Preston is a web designer, entrepreneur, and the founder of this blog. @prestondlee

There are a lot of reasons you haven’t started your dream business yet. Maybe you think you need tons of money to get started (wrong). Maybe you think there aren’t enough hours in the day to make it happen (also […]

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I don’t know about you, but I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. I can’t shake it. I think I got it from my dad. He’s always talking about his next big idea and how it’s going to change the […]

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Every day, people are figuring out how to start a business with no money. It’s not impossible. It’s not even close to impossible. In fact, for ever person taking action to start a business with no money, there are millions […]

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re working hard, getting all you can out of your design business. Your clients are happy, you’ve got steady work, and the cash-flow is solid. Then, suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a new […]

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We’re human. And we work in business. But for some crazy reason, when we enter a board-room, a client meeting, or some other suit-and-tie affair, we feel like we have to start speaking a strange new language. Imagine a web […]

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Ok, I’m calling you out. Why aren’t you freelancing? You know you want to start freelancing, you know you’re talented. So what’s stopping you from freelancing full-time or, at a minimum, on the side of your full-time job? Today, I […]

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Yesterday, my wife, two kids and I got our family pictures taken. And, of course, I filled my life with all sorts of things that kept me from getting my hair cut until the very day of the photos: a […]

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With the end of the year coming up, we’re all trying to find ways to boost income, hit our 2013 financial goals, and maybe find a little Holiday bonus for ourselves. But boosting your freelance income could be as simple […]

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Do you ever feel like all the designers around you are somehow a notch above you when it comes to talent? Do you ever wonder if you’re one of those “dime-a-dozen” designers that we, as a community, tend to make […]

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Argue with them about every single change or revision they have. Don’t call them back. Use email instead of phone calls 100% of the time. Talk negatively about them on twitter with fellow designers. Bill them when fixing an error […]

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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 about taking time to] learn or to learn more […]

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In today’s Q&A episode, I answer a question in a way that might surprise you if you’ve been reading Millo for long. The question is “Do I need a contract for every design project, even the small ones?” If you’re […]

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Today, in the first episode of our Q&A series, I tackle a question I hear pretty frequently: “How do I handle a freelance client who treats me like an employee?” If you’re reading this post in an RSS reader or […]

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I’m about to share a secret with you. Something you probably don’t know (or expect) about me: Long-term goals scare me. Yep. I’m a huge proponent of short-term goals. I wake up every morning reviewing my short term goals in […]

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The purpose of this article is to help you understand how to start freelancing without quitting your job. We always hear about the freelancing vs. working for someone else argument. But why are the two ideas always mutually exclusive? I […]

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Entrepreneurs are crazy. And I mean that in a good way. We’re the hustlers of the world. We wake up early to work on our passions. We lay awake at night thinking about our goals. While the rest of the […]

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As I’ve interacted with many of you here at the blog, I’ve been shocked to learn than many full-time freelancers actually have less free time in their days and weeks than many of you who work full-time somewhere else and […]

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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 freelancer. And […]

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Freemium. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a business model (term coined by Chris Anderson in The Long Tail) where you offer part of your services for free and encourage your customers to upgrade to a premium (paid) version. […]

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When you’re striking out on your own as a freelancer, there’s a lot to handle. You have to get your web presence going, build a business plan and a marketing plan, reach out to potential clients, and update your software. […]

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A note from Preston: This is possibly one of the most important blog posts I have ever written. I didn’t mean for it to be, but by the time I was finished, I realized how insanely important this message is. […]

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Since I am a designer, I’m not afraid to make the following statement: Designers are a dime a dozen. There are millions of us. Some of us are good at what we do, some are pretty mediocre, and other are […]

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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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After writing a post recently about turning site visitors into paying customers, I received the following comment, which I was happy, yet surprised to see: I think “Call to Action” is overrated and overused nowadays. I’m not a big fan […]

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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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It’s a new year again and with many of you wondering if now is the time to start freelancing, or how to take your freelance business to the next level, I’ve got the perfect resource for you! It’s a nearly-forty-minute-long […]

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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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