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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In 2009, I wrote a post titled “7 tips on presenting logos to a client” and more than three years later I got this tweet from @thomshouse: I was curious of the order in which you present a logo… Do […]

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Working as a freelancer undoubtedly has wonderful perks and advantages – like being able to take on a job in the convenience of your own home and having more free time for yourself. However, there’s always the worry of not […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Today is an unusual day for me. I’m working from home. As many of you know, I’m not a full-time always-work-from-home freelance designer. I have a full time job too. (Don’t hate me, remember?) But today, I’m working from home. […]

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Since I’ve been answering a lot of reader questions lately, I’d like to turn the tables today and ask you a simple question: How much should a freelance designer make? I recently had a facebook fan ask me how much […]

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A few days ago, I published a post in response to one reader’s question about overcoming fear as a freelancer. The post was such a hit, I decided to tackle another question posed by a designer named Bree. Here’s the […]

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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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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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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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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 3 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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Someone asked me recently if all the work and stress that goes into being a freelance designer is worth it. (Before I jump too far into this post, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and answer […]

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A designer’s life nowadays is very hectic. We have to keep up with our clients, our finances, our personal life, our professional life, and generally anything on the internet. Our minds are constantly racing while we try to multi-task everything […]

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Have you ever started working on a design project for a client, only to realize that they need a lot of design work done in more than one area of their business? For example: I was hired to design a […]

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In the career of every freelance designer comes a plateau; a moment when you simply can’t make any more money because you don’t have any more time to give to your business. This has always been the inherent problem with […]

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Being your own boss is definitely fun. However, one of the greatest downfalls of freelancing is that it can be very easy to become lazy and unproductive without the pressure of having a supervisor. The road from procrastinating to inefficiency […]

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Have you ever found yourself pulling your hair out over how much to charge for a design project? It can be very frustrating and usually ends up costing you more time (and thus money) than it should. There is some […]

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So newbie, you just landed your first big design gig huh? What are you designing? A company web site? a fancy business card? maybe some print marketing material? Congratulations on landing your first gig! Now, the key is to keep […]

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When looking for work, the advantage we have as designers is the ability to actually show what kind of work we can do, rather than just trying to explain it on a resume. And just like presenting a resume, you […]

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Have you been freelancing for a while now with less success than you had hoped for when you started out? Maybe you’re just getting started on the freelance scene and feel like a fish out of water. Whatever concerns you […]

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In many peoples’ personal financial world, the method is spend and forget. When you’re running a business, however, it pays to spend and remember. Keeping track of your spending can help you spend wiser and even save money. Any money […]

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Odds are, if you’re just starting out with your freelance business, money is tight and you definitely want to make the most of it. Budgeting can be very beneficial in helping you plan your spending.

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Outsource Work Burnout is a designer’s worst nightmare. It will leave you feeling unmotivated and uncreative. In this mindset, you should consider outsourcing your client work. Taking on client work during burnout is generally a bad idea as you will […]

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One of the main draws of the freelance lifestyle these days is the ability to work wherever and whenever you want. Setting up my freelance business has left me with these guidelines for the ideal workspace.

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If you’ve been designing for long, you’ve experienced a scenario like I am going through right now: You’ve met with your client, discussed the details of the project, signed a contract, and made some major progress on your project. Now, […]

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Each week at Millo, Dan Sweet provides priceless tips and helpful secrets to make your freelance design venture a success. You can connect with Dan on twitter or at dansweetdesign.com. I  quit my job last spring, mostly because my wife […]

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Hey freelance designers: just because you’re a one-person show doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to find high-caliber, high-paying clients. Ignore the myth that you can’t compete with what a large design firm has to offer. You have things they can’t […]

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Have you ever wondered what makes a client choose one designer over another? Well, wonder no more, my friends. Today, I’d like to tell you the truth about what clients look for in a designer. The myths First, it’s important […]

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If you have a design blog, I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve had a hard time knowing what to write about on your design blog. After all, producing great content on a daily or weekly basis […]

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A couple days ago, we discussed which job title you should put on your business card as a freelance designer. That got me thinking about how important it is to be able to explain your business to other people quickly […]

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Have you ever wondered what title you should give yourself? If you’ve been a freelance designer for long, it’s likely you have encountered a situation where you need to have a title. Perhaps you were trying to print business cards. […]

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It seems like every time I talk to designers about bringing in more business, the most common solution for finding more clients is dropping prices. Unless you want to make less money and be more stressed, let me offer a […]

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Today, we’re excited to debut a new series titled Behind the Design Business. Every now and then, Millo will offer 15 minutes of fame to a growing design business. We ask a series of questions and the responses have been […]

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“Stealing” is a bad word. But today, I want to teach you a few ways you can steal business from your competition; a few ways you can get the edge on your competition and win more clients than anyone in […]

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