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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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After writing this article on scheduling your life around working from home here at Millo not long ago, I was sieged with comments and questions about how the calendar works for me. Many of you echoed Grace’s feelings below: It’s taking that first step […]

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This article contains a list of common mistakes that freelancers make. If you enjoy this article you may also want to read “10 Steps to becoming a successful freelancer” and “22 logo design mistakes you might be guilty of“. Here […]

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Earlier today my partner, Louisa, called a CRM company to ask some questions. We’re outgrowing what we’re using now, so she wanted to see if they could help. “[Blank] CRM,” a man answered. “Hi, yeah, I had some questions about your […]

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I really hate the word “productivity.” It’s one of these buzz words that everyone praises and most things that are supposed to make you “more productive” (like apps and tools and such) just burden you with even more work to […]

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The basics of any business lies in helping people to solve their problems. As the saying goes – people do not need a washing machine, they need clean underwear. People don’t need a washing machine. They need clean underwear. #marketing #business Click […]

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If you’re the type of creative who enjoys jumping from project to project, you’ve probably feel an equal combination of excitement and terror. Excitement because you’re constantly stimulated and flexing your creative muscles by changing it up so frequently. Terror […]

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This year marks my eleventh year in business. That’s 11 years of solid practice running a design business and figuring out what works… and what doesn’t. Just the other day I had a client say to me “Geez Bianca, you […]

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Sounds crazy, right? But looking back, I can attribute any and all success I’ve had to what the title of this post is saying. Bad, Crazy Clients Will Make You Rich I can also attribute people staying in place, not […]

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It was close to midnight when I called my girlfriend. “Sorry honey, I’m not gonna make it home tonight—I have a lot of work… Hey, don’t worry about me, my jacket can be a comfy blanket in a pinch… We’ll […]

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Earlier this month in the Millo Mastermind facebook group, Lisa had a question that we come across all the time here at Millo. “Can I include in-house work in my portfolio?” Here’s exactly how she put it: I’ve been a […]

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In the awesome Millo Mastermind Facebook group I’ve seen this question pop up about half a dozen times now. So I thought I’d answer it once and for all – as well as squash the “myths” people are reading about […]

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Whenever a designer asks me if they should quit their job and go the freelance route, I always answer with two questions. First, I ask, “What are your goals”? And second, I ask, “Will what you’re doing now help you […]

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It’s 4 a.m. in the life of a work-at-home mother of 3. I’m starting this blog post in my mind while dressing the 3-yr-old and thinking about what she can eat all day while riding shotgun in the semi with […]

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The rush of inspiration is something. It turns everything else other than its focus into meaningless dribble. You can’t continue your life until you satisfy it and create what you envision. I’m not just talking about projects here – but […]

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A note from Preston: Today, I’m thrilled to unveil our brand-new custom-made hand-lettered logo. The logo was designed by the über-talented Dina Rodriguez of Letter Shoppe and I’ve asked her to share with us a bit more about her onboarding and design […]

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When asked, a lot of successful entrepreneurs respond with, “well, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.” Or, “I stumbled upon the opportunity and took it.” For the rest of us, this can be […]

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With so much activity happening on the web these days, reaching out to your target audience isn’t easy. You have to compete against many who have filled the SEO space with content as well as spam. This in turn has […]

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I got sick a few weeks ago. Like really sick. My nose was broken when I was a teenager, and I never got it fixed, so any time I get a little sinus thing…it just goes crazy and I’m bedridden […]

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You know in cartoons or movies when the main character is trying to make a decision and there’s a little angel and devil perched on their shoulder taunting or encouraging them in either direction? That’s your life as a creative […]

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Business, if nothing else, definitely builds character. Every day you face trials, fears, challenges, unexpected twists, and more. It’s easy to buckle under such pressure. I’ve buckled more than once. But each time it happened, I came back stronger, more […]

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It’s January, which means everyone’s going crazy about setting goals for the year. Whether you’re clipping along nicely with your goals or still trying to figure out exactly what you want to do in 2016, there’s something you must know: […]

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Here at Millo we talk a lot about clients: How to find new clients How to find the right clients for your business How to keep your best clients for life Today I’d like to talk about the last one. […]

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I love a lot of things about startup culture. I love that more people than ever are giving entrepreneurship a real shot. I love that people are building businesses every day that solve major problems and make the world a […]

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If you think Instagram is only meant for teenagers uploading their selfies, think again. With 400 million monthly users, Instagram is a force to reckon with: Instagrammers are sharing more than 80 million photos per day. Instagram is projected to […]

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Hey – so first off, this ISN’T about the cool “IFTTT” service, if that’s what you were thinking 😉 But, this approach DOES have something in common with it: The phrase, “If this, then that.” In this blog post, I’m […]

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One of the things about being a freelancer is you end up spending a lot of time alone. After all, you work at your computer, at home, or in cafes, and only you and your expertise are required in order […]

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Your design business will DIE without solid goals, because without a goal in mind, you have no basis for where to begin or what path to take. So when I first started freelancing, I purchased Preston’s ebook, From Passion to […]

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Avoiding your credit card bills after the holiday season? I feel you. Don’t let it get you down, though! There are plenty of ways to get your bank account back in the black. Here are 11 side hustles where you […]

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“Get X clients per month,” or “Make $X this year,” or “Take a vacation to…” are super-common goals freelancers and agencies make all the time. While those are great — and I make those too — they’re only the START […]

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It’s been a big year for us here at Millo (especially since less than a year ago Millo didn’t exist. We changed our name from Graphic Design Blender. Read about the rebrand here.) And with each year, I try to look […]

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The first time I sent out a group email I was terrified. What if they were mad? What if they didn’t like what I had to say? Or even worse, what if they opted-out or hit the spam button?! Be brave! […]

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When I was pregnant, I shook off any suggestion that I wouldn’t be able to carry on in my career exactly as I always had. The notion that my creativity and productivity would be sapped by ‘mommy brain’ or that […]

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It’s the holidays, and holidays are supposed to be full of family and joy and laughter and putting aside work for the “things that matter.” And I totally, 100% advocate for this. But at the same time, you’re an entrepreneur, […]

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Your first email you send a new prospect is the most important one. A bad, mediocre, or even average one will instantly send up to 90% or more of them away. A good one, though, will get you a reply […]

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It’s the holiday season and you’re probably already feeling super-strapped for cash. However, now’s one of the best times of year to make business purchases. The end of the year is one of the best times to make business purchases. […]

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Some may call it the lazy way to freelance, but I like to think of it as a way to focus your time on the projects instead of looking for them. First off – if you’re unfamiliar with what (or […]

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The end of the year always feels a little hectic. With the holidays and potential family obligations, plus trying to wrap up client work and beginning to look ahead to 2016, it can be hard to focus on finishing out […]

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Recently, we redesigned the Millo logo with the help of Dina Rodriquez at Letter Shoppe. (Stay tuned for the final logo reveal + lots of cool swag by subscribing to our email newsletter.) Getting our logo redesigned put me in […]

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No matter how careful you are, if you’re in business long enough, you’re going to screw up. Bad. (Not the “my bad, I sent over the wrong revision.” The big “we just printed 3000 brochures with the client name misspelled.”) […]

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