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How often are you asked to create an identity for a client who is not clear on their objective, vision, audience, competitive environment, differentiator, or message? All the time, am I right? And unless you clarify all of these details, […]

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From Photoshop throw pillows to the newest tools of the trade, our 2015 gift guide has just the thing(s) for your favorite creatives. Some of these are pretty awesome, so you might want to pick up an extra one for yourself. Who […]

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Here’s some “Inception” nonsense for ya: our creative agency launched a web development company for other agencies & freelancers called Reliable PSD. Now, Reliable PSD is forming its own web design agency. So our agency’s company is forming an agency. And that’s […]

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I’m one of those strange workaholic creatures doubly blessed with an enjoyable full-time job and a thriving freelance business. By day, I do real estate marketing for a large group of entrepreneurial-minded agents and a small, well-respected brand. By night, […]

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As content manager here at Millo, I see a lot of writing. I help guest authors improve their writing to the Millo standard. I work with regular authors on bettering their existing style. And I read a lot of advice […]

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As creative freelancers, we don’t have the luxury of big corporate budgets and massive staffs at our disposal. When working on a team project, it’s crucial that everyone pulls their weight and gets the job done with the maximum amount of […]

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The process of buying a home and taking out a mortgage is already pretty insane when you work a regular 9-5. Unfortunately, the mortgage industry hasn’t quite caught up with the changing face of the workforce and continues to be […]

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Let’s face it. Many clients give terrible feedback throughout a project. In the end, that wastes valuable time and impairs the project’s outcome. The good news: You can teach your clients to give better feedback. It’s actually your job to […]

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We’ve all been there… Sitting in front of a computer screen/notepad/art table with absolutely no idea why your client hired you. All your normal routines aren’t working. No matter how much music you listen to or how many minutes of […]

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You’re a creative freelancer, not a lawyer. You’re more focused on your HTML, PSDs, design principles, or finding the perfect sketching tool than legalese and intellectual property (IP). (As you should be.) But dry and intimidating as this topic may […]

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Selling is a tricky business. Competition is everywhere. It’s hard to stand out among the gazillion other freelancers out there. The overwhelming amount of advertising people are exposed to means that they can see a sales pitch coming a mile away. And aggressive sales […]

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Constant action in the right direction is what creates success – at least in my experience. Even if that action is imperfect, impulsive, and not your best – it’s better than not taking action. Here’s a quick 16-point checklist of […]

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To many of us, attaining a state of perfection is the ultimate achievement, whether we realize it or not. Perfectionism comes in many forms, such as: continually striving to deliver more effective results for your clients, bringing on more contracts, […]

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Making sales comes down to two things: convincing potential clients that you can give them the value they seek (or more), and convincing them that the prices you’re charging match that value. So, that leaves you with a couple choices: Lower […]

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It’s one thing to be nervous before you call a new client to talk about all of zeroes on the end of your quote. Or to be nervous when you’ve got a call lined up with the big cheese you ran […]

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Are you longing for the day when you can turn your side hustle into your main hustle? Or maybe you’ve already taken the plunge and business isn’t at all what you expected to be. Perhaps you’re not currently working and figure […]

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When our creative agency entered the “PSD to Code” space, there was something that attracted clients to us from the start. And it hasn’t changed to this day. That same “thing” is what makes us look like a lighthouse on […]

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It’s been less than 6 months since Graphic Design Blender became Millo.co. You can read all about our rebranding process in this post: “Why we rebranded: answers to your 6 most common questions” Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re […]

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You’re sabotaging your business. How do I know? Because we all do it to some extent. And while it’s not always 100% evil to leave money on the table or not grow to zillions of dollars in revenue, it’s important […]

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What does being a creative mean to you? For me, being a creative person means seeing solutions (rather, creating solutions) to problems that others can’t easily see. This unique skill—our ability think outside the box and solve challenging problems, is what makes us highly […]

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We’ve all said we don’t have the time. Wearing your creative/marketing/financial hat has you working long hours, sometimes for little or no pay depending on the task at hand. You may even hire people to free you up to do the […]

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So you’ve got a new business idea, huh? You can’t stop thinking about it. It occupies your thoughts all day long. And admit it, you probably already have a logo mocked up for it. I’ve been there. And you’re in […]

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You wake up feeling anxious and it goes downhill from there. You go to your desk, sit down at your computer stare at the screen and feel complete overwhelm. Nothing is coming out. Next you start to talk to yourself […]

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You know all entrepreneurial advice says you should constantly be marketing your business. But holy cow, that’s a lot of work! Finding time to do this seems impossible: Logging on to every social media profile and posting updates is time […]

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I have to be honest: I h-a-t-e networking meetings. I would gladly endure a few teeth pullings in place of them, any day of the week. It’s not just because I’m terribly socially anxious, either. It’s because I can’t stand […]

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Am I an entrepreneur? And I don’t mean like how most of the world these days considers themselves to be an entrepreneur. I don’t mean do I include “entrepreneurially-minded” on my resume or do I daydream about starting the next Instagram […]

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I’m from Australia but I’m currently based in Mexico. Last month I was in Dubai and before that, I lived in Vietnam. I work with people all over the world: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore and USA. That’s […]

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All entrepreneurs by nature are risk takers; they like to be in charge of where their business is headed. But today’s entrepreneurs are wired differently from those who grew up with the typewriter. Today’s entrepreneur believes technology allows him a greater […]

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Mediums change. Human nature doesn’t. Whether your message is conveyed on a phone, a computer, or in the future, who knows, actually inside someone’s head – the statement above holds true. People today are the same as people 1,000 years […]

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It’s a big commitment to choose to attend one of the many conferences available in your field. Besides the cost of entry, you have to book transportation, a hotel room, and figure out how to manage your business on limited time. It’s hard […]

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The last thing you want is to have a control freak hire you as a freelancer. To a freelancer, that’s like death. Of course you should always try to make your clients happy. And you should work with them to […]

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Branding is one of those buzzwords that we’re bombarded with on a daily basis. And it’s not for nothing. Branding is the secret sauce that makes a business of any size memorable. Some really know how to play it, and […]

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Recently my business partner (and husband) and I disagreed on the strategy behind a quote-related content series that we’re producing. (We’re incorporating inspirational business sayings with accompanying imagery into our content marketing strategy.) Immediately I had a vision of creating […]

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When’s the last time a web design client asked you about SEO? (If your business is anything like mine, it happens more and more as business owners become more web savvy.) But just because you’re an awesome web designer doesn’t mean […]

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Business is good. Real good. So good, in fact, that you’re sleeping 2 hours per night and working 22! Uh oh. Before you lose your mind and fire all your clients, it’s time to hire someone. Like yesterday. Because after several hours […]

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This past week I did something I don’t often do: I explored other blogs on creative pursuits such as design, writing, etc. To be honest, the most amount of time I spend on a blog is here at Millo when […]

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One of the biggest problems any freelancer experiences is unpredictable cashflow. One month brings in a truckload, while the next you are struggling to buy toilet paper. Budgeting becomes impossible. Life becomes chaotic. Every time you have a windfall, you’re […]

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So you’re headed to a client presentation and you want something that’ll put you a cut above the rest. Not just a nice outfit you know you look good in (although that doesn’t hurt), but something: Unique Memorable Professional Creative […]

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Today’s post is going to be very short and sweet because I mainly have a question for you. It involves ethics and morals and whether or not it’s “right” to work with certain companies. My question to you is… Is […]

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Every time the question of “should I charge by project or by the hour” comes up here at Millo, we always advocate for per-project pricing. Why? The short of it is this: when you charge by the project, you guarantee […]

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Solving your clients’ problems is critical to becoming an invaluable go-to creative, and therefore, to becoming a successful entrepreneur. When your clients have a problem in your area of expertise, you want to be the one they think of first. However, if […]

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Last year my wife (slash business partner) and I spent 4 months traveling Europe and the west coast of the U.S. We also didn’t miss a day of work the entire time, and every venture we were involved in experienced […]

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Do you believe you and your work are valuable? While most of us would respond with a resounding “yes,” the biggest roadblock creatives face when it comes to switching to value-based pricing is a lack of self-worth. (Or at least it […]

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