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Freelance designers are an ingenious lot, and they use a variety of ways to land clients. There is no one tried and true method to finding great gigs. It’s essential to be creative, proactive, and persistent — just as you […]

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Have you ever noticed how time-consuming the business side of freelancing is? On any given day, you’re pitching clients, responding to emails, chasing payments, marketing your business, maintaining your books, taking client calls – the list of tasks seems never […]

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A key difference between freelancers charging low rates and freelancers charging premium rates for their services is how they portray themselves to potential clients. Freelancers charging higher rates see themselves as experts in their field and act more like consultants […]

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3 years ago, if someone looked in a crystal ball and predicted that on a cold November evening under the bright light of the super moon, I would be writing an article for an American blog – I would have a […]

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You read about them, hear about them, but never really meet them. You probably have had a few great experiences with your clients. But those fantastic human beings, who will instantly fall in love with your work and cannot wait to hire you […]

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A friend and fellow copywriter recently asked me for productivity advice. This guy has worked for years as a full-time, in-house writer for a large corporation, and now he’s ready to make the jump to freelancing. Brave guy. That move […]

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You are doing a great job. Your working hours seem countless. You certainly deserve more money and respect. This is what most of the blog posts you read are telling you, right? Only, they haven’t seen your work. And they don’t have […]

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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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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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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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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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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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The global workforce is undergoing a massive freelance surge. In 2015, approximately 53 million Americans ditched the 9 to 5 to become professional freelancers. That’s 1 in 3 Americans, or a little over 1,200 sold-out pro baseball fields. And who wouldn’t want a freelance lifestyle? […]

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In my last blog post I shared some tips on how to decide whether or not you should say goodbye to a difficult client. I shared the four key questions I ask myself to help me decide if it’s worth […]

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To you and me – it’s pretty simple: If I have to spend extra time on a project — because you want to add something to it that wasn’t quoted for — then obviously you have to pay for it. Simple… […]

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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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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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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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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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I’m from Australia but I’m currently based in Mexico. Last month I was in Dubai and before that, I lived in Vietnam. I work with people all over the world: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore and USA. That’s […]

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It’s a big commitment to choose to attend one of the many conferences available in your field. Besides the cost of entry, you have to book transportation, a hotel room, and figure out how to manage your business on limited time. It’s hard […]

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So you’re headed to a client presentation and you want something that’ll put you a cut above the rest. Not just a nice outfit you know you look good in (although that doesn’t hurt), but something: Unique Memorable Professional Creative […]

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If you’ve freelanced worked for any amount of time, you know that almost everyone wants their project done yesterday. As so far, that’s impossible, most will settle for “in the near future.” Some are even willing to pay more to […]

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Sometimes, at Reliable PSD (our creative agency’s new design-to-code conversion company), we get clients who write us…errr…a lot…asking for status updates. Now, we are very clear about ETA, and had been communicating and updating them on ETA as we went. […]

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Supervising a project can be an overwhelming task. Too many projects fail because little mistakes accumulate and hit the project like a big fire ball. In fact, one study found that 13.5% of each dollar invested in a project becomes completely […]

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The KEYSTONE to winning over new clients is a great proposal. After all, it’s the final item you send them before they make their decision. A lot rests on it, so you have to do it right. Here’s the exact […]

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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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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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Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re tired of pitching your services to crickets. You feel like you’re constantly being solicited by the clients you don’t want, and can’t even get those you do want to give you the time […]

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Especially in this digital age, you may question the need for business cards. Isn’t it just one more expense that “old” people use? Don’t people nowadays just clink smartphones together or text contact information? You might be surprised. Traditional methods […]

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15 years ago, you could design a great website for your client and not have to worry too much about things like SEO best-practices or the latest Google Search algorithm update. You could simply stuff the your site with keywords […]

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I’ve been a print designer for nearly all of my design career – and that means I’ve spent hours sending things like: package design B2B print collateral business cards posters fliers and a jillion other types of print jobs to printers all […]

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Being a solopreneur is a lot of fun. You almost always get to make your own schedule, wear whatever you want, reject projects that aren’t a good fit, not drive during rush hour…it’s an all-around pretty amazing job. Except when […]

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We all make mistakes; it’s learning and improving upon those mistakes that make us better, both as professionals and as human beings. But with any heavily technology-reliant career, our mistakes can cost us a lot of business. In a time where […]

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Negotiations always give me the jitters. Am I proposing a fair deal? Am I about to get swindled? Should I look elsewhere? Am I going to lose this project? Is this client going to be more stress than they’re worth? […]

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Do you have that one client (okay, maybe three?!) that’s habitually totally unorganized and needing something big last week? The one that asks for an entire PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow’s 8am meeting? (Just 20 slides, I swear! 85 slides later…) […]

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Before we go any further, let’s be clear: no matter how good you, your product, or your services are, sooner or later one of your clients is going to be unhappy with you. It’s better if we just accept that now. […]

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Y’know that guy – one of your peers who always seems to get the very best clients? He who: Never has a problem with late payments. Doesn’t have to haggle pricing on rush projects. Makes handling a client misunderstanding sound […]

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If you are like I was as a University Junior or Senior, you’re chomping at the bit to get out of school. It’s all you can do to keep completing your assignments (especially the ones that feel like busy work). […]

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There’s a great line from Oscar-winning movie writer (including Moneyball and The West Wing) Aaron Sorkin’s 2012 commencement address at Syracuse. He said, Decisions are made by those who show up. I love the overly simplistic nature of this statement, and […]

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Deciding to jump into freelancing is an awesome, scary, exciting rush of emotions. Unless you have money set aside, you’re probably still working your “regular” job until things really take off, but you’re ready… …all except for one thing: you […]

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The other day I was at lunch with a friend of mine when he accidentally offended me as an entrepreneur. He didn’t mean to. Not in the slightest. And I’m not talking like a huge offense. No harm, no foul. […]

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Social Media is notorious for being a hotbed for overly honest confessions, offensive rants, and embarrassing photos you don’t want your employer seeing. To an extent, that’s expected for one’s personal page; it is yours to share what you want. […]

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Let’s pretend the internet doesn’t exist. Given that you are reading this blog while online I appreciate such a concept may be pretty hard to get your head around but please, bear with me. Picture the scene. You’ve left your […]

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