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Since I started using WordPress, I’ve been amazed at the rapidly growing number of plugins and core updates that continue to extend WordPress’s functionality and capability. (WordPress is a super-flexible CMS – content management system). One of the things I love […]

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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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Here at Millo we’re always promoting creating a business (and career) you love. This typically involves building a business from the ground up and being your own boss. And without a doubt, being an entrepreneur is a fantastic job. I […]

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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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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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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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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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For those of you who’ve made the leap into full-time freelancing, the ebb and flow of new business can be especially unnerving. You’ve cast aside your full-time safety net, and now have to keep the fish biting in order to […]

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If you’ve been hunting for Illustrator tips, you’ve come to the right place! I love Illustrator so much. Despite some snags that cropped up with the conversion to Illustrator CC, I have a very happy long-term relationship with Illustrator. But […]

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What gets measured gets moved. As best as I can tell this is a mis-quote of Peter Drucker, but it’s a very potent philosophy. Whether you’re working on the tiny blog, the hyper-growth startup, or the established industry titan, one common […]

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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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I saw someone asking it on twitter just the other day. I got a Linkedin message about it over the weekend. And I’ve realized it’s the absolute worst question you can ask about any sort of creative work. The scariest part is, most […]

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Whether you’re designing sites for yourself, hiring someone to do it for you, or somewhere in-between…here are 4 tips I’ve found that boost the results websites get by a LOT. Use them for your freelancing portfolio or for clients. (They’re […]

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As creatives, we’re often chomping at the bit to learn from other successful creatives: How do they boost conversions? What are their trade secrets for making more sales? Where are all the best clients hiding, and how come everyone else […]

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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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I was recently listening to an interview with James Clear–productivity hacker, athlete and entrepreneur. He made a very interesting point about two seemingly similar words that can have very different meanings. Those words? “Can’t” and “don’t.” He was specifically speaking about […]

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Well, here we are. It’s June, and you know what that means — it’s National Candy Month! That’s right, the one month per year we indulge on sugar, chocolate, and an assortment of other sweets. …Right? …Guys? (crickets) Ok, fine. If you’re like me, […]

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When clients read the right words, they pick up the phone and call you. It’s that simple. Writing those “right” words for your your website, brochure, or anything else, is actually really simple too. The bad news: If you’re like […]

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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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Hey there – how’s your design 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 up your design portfolio yet. Either […]

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It’s been a couple of weeks since we changed our brand name from GraphicDesignBlender.com to Millo. Personally, our team has loved the change. I mean, can you imagine all the time we save every day by typing “millo” instead of “GraphicDesignBlender”? […]

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We all know how easy it is to fall into our routines and somehow, implementing a digital strategy can become just another task on our endless list of things to do. The fact is, putting a marketing plan for internet […]

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Have you ever found yourself, in the midst of a “work-hurricane,” struggling to track down client notes and files buried in emails, scattered across multiple web apps, or within local folders on your computer? In other words: do you struggle […]

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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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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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Writing today’s post is proving much more difficult than I thought it was going to be. After 6+ years of blogging at Millo and interacting with so many of you, we’re closing the doors on Millo and cutting the ribbons on an […]

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I wrote a whole intro for this post, but then I scrapped it and decided to just get right into it :-). So! Here are 4 things we’ve recently upgraded with our creative agency’s web coding service, Reliable PSD, that gave us […]

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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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Clients are our best friends and our worst enemies. From the client who pays on time and has clear project briefs to clients who always pay late and try to increase the scope, freelancers are bound to deal with all […]

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Dear friend and Millo reader, After 6 years of providing some of the best business tips for designers at GraphicDesignBlender.com, we’re giving Millo a major upgrade. The first and most obvious change to Millo will be that it will no […]

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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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