Is your location killing your freelance business?

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 coff...

4 Effective responses to stop price haggling in its tracks

“Do you offer a new client discount?” “I’d love to work with you. If you can do my project for $X, I’ll start today.” As a creative, you’ve probably heard som...

How to position your creative business (and yourself) for success

When asked about their success, a lot of 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...

My 10 freelance business goals + tips for setting yours

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&#...

5 Business purchases to make before the end of the year

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. Why? Because Christmas s...

How to share bad news with a client and save the relationship

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 print...

How to Apply (& Charge for) a Rush Fee without Ticking Off Your Client

If you’ve freelanced worked for any amount of time, you know that almost everyone wants their project done asap. As so far, that’s impossible, most will settle for “in the near futur...

10 Awesome apps for productivity and project management

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...

Should you list your prices on your website? (Here’s what I do)

It’s a conundrum many of us creative entrepreneurs face: do I list pricing (or typical pricing) on my website or not? Some entrepreneurs swear by it; others refuse…and both make valid argu...

How to handle tough client conversations and save the relationship

Being a solopreneur is a lot of fun. You almost always get to make your own schedule, wear whatever you want, reject projects that aren’t a good fit, not drive during rush hour…it’s ...

The 3 most important factors in naming your business

Naming your business is probably the single most challenging task in creating a business – and career – you love. Despite an internet overflowing with business naming advice and a wealth o...

How to negotiate with clients (or anyone) like a pro this year

Negotiations always give me the jitters. Am I proposing a fair deal? Am I about to get swindled? Should I look elsewhere? Am I going to lose this project? Is this client going to be more stress than t...

8 Quick tips to improve client relationships overnight

Y’know that guy – one of your peers who always seems to get the very best clients? He who: Never has a problem with late payments. Doesn’t have to haggle pricing on rush projects. Ma...

How to build a stellar portfolio to land your very first freelance gig

Deciding to jump into freelancing is an awesome, scary, exciting rush of emotions. Unless you have money set aside, you’re probably still working your “regular” job until things real...

11 Free must-have WordPress plugins that make client customizations super simple

Fellow WordPress designers and developers: Doesn’t it just make your day (week) when you find the handiest new plugin?* Something vetted by someone who has used it before. Something that wraps u...

How to stay motivated when solo business has got you in a rut

Ever have one of those days (weeks?) where you just can’t seem to get yourself motivated? And I mean REALLY unmotivated, like nothing — not even dusting to avoid work — can tear you ...

What kind of contract should I use for small or ongoing projects?

Have you ever struggled to write a contract for ongoing work? You’re not alone. One Millo reader commented: Love the article you posted today about freelance with a contract. I’m curious,...

The right way to turn down new freelance clients

So you’re midway through a potential client consultation when your gut starts telling you this client isn’t for you. Maybe your personalities just aren’t clicking or maybe they sound...

How to find clients in a new city

If you’ve ever experienced the “joy” of moving* (especially if you’ve accumulated furniture), you know that not only are you learning the ropes in a new community personally, b...

How to quote a project you’ve never tried before

Deciding to tackle a project you’ve never done before takes guts. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Can you do it? Is this going to be a total disaster? Are you going to a...

Understanding freelancing insurance + do you need it?

The Freelancer’s Union recently announced the ability for members to purchase liability insurance. But as freelance designers, do we really need it? Truthfully, when I read the “hey, we’...

How to build a killer physical portfolio and win your next account

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Keep that in mind when you go to your next potential client meeting. You want to make a great first impression and win the account. While what you say and how you act a...

How to deal with high-maintenance clients (and not ruin the relationship!)

Have you ever had one of those clingy clients that calls daily? Twice daily? Sunday afternoon? Do you save their number in your phone just so you can press “ignore” when you see them calling (for ...

“We” vs “I” – the best pronoun for a freelance business

If you’re like me, once you started using your official business name, “we” vs “I” became a big issue. Which sounds better? Am I misrepresenting myself if I use we? What ...