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It’s a conundrum many of us creative entrepreneurs face: do I list pricing (or typical pricing) on my website or not? Some entrepreneurs swear by it; others refuse…and both make valid arguments. So what’s the “right” answer? And is there […]

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One of my favorite business books of all time comes from Chris Guillebeau and it’s titled The $100 Startup*. The book is packed full of great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Here’s one that really resonated with me and can help […]

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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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I know the scenario well: You get a call from a potential client and set up a meeting. You spend at least 2 hours prepping, traveling, and actually meeting. Then you spend more time carefully preparing the proposal. Then you wait. […]

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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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Does your website list a half dozen or more capabilities: logo design, website design, print, SEO, photography, video, PR? Are you afraid of losing out on any opportunities that a client or prospect might bring you? Perhaps you figure if […]

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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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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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Reader Matthew asks: Between the designer and the client, who pays for what and when? Great question, Matthew! It’s one that many of us stress over, especially because it often feels like a trade-off between simplicity, good customer service, and […]

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Have you ever had a client ask you if you could create an app for their business? Do you have a great app idea burning in your brain, but you feel like the technical aspects are preventing you from creating […]

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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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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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Last month, we completely changed where we host GraphicDesignBlender.com. We left our previous host, where Millo had been hosted for more than 5 years, and made the switch to Squidix. And today, to celebrate a seamless transition (thanks, guys!), Millo […]

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You know what makes up a good website: great color scheme, intuitive navigation, and awesome calls-to-action (among many other things). Since all of these elements are calculated to stand out, it makes sense that they’re important in web design. And […]

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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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Between freelancing and running Millo, I’ve been “in business” for over seven years now. I know that’s not much for some people, but for me, I feel pretty blessed to have reached lucky number 7. Looking back on the last 7 years […]

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I’ve tried for a while now to “crack” Facebook targeting for our agency, and for our agency’s new “design to code” branch, Reliable. But the click farms have always been a problem. In case you’re not up-to-speed on the “click […]

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You’ve probably heard the general rule: Serif for print, sans serif for screen. Is that really all there is to choosing a print typeface? Does it mean you can never use a sans serif in print, even if it would […]

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Marketing. That dirty ‘M’ word. How dare they not warn you of it in design school. “Do good work” — they say. “Create a great portfolio” — they say. “Look after your clients” — they say. And supposedly, the money […]

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When you’re ready to make a big purchase… let’s say a new computer… you probably go steps like these: First, you start getting tired of the old one. So you start browsing around some websites, seeing what your options are, […]

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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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I recently had one of the best moments of my life. My son (who’s currently 4 years old) randomly came up to me one day and said, “Dad, I’m going to be an artist when I grow up.” Why was […]

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Out of the thousands of fonts available online, how can you know which are the best fonts for logos? (Especially when many of them start looking the same after a while.) This task is even harder if no one ever told […]

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Knowing which questions to ask when designing a logo can be difficult. You don’t want to look stupid by asking the wrong kinds of questions. You don’t want to overwhelm your client by asking too many questions. But if you […]

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I consider myself an incredibly fortunate person. Through a combination of hard work and luck, I am a freelance designer – my dream job. For all of its ups and downs, complications and stressful moments, this is a career that […]

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Maybe you’re still only dreaming about starting your own design business. Or perhaps you’re doing a few side-jobs in your free time hoping to start a design business full-time. Maybe you’ve just started your design business but need a bit […]

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Let’s start with the obvious: not all of your clients are candidates for long-term relationships. Okay, so you’ve been hired to do a project for a client. Pretty straightforward, right? Well, I’m here to challenge you to venture beyond the immediate project […]

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There’s a common thread amongst all of the products and services I create or am a part of: they’re expensive. Not ridiculously expensive. But when you compare them to the other products and services out there, they’re either priced above-average […]

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I get that it’s possible to make good money without ever dealing with clients. But still, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess: you work with clients on an almost-daily basis. And, let’s be honest, clients can […]

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Back in the day we had no budget for marketing. So my partner and I would hit up the local networking events every week. For the most part they were completely worthless, and soul-sucking. Everyone there was a shark and […]

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Getting paid efficiently and with little effort is imperative to your success as a freelancer. Accepting mobile payments, which allows your clients to pay using credit or debit cards from anywhere, is a simple way to ensure that your clients […]

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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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If you’re anything like I was just a few years ago, you’re probably working your tush off, spinning your wheels like a hamster on steroids and feeling like it’s just not paying off. Like your bank balance doesn’t match all […]

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Creating your business name is easily one of the most difficult parts of starting (or rebranding) your business. Nothing inspires more self-doubt and creativity blocks than trying to name your own business. Should you name your business after yourself, or […]

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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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On a hunch yesterday I started Googling “[insert city here] freelance graphic designer.” I looked at New York, Seattle, San Fran, London, and more. I spread from there to agencies. I saw sites from well-established peeps to ones who, as […]

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As a creative entrepreneur, sometimes it feels like you’re supposed to be automatically awesome at creating a stellar brand for your solo business. The truth is, perfecting your own brand is the hardest job – with the toughest client – you’ll ever face. […]

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Today, I’m excited to announce a brand-new addition to the Millo family: The Freelance Report (thefreelancereport.com). Why am I excited? Because until now, our small team has been limited in our ability to fill your life (in a good way) with […]

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Why did we all become designers? It’s because we love wonderful things like typography, color, imagery, well-organized information, and the almighty grid. None of us are designers because we love to think about pricing. And yet, we must. Pricing is […]

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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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