Am I an entrepreneur?

Am I an entrepreneur? And I don’t mean like how most of the world these days considers themselves to be an entrepreneur. I don’t mean do I include “entrepreneurially-minded” on my resume or do...

Why we rebranded: answers to your 6 most common questions

It’s been a couple of weeks since we changed our brand name from GraphicDesignBlender.com to Millo. Personally, our team has loved the change. I mean, can you imagine all the time we save every...

How you can make $11K in extra income with tiny “tweaks” to your creative business

One of my favorite business books of all time comes from Chris Guillebeau and it’s titled The $100 Startup*. The book is packed full of great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Here’s one ...

My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

We share tips for making money as a freelancer here at Millo all the time. They include: upselling your design projects, generating passive income, specializing in a particular discipline or skill, a...

3 Critical business tips I would share with ‘7-years-ago’ me if I had a time machine

Between freelancing and running Millo, I’ve been “in business” for over seven years now. I know that’s not much for some people, but for me, I feel pretty blessed to have rea...

55+ Questions to ask when designing a logo

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 aski...

4 Sales hacks for getting new clients, winning negotiations, and closing the deal every time

I get that it’s possible to make good money without ever dealing with clients. But still, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess: you work with clients on an almost-daily basis. And, let’s be h...

You’re an expert to someone

Last week, I had an opportunity to speak to a group of students at my Alma mater and I had a complete blast. My presentation was titled something like “Skipping 3-5 years: how starting a blog in co...

7 Signs you’re approaching business burnout & how to save yourself before it’s too late

So the honeymoon phase is over with your design business huh? Me too. I’ve been running my own business for more than five years and a few months ago, this truth really began to hit me hard: A job w...

Why I paused my revenue-positive membership site (and 3 business lessons you can learn from it)

In February 2014, I launched an all-new members-only section of Design Blender called Stoked. And last Thursday just under six months later, I basically put the whole project on pause. It wasn’t...

8 Ways to build your business fast with $4 per day (the cost of a daily coffee)

If you’ve ever looked into personal finance, you’ve probably heard some sort of advice that sounds something like this: “If you saved $4 every day instead of spending it on your morn...

6 Things Successful Freelancers Do Every Friday

Well, it’s Friday again. In some ways, you’re probably totally jazzed about it. A couple days off (hopefully) from the grind of client phone calls, bills, and the other details of running ...

How to start a successful business when you’re not an expert at anything

It’s a common voice all entrepreneurs hear inside their heads: “Will anyone actually pay me real money for this?” “Why would anyone pay me when there are so many other experts...

Should you bill your freelance clients for meeting time and other misc. work?

We’ve had tons of reader questions rolling in here at Millo and I absolutely love it! Today’s question comes from Colleen who asks: “Should I be charging for client meetings? [What a...

What freelancing is not.

There are a lot of stigmas about what freelancing is like. Blogs like this one tell you about how to start a freelance business, how to find more freelance clients, and how to get paid more as a freel...

How NOT to act when your client asks for revisions

I’m a freelancer and entrepreneur. And many of you know that just a few years ago, I also took a desk job. So I have a unique perspective on working with clients. Half the day, I work for client...

Where will I see you in 6 months?

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 t...

What to do when you can’t finish a project on time

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...

What’s the best way to backup your design files?

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 q...

A freelance designer’s target audience: how do you find it?

“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 d...

Is it okay to use templates and themes as a freelance designer?

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 websites both fo...

25 ways designers can make money without dealing with design clients

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 co...

How long should a designer fight a client about a poor design decision?

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 contra...

When should you bill your design clients?

Designing great-looking logos or websites (or whatever your passion is) can be one of the most exhilarating experiences for designers like us. But after a while, you start to realize it’s not ju...