they wash, vacuum and wax your car by […]

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Ah, Twitter. It’s a place for political rants, celebrity feuds, and… Winning freelance clients? You betcha. You can totally win freelance clients from Twitter. But don’t expect that your personal Twitter account will magically attract clients just because you’ve decided […]

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You get to choose who you work with. It’s true. One of the awesome things about freelancing is that you get to choose who you work with. You don’t have to and shouldn’t work with whoever walks in your virtual […]

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It happens the same way every time. Someone starts freelancing, and they’re excited to take any client they can get. But before long, they realize something: Not every freelance client is worth working with. Sounds kind of harsh, right? It’s […]

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Cold emailing. Done right, it can help you grow your freelance business like crazy. Done wrong, it’ll make you seem like a sleazy salesperson with no social skills and no hope of growing a business. Ouch. Let’s avoid the latter […]

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You are not right for most people. As I say in my book Work With Clients You Love, working with better paying clients starts with being selective and saying no to the ones who are a bad fit for working […]

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Three years ago, I realized that working at a mind-numbing 9-to-5 corporate job just wasn’t for me. I looked at my boss, and my boss’s boss and noticed that I wasn’t interested in their positions or what they did on […]

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Let’s rewind to mid-April 2015. I’d gone back to my home town to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and to visit my accountant to finally file my taxes. (I’m usually not one to wait until the deadline, but a hiccup with […]

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There are a lot of articles out there about why ConvertKit is better than MailChimp. And while healthy competition is awesome, those articles are way off the mark when it comes to their true portrayal of MailChimp. In the effort […]

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