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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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Even the most creative of freelancers can get in a rut. If you’ve been freelancing for a long time, status quo can feel more than comfortable — it can feel “right.” Of course, some of the things you might be […]

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Stress is a common enemy of everyone, from the high school student, to the successful businessman, and to the working mother. However, some careers are more stressful than others. Even though working for yourself may seem like low-stress to an […]

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I used to put off doing web proposals for days. Weeks sometimes. They used to take me about three to four hours each. I lost a client once because I took so long to get the proposal to them. I’d […]

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Everyone has had their fair share of annoying clients during their careers. It’s something all businesses carry on their backs and even though you might think that you’ll never have to face such clients, but sooner or later, it will happen. […]

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Tell 99.99% of online marketers that you want to build up an email list to support your online business and this is the advice they’ll give you: Write guest posts. And honestly, it’s not inherently bad advice. But I don’t […]

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The goal of every business is to make as much profit while spending as little as possible. With all the free tools available to freelancers, running your business on a shoestring is easy. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best […]

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Like many of you, I’ve always wanted to have a location agnostic career. Quite simply, to work from where my laptop is. My goal was to be a freelancer, but how do you start? I knew I had a skillset […]

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Freelancing is becoming an increasingly large business as more and more people decide to work from home. To date, there are almost 53 million freelancers in the United States alone. So it’s easy to see why some people might feel lost […]

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Pricing a logo design and other design services can be tricky. The first thing most freelancers do when tasked with getting a price to their prospect is they ask their freelancer friends what they charge. Or, they Google other freelancers […]

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What do you do when you’re starting out as a freelancer and have no connections? For most new freelancers, the go-to method for getting clients is cold emailing. You find some businesses that look like they could use your help […]

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The anonymous nature of the internet makes it easy for people to hide. While most of us are honest folks, unfortunately not everyone shares our values. Even the most discerning freelancer encounters clients who disappear when it comes time to […]

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CJ Burton is a photographer and illustrator who went from being a starving artists just out of college to now working with companies like Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and many more. He has been around photography his whole […]

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A rock hit my car and left a crack a bit smaller than a dime in my windshield. A few weeks later I went to a carwash down the street—the one where they wash, vacuum and wax your car by […]

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Earlier this year, I critiqued about 30 agency websites that sell web design and other design and marketing-related services. By about the 5th or 6th one, I’d already identified patterns in mistakes that persisted, unanimously, throughout the other 25. All […]

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To be successful as a freelancer you have to be smart about how you conduct business. Talent is a wonderful thing. But being the world’s greatest creative doesn’t ensure success. New freelancers quickly learn that you are your own business […]

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Ah, Twitter. It’s a place for political rants, celebrity feuds, and… Winning freelance clients? You betcha. You can totally win freelance clients from Twitter. But don’t expect that your personal Twitter account will magically attract clients just because you’ve decided […]

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Adrienne Thakur was born and raised in Kentucky by entrepreneurial parents who owned and ran an antique store. Which meant she was exposed to a wide variety of unique artifacts from around the world. This exposure planted a deep desire […]

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“How do I gracefully tell a client I am increasing my rates? I’m upping my hourly rate by about 35%, which is approximately a $12 increase. This client is bigger than any of my other clients, and takes up more […]

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You get to choose who you work with. It’s true. One of the awesome things about freelancing is that you get to choose who you work with. You don’t have to and shouldn’t work with whoever walks in your virtual […]

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Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an MBA to be a successful entrepreneur, nor do you need a college degree – provided you have some necessary skills. There are many highly successful entrepreneurs without a college degree. While […]

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It happens the same way every time. Someone starts freelancing, and they’re excited to take any client they can get. But before long, they realize something: Not every freelance client is worth working with. Sounds kind of harsh, right? It’s […]

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No matter how much you love what you do for a career, if you can’t pay the bills with it, it’s not a career, it’s a hobby. And as a freelancer, proper invoicing techniques and policies are so crucial to the […]

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I worked in a small sushi restaurant for years before I started freelancing full-time. It was a tiny little place, the kind that only seats about 20 people and most of them at the bar. Working in such a small […]

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When entrepreneur Bianca Board was young, she used to join her mum every morning on a paper run. She’d sit in the back of a little jeep, driving around the mountains, delivering papers. As she got older, her nana taught […]

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