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Here’s an idea: people – including clients – are generally not bad, bitter, or overall evil. It’s just the circumstance that sometimes result in us – the freelancers – getting screwed during the process. I really believe this is true, […]

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Running a freelance design business is one of the most fulfilling careers you can embark on. Think about it – you spend some time honing your design skills, and then use your skills to make an income, hopefully enough to […]

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How many times have you made this excuse? I would love to work on <insert side project>, but I just don’t have time. I used to say this too (more than I’d like to admit), but worse, I used to […]

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As creative freelancers and business owners, we all know written contracts are useful – no, necessary – when dealing with customers. After all, we’ve all been reading Graphic Design Blender, haven’t we? Whether it’s a $2,000 logo or a $20,000 […]

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Back in the early days of our creative marketing business, Clients from Hell was a gift from the universe. It kept me sane, reading all of those stories from fellow comrades in arms. Now, however, I have a much different […]

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Let’s talk turkey for a few minutes. More particularly… cash flow. Icky, dirty, rotten, dreaded cash flow. How’s yours going? Are you making the BIG bucks? Stashing plenty of dosh away each month so you can retire young, travel the […]

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A couple weeks ago, Karol wrote a great post about not getting cheated by your design clients. In that post, we recommended (as we always do) that you have a signed contract with most of your clients. But in the […]

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I don’t think I chose the freelance life, I think the freelance life chose me. While other kids were playing little league, I was trying to build a two story colonial house for my teddy bears out of logs, complete […]

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Ever have one of those days (weeks?) where you just can’t seem to get yourself motivated? And I mean REALLY unmotivated, like nothing — not even dusting to avoid work — can tear you away from putting off life in […]

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A few days ago, the phone rang at 10am. “Reliable! This is Lou,” my wife and business partner, Lou, said. (We run a design / marketing agency, but recently started Reliable: our new PSD to HTML & WordPress company). She […]

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Thank you for applying; we went with someone more experienced. I heard that plenty coming straight out of college, and I bet you have, too. With today’s job market, recent and upcoming college grads are increasingly looking toward freelancing to […]

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As I mentioned before in this post, recently I interviewed 9 amazing veteran freelancers, each on a different challenging topic they have personal experience excelling in. From hiring employees to overcoming self-doubt, here are bits of the wonderful information four […]

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Do you feel like you’re always working but not terribly productive? Have you ever felt like an unorganized baboon making up an excuse to reschedule yet another obligation that you accidentally double-booked? Does your brain feel cluttered? When you’re really […]

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Well that’s an odd headline, isn’t it? Calling out the almighty clients like that? Don’t get me wrong, I’d much rather live in a world where every project reaches its completion and no party gets the short end of the […]

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Have you ever struggled to write a contract for ongoing work? You’re not alone. One Millo reader commented: Love the article you posted today about freelance with a contract. I’m curious, I can’t seem to find much out there for inspiration […]

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Back in school, I wasn’t big on maths. It wasn’t because I sucked at it or even because I didn’t enjoy it… it was because my maths teacher also happened to be my Truancy Officer and I ditched a lot […]

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Let me bring you up to speed on something. You won’t enjoy it, but here it goes anyway: People close to you literally hate it when you say, “I can’t. I’m too busy.” That’s a fact. And don’t get me […]

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Think of someone you really admire as a freelancer. Have you ever wished you could just contact them out of the blue and ask permission to question them for 20 minutes on a specific topic they’re really knowledgeable in? Last […]

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Here’s a quiz question for you: How do you grow your business exponentially? Do you: (a) try figuring things out on your own as you go along and improve one step at a time, or (b) spy on people, stealing […]

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Well, it’s Friday again. In some ways, you’re probably totally jazzed about it. A couple days off (hopefully) from the grind of client phone calls, bills, and the other details of running your business. (It’s a love-hate relationship. I get […]

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Without a shadow of a doubt, finding a consistent stream of new clients is the main challenge for most freelance designers, and actually most freelancers in general, for that matter. I guess you’d like to land a deal from Coca-Cola […]

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AdWords Express has been a super powerful tool we’ve used to get more new clients for our creative agency. It’s gotten to the point where we turn it on / off as needed. On = contact form submissions almost instantly […]

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Honest thought: I love fresh pieces of online advice just as much as the next guy. Especially if they’re about business. Especially if they’re actionable. There’s no rose without a thorn, though, and much of the stuff you can find […]

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Whether you’re a new freelancer, a freelancer-to-be, or a freelancer with a few (okay, a lot of) years under your belt, one of the most efficient ways to learn is from mistakes…preferably some someone else’s. But that’s not always easy […]

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Last time I checked, 74% of our new business came from word of mouth referrals. That’s just downright staggering isn’t it? Pretty much three quarters of our clients came from people jibbering on about how awesome we are (or something […]

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One of the most powerful lessons I’ve ever learned came from my first mentor, my half-brother Steve. I called him complaining about some clients and the crazy revisions they wanted and he said… “You know, dude… When stuff like this […]

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In my last post I got into the basics of selling the heck out of your design services. That post left off with how to shift the conversation from email to phone. Why? Because on the phone, you’re going to […]

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So you’re having yet another 12-hour long work day. Just like yesterday, and with very little hope for tomorrow to be any different. Sounds familiar? What happened? Wasn’t freelancing supposed to be this dream job allowing you to work whenever […]

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If you’ve ever experienced the “joy” of moving* (especially if you’ve accumulated furniture), you know that not only are you learning the ropes in a new community personally, but as a business, nobody knows you. Nobody knows that you volunteered […]

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I was recently working on landing a new client that I was excited to work with. Everything went great, they accepted my quote, they sent a great creative brief and it looked like everything was going to go smoothly. When […]

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At Millo, we’re committed to providing amazing content to help freelancers at all levels escape agency life and build a business you love. We especially love tackling your tough questions, and there may be no tougher aspect of freelancing than […]

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Today, we’re joined by freelance designer Brent Galloway in an audio interview. Brent’s a freelancer, a blogger, and is working on some really great new projects, including a new blog for freelancers (details in the audio interview). Here’s just a […]

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One of the most common pieces of advice I see freelancers offering other freelancers is “get referrals.” That’s because it is one of the best pieces of advice there is. Referrals are one of the best ways to get new clients. They […]

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Are you one of those designers who uses a web portfolio to show off their work and find new clients? You’re in good company because most designers do the same. And most designers also rely on an analytical tool (like […]

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In a perfect world, clients would have ample room in their budgets for design work and would happily pay you immediately upon project completion. But who knows if they even have designers in Heaven, so let’s focus on life here […]

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With the new year approaching this is the perfect time to start something new. Something about a fresh start really motivates us to dig into the work we’ve been putting off and take on some new challenges. What better time […]

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Ok, I’m calling you out. Why aren’t you freelancing? You know you want to start freelancing, you know you’re talented. So what’s stopping you from freelancing full-time or, at a minimum, on the side of your full-time job? Today, I […]

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When we as freelance designers think about networking, we generally think about meeting potential clients. However, today we’re going to talk about networking with people who might not be a client (hey, you never know) but can be absolutely essential […]

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Have you read this book? The highly recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? The actual info on the back says that it’s one of the most influential books ever written. Bold words. Anyway, I actually ordered the book […]

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With the end of the year coming up, we’re all trying to find ways to boost income, hit our 2013 financial goals, and maybe find a little Holiday bonus for ourselves. But boosting your freelance income could be as simple […]

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Recently we received the following question about getting paid as a freelancer from a reader planning his freelancing debut: Would you recommend I set up a credit card service to receive payments through my future website or is this unnecessary? Is […]

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The Freelancer’s Union recently announced the ability for members to purchase liability insurance. But as freelance designers, do we really need it? Truthfully, when I read the “hey, we’re now offering liability insurance” email, I wondered what, exactly, that entails. […]

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What’s better, being an expert at one thing or not too bad at a few things? By being a jack of all trades, would you get more work? Yes and no. Yes, because you’ll be more capable to take on […]

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“Well, maybe just one more day to see if they pay.” Have you ever said this to yourself? (I have.) One of the most troublesome parts of freelancing is invoicing and collecting payment. Nobody likes to be the bill collector, […]

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