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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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Just lost a major client? No business wants to find itself in that situation, but the truth is: it’s bound to happen eventually. It’s something that we don’t typically plan for, because we’re so consumed with the day to day […]

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How do you spend your weekend mornings? In a previous life, I’d have spent these coveted hours sleeping off a hangover, loading up Call of Duty, or settling in for a lengthy Netflix binge-session. The ‘Freelancer’ Weekend In the last couple years, […]

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To you and me – it’s pretty simple: If I have to spend extra time on a project — because you want to add something to it that wasn’t quoted for — then obviously you have to pay for it. Simple… […]

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When we look at our website’s metrics, we look at things like bounce rate, click-through (CTR), and conversions. Beyond all of this, there’s something else we’re really looking at: traffic. There are hundreds of ways to boost your traffic, but […]

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If you’re reading this, you probably don’t know how effective your marketing emails are. I used to be completely in the dark, too. There’s plenty of advice online. but when do you know which methods work best for your potential […]

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The freedom of working on your own can be exhilarating. And overwhelming. Many of us escaped corporate slavery because we were tired of punching a clock. The day we hit the door we left the trappings of that world and […]

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If you have been a freelancer for a while, chances are you’ve encountered the special species known as ‘difficult clients’. They come in different shapes and forms. There are the super needy ones that call you three times a day […]

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A few weeks ago, this conversation blew up in the Millo Mastermind group. I can understand the frustration behind watching computer-generated designs get a bunch of attention on big tech websites like The Next Web. At first reaction, it’s easy […]

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You might be guilty of making critical marketing mistakes when it comes to managing your business. It’s time you addressed them. Are you a smaller business? If so, then it is likely that a “marketing budget” is something which is […]

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As a freelancer, just being good at your job is not a guarantee for getting clients. Sooner or later, we all realize that it takes a lot more than just being talented or creative to find success in freelancing. Although, […]

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Referrals from existing clients are one of the most effective ways to generate new business. This is true across industries and business models. It is especially important, however, for web designers and other freelancers. Getting web design clients or clients […]

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Years ago I remember studying a direct mail letter from the amazing copywriter, Gary Halbert. The letter performed well, but on a hunch, Gary changed one small detail. The results of the letter instantly grew by quite a lot. The […]

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Hello friend guy lady or other, A little over a month ago, I joined Louis C.K.’s mailing list to purchase an episode of “Horace and Pete,” as well as to receive the occasional update/announcement. By the way, in case you’re curious; […]

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Most of us struggle to find the financial means for purchasing Adobe Photoshop and related products, let’s face it…. they’re expensive. Even the monthly/yearly subscription models seem like a complete rip-off. However, subject to the type of your usage and […]

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It happened to me. I wanted to say no to a project badly. I was running through a list of excuses in my mind, even having slight nightmares about this project. There was just something inside me that kept me […]

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One of the most important things in getting steady work is having a set client onboarding process that will transform potential customers into paying clients. Once that client inquiry lands in your inbox, you need to act quickly to guide […]

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I’ll never forget what landed us one of the worst clients we ever got, years ago. Back then we didn’t have many clients, so we fought for each one that came our way. We fought for this particular project too […]

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Clients are the lifeblood of every freelance business. Even though they drive us crazy, we love them just the same 🙂 But there are some clients that just aren’t worth it, no matter how much money they seem to have. Read […]

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According a HubSpot study, if your business has less than 10 employees, you should be publishing content 11 times per month. Businesses that posted 11+ pieces of content monthly drove up to 3x more traffic than those that published 0-1 posts per month. […]

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When I was 16, I dropped out of high school. It was not where I needed to be. I was strung out on drugs, and my home life was full of dysfunction, fighting, and loneliness. All I knew was I […]

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A while back I was browsing the web when my partner sent me a link. When I opened it my inner-marketer instantly lit up. InVision (the really cool quick-prototyping / collaboration tool) launched a totally free iOS UI Kit called TETHR. […]

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Being a freelancer can be tough. Sometimes, even with a regular practice of daily marketing, the work is slow and we find ourselves staring at our monitor with nothing to do. Instead of sending out another 50 cold emails to […]

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I want to make something abundantly clear before getting started. Just because you’re a freelancer, doesn’t mean that you have to settle for mediocre pay. Yes, I know that there are countless other designers, developers, and writers who are willing […]

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This past year I was lucky enough to be selected as the designer behind the new Millo logo. Preston reached out to a number of designers but ended up choosing me due to my quick response time and my stellar […]

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You wake up. You struggle to get kids up and to school or daycare. You worry about the little one – he’s had a cough lately. What will your boss think of you missing yet another day of work to […]

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It’s been almost a year now since I made the somewhat nerve-racking decision to quit my full-time job without having a new one to go to. I had been working in different marketing roles for over 7 years. I really […]

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Your portfolio is what sets you apart from the thousands of other designers online. Have you ever thought what it says about you? Most of us have. But after we’ve created one, many of us take a “set it and forget […]

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There is a lot of really good information out there about pricing, and when I was starting out I read a lot of it. I quickly settled on a combined system of flat rate and hourly that works very well […]

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Great news: the “starving artist” cliché doesn’t have to be your reality. The truth is, business is everywhere. But we have to train ourselves to look in the right places to uncover new opportunities. The great news is that it’s […]

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Running a business is not for the faint of heart. Especially a business that relies so much on repeat orders, finding new customers, and high-ticket sales. If you’re a freelancer or an aspiring agency you know what I’m talking about. […]

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I was eating at my favorite restaurant the other day (Harlow here in Portland!) when I looked across the room and noticed something brilliant. It’s something I’ve seen about a hundred or so times before, and didn’t really think much […]

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There are a ton of articles out there that talk about the top lettering artists to follow on Instagram. The artists and designers that have over 50,000 followers, that are in the limelight of in the industry. But what about […]

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