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Today, I’m happy to announce that Millo is launching two all-new podcasts for freelancers and solopreneurs. Here’s everything you might want to know about the new shows: First, the shows are called Freelance to Founder and Sidegig. Our mission here at Millo […]

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“How do I handle a client who repeatedly pays late?” I get this question from a lot of the freelancers I work with. Chasing after payment is a huge time and energy suck that almost all freelancers experience at one […]

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Confession: I don’t think I’ll ever stop having “fellow freelancer” envy. I’ll never stop comparing my website’s design with someone else’s. I’ll never stop comparing prices and calculating comparable incomes. I know it’s not healthy, but I do it anyway. […]

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I didn’t think the New Year would affect me at all. Most holidays don’t. Most “events” don’t. But when December 31 rolled over into January 1, I felt something. Maybe it was the collective excitement of the world. I don’t […]

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You read about them, hear about them, but never really meet them. You probably have had a few great experiences with your clients. But those fantastic human beings, who will instantly fall in love with your work and cannot wait to hire you […]

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You’ve got a great website, a clear niche, and you’re ready to start working as a full-time freelance writer. There’s just one problem: You can’t seem to find any clients – no matter what you do. Does that situation sound […]

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Who here doesn’t want to double their income? I’m not talking about doubling the time you spend working. I think none of us want to do that. But who can honestly say no to more money? Let alone, double the […]

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A friend and fellow copywriter recently asked me for productivity advice. This guy has worked for years as a full-time, in-house writer for a large corporation, and now he’s ready to make the jump to freelancing. Brave guy. That move […]

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Selling your work as an introvert can be a tough task. Everything to do with pricing tends to bring up fear: Fear the client will walk away if you price too high, fear of being seen as a fraud, etc. […]

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When I started freelancing full time, many of my friends and colleagues believed I completely ditched a boss to work for myself. Hold on a minute while I stifle back some not-so-discreet chuckles. Seriously? Sure, freelancing comes with some pretty […]

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You are doing a great job. Your working hours seem countless. You certainly deserve more money and respect. This is what most of the blog posts you read are telling you, right? Only, they haven’t seen your work. And they don’t have […]

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It is ridiculously easy to become a freelance writer. This is not one of those blog posts that tells you it is easy and then shows you how not easy it is. All you have to do is sign up […]

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what it takes to be a working copywriter, I could stop being one. (I wouldn’t though, because I love the work.) The good news: Assuming you’re a good writer, […]

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When we handed our client “John” a purple design, he hated it. John loves red. But when we explained this powerful growth secret through target market research, he not only changed his mind – he applauded us and asked for […]

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One of my favorite entrepreneurial quotes goes something like this: Just because you hate your job, it doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. I love it because it keeps antsy freelancers or solopreneurs grounded in reality. In my mind, the best […]

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If you find you have a lot of free time… but not enough clients… this is for you. Here are 3 ways you can take action right now and use that free time to flourish and grow. 1: Send this […]

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The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. But creating lasting client relationships can be difficult, especially as a freelancer. The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. #FreelanceLife Click […]

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Angelina Samadhi had always been successful. She landed a job with a small agency after college and was able to work on some of the company’s most important accounts. But after her agency career and two businesses of her own, […]

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My son, August, is just under two and is showing all the normal signs of two-year-old behavior: throwing hard objects at my head, refusing to put his diaper on, and protesting even when I give him exactly what he wants. […]

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I hear it all of the time: “I’m going to set up my portfolio so I can start landing freelance clients!”  And at a glance, you might not think there’s anything wrong with that statement. But you’d be wrong. So […]

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If “word of mouth” is your main source of new clients – this is for you. Don’t get me wrong, word of mouth is great, but it’s also inconsistent, unreliable, & sporadic. That’s because you have to wait for your […]

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As a freelancer, you need to be concerned about the security of your website, especially if you use WordPress. I’ve met some designers for whom the word ‘security’ is met with either disdain or a long, painful cringe. The idea, […]

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The other day, while sitting at my desk, I looked over at my bookshelf. I do this often. It’s part of how I think. I come across a problem, and I turn my head to the left and gaze at […]

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Let me ask you a simple question: what are you doing here? Yes, I mean you. You’ve been combing the internet for months. Maybe even years. You’ve read up on more articles about freelancing than you ever thought could possibly […]

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Automation. It’s such a sexy word. I mean, who doesn’t want the most time-consuming, annoying pieces of their business to run on auto-pilot. A few years ago, when I first read Tim Ferris’ landmark business book The Four Hour Workweek, […]

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Being a freelancer is tough in so many respects. Yet, you have the awesome skill set that is valuable to someone, which sparked the urge to strike out on your own in the first place. With freelancing, there’s so much […]

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When we first started Reliable PSD, our web development firm, 3 years ago, we faced many new challenges we’d never experienced before. How do you run a company with employees (we’d never had employees before)? How do you keep your […]

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Denise Love spent over a decade toiling away in kitchens and bathrooms. Not scrubbing them, but designing them. “Working in the kitchen and bath industry was really stressful,” says Denise. “But I wanted to use my interior design degree.” But […]

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As agency owners, my partner and I have received quite a few pitches over the years from freelancers. Most of them get deleted pretty fast. But occasionally – one pierces our jaded, overly-pitched hearts and inspires us to at least check out […]

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The biggest hurdle I’ve overcome is my own mind. From things I’ve read, heard, & seen related to business, I now have ideas and stories floating between my two ears. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what they’re talking about. Which means […]

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As a designer running a small business from home, the part I love most about getting to the gym is the break it gives me from staring at that same computer screen for hours on end. The chance to get out […]

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I hear it all of the time. Newbie freelance writers talk about how they’re overwhelmed by everything they “need” to do. And as a result, they struggle to set up their business and find clients. Some of them even think […]

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Whenever I network, I walk away with amazing connections and clients, and I do it by hardly saying a word. How? In this video, I break down my method that works wonders whether you’re a quieter person, a total extrovert, […]

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It’s counter-intuitive to grow by taking on fewer clients, but it’s necessary. The thing about client services you find out is that there is an allotment of energy you expend servicing each client you have. You email back and forth, […]

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I’ve been running my own business long enough to know that absolutely no one gets into business because they love invoicing. And since it can be such a pain, it’s easy for us to overlook invoicing or pay very little attention to […]

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I wanted to be a writer since the first grade. I remember the day like it was yesterday… My teacher told me the Principal wanted to see me in her office. I was terrified.  Every time someone went to the […]

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3 seconds is a pretty long time. We usually form an opinion based on visual perceptions much faster. Just think about how quickly you “scan” a brochure on its way from your mail to your waste box or what’s the […]

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Lisa Glanz started her career cutting out soccer players in Photoshop for a magazine company. Today 90% of her income comes from selling on design marketplaces. We sat down to chat with Lisa about how online sales allowed her to make a decent […]

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Meet Pat the Baker. Pat loves baking cakes, and one sunny morning decided that he wanted to bake the most perfect, delicious, beautiful cake for his new friend, Patty. But Pat had a problem… … He had no idea what […]

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Plenty of stand-up comedians have had fun skewering the silliness of the “What’s your greatest weakness?” question that job interviewers often ask. The two best comedic answers I’ve ever heard are, “I really struggle with attendance,” and, “For me the […]

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Testimonials are one of the most powerful sales tools you can have. Nothing beats other people saying you are who you say you are. In this video, I break down simple secrets about when and how to ask for them […]

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Ever feel like finding a client on social media is about as achievable as winning the lottery? Maybe you’ve seen tons of stories online about how successful freelance writers are landing clients from Twitter, LinkedIn, or another social site. Yet, […]

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Why would anyone choose an uncertain career path that involves facing fears, having to work harder than ever before and not actually knowing if you’ll be able to bring in enough income to continue living as you’d like to? What […]

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As a freelancer, it absolutely sucks to start out booking work for each month at $0.00. Because starting over from nothing means that every single month—while you’re also trying to juggle client work, produce your own content, and respond to […]

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