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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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Writing copy that attracts awesome clients is much like fishing – as much as I hate that analogy. I hate that analogy because fishing offers something really enticing to the fish… And then, well, we all know how that ends […]

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Cold emailing. Done right, it can help you grow your freelance business like crazy. Done wrong, it’ll make you seem like a sleazy salesperson with no social skills and no hope of growing a business. Ouch. Let’s avoid the latter […]

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Being a freelancer seems glamorous, even romantic at times. The notion of working when you want, how you want, and only on projects you deem worthy sounds too good to be true. While it’s true that freelancing is pretty darn […]

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When we’re faced with scary situations in business & life, our instinct is often to shy away from them. But what would happen if we didn’t? In today’s video, learn how embracing your fears can help you and your business […]

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From a web designer in South Carolina down to the last $600, to another in Central New York who resurrected his business from the brink of extinction, here are three success stories that will make you believe there are tried-and-tested […]

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You are not right for most people. As I say in my book Work With Clients You Love, working with better paying clients starts with being selective and saying no to the ones who are a bad fit for working […]

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Three years ago, I realized that working at a mind-numbing 9-to-5 corporate job just wasn’t for me. I looked at my boss, and my boss’s boss and noticed that I wasn’t interested in their positions or what they did on […]

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Let’s rewind to mid-April 2015. I’d gone back to my home town to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and to visit my accountant to finally file my taxes. (I’m usually not one to wait until the deadline, but a hiccup with […]

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There are a lot of articles out there about why ConvertKit is better than MailChimp. And while healthy competition is awesome, those articles are way off the mark when it comes to their true portrayal of MailChimp. In the effort […]

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Nate was the only boy in a family of all girls. Which meant he had a chance to spend lots of time with his dad, who worked at home. Greg, Nate’s dad, worked at home from the time his children […]

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Your blog isn’t just for SEO. Get more clients through your blog and social media posts by using these 2 simple post types. (Also – I’m considering a part 2 where I show you how to promote your blog posts […]

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In November 2002, I had a lot of reasons to be more than happy. I had just returned from a trip I had made with my brand-new car, I had a considerable amount in my bank account, I worked as a […]

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You’re a good writer. And you know it. You feel confident that you’ve got a strong portfolio full of writing samples that show off your chops. There’s just one problem: While your samples are well-written, they aren’t helping you sell […]

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A terrible jittery feeling spread through my stomach. The lump in my throat hardened and my head began to spin. ‘How did I find myself in this situation?’ I asked myself, heart sinking. I was on the phone. On the […]

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Courtney Brown has always been a hard worker. At her very first job, she worked at little girls’ birthday parties where she learned from her boss, a female entrepreneur, that anything was possible with determination and hard work. But Courtney […]

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FREE personal training session! FREE phone when you upgrade your plan! FREE 14-day trial of {X} software! 30 days of unlimited yoga for just $30! Even AOL used to mail out CDs with a FREE month of service. Every other […]

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Starting off as a freelancer is terrifying for all who choose this path. No matter the skillset or area of expertise, there’s always that small voice in your head that debates if this was the right decision. Just to give […]

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If you work in the creative field, there is a good chance that you will do some or all of your work as a freelancer. Meaning, you will work under short- or long-term contracts. Unlike the employer-employee model, a freelancer works […]

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The alarm rings and rings. With a groggy sigh I reach over and pick up my phone. I’m still squinting, and I can’t even make out the room yet, but the first thing I tap is the mail icon. My […]

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After a long wait, season 1 of our first-ever podcast, Freelance to Founder is finally here. You can listen to all 8 episodes of season 1 here or by searching “Freelance to Founder” in iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. Season one tells […]

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“I’m always thinking about the client’s finances as though they were mine.” I got this message the other day and hear this all the time from other freelancers. The basic message here is freelancers telling themselves, “I wouldn’t buy the […]

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Not too long ago, I came across a website that had a scrolling marquee, animated text, and even used Comic Sans as the main font. What?! Seriously – it looked like it hadn’t been updated since 1997! And you know […]

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Look for information on how to land freelance writing clients, and you’ll come across a lot of different methods, like: Using SEO on your website to attract clients Using inbound marketing Writing guest blog posts that establish you as an industry expert While […]

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A key difference between freelancers charging low rates and freelancers charging premium rates for their services is how they portray themselves to potential clients. Freelancers charging higher rates see themselves as experts in their field and act more like consultants […]

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It doesn’t matter how successful you are or how expensive your image is, you’ll always get bargain requests as a freelancer: requests to do work for “sweat equity,” exposure, trades, etc. Case in point: those LinkedIn messages I’m sure you […]

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How is your website traffic doing? Is it performing as well as you had hoped it would? While most website owners want lots of good, qualified traffic to their site, the truth is that many suffer from poor website traffic. […]

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3 years ago, if someone looked in a crystal ball and predicted that on a cold November evening under the bright light of the super moon, I would be writing an article for an American blog – I would have a […]

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If you’re anything like me, you hate doing revisions on a project. You understand that they’re part of the territory, so you accept them. But in general, the fewer revisions a client requires of you, the better. And for my […]

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For yet another year in a row at Reliable PSD, we’ve more than doubled revenue. I’m 100% not saying that to brag and be like “Oooh look at me!” (although we are extremely proud!) – but to stress something super […]

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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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