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How do you spend your weekend mornings? In a previous life, I’d have spent these coveted hours sleeping off a hangover, loading up Call of Duty, or settling in for a lengthy Netflix binge-session. The ‘Freelancer’ Weekend In the last couple years, […]

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If you have been a freelancer for a while, chances are you’ve encountered the special species known as ‘difficult clients’. They come in different shapes and forms. There are the super needy ones that call you three times a day […]

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It happened to me. I wanted to say no to a project badly. I was running through a list of excuses in my mind, even having slight nightmares about this project. There was just something inside me that kept me […]

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One of the most important things in getting steady work is having a set client onboarding process that will transform potential customers into paying clients. Once that client inquiry lands in your inbox, you need to act quickly to guide […]

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Clients are the lifeblood of every freelance business. Even though they drive us crazy, we love them just the same 🙂 But there are some clients that just aren’t worth it, no matter how much money they seem to have. Read […]

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A while back I was browsing the web when my partner sent me a link. When I opened it my inner-marketer instantly lit up. InVision (the really cool quick-prototyping / collaboration tool) launched a totally free iOS UI Kit called TETHR. […]

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This past year I was lucky enough to be selected as the designer behind the new Millo logo. Preston reached out to a number of designers but ended up choosing me due to my quick response time and my stellar […]

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You wake up. You struggle to get kids up and to school or daycare. You worry about the little one – he’s had a cough lately. What will your boss think of you missing yet another day of work to […]

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It’s been almost a year now since I made the somewhat nerve-racking decision to quit my full-time job without having a new one to go to. I had been working in different marketing roles for over 7 years. I really […]

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This article contains a list of common mistakes that freelancers make. If you enjoy this article you may also want to read “10 Steps to becoming a successful freelancer” and “22 logo design mistakes you might be guilty of“. Here […]

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When asked, a lot of successful entrepreneurs respond with, “well, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.” Or, “I stumbled upon the opportunity and took it.” For the rest of us, this can be […]

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With so much activity happening on the web these days, reaching out to your target audience isn’t easy. You have to compete against many who have filled the SEO space with content as well as spam. This in turn has […]

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I got sick a few weeks ago. Like really sick. My nose was broken when I was a teenager, and I never got it fixed, so any time I get a little sinus thing…it just goes crazy and I’m bedridden […]

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You know in cartoons or movies when the main character is trying to make a decision and there’s a little angel and devil perched on their shoulder taunting or encouraging them in either direction? That’s your life as a creative […]

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Business, if nothing else, definitely builds character. Every day you face trials, fears, challenges, unexpected twists, and more. It’s easy to buckle under such pressure. I’ve buckled more than once. But each time it happened, I came back stronger, more […]

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It’s January, which means everyone’s going crazy about setting goals for the year. Whether you’re clipping along nicely with your goals or still trying to figure out exactly what you want to do in 2016, there’s something you must know: […]

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Here at Millo we talk a lot about clients: How to find new clients How to find the right clients for your business How to keep your best clients for life Today I’d like to talk about the last one. […]

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I love a lot of things about startup culture. I love that more people than ever are giving entrepreneurship a real shot. I love that people are building businesses every day that solve major problems and make the world a […]

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Hey – so first off, this ISN’T about the cool “IFTTT” service, if that’s what you were thinking 😉 But, this approach DOES have something in common with it: The phrase, “If this, then that.” In this blog post, I’m […]

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One of the things about being a freelancer is you end up spending a lot of time alone. After all, you work at your computer, at home, or in cafes, and only you and your expertise are required in order […]

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Your design business will DIE without solid goals, because without a goal in mind, you have no basis for where to begin or what path to take. So when I first started freelancing, I purchased Preston’s ebook, From Passion to […]

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Avoiding your credit card bills after the holiday season? I feel you. Don’t let it get you down, though! There are plenty of ways to get your bank account back in the black. Here are 11 side hustles where you […]

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“Get X clients per month,” or “Make $X this year,” or “Take a vacation to…” are super-common goals freelancers and agencies make all the time. While those are great — and I make those too — they’re only the START […]

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The first time I sent out a group email I was terrified. What if they were mad? What if they didn’t like what I had to say? Or even worse, what if they opted-out or hit the spam button?! Be brave! […]

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When I was pregnant, I shook off any suggestion that I wouldn’t be able to carry on in my career exactly as I always had. The notion that my creativity and productivity would be sapped by ‘mommy brain’ or that […]

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It’s the holidays, and holidays are supposed to be full of family and joy and laughter and putting aside work for the “things that matter.” And I totally, 100% advocate for this. But at the same time, you’re an entrepreneur, […]

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Your first email you send a new prospect is the most important one. A bad, mediocre, or even average one will instantly send up to 90% or more of them away. A good one, though, will get you a reply […]

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It’s the holiday season and you’re probably already feeling super-strapped for cash. However, now’s one of the best times of year to make business purchases. The end of the year is one of the best times to make business purchases. […]

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Some may call it the lazy way to freelance, but I like to think of it as a way to focus your time on the projects instead of looking for them. First off – if you’re unfamiliar with what (or […]

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The end of the year always feels a little hectic. With the holidays and potential family obligations, plus trying to wrap up client work and beginning to look ahead to 2016, it can be hard to focus on finishing out […]

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Recently, we redesigned the Millo logo with the help of Dina Rodriquez at Letter Shoppe. (Stay tuned for the final logo reveal + lots of cool swag by subscribing to our email newsletter.) Getting our logo redesigned put me in […]

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No matter how careful you are, if you’re in business long enough, you’re going to screw up. Bad. (Not the “my bad, I sent over the wrong revision.” The big “we just printed 3000 brochures with the client name misspelled.”) […]

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Whenever people ask me for help with their marketing, I give them one suggestion. Yet no one ever takes my suggestion seriously. They maybe think they “get it” – but without actually doing the exercise: they don’t get the results […]

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I’m one of those strange workaholic creatures doubly blessed with an enjoyable full-time job and a thriving freelance business. By day, I do real estate marketing for a large group of entrepreneurial-minded agents and a small, well-respected brand. By night, […]

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As content manager here at Millo, I see a lot of writing. I help guest authors improve their writing to the Millo standard. I work with regular authors on bettering their existing style. And I read a lot of advice […]

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As creative freelancers, we don’t have the luxury of big corporate budgets and massive staffs at our disposal. When working on a team project, it’s crucial that everyone pulls their weight and gets the job done with the maximum amount of […]

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The process of buying a home and taking out a mortgage is already pretty insane when you work a regular 9-5. Unfortunately, the mortgage industry hasn’t quite caught up with the changing face of the workforce and continues to be […]

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You’re a creative freelancer, not a lawyer. You’re more focused on your HTML, PSDs, design principles, or finding the perfect sketching tool than legalese and intellectual property (IP). (As you should be.) But dry and intimidating as this topic may […]

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Selling is a tricky business. Competition is everywhere. It’s hard to stand out among the gazillion other freelancers out there. The overwhelming amount of advertising people are exposed to means that they can see a sales pitch coming a mile away. And aggressive sales […]

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Constant action in the right direction is what creates success – at least in my experience. Even if that action is imperfect, impulsive, and not your best – it’s better than not taking action. Here’s a quick 16-point checklist of […]

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To many of us, attaining a state of perfection is the ultimate achievement, whether we realize it or not. Perfectionism comes in many forms, such as: continually striving to deliver more effective results for your clients, bringing on more contracts, […]

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Making sales comes down to two things: convincing potential clients that you can give them the value they seek (or more), and convincing them that the prices you’re charging match that value. So, that leaves you with a couple choices: Lower […]

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It’s one thing to be nervous before you call a new client to talk about all of zeroes on the end of your quote. Or to be nervous when you’ve got a call lined up with the big cheese you ran […]

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Are you longing for the day when you can turn your side hustle into your main hustle? Or maybe you’ve already taken the plunge and business isn’t at all what you expected to be. Perhaps you’re not currently working and figure […]

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