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I overlooked this Illustrator feature at first – now it saves me time & headaches

I overlooked this Illustrator feature at first – now it saves me time & headaches

Have you ever updated your Adobe Design Suite but been too busy to really investigate the new features? You keep ploughing along, using the tools...

12 Awesome apps for productivity and project management

12 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 the only one person who’s already wearing...

How to find a mastermind group that transforms your business and keeps you focused

How to find a mastermind group that transforms your business and keeps you focused

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn Subconsciously, we are greatly affected and influenced by...

5 Places I’ve discovered new freelance business (and you can too)

5 Places I’ve discovered new freelance business (and you can too)

For those of you who’ve made the leap into full-time freelancing, the ebb and flow of new business can be especially unnerving. Hunting through dozens...

How switching to value-based pricing transformed our small agency

How switching to value-based pricing transformed our small agency

My husband Eddie and I started our design agency back in 2006. For the first several years, we priced our projects hourly. We estimated the...

20+ Graphic design portfolios you’ve gotta see before designing yours

20+ Graphic design portfolios you’ve gotta see before designing yours

Looking to revamp your own graphic design portfolio? Or maybe you’re like us and just like to look at design portfolios and graphic design blogs...

My 3-step guide to client pitches that convert like crazy

My 3-step guide to client pitches that convert like crazy

Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re tired of pitching your services to crickets. You feel like you’re constantly being solicited by the clients you...

How I went from project-based work to $8.5K+ in monthly recurring revenue

How I went from project-based work to $8.5K+ in monthly recurring revenue

For the first year and a half of my adventure into freelancing, I was primarily a web designer. If someone needed a website, I would...

Should you ever fund your business with a credit card?

Should you ever fund your business with a credit card?

We were at the closing table, finalizing our first home purchase, when we found out. We were doing a complete gut renovation on this house,...

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

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...

Which fonts convert best in web design & are you using them?

Which fonts convert best in web design & are you using them?

You know what makes up a good website: great color scheme, intuitive navigation, and awesome calls-to-action (among many other things). Since all of these elements...

My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

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...

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

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...

How long should you test a marketing idea before giving up?

How long should you test a marketing idea before giving up?

Marketing. That dirty ‘M’ word. How dare they not warn you of it in design school. “Do good work” — they say. “Create a great...

How our agency uses email marketing to find new clients fast

How our agency uses email marketing to find new clients fast

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...

What are the best fonts for logos? + how to pick the perfect one

What are the best fonts for logos? + how to pick the perfect one

Out of the thousands of fonts available online, how can you know which are the best fonts for logos? (Especially when many of them start looking...

55+ Questions to ask when designing a logo

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....

12 Sure-fire ways to be happier as a freelance designer

12 Sure-fire ways to be happier as a freelance designer

I consider myself an incredibly fortunate person. Through a combination of hard work and luck, I am a freelance designer – my dream job. For...

3 Easy ways to turn one-off projects into long-term clients

3 Easy ways to turn one-off projects into long-term clients

Let’s start with the obvious: not all of your clients are candidates for long-term relationships. Okay, so you’ve been hired to do a project for a client....

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

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...

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

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

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...

How to turn your day-to-day struggle into a creative business you love

How to turn your day-to-day struggle into a creative business you love

If you’re anything like I was just a few years ago, you’re probably working your tush off, spinning your wheels like a hamster on steroids...

How to handle tough client conversations and save the relationship

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...

10 Essential dos and don’ts of branding your solo business

10 Essential dos and don’ts of branding your solo business

As a creative entrepreneur, sometimes it feels like you’re supposed to be automatically awesome at creating a stellar brand for your solo business. The truth is,...