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As a freelance creative, it’s essential to get paid on time. Clients holding back on you can create those terrible thoughts of going back into full time employment. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the cash flowing. I’ve developed my […]

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I’m asked frequently – and by frequently, I mean FREQUENTLY – “how do I ensure that a contract is legally enforceable?” You may think that legally enforceable contracts need to be really long and complicated, and use words like “heretofore” […]

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It’s official! Our all-new podcast, Sidegig is officially here. And in our very first episode we discuss why everyone should have a side gig, a side-hustle, some sort of income on the side of your day job. You can listen to the full […]

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If you are a logo designer and need to design a creative logo for your client, keep in mind that the most dynamic tool used in the logo is the “symbol.” A well-created and masterpiece logo indicates a strong identity […]

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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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Are you a creative freelancer looking for some high-quality, free reading material? Then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve combed the internet to collect the best free eBooks for designers, voiceover artists, writers, and web designers. Also, you’ll find […]

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The first years in a new interior design business can be very daunting when you don’t have established database of clients and expansive portfolio yet. That’s why it is essential to invest the maximum effort into a marketing campaign in […]

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Net 30 is one of the most common invoicing payment terms used by small, medium, and large businesses. While it is a standard payment practice, it isn’t the same for all size businesses, and this is especially true for freelancers […]

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Quitting your day job cold-turkey and starting your own business is way more risk than I think anyone should take. There’s a learning curve to running a business. It takes time, patience, and a lot of hard work. (PS: don’t […]

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The luxury of owning a home comes with some downsides.  One of them is maintenance.  I recently had to have the trees near my house trimmed.  Not having any idea how much this would cost, I contacted a few professionals […]

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It is essential in any negotiation to understand what the client wants. Often an early misunderstanding can escalate into a full-blown battle of egos that can cause problems. We don’t want that! I’ll be discussing the various types of clients (particularly […]

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The idea of being able to fund my travels as I was traveling instead of saving for 6 months and then going appealed to me greatly. And I know it appeals to so many people as we are seeing the […]

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In an earlier article I wrote for Millo, I suggested that the right time to use a flat fee over an hourly rate was anytime and every time you are asked by a client to provide an hourly cost estimate for a […]

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This year, I did something I never thought I’d be able to do. I took two vacations. In February, I spent about a week in Las Vegas for my wedding/honeymoon. And in August, my husband and I spent several days exploring Colorado. […]

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One of the most frustrating parts of being a freelancer is putting a bunch of time into selling a client on your services only to get turned down. You spend an hour, or maybe several, on a proposal and then […]

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Finding clients as a freelancer is difficult no matter the location. But it’s not as hard as people make it out to be! I’ve been abroad for two years and have been happily freelancing since I’ve left the States. We […]

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There is this “right of passage” that most freelancers go through when they start out to take to get clients. Freelancers are given the suggestion to attend local events called Chamber of Commerce. Or they are told that BNI meetings […]

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OK, you’re ready to roll. You’ve got your business name, your home office is set up, you’ve got your policies and contracts sorted out and you’re ready to dive into operating our own administrative services business. Fantastic! Wait…what did you […]

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Just about every freelancer has heard this piece of advice at some point: You need to pick a profitable niche to succeed. And it’s true – when you niche down the right way, your target clients are more likely to hire […]

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I was 24 years old, fresh out of college, and eager to begin my career in the creative arts field when I got the news from my then Art Director: “Micah, CONGRATS, we love your work and would like to […]

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The freelancer economy is here and it’s not going away anytime soon. Whether you want to work full time from home, or just earn a little extra money on the side, there are an endless number of opportunities online for […]

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Are you a ghost? Don’t jump to rigorous “No!” right off the bat. The first time I was asked this question, a negative answer was the only variant I had. But soon I changed my answer to a proud “Yes.” […]

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Becoming a world class chef. Building a “buffet-like” investment portfolio. Earning $3500+/month working less than 20 hours per week. All these achievements were once thought to be impossible to obtain by many people. Yet, after personally starting to earn more […]

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You’ve probably heard it a hundred times by now. “Expert freelancers get paid more than generalists.” But here’s the thing… Just because you’re an expert doesn’t mean that requests from high-paying clients will magically appear in your inbox. You have to actively […]

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Impostor syndrome. It can be crippling for any creative professional. What’s impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling of being exposed as a “fraud.” Where you think you’ll be found out at any moment. You think they’ll find out […]

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Can we increase our creativity by changing our office design and decoration? Is it possible to reduce stress only by choosing the right elements and colors for our work-space? Recent studies indicate it definitely is possible. In the last few years, […]

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Millo Mastermind is a great place to talk shop about the business side of freelancing. We’re all great designers, writers, illustrators and artists, but the thought of contracts and pricing and scope creep can send even the most battle-tested freelancers […]

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A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a freelancer about how to jumpstart her career, and in our discussion, this question popped up: “Stefan, I’ve been freelancing for three months so far and everything looks good. I managed […]

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Being a freelancer is one of the best jobs in the world. You get to set your own hours, work from wherever you like, and choose your own clients. It’s flexible enough for those with families and hobbies, while also […]

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Several years ago, I completed a design project free of charge for a non-profit organization, mainly to build up my portfolio. It resulted in an expansion of my freelance business that I never expected. I started to receive job after […]

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You know you’ve got the talent for web design, but you’re tired of making money for someone else. The idea of going off on your own on a freelancing adventure seems like the obvious next step. Flexibility, choice in projects, […]

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Freelancing is a roller coaster. Sometimes we get so caught up in the ride that we forget to plan ahead. I’m a horrible accountant. Fortunately, my mother is a brilliant one. This article is brought to you by our partners […]

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Getting big things done is a constant battle. When it comes to big projects, especially personal projects, you just never seem to find the time to get it done. Here are three hacks to help you avoid the guilt that […]

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You’re a freelancer. You’ve got queries to write, invoices to send, and a stack of projects that need to be finished today. So, if you’ll give me just a couple of your precious minutes, I’ll tell you how you can […]

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In 2005 David Choe painted a mural in Facebook’s Palo Alto offices. He was offered $60,000 for the work, or stock in the company. He choose the Facebook stock. Fast forward to 2012 when Facebook went public and the stock […]

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In this day and age, it is necessary for every freelancer to have a professional and elegant website. It is crucial to create your digital footprint so your potential customers know where to find you online. A well-developed website is just what you need. […]

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Let me start this post off with a hard truth: Many freelancers fail to take their business and income to the level they want. Ouch. That’s not a fun thing to think about, right? But it’s true. And after working […]

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Despite what your client might be telling you, the check isn’t always in the mail. Chasing late payments on invoices is one of the toughest, and most awkward, jobs for any freelancer. But this is business. You are entitled to […]

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When it comes to working on your freelance business, it can be difficult to decide on how to price your products or services. Although most freelancers simply base their prices on what their competitors are doing, that may not be […]

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It’s a story that’s probably more familiar to you than you’d like. You sit down in your studio, raring to get to work, but when you’re about to get to drawing…nothing. Your brain simply isn’t cooperating. You’re experiencing a lovely […]

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When I met my wife 9 years ago, the car she drove kept breaking down. It wasn’t a cheap car either, it was an early 2000’s Audi A4 but since her car wasn’t new it wasn’t under warranty. We would […]

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For much of his early career, comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno employed a famously tough-as-nails manager — many called her vicious — named Helen Kushnick. Kushnick negotiated ferociously on behalf of Leno and all of her other […]

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Every week, I get emails from people asking how to become a freelance writer. They’re great at writing, but they wonder: How can I turn my talent into a full-time income? Well before we get into the details of how […]

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I remember freelancing in the “old days.” As a writer, I mailed a lot of letters with SASEs (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelopes). Contracts and deposit checks often came by mail, and if I was in a real hurry I could fax […]

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