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

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

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

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

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

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...

How to find clients in a new city

How to find clients in a new city

If you’ve ever experienced the “joy” of moving* (especially if you’ve accumulated furniture), you know that not only are you learning the ropes in a...

5 Super Fun (and Easy) Marketing Tips for Your Design Business

5 Super Fun (and Easy) Marketing Tips for Your Design Business

When you decide go freelance you have to do more than just design. You have to run your business. I won’t lie, running a design...

Using a media kit to get more freelance business, better referrals, and more publicity

Using a media kit to get more freelance business, better referrals, and more publicity

Traditionally a press kit, or media kit, is a pre-packaged set of promotional materials of a person or company that can be distributed to members...

15 Workflow tips that took my design business to the next level

15 Workflow tips that took my design business to the next level

As busy freelancers, time is one of your most valuable assets. The more time you can save, the more money you can make. However; you...

4 Easy ways to ask for referrals without asking for referrals

4 Easy ways to ask for referrals without asking for referrals

One of the most common pieces of advice I see freelancers offering other freelancers is “get referrals.” That’s because it is one of the best pieces of...

How I built a successful freelance business from literally nothing

How I built a successful freelance business from literally nothing

With the new year approaching this is the perfect time to start something new. Something about a fresh start really motivates us to dig into...

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

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...

Understanding freelancing insurance + do you need it?

Understanding freelancing insurance + do you need it?

The Freelancer’s Union recently announced the ability for members to purchase liability insurance. But as freelance designers, do we really need it? Truthfully, when I...

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

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...

Four brilliant ways to handle client changes you don’t want to make

Four brilliant ways to handle client changes you don’t want to make

Let’s say you’ve spent hours on designing a website mockup for a new client, only to have a huge list of changes sent back that...

What freelancing is not.

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...

How NOT to act when your client asks for revisions

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...

How to build a killer physical portfolio and win your next account

How to build a killer physical portfolio and win your next account

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Keep that in mind when you go to your next potential client meeting. You want to make a great...

How to deal with high-maintenance clients (and not ruin the relationship!)

How to deal with high-maintenance clients (and not ruin the relationship!)

Have you ever had one of those clingy clients that calls daily? Twice daily? Sunday afternoon? Do you save their number in your phone just...

Where will I see you in 6 months?

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...

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

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...

“We” vs “I”  – the best pronoun for a freelance business

“We” vs “I” – the best pronoun for a freelance business

If you’re like me, once you started using your official business name, “we” vs “I” became a big issue. Which sounds better? Am I misrepresenting...

How I went from losing my job to being a profitable freelancer in 18 months

How I went from losing my job to being a profitable freelancer in 18 months

If you would’ve told me when I got laid off I’d have a profitable freelance design business a mere 18 months later, I’d have laughed...

How to quote a design project – and win the account

How to quote a design project – and win the account

Quoting a project isn’t easy – and knowing how to quote a design project well is even tougher. Part estimation, part research, and part historical evidence,...

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

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...

Can you pitch your design business (well) in 15 seconds?

Can you pitch your design business (well) in 15 seconds?

I’m a person you’ve never met. Maybe we just bumped into one another in line at the supermarket. Maybe we’re both regulars at the local...

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

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)...