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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what it takes to be a working copywriter, I could stop being one. (I wouldn’t though, because I love the work.) The good news: Assuming you’re a good writer, […]

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If you find you have a lot of free time… but not enough clients… this is for you. Here are 3 ways you can take action right now and use that free time to flourish and grow. 1: Send this […]

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The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. But creating lasting client relationships can be difficult, especially as a freelancer. The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. #FreelanceLife Click […]

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My son, August, is just under two and is showing all the normal signs of two-year-old behavior: throwing hard objects at my head, refusing to put his diaper on, and protesting even when I give him exactly what he wants. […]

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I hear it all of the time: “I’m going to set up my portfolio so I can start landing freelance clients!”  And at a glance, you might not think there’s anything wrong with that statement. But you’d be wrong. So […]

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As a freelancer, you need to be concerned about the security of your website, especially if you use WordPress. I’ve met some designers for whom the word ‘security’ is met with either disdain or a long, painful cringe. The idea, […]

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Let me ask you a simple question: what are you doing here? Yes, I mean you. You’ve been combing the internet for months. Maybe even years. You’ve read up on more articles about freelancing than you ever thought could possibly […]

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Automation. It’s such a sexy word. I mean, who doesn’t want the most time-consuming, annoying pieces of their business to run on auto-pilot. A few years ago, when I first read Tim Ferris’ landmark business book The Four Hour Workweek, […]

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When we first started Reliable PSD, our web development firm, 3 years ago, we faced many new challenges we’d never experienced before. How do you run a company with employees (we’d never had employees before)? How do you keep your […]

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As agency owners, my partner and I have received quite a few pitches over the years from freelancers. Most of them get deleted pretty fast. But occasionally – one pierces our jaded, overly-pitched hearts and inspires us to at least check out […]

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The biggest hurdle I’ve overcome is my own mind. From things I’ve read, heard, & seen related to business, I now have ideas and stories floating between my two ears. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what they’re talking about. Which means […]

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I hear it all of the time. Newbie freelance writers talk about how they’re overwhelmed by everything they “need” to do. And as a result, they struggle to set up their business and find clients. Some of them even think […]

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It’s counter-intuitive to grow by taking on fewer clients, but it’s necessary. The thing about client services you find out is that there is an allotment of energy you expend servicing each client you have. You email back and forth, […]

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3 seconds is a pretty long time. We usually form an opinion based on visual perceptions much faster. Just think about how quickly you “scan” a brochure on its way from your mail to your waste box or what’s the […]

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Why would anyone choose an uncertain career path that involves facing fears, having to work harder than ever before and not actually knowing if you’ll be able to bring in enough income to continue living as you’d like to? What […]

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As a freelancer, it absolutely sucks to start out booking work for each month at $0.00. Because starting over from nothing means that every single month—while you’re also trying to juggle client work, produce your own content, and respond to […]

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Our agency’s workflow used to look like this, and while it went well most of the time… it also led to heartache, never-ending projects, and early-onset baldness due to pulling all of our hair out: Conduct all research Create copy […]

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Freelance and design go well together. The biggest question you need to ask is how much college complicates the matter. Fortunately, the problem has already been solved. We know about the challenges that come with being a college student and starting […]

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When sending an initial client intake questionnaire, proposal, contract, initial designs, or anything where you’ve asked a client to take action, you need to follow up if you don’t hear back from them. Many freelancers don’t realize how important it […]

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It’s a pretty common phrase around the freelancing world—“charge what you’re worth.” But I think it’s doing more harm than good. In fact, I think it could be completely killing or holding back some freelancers. I know you mean well. […]

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Freelancing itself can be kind of a hassle sometimes, despite its advantages. One of the best aspects of working from home, especially when you’re a parent, is that you won’t miss out on anything with your children. You’ll be able […]

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“Do you offer a new client discount?” “I’d love to work with you. If you can do my project for $X, I’ll start today.” As a creative, you’ve probably heard something like this (or worse) all too often. It’s stressful. […]

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Have you ever thought about what it’s like to work with you? Did you know you can influence and design the steps you take with your client? Designing a process with fewer gaps and bottlenecks can give a smoother client […]

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How many times do you feel like there are never enough hours in a day? Work is always piling up, and your to do list never gets any shorter! Try as you might to stretch out a day, there’s only […]

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In the freelance community, we can all relate to experiencing the headaches of the problem client before. Naturally, not every project you work on will go as smooth as molasses. But simply saying “it is what it is” and gritting […]

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Sometimes being a freelancer can feel like a curse. I’ve had more days than I care to remember where I just couldn’t get into a routine and my productivity suffered as a result. Luckily, and with much trial and error, […]

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When you meet someone at a BBQ, in the park, or at a meetup, what do you call yourself? Are you a web designer? Graphic designer? A developer? Freelancer? Business owner? Entrepreneur? Solopreneur? Director? Company? Agency? Studio? What about the conversations you have with prospective clients? Is it the same? […]

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Working on a freelance basis can feel incredibly liberating. Being your own boss, a relaxed working schedule and cherry picking your projects are among the most alluring benefits. You’re in complete control of your own destiny and have more control […]

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If you’re a freelancer, promoting your business is arguably one of the most important things you need to do to stay competitive. However, maybe you’re not interested in the traditional promotional methods like business cards, trade shows and direct mail […]

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Freelancing can feel like a dream come true. You get the the joy of cubicle-free existence, the satisfaction of creating a happy, health workplace, and the confidence of being your own boss. A 2015 study commissioned by Freelancers Union and […]

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Just a year and a half after graduating from university and getting my first graduate job, I was ready to launch my own web development agency. Starting out from nothing is difficult. One of the main challenges that I faced […]

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Firing your client seems almost unheard of. After all, isn’t the backbone of any thriving business a large customer base? You may think so, but some clients aren’t worth your time. By devoting your time to clients that you find […]

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I recently became part of a small team for a digital agency based in San Francisco. We’d spent 3 weeks prepping for a pitch for a client prospect. During the preparation process, I found myself drawing a lot of parallels […]

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I remember receiving some bad news earlier in my career from a client that I was doing some identity work for. We’d finished the logo, moved on to the stationery, and were just about to wrap things up when my […]

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In April 2015, I got fired from my full-time job. By August, I had built a freelance writing business that was bringing in $5k+/month. I didn’t have a degree, a network, or any experience running a business full-time. But what […]

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First: Let’s get something out of the way. “Landing page” is not just a buzzword everyone’s using. It’s not just some recent fad or trend either. In fact – it’s an advertising tactic as old as advertising itself. All of […]

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When my wife, Jamie, and I graduated from college in 2010, there were two things we never thought we’d be doing for a living: freelancing, and teaching. Who wants the stress of not knowing when your next paycheck is going […]

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Business is personal, people keep on saying – and you probably have no idea how true that really is, financially speaking, for freelancers and entrepreneurs. For starters, as a solopreneur all major business credit card issuers will use your personal […]

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The freelance business is a constant balancing act of countering forces. Balancing time, fees, timelines, estimates and planning throughout the project. Balancing the give and take of a healthy overall client relationship. Balancing rates/hours to secure the business while not […]

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Before starting my career as a full-time freelance blogger, I used to sell landing page designing gigs on Fiverr part-time. Back then, I used to make $2,000+ each month with little effort on my end, and so far I’ve made […]

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I remember my first freelance client and even my first job interview. I was nervous. I was scared. I didn’t want to fail. We’ve all felt like this before. But overcoming fear is critical to succeeding in business. Here are a […]

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I wish being a freelancer just meant creating innovative and thought-provoking work all day. That’d be fun, right? Unfortunately, If we want to create a business out of doing what we love, at some point or another we’re going to have […]

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There you are, living the dream, doing what you love, and even getting paid for it. But are you really earning what you should? My guess is: no. You work more than you should. More than you get paid for, […]

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We talk a lot about freelance contracts at Millo, because it’s a vital part of your success as a freelancer. Depending on where you live, a handshake or even an email may not be enough to settle payment disputes, copyright […]

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