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Hi guys, I’m Lou, co-founder of Reliable PSD, and today I’m going to share with you some advice on what to do when you’re feeling like you’re not good enough or like you’re a failure in your business. Subscribe to […]

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In the freelance community, we can all relate to experiencing the headaches of the problem client before. Naturally, not every project you work on will go as smooth as molasses. But simply saying “it is what it is” and gritting […]

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Sometimes being a freelancer can feel like a curse. I’ve had more days than I care to remember where I just couldn’t get into a routine and my productivity suffered as a result. Luckily, and with much trial and error, […]

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When you meet someone at a BBQ, in the park, or at a meetup, what do you call yourself? Are you a web designer? Graphic designer? A developer? Freelancer? Business owner? Entrepreneur? Solopreneur? Director? Company? Agency? Studio? What about the conversations you have with prospective clients? Is it the same? […]

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Stop beating yourself up over little things. Realize that you’re good enough. And acknowledge that your work is worth paying for. These are just a few of the key mind-shifts you’ll need to have if you’re truly going to thrive […]

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Pitches are often the very first thing that creates an impression of your business or service. If you can get the other person’s interest going at the start, rest assured 90% of your work is done. Ka-ching! But what makes a […]

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Working on a freelance basis can feel incredibly liberating. Being your own boss, a relaxed working schedule and cherry picking your projects are among the most alluring benefits. You’re in complete control of your own destiny and have more control […]

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I’ve spent years building my web design business, Web123, from an idea back in 2009 to a super successful 7-figure business that can handle 30-40 website projects per month. (Our record is 42.) In case you’re wondering, I’m not talking […]

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If you’re a freelancer, promoting your business is arguably one of the most important things you need to do to stay competitive. However, maybe you’re not interested in the traditional promotional methods like business cards, trade shows and direct mail […]

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A little while ago Preston and I ran a webinar on how I generated almost 400 new prospective website clients in under a week. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can check out the replay here. The response was […]

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Freelancing can feel like a dream come true. You get the the joy of cubicle-free existence, the satisfaction of creating a happy, health workplace, and the confidence of being your own boss. A 2015 study commissioned by Freelancers Union and […]

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Just a year and a half after graduating from university and getting my first graduate job, I was ready to launch my own web development agency. Starting out from nothing is difficult. One of the main challenges that I faced […]

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It’s truly amazing what getting knocked down 4,873 times can teach you. I mean honestly, if you knew how hard it would be to run a successful design business, would you still do it? In the early days, I remember feeling […]

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Firing your client seems almost unheard of. After all, isn’t the backbone of any thriving business a large customer base? You may think so, but some clients aren’t worth your time. By devoting your time to clients that you find […]

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I recently became part of a small team for a digital agency based in San Francisco. We’d spent 3 weeks prepping for a pitch for a client prospect. During the preparation process, I found myself drawing a lot of parallels […]

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I remember receiving some bad news earlier in my career from a client that I was doing some identity work for. We’d finished the logo, moved on to the stationery, and were just about to wrap things up when my […]

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The last 2 years have been the most creative and productive in my whole career. In April 2014 I created my blog about design psychology. Since then I’ve published 50 posts, including videos. One year later I rebranded my studio, setup […]

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Let’s get one thing clear – even if you think you ace pricing your service, there’s always room for improvement. You don’t want to keep pricing your projects similarly as your gain more experience and boost your status in the […]

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In April 2015, I got fired from my full-time job. By August, I had built a freelance writing business that was bringing in $5k+/month. I didn’t have a degree, a network, or any experience running a business full-time. But what […]

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As a first time entrepreneur or business owner, setting your rates can be tricky. You want to get those customers coming through the door and it is far too easy to fall into the trap of assuming that if your […]

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I think blogging should be an integral part of any business. It is so integral, in fact, that it can and probably will be the difference between whether or not your business is successful. For example, marketers who have prioritized […]

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First: Let’s get something out of the way. “Landing page” is not just a buzzword everyone’s using. It’s not just some recent fad or trend either. In fact – it’s an advertising tactic as old as advertising itself. All of […]

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One of the first pieces of business advice you’ll hear is how it’s a good idea to save at least 6 months to a year of living expenses before trying to win big at full-time freelancing. While this is wise advice from […]

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If you run your creative agency like most, then you rely almost entirely on word-of-mouth referrals to grow. When this works, it’s great! But when it doesn’t, you just have to sit back and hope something changes. This is the […]

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Want more clients from your website? This checklist should help you get it up to speed – and help you grow. A lot of these things I’ve written about in the past, but I thought it’d be helpful to put them […]

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When you think about what web design is, what comes to mind? A WordPress theme, 5 or so pages of content, a few plugins, giving the client what they want and getting paid a few grand for your hard work? For […]

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When my wife, Jamie, and I graduated from college in 2010, there were two things we never thought we’d be doing for a living: freelancing, and teaching. Who wants the stress of not knowing when your next paycheck is going […]

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Business is personal, people keep on saying – and you probably have no idea how true that really is, financially speaking, for freelancers and entrepreneurs. For starters, as a solopreneur all major business credit card issuers will use your personal […]

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The freelance business is a constant balancing act of countering forces. Balancing time, fees, timelines, estimates and planning throughout the project. Balancing the give and take of a healthy overall client relationship. Balancing rates/hours to secure the business while not […]

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When you’re a freelancer, the line between marketing and sales for your business tends to blur. Every single interaction you have with your customers is an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with them and promote repeat business. One way to […]

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Before starting my career as a full-time freelance blogger, I used to sell landing page designing gigs on Fiverr part-time. Back then, I used to make $2,000+ each month with little effort on my end, and so far I’ve made […]

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When you’re new to freelancing, the majority of your time is spent marketing yourself. When a project finally does come in, it’s very simple to drop everything to get it done. Sounds easy, right 🙂 But what about when the […]

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I remember my first freelance client and even my first job interview. I was nervous. I was scared. I didn’t want to fail. We’ve all felt like this before. But overcoming fear is critical to succeeding in business. Here are a […]

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One of the basic tenets of business is to keep expenses low and profits high. Over the last few years, particularly in the tech startup world, an extreme form of this theory, called bootstrapping, has become extremely popular. Bootstrapping is […]

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I believe if you change what’s on the inside, in your heart, in your mind, you automatically act and think differently. You create a different life. You tweak a few things under the hood of your car, and suddenly it goes […]

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No one likes to be the bad guy. But there comes a time in every freelancer’s life when it becomes glaringly obvious that it’s time to say goodbye to a client. It’s true that difficult clients are a part of doing […]

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I wish being a freelancer just meant creating innovative and thought-provoking work all day. That’d be fun, right? Unfortunately, If we want to create a business out of doing what we love, at some point or another we’re going to have […]

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The global workforce is undergoing a massive freelance surge. In 2015, approximately 53 million Americans ditched the 9 to 5 to become professional freelancers. That’s 1 in 3 Americans, or a little over 1,200 sold-out pro baseball fields. And who wouldn’t want a freelance lifestyle? […]

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In my last blog post I shared some tips on how to decide whether or not you should say goodbye to a difficult client. I shared the four key questions I ask myself to help me decide if it’s worth […]

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There you are, living the dream, doing what you love, and even getting paid for it. But are you really earning what you should? My guess is: no. You work more than you should. More than you get paid for, […]

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I got my first Graphic Design job straight out of college at a local construction company.  It wasn’t the most glamorous design job; fairly simple web design, signage and brochures for properties. I knew this job wasn’t going to build […]

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Attracting more quality clients is a challenge for small firms and startups. Small businesses often struggle to get started establishing their brand or cutting through the noise to reach their target audience. Lack of budget is always an issue. A […]

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We talk a lot about freelance contracts at Millo, because it’s a vital part of your success as a freelancer. Depending on where you live, a handshake or even an email may not be enough to settle payment disputes, copyright […]

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