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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Hey there – how’s your design portfolio looking these days? Are you behind on updating it, like me? Excellent! I love not being the only one. Or maybe you’re new to the game and haven’t set up your design portfolio yet. Either […]

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Knowing which questions to ask when designing a logo can be difficult. You don’t want to look stupid by asking the wrong kinds of questions. You don’t want to overwhelm your client by asking too many questions. But if you […]

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Maybe you’re still only dreaming about starting your own design business. Or perhaps you’re doing a few side-jobs in your free time hoping to start a design business full-time. Maybe you’ve just started your design business but need a bit […]

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It’s been proven: consistency is a key to success. Not just in the design or business world, but even in your day to day life. Popular designers, bloggers, or even YouTubers put out content on an appropriate, consistent level and […]

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted […]

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Hands down, the most common reason Millo readers haven’t made the change to start freelancing is because they fear the loss of “job security.” And while I’m a huge advocate of having a day job (only if it adds value […]

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I’ve noticed something fascinating recently on a post I wrote a couple weeks ago. In just two weeks, “What your pricing strategy says about you as a freelance designer” has quickly become one of Millo’s most popular posts and has […]

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Have you ever realized what your price point says about you as a designer? As designers we worry so much about how our brand looks when it comes to logo, web site, etc. We obsess over what to name our […]

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Do you ever wonder if you can make it as a freelancer? I mean, are you afraid to leave your full-time job even if you hate it to pursue the freelance lifestyle? There’s nothing wrong with a full-time day job […]

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We talk a lot about contracts here at Millo (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if […]

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Remember Preston’s recent post about not creating another job for yourself as a freelancer? How one of the great perks about freelancing is freedom, and how the world will not explode if you take a week off? Recently I wrote […]

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It was 2007 and business was booming. I was getting 2-3 requests for web development work a day and could barely keep up. To cope with the growth, I brought my brother and a friend into the business with me. […]

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If you were around at the beginning of the year, you remember that in late 2011, GraphicDesignBlender.com was seriously hacked. The site was down for a few weeks and it was quite a challenge to recover fully. Once we finally […]

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I was recently in a lunch meeting with an entrepreneur who lives near me. We had become acquainted through some random business opportunity and, both being, internet marketers, we started to hit it off immediately. He launched his own business […]

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So you’re ready to freelance huh? You’ve got your web site up. You’ve got some school projects in your portfolio. You’re ready to start calling clients and pitching your services. So what’s stopping you? If you’re like a lot of […]

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I get questions all the time about running a design business and usually, I can kindly point readers to a past post on Graphic Design Blender, but I absolutely LOVE it when a reader stumps me with a question. Why […]

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One of the beautiful things about being a freelance designer is the freedom to live where you want, be it within walking distance of the ocean, near family, or three floors above the most awesome coffee shop downtown. But does […]

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You all know April, right? If you don’t yet, I would recommend you read through some of her posts here at Millo. She’s quickly becoming a seriously great author on this blog. Not only does she write about some awesome […]

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Tax season is upon us in the United States; and it’s never fun. (Hey Millo readers from around the world, help me out here: when is tax season – if any – in your country? Leave a comment!) But today, […]

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I’m a person you’ve never met. Maybe we just bumped into one another in line at the supermarket. Maybe we’re both regulars at the local coffee shop waiting for our morning latte. Maybe we’re riding the elevator together in a […]

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(A note from Preston:) A little while ago Laura, who wrote this post, approached me with this idea. I thought it was an incredible untapped resource. One I had never realized a designer could profit from. This seems like a […]

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Even with the best of intentions, good customer service can slip down the freelancer’s priority list. Time is often the culprit and when combined with a little procrastination and a healthy measure of freelancing fear, we can soon land with […]

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Often as freelancers (budding or otherwise), our goal is to get ‘out there.’ We want as many people as possible to view our LinkedIn portfolio, visit our blog, appreciate our Behance project, and contact us for work. We have no […]

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For today’s post I have a very intriguing question and, frankly, I’m not sure I know the best answer. In a freelancing forum recently, I came across someone with this question: “Do you use a contract for every job, even […]

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You know as a designer you’ve got to market yourself in order to find new business. But if you’re only selling your services using “marketing” techniques, you’re missing a vital piece of the puzzle: networking. Get Connected. You may think […]

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Freelancing can be tough. It’s not always easy pleasing a client or working under a deadline. In fact, every once and a while it’s enough to make you want to stop creating…stop designing. The problem The problem is, designing has […]

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Most businesses fail not because their owners aren’t good at what they do. A design studio doesn’t generally fail because they create poor designs. A dentist doesn’t generally fail because he cannot fix your teeth. Most businesses fail because their […]

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The last few posts I’ve written here have all come from excellent reader suggestions on this post. Today’s is no different. Joe Malleck writes: One topic that I’m interested in is what a designer’s future role in the marketplace is. […]

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When I relaunched this brand new version of Millo earlier this year, I asked you to submit your ideas for posts you’d like to see over the next 12 months. (Haven’t had a chance to submit your request? Click here […]

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A couple years ago, I was stuck – big time. Maybe you’re familiar with it. You’ve been designing for a while, finding clients, fulfilling their needs, rinse and repeat. But my client pool was starting to grow thin (PS – […]

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Millo readers, it’s time to name my design business, and I really need your help. But first, a little back story: When I got laid off last February after 5 years with the company, I was devastated. I loved my […]

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Every designer has that high-maintenance client who always needs their projects rushed to the highest priority. You know, the one that calls at 4:30pm on a Friday needing something for a Saturday morning conference but who is still waiting for […]

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Viewing in an email or RSS? Watch the video here. Just admit it, there’s been one time or another that you’ve been terrible at communicating with your design clients. I know there have been times when communication between us is […]

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If you’ve followed the blog for very long, you know that I used to exclusively work as a freelance designer until about a year ago when I got a full-time job working in marketing. Since that time, I’ve had a […]

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Recently, on the Graphic Design Blender facebook page, one of our fans, Sarah Grant, asked a question about cold-emailing (like cold-calling, but via email) to promote her design business. In essence, the question went something like this: “How do I […]

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In this age of instant messaging and texting, usage of proper English (or whatever language you’re communicating in) has become a rarity. It’s not uncommon to receive a text from your spouse that might say “k gtg ill b l8 […]

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I’ve recently been reading The Four-Hour Work Week (*aff) by Tim Ferriss and I have to tell you, I’m absolutely loving it! I’m only 45-50 pages (UPDATE: I’ve been loving the book so much, I’m already 127 pages in now […]

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The more I work with designers to help them build their design business, the more I realize there is a common trick that clients use to rip off freelance designers. Some of them do it on purpose to get more […]

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Have you ever beat your head against a wall after getting off the phone with one of those clients who just really gets on your nerves? You know the kind of client I’m talking about. And we’ve all had them […]

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This post is part 10 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 9 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 5 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 5 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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