Preston Lee is the founder of Millo where he and his team have been helping freelancers thrive for over a decade. His advice has been featured by Entrepreneur, Inc, Forbes, Adobe, and many more. Connect with Preston on Twitter.

This last week was an interesting one for me as the owner/founder of this blog. Why? Because someone with a pretty fat wallet contacted me and we discussed the option of selling this site. After a lot of discussion, we […]

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If you’re anything like me, you probably set a lot of goals. If you’re running your own business, you simply have to. But it seems like the more I talk with people, the more I learn that they set goals […]

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Freelancers and entrepreneurs are optimistic by nature. If we weren’t, we’d do the bare minimum in life to get by. We wouldn’t be running our own businesses. We’d be working at some low-paying job, enough to put bread and milk […]

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Many of us find new clients by word of mouth. In fact, any time I talk with a group of Millo readers, that’s where most of your business comes from. You make a client happy, fulfill their need, and they […]

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Imagine you’re a web designer (maybe you are one) and a client comes to you and says something like: “After looking through your portfolio, we’ve decided we’d really like to hire you for our next web design project.” The client […]

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The new year is in full swing for most of us by now and I’m sure your inbox has been inundated, like mine has, with posts about new year’s predictions, resolutions, and the like. And that’s all fine and dandy. […]

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I recently worked with a freelancer who was putting together a video for me. The deadline was tight, the project was important, and I was relying heavily on him getting it right the first time. But when the first draft […]

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A few days ago, I started work on the 2013 design for this blog. It’s my first ever attempt at a seriously responsive site design (about time, I know). PS: You can help me test it before it releases by […]

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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 recently watched a short video on David Siteman Garland’s show, The Rise to the Top in which Seth Godin explains the difference between being a freelancer and being an entrepreneur. Here’s what he said (in essence): The freelancer A […]

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It’s time for you to get over the idea that creative professionals have to be poor. I know, I know: the world tells you that in order to be successful doing something you love, you have to take a huge […]

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I’m a freelancer, so I get it. You need to find new clients. New clients bring in new money to your freelance business. They are the lifeblood of your business. They make it possible for you to pay the bills. […]

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If you’re anything like me, you have good days and bad days when it comes to running your freelance business. Some days, weeks, or months, business is booming, income is at a high, clients are calling, and you couldn’t be […]

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I’ve met a few designers who think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page for their freelance design business. Whether or not I think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page as a freelance designer (I […]

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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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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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I don’t know about you, but any art classes or design classes that I took in college were amazing yet unsatisfying at the same time. Don’t get me wrong: I could never have made it without beginning design classes where […]

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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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Usually, here at Millo, it’s all about business. No joking around. After all, Millo’s the leading authority on business advice for designers around the world. But today, we have something unique and (shh don’t tell anyone) fun to show you! […]

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After a long time of being on my “must-read” book list, I finally started reading The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. The book is all about “Setting Your Own Rules, Living the Life You Want, and Changing the World.” […]

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It’s the most common reason many would-be entrepreneurs never venture outside their comfy cubicles. It’s what keeps many small businesses from reaching their potential. And it could be killing your small business. What is it? Fear. 5 Phobias that are […]

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Last Friday I was one of many speakers at a Communication Conference at my Alma Mater. Having graduated less than two years ago from the school, it was wonderful to go back and visit with faculty and students. In addition […]

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How many of you blog? I know a lot of you do. And I know that blogging can be a huge part of building your design business too. Not too long ago, one of you asked me what the best […]

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Yesterday, I was trying to imagine what I should write about today on the blog and, after exploring a few ideas, I thought I would ask you what I should cover. A few great responses came in that I plan to […]

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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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We’ve been talking a lot lately about designing and creating your own web portfolio. We showcased 50 stunning design portfolios you should see before designing your own and discussed the one critical site mistake that could be costing you clients. Today, […]

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Lately, I’ve been reviewing and critiquing a lot of design business and portfolio web sites (get yours critiqued here). There’s one critical mistake that A LOT of designers are making – and it’s losing them clients! It’s not a hard […]

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Every once and a while I hang out in freelancing forums and read what other freelancers are struggling with. Yesterday, I read a really interesting question that went something like this: “Should I charge old clients for re-sending old files?” […]

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“Who’s your target audience?” Lately, I’ve been asking a lot of designers that question because I’ve been offering 5 business critiques per month lately and that means digging deep into how designers build and market their businesses. But I’m worried. Because […]

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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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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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Have you ever had a client who gives you this challenge?: “Just think completely out of the box on this one.” You’ve probably just gone along with the idea assuming the client knows best (even thought I’ve told you they […]

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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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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, I needed […]

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Have you ever used a theme or a template on one of your freelance web design projects? I have. And I’m (in my humble opinion) a good designer and coder. I’ve built tons of web sites both for myself and […]

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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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It’s been a long few weeks at GraphicDesignBlender.com, but we’re finally back and now Millo is better than ever before. If you’re reading this post in an email or RSS reader, stop by over at the blog and take a […]

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This is not one of those posts that rants and raves about how great designers are and how horrible design clients are. In fact, I hate all the bad karma floating around the design community when it comes to dealing […]

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