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I’ll never forget the day, roughly 18 years ago. It was about 7:30 p.m. and I was busy cleaning up after dinner for my family, which included my two children — ages three and a few months old. And then, the phone […]

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Anyone who says you can’t make money as a writer doesn’t know about all the ways that freelance writers are needed in the market. There are hundreds of opportunities out there, if you’re willing to think creatively and put the […]

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Many of us spend 40 to 50 hours a week in an office. But what are you doing with the rest of your time? You need to prioritize where you’re spending your time before and after your day job in order […]

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As a freelancer, your goal should be to offer something so good that your prospect can’t get it anywhere else. Or, at the very least, make your offer harder to compare to others. One way to do that is to […]

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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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Struggling with new leads? You need not look much further than your very own existing client list! You read that right. Your existing client list can be a gold mine, if you approach it with a new perspective and focused strategy. […]

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So you’re ready to finally dive in and actually start a side-hustle. You’re excited about the idea of more side-money, more stability, less dependence on your day job. But…where do you actually start when it comes to building a successful […]

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In two previous posts for Millo, I presented the idea of turning estimates into flat fees and also, how to determine that estimate in the first place. In this post, I’ll be discussing how you can live with, and be at […]

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Today, I’m excited to announce that we are officially one week away from launching season 2 of our first-ever podcast, Freelance to Founder. Last season, we brought you some incredible stories of freelancers and solopreneurs who scaled their businesses to be […]

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The other night I took my wife to dinner and she was in the mood for Italian. I couldn’t help but notice the waiter offering us everything from appetizers, wine, desert, and he even offered to alter the menu if […]

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The definition of an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. Although this is true, I would call this the iceberg definition. What […]

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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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Season 1 of Sidegig is sponsored by Freshbooks: the #1 invoicing software for freelancers and side-hustlers. To take your sidegig to the next level with Freshbooks, visit Freshbooks.com/Sidegig and enter “sidegig” in the ‘how did you hear about us?’ section. It’s official! […]

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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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