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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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Recently, Alex talked about how important it is not to overwhelm yourself as an entrepreneur. (Did you miss it? Read “This one mistake can derail your business. Are you guilty of it?“) And he’s right! We often put ourselves in […]

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Here at Millo, we work tirelessly to publish unique, interesting, high quality content. (Are we succeeding? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.) But all of us working to do so work full-time elsewhere, so at times it’s been […]

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There are literally thousands of articles on the web that have the potential to help you grow your business. However, when it comes down to it, there is only one person who can grow your business…and that person is you. […]

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Quick note: Later in this post I share a real-life example our company used that worked awesomely. And I break down why it worked so well, too. Okay, onward! I am a big believer in “cold” letters, be they in printed […]

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Working from home used to be the white rhino of employment – something only the oddballs did, and even then, only a part of the picture. Now, entrepreneurship, freelancing, and working remotely are commonplace, with more and more people just […]

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No matter how new or experienced my creative entrepreneur clients are, one of their top worries is how to manage inconsistent income. It’s easy to find personal finance and business planning tips on how to control your expenses or increase your […]

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How much work do you donate in a given year? None? Why not? If you’re charging appropriately using value-based pricing, you can probably afford to donate at least one project annually to charity. Imagine what good could be done if every designer donated […]

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Do you have a to-do list? Most of us do. “And why wouldn’t I?” you might be thinking to yourself, “It keeps me on track and helps me get work done.” But a to-do list managed the wrong way can […]

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Quick disclaimer: This post is a kick in the butt. But if you’re like me, you’ll thank me for it, because this is IMPORTANT stuff. Maybe the most important. Cool? Then let’s dive in… Pretty much every post I write […]

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Two new users join LinkedIn every second, making it one of the fastest growing social media networks, especially for professionals. And because it’s a business networking site, people expect – and many times welcome – freelancers approaching them to help […]

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Well here you are now, in the thick of it. You’re managing several clients at once and you’re being bombarded by upcoming milestone deadlines, revision requests, and general communications from all sides. You’ve already committed and can’t back out, so you’ve got to […]

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If you’ve freelanced worked for any amount of time, you know that almost everyone wants their project done yesterday. As so far, that’s impossible, most will settle for “in the near future.” Some are even willing to pay more to […]

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Everywhere I look for advice about new and innovative ways to run my freelancing business always produces the same generic results: Start small. Don’t quit your day job until you can afford to. Pick a niche and stick with it, […]

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Every project you work on has a beginning and end, right? You do the work, get paid, and move onto the next project. But how invested are you in your clients’ success? Do you ever check back to see if […]

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Once upon a time I owned a video production agency. We worked with high-end event planners who could afford $30-150k per project. We tried all sorts of inbound marketing tactics to get leads for projects, but eventually realized we had […]

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Retainers seem super complicated if you’ve never done them before. I know I used to be afraid of them because they seem like these big, scary monsters you just don’t know how you’ll tame. Then you get one or two […]

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So perhaps you heard about mobilegeddon (that big Google update that was supposed to seriously shake up the search results for any site that wasn’t mobile friendly). Which means you know that your client’s website is in serious need of […]

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Being a freelancer means giving up a lot of immediate wants to keep your business afloat and growing. Things like: a new wardrobe every season, social events that involve eating out or meeting at a bar, or a more desirable […]

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Sometimes, at Reliable PSD (our creative agency’s new design-to-code conversion company), we get clients who write us…errr…a lot…asking for status updates. Now, we are very clear about ETA, and had been communicating and updating them on ETA as we went. […]

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Maybe you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. Maybe you work in a cubicle. Maybe you run an agency. Or maybe you’re a billionaire CEO. Whoever you are, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you have […]

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I’m a night owl: some of my best, most productive work happens between 8pm-1am. Understandably then, 8am…and even 9am, is not my best friend. (And neither are alarm clocks.) So I’d gotten into this pattern of working late, sleeping ’til […]

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You’ve been mulling over the idea of starting your own creative business for months, and have finally decided to pull the trigger. Or maybe you’ve been freelancing by yourself for a while and you’re ready to partner with someone else, […]

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In the past year or so, I’ve been the “brains” behind around 6 product launches that grossed anywhere from $300k – $625k / year within a week of launching (so $25k – $52k in monthly revenue). These launches were totally […]

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If you ask ten freelancers what their least favorite thing about freelancing is, I’ll bet money at least half of them say “uneven income.” The feast or famine cycle is the equivalent of the freelancer’s boogeyman, drawing shudders when you […]

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Have you ever updated your Adobe Design Suite but been too busy to really investigate the new features? You keep plowing along, using the tools the way you’ve always done until they change something that requires you learn the “new way,” […]

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I had a few sales calls lately, only I was the potential client. They were with very savvy marketers, too. Ones who really know their stuff, but I couldn’t believe the insanely simple, crucial mistake they were making in these calls. […]

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I first came across Elance a couple years ago when I started freelancing full time. At the time, I was willing to try most anything to get my business up and running, including: responding to ads on a Craigslist-type website […]

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Everyday, more and more people decide to leave their 9-5 job for an amazing life of freelancing. According to a new survey, 34% of the total U.S. workforce is made up of freelancers; that’s 53 million people! That means if […]

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Your beautiful print project is ready. You can’t wait to see it in print. But who do you trust with your masterpiece? Which print shop is the “right one” for your project? Is it: The local guys? An online printer? […]

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In the old days when things got quiet, you simply picked up the phone and made a few calls to stir things up. Or you made a list of companies you wanted to work for and cold-called them. Now it’s […]

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Following up is one of the least used and MOST powerful tools you have under your belt. I’m going to talk about why that is, how to do it, and share the $5 / month tool we use over at […]

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For me as a creative entrepreneur, picking the right app can be a daunting task. First of all, I’m only one person who’s already wearing 15 different hats, so carving out time to look for productivity software is difficult for me. […]

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Since I started using WordPress, I’ve been amazed at the rapidly growing number of plugins and core updates that continue to extend WordPress’s functionality and capability. (WordPress is a super-flexible CMS – content management system). One of the things I love […]

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Do you always go along with client requests even if you’re not comfortable with what’s being asked of you? Are you struggling to make ends meet even though you have plenty of work? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. […]

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When working day in and day out, even the life of creative professionals can get monotonous. To boost your creativity and improve the quality of your work, remember that aside from staying up on the latest trends, you also need your […]

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Here at Millo we’re always promoting creating a business (and career) you love. This typically involves building a business from the ground up and being your own boss. And without a doubt, being an entrepreneur is a fantastic job. I […]

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Supervising a project can be an overwhelming task. Too many projects fail because little mistakes accumulate and hit the project like a big fire ball. In fact, one study found that 13.5% of each dollar invested in a project becomes completely […]

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Take a moment and run through the first 15 minutes of your day with me. Any day of the week, a “work day,” the weekend, any day you like. What does your morning routine look like? You wake up. You […]

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The KEYSTONE to winning over new clients is a great proposal. After all, it’s the final item you send them before they make their decision. A lot rests on it, so you have to do it right. Here’s the exact […]

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You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn Subconsciously, we are greatly affected and influenced by the people we spend the most time interacting with (they don’t have to live next […]

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We’ve all experienced clients that aren’t our favorites, from the ones that we’re just not excited about to the ones that we cringe at when we see their phone call or email. Why is it that we get “bad” clients? […]

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For those of you who’ve made the leap into full-time freelancing, the ebb and flow of new business can be especially unnerving. You’ve cast aside your full-time safety net, and now have to keep the fish biting in order to […]

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