David's Recent Articles

Want to 10x your growth in 2023? Follow this 2-step “get focused” method.

Dec 22, 2022

Last year, I didn’t think the New Year would affect me at all. Most holidays don’t. Most “events” don’t. But when December 31 rolled over into January 1, I felt something. Maybe it was the c...

Your Client Testimonials are a Hidden Goldmine (If You Use Them Like This)

Jun 15, 2020

Testimonials are more important than just about anything else on your website. If you had a headline that said “We make awesome websites that help businesses grow” followed by 20 testimonials from...

How to freelance while traveling the world: my 6 pieces of advice

Apr 20, 2020

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 ...

3 Email templates that will turn free time into client-getting time, today

Dec 21, 2016

If you find you have a lot of free time… but not enough clients… this is for you. UPDATE: You can now download this script + 14 more proven templates for getting new clients, following up, and b...

How to pitch agencies for freelance work (here’s exactly what we want to hear)

Nov 14, 2016

As agency owners, my partner and I have received quite a few pitches over the years from freelancers. Most of them get deleted pretty fast. But occasionally – one pierces our jaded, overly-pit...

The 9-point checklist for a client-getting portfolio website

Jun 24, 2016

Want more clients from your portfolio website? This checklist should help you get it up to speed – and help you grow. A lot of these things I’ve written about in the past, but I thought it...

How to handle clients who are mad at “extra” costs

May 12, 2016

To you and me – it’s pretty simple: If I have to spend extra time on a project — because you want to add something to it that wasn’t quoted for — then obviously you have...

Bad, Crazy Clients Will Make You Rich

Feb 17, 2016

Sounds crazy, right? But looking back, I can attribute any and all success I’ve had to what the title of this post is saying. Bad, Crazy Clients Will Make You Rich I can also attribute people stayin...

How to write blog posts that actually attract new clients

Feb 12, 2016

In the awesome Millo Mastermind Facebook group I’ve seen this question pop up about half a dozen times now. So I thought I’d answer it once and for all – as well as squash the “...

The most powerful marketing method no one ever uses

Dec 09, 2015

Whenever people ask me for help with their marketing, I give them one suggestion. Yet no one ever takes my suggestion seriously. They maybe think they “get it” – but without actually...

How to build recurring revenue from retainer-based clients

Aug 10, 2015

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 y...

How our agency uses email marketing to find new clients fast

Mar 25, 2015

When you’re ready to make a big purchase… let’s say a new computer… you probably go steps like these: First, you start getting tired of the old one. So you start browsing around some websites,...

How I grow my business through networking (from a guy who hates “networking”)

Mar 07, 2015

Back in the day we had no budget for marketing. So my partner and I would hit up the local networking events every week. For the most part they were completely worthless, and soul-sucking. Everyone th...

This is what it means to be a freelancer (that no one else will ever understand)

Jan 14, 2015

Walk into any business, and you can almost instantly spot the owner. It’s not always their clothes, either. Some dress with more authority, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes they’re the ...

An awesome referral-generating email template to send your clients…right now!

Oct 20, 2014

Asking for referrals can be pretty nerve-wracking. The good news: If you do it right, you only have to do it once (per client). That’s the biggest value this post has to offer you. It gives you a pr...

What to do if a client threatens you with a “bad review”

Aug 18, 2014

A few days ago, the phone rang at 10am. “Reliable! This is Lou,” my wife and business partner, Lou, said. (We run a design / marketing agency, but recently started Reliable: our new PSD to HTML &a...

This client-getting tactic worked so well… I actually had to stop using it.

Jul 21, 2014

Last year I attended a digital marketing conference in San Fran. I had three objectives: Learn cool stuff I could use for my own businesses and to help my clients. Pick up potential clients. Eat a lot...

2 huge mistakes most designers make that push clients away (and what to do instead)

Jul 07, 2014

Recently, over at Reliable (our new PSD to HTML & WordPress company), we had an interesting situation… A “tough cookie” wrote in asking for a quote on his project.  But he didn&...

How to Sell the Heck Out of Your Design Services… In the Coolest, Non-Sleaziest Way

Apr 17, 2014

I’m an artist first. I care about creating beautiful, functional things more than anything else. If I could just sit in a room all day and create and pay the bills – well, that’d be just fin...