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Each week at Millo, Dan Sweet provides priceless tips and helpful secrets to make your freelance design venture a success. You can connect with Dan on twitter or at dansweetdesign.com. I  quit my job last spring, mostly because my wife […]

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Hey freelance designers: just because you’re a one-person show doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to find high-caliber, high-paying clients. Ignore the myth that you can’t compete with what a large design firm has to offer. You have things they can’t […]

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If you have a design blog, I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve had a hard time knowing what to write about on your design blog. After all, producing great content on a daily or weekly basis […]

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Have you ever wondered what title you should give yourself? If you’ve been a freelance designer for long, it’s likely you have encountered a situation where you need to have a title. Perhaps you were trying to print business cards. […]

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In the past few years, I’ve noted a significant increase in the number of job postings for freelance graphic designers. While it doesn’t surprise me, as I keep on top of job trends in many professions, I thought it would […]

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Diligence A freelance designer has to be diligent. After all, you’re working hard not only to design great pieces, but to find new clients, bill current clients, follow up with old clients, file taxes, market your business, and more. If […]

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A couple days ago, we discussed some essential pointers for naming your design business. Today, I’d like to discuss a topic that comes up frequently in my discussions with freelance designers. Should you market yourself using your own name or […]

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I’ve had an interesting paradigm shift lately. I have had need to hire a few freelance designers to take over projects I simply don’t have time for. This means I’ve had a chance to interview them (which I wrote about […]

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Take a moment and scan the web for successful freelance designers. I mean financially successful freelance designers. I’m not talking about designers who have a great following on their blog, I’m not even talking about designers who crank out phenomenal […]

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on getting starting a freelance design business. It’s definitely been a learning experience (in a good way, mostly), and I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve come across. Determining Business Structure […]

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I make an effort to frequently visit the web sites, portfolios, or blogs of people who take time to leave comments here at Millo, follow me on twitter, or ‘like’ Millo on our facebook page. Needless to say, I spend […]

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A few days ago, Millo published an article titled “5 Questions to Common Freelance Design Questions“. This podcast (the first of Millo’s audio podcasts) will elaborate on 5 more common freelance design questions. Have a listen and leave your comments […]

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Not too long ago on twitter (follow me here and Millo here) I asked you what sort of freelance design questions bother you the most. You answered back with an array of questions and I have tried to sum them […]

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Hey fellow designers, are you successful? For some designers, answering this question doesn’t take a second thought. But for others, it’s difficult to define whether or not you consider yourself to be a successful designer. And much of what determines […]

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On the Millo facebook page, I recently asked what sorts of articles you would like to read during the next few months here at the blog. While I plan to write articles for nearly all the responses, one particular response […]

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Recently I was in on a roundtable discussion with a bunch of freelancers and we were talking about some of the similar problems we all face. One topic that kept coming up was that many freelancers have a hard time […]

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Anyone who owns a business, from freelancers to top CEOs, knows that they need to be on facebook. You know you need to establish a successful presence on facebook for your design business. What a lot of people don’t understand […]

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Being a freelance designer is a blast! You get to spend time working on your business and working in your business. You get to be the designer, the customer service representative, the accountant, the creative director, and more. One of […]

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Every once and a while I like to have a good long conversation with a few loyal readers of Millo to see what makes them tick, what problems they face, and how Millo can better serve them. Recently, in a […]

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Lately, here at Millo, we have been learning a lot about one-page portfolios. We started off this miniseries with a great list of essential elements of a successful one-page portfolio, then we explored 8 excellent jQuery tutorials to help you […]

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Recently on Millo, we discussed some simple but necessary elements of a successful one-page portfolio design. To add to those insights, I thought today would be a good day to include a collection of some simple yet useful jquery tutorials, […]

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Freelancing can be a tough business, regardless of in which field you are attempting to freelance. Like a regular business, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind; some of these tips can make your business venture […]

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Spec Work has always been a controversial subject in the world of design. Why should you work with no guarantee of getting paid? Many designers claim that it signals the end of the industry. To me, however, it’s the future […]

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I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at […]

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In the relatively short amount of time I have been blogging about design, I have been asked some version of the following question multiple times:   “What are the best kinds of design articles to write?” I can understand the […]

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Not long ago, I read the E-Myth Revisited (affiliate link), a phenomenal book about entrepreneurship. One of the most life-changing (or I guess you could say business-changing) concepts understood from the book was the importance taking time to build your […]

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Whether you are working as a freelance designer, in a design firm, or otherwise, it’s important to be able to help your design business grow on a regular basis. But let’s face it, marketing your design business frequently becomes the […]

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Who would have ever thought that something you love so much (designing) could stress you out so much? There a lot of aspects of being a designer that can be stressful: harsh deadlines, difficult clients or art directors, a sharp […]

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Hey there – how’s your portfolio looking these days? Are you behind on updating it, like me? Excellent! I love not being the only one. Or maybe you’re new to the game and haven’t set one up yet. Either way you’re in […]

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Starting out as a new designer, many are tempted to offer their services for free in order to branch out and develop an audience for your work. However, with the Freemium notion, comes the adverse reaction to offering your services […]

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Many freelancer designers seem to shy away or delay the process of invoicing a client after a project is completed. Somehow this same notion is shared by the client when it comes to paying-they shy away from it. Admittedly, invoicing […]

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It’s a well-known fact: the question of using crowdsourcing sites like 99Designs.com (←link to a Millo interview with 99Designs) or Crowdspring.com is always a hot topic in the design community. When it comes to this issue, I have to admit […]

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One of the hardest tasks that freelance designers face is figuring out how to find design clients. Aside from the clients who come back asking for more, a lot of times, you complete a job for a client and they […]

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Recently, I have had a lot of people ask me to provide suggestions on finding new freelance design clients. Whether you are a newcomer to the freelance-design field or you just need to give your client pool a boost, there […]

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GUEST ARTICLE by Jay Kaushal–If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. Web and graphic Designers put many years into learning and mastering the skills they need to succeed. When just starting out, they have to go through […]

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In this guest article, Behzad Jamshidi explains the pros and cons of using a budget selector in a freelance designer’s contact form. First things first, what is a budget selector? A budget selector is usually a pull down menu located […]

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GUEST ARTICLE by Joe Valdez–If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. We’ve all heard the saying “you don’t get a second chance at a first impression”. When it comes to your design business and landing a deal, […]

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Whether you are part of a design firm or an independent freelance designer, chances are you blog about design. The design community is enormous and (dare I say) millions of designers share their thoughts online every week. But have you […]

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In the previous two chapters of Design Essentials, we covered topics that dealt with the quality of your design: Originality, and Attention to Detail. While today’s essential design tip will help your designs look better in the long-run, this chapter […]

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The switch to becoming a freelance designer is difficult because you have to learn how to handle yourself and your client. When I started out, I was completely clueless and I would often accept too many projects or bad clients. […]

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GUEST ARTICLE by Ally E. Hardgrave – If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. Passion is a critical ingredient for success. We all can fall trap, however, to life’s constraints and suddenly wake up to find that […]

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Studies show that nearly 70% of readers here at Graphic Design Blender either own their own freelance design business or hope to start freelancing in the near future. Something that many freelancers fail to do, however, is work effectively with […]

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Think of your favorite children’s song. Now grab a coworker and tap the tune of the song on their hand while you sing it silently to yourself. After you finish, ask them to name the song you just tapped out. […]

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GUEST ARTICLE by Nicole Foster  – If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. There are thousands of designers on the internet today in all types of fields. They range from web designers to print designers to graphic […]

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