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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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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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