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Every time the question of “should I charge by project or by the hour” comes up here at Millo, we always advocate for per-project pricing. Why? The short of it is this: when you charge by the project, you guarantee […]

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Last year my wife (slash business partner) and I spent 4 months traveling Europe and the west coast of the U.S. We also didn’t miss a day of work the entire time, and every venture we were involved in experienced […]

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Do you believe you and your work are valuable? While most of us would respond with a resounding “yes,” the biggest roadblock creatives face when it comes to switching to value-based pricing is a lack of self-worth. (Or at least it […]

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Recently, Alex talked about how important it is not to overwhelm yourself as an entrepreneur. (Did you miss it? Read “This one mistake can derail your business. Are you guilty of it?“) And he’s right! We often put ourselves in […]

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There are literally thousands of articles on the web that have the potential to help you grow your business. However, when it comes down to it, there is only one person who can grow your business…and that person is you. […]

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Working from home used to be the white rhino of employment – something only the oddballs did, and even then, only a part of the picture. Now, entrepreneurship, freelancing, and working remotely are commonplace, with more and more people just […]

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No matter how new or experienced my creative entrepreneur clients are, one of their top worries is how to manage inconsistent income. It’s easy to find personal finance and business planning tips on how to control your expenses or increase your […]

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How much work do you donate in a given year? None? Why not? If you’re charging appropriately using value-based pricing, you can probably afford to donate at least one project annually to charity. Imagine what good could be done if every designer donated […]

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Quick disclaimer: This post is a kick in the butt. But if you’re like me, you’ll thank me for it, because this is IMPORTANT stuff. Maybe the most important. Cool? Then let’s dive in… Pretty much every post I write […]

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Everywhere I look for advice about new and innovative ways to run my freelancing business always produces the same generic results: Start small. Don’t quit your day job until you can afford to. Pick a niche and stick with it, […]

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So perhaps you heard about mobilegeddon (that big Google update that was supposed to seriously shake up the search results for any site that wasn’t mobile friendly). Which means you know that your client’s website is in serious need of […]

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Being a freelancer means giving up a lot of immediate wants to keep your business afloat and growing. Things like: a new wardrobe every season, social events that involve eating out or meeting at a bar, or a more desirable […]

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Maybe you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. Maybe you work in a cubicle. Maybe you run an agency. Or maybe you’re a billionaire CEO. Whoever you are, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you have […]

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I’m a night owl: some of my best, most productive work happens between 8pm-1am. Understandably then, 8am…and even 9am, is not my best friend. (And neither are alarm clocks.) So I’d gotten into this pattern of working late, sleeping ’til […]

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You’ve been mulling over the idea of starting your own creative business for months, and have finally decided to pull the trigger. Or maybe you’ve been freelancing by yourself for a while and you’re ready to partner with someone else, […]

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In the past year or so, I’ve been the “brains” behind around 6 product launches that grossed anywhere from $300k – $625k / year within a week of launching (so $25k – $52k in monthly revenue). These launches were totally […]

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If you ask ten freelancers what their least favorite thing about freelancing is, I’ll bet money at least half of them say “uneven income.” The feast or famine cycle is the equivalent of the freelancer’s boogeyman, drawing shudders when you […]

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I had a few sales calls lately, only I was the potential client. They were with very savvy marketers, too. Ones who really know their stuff, but I couldn’t believe the insanely simple, crucial mistake they were making in these calls. […]

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I first came across Elance a couple years ago when I started freelancing full time. At the time, I was willing to try most anything to get my business up and running, including: responding to ads on a Craigslist-type website […]

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Everyday, more and more people decide to leave their 9-5 job for an amazing life of freelancing. According to a new survey, 34% of the total U.S. workforce is made up of freelancers; that’s 53 million people! That means if […]

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In the old days when things got quiet, you simply picked up the phone and made a few calls to stir things up. Or you made a list of companies you wanted to work for and cold-called them. Now it’s […]

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Do you always go along with client requests even if you’re not comfortable with what’s being asked of you? Are you struggling to make ends meet even though you have plenty of work? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. […]

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When working day in and day out, even the life of creative professionals can get monotonous. To boost your creativity and improve the quality of your work, remember that aside from staying up on the latest trends, you also need your […]

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Take a moment and run through the first 15 minutes of your day with me. Any day of the week, a “work day,” the weekend, any day you like. What does your morning routine look like? You wake up. You […]

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You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn Subconsciously, we are greatly affected and influenced by the people we spend the most time interacting with (they don’t have to live next […]

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We’ve all experienced clients that aren’t our favorites, from the ones that we’re just not excited about to the ones that we cringe at when we see their phone call or email. Why is it that we get “bad” clients? […]

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Becoming a successful freelancer isn’t easy. It’s never handed to you, and it doesn’t come overnight, either. Becoming a successful freelancer takes hard work, dedication, and an unwillingness to give up. Ultimately, the only person who can determine if you are […]

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Do you read those tantalizing stories about other creatives working remotely while traveling the world and wonder if it’s right for you? Or are you hoping to sneak in a family vacation and you’re on the fence about whether or […]

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So often in business (and in life), it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Subtle changes in how you present yourself and your business – whether on your website, at a networking event, or while meeting with […]

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My husband Eddie and I started our design agency back in 2006. For the first several years, we priced our projects hourly. We estimated the number of hours based on past performance and only charged clients for how much time […]

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One of the best ways to expand your creative business is to form relationships with peers and similar industry experts to tackle bigger projects in a collaborative effort. However, there are many pitfalls to a team of freelancers taking on […]

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For the first year and a half of my adventure into freelancing, I was primarily a web designer. If someone needed a website, I would gladly design it for them. Sometimes I helped with some basic marketing work as well, […]

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I know creatives my age and beyond who like to refer to themselves as “seasoned.” This term makes them sound like they may end up as a roast. I prefer “battle tested.” Much cooler. All kidding aside, age and ageism […]

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We were at the closing table, finalizing our first home purchase, when we found out. We were doing a complete gut renovation on this house, which means we couldn’t live in it for at least 6 months. Our mortgage lender […]

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Freelancing is great – you can choose your own hours; pick your own clients; charge an hourly rate that you’re comfortable with; and ultimately, do business on your terms (not the terms of your David Brent-esque boss!). One of the […]

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Now that everyone has a second cousin or daughter in college who’s a “whiz” with editing and layout software, true creative professionals have a lot more competition. We have to be ever more vigilant in finding good clients, explaining our value […]

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If you’re like me, you love to freelance but rely on a separate full-time job for the majority of your income. I’ve been working as an in-house designer for the past several years to pay the bills. Don’t get me […]

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Trying to pin down one day in my design life is a pretty daunting prospect. I guess that’s what makes being a freelance designer so darn interesting to me – it’s not an orderly, predictable existence. One day is never […]

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These past couple weeks have been crazy. On one hand, things have been amazing. We’ve been traveling through Europe while working, and business has been growing like crazy at the same time. On the other hand, these past couple weeks […]

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What’s the number one resource all entrepreneurs don’t have enough of? Time. Especially if you’ve built your business around providing a service for people. Because, once the 24 hours in a day run out, you have no choice but to start […]

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About a year ago I came to a realization that completely changed my life: I realized that if I just kept jumping from freelance project to freelance project I would never get where I wanted to in life. I would […]

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Growing your business – in the busy moments, you don’t have time to think about it, and in the lean times, it’s all you can think about. It’s always somewhere in your consciousness that you need to grow your business, […]

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We share tips for making money as a freelancer here at Millo all the time. They include: upselling your design projects, generating passive income, specializing in a particular discipline or skill, and many many more. But there’s one key to making […]

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If actively seeking out and finding clients is something you enjoy, then it’s safe for you to skip this post. To be clear: I’m talking about the “business” stuff everyone always says we have to do, even though a small […]

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