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Clients come, and clients go. But as a freelancer running a creative business as your livelihood, you can’t afford the income to go. That has to keep coming. To ensure that it does, you have to continuously build (and rebuild) […]

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We all make mistakes. And, if you are a creative freelancer and own a creative business, you have made — and will continue to make — a ton of them on projects for your clients. That’s a given. The variable is […]

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Breaking up is the hardest thing to do—especially when you’re a freelancer. But, sometimes, you just need to do it. The reasons, of course, vary depending on exactly why you decided to become a freelancer in the first place. For […]

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You perform a service. Then you get paid. That’s the definition of business in a nutshell. But what if your clients take their sweet time when it comes to compensating you? You need cash now. But in this case, your […]

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Whether you fear to spend your life doing a job that you have no passion for or you have been in the workforce for a while and are entering a mid-life crisis, it is common to consider a career change. […]

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The way you present your work can be the difference between getting your client’s approval and going back to the drawing board over and over again during the project, while both you and your client get frustrated. Below are a […]

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As a designer, do you struggle with understanding your client’s requirements? More often than not, making sense of the client’s demands and requests can be quite a daunting task. Here’s a scenario that’s quite common with designers and their clients. […]

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If you’re considering a career in graphic design, you’re probably wondering whether getting a degree is a good investment of your time and money. Graphic design degrees are generally graduate and post graduate degrees which are awarded by schools in […]

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I don’t think I took what is the normal path to starting an agency. Six years ago I was pretty happy managing a small computer shop. I had zero children. I was training to run a half marathon. Life was generally […]

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According to Brandwatch, there are 2.3 billion social media users worldwide. Social media is a valuable opportunity to reach a large untapped audience. If people like what they see on your social media profiles, they’ll likely check out your website too. A problem […]

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It’s no secret that the online world of freelancing is filled with providers who boast about their qualifications and throw proposals at every job that crosses their path. Though their intention is to make money, most of their time is […]

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Have you ever tried to change someone’s perception of you after you’ve known or worked with them for a while? If you’ve tried, you’ll know it is incredibly difficult to do it—especially with siblings or family for example. Maybe you’ve […]

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Freelance designers are an ingenious lot, and they use a variety of ways to land clients. There is no one tried and true method to finding great gigs. It’s essential to be creative, proactive, and persistent — just as you […]

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Struggling with new leads? You need not look much further than your very own existing client list! You read that right. Your existing client list can be a gold mine, if you approach it with a new perspective and focused strategy. […]

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In two previous posts for Millo, I presented the idea of turning estimates into flat fees and also, how to determine that estimate in the first place. In this post, I’ll be discussing how you can live with, and be at […]

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Today, I’m excited to announce that we are officially one week away from launching season 2 of our first-ever podcast, Freelance to Founder. Last season, we brought you some incredible stories of freelancers and solopreneurs who scaled their businesses to be […]

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The other night I took my wife to dinner and she was in the mood for Italian. I couldn’t help but notice the waiter offering us everything from appetizers, wine, desert, and he even offered to alter the menu if […]

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The definition of an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. Although this is true, I would call this the iceberg definition. What […]

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As a freelance creative, it’s essential to get paid on time. Clients holding back on you can create those terrible thoughts of going back into full time employment. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the cash flowing. I’ve developed my […]

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Season 1 of Sidegig is sponsored by Freshbooks: the #1 invoicing software for freelancers and side-hustlers. To take your sidegig to the next level with Freshbooks, visit Freshbooks.com/Sidegig and enter “sidegig” in the ‘how did you hear about us?’ section. It’s official! […]

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Have you ever noticed how time-consuming the business side of freelancing is? On any given day, you’re pitching clients, responding to emails, chasing payments, marketing your business, maintaining your books, taking client calls – the list of tasks seems never […]

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Quitting your day job cold-turkey and starting your own business is way more risk than I think anyone should take. There’s a learning curve to running a business. It takes time, patience, and a lot of hard work. (PS: don’t […]

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In an earlier article I wrote for Millo, I suggested that the right time to use a flat fee over an hourly rate was anytime and every time you are asked by a client to provide an hourly cost estimate for a […]

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One of the most frustrating parts of being a freelancer is putting a bunch of time into selling a client on your services only to get turned down. You spend an hour, or maybe several, on a proposal and then […]

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Finding clients as a freelancer is difficult no matter the location. But it’s not as hard as people make it out to be! I’ve been abroad for two years and have been happily freelancing since I’ve left the States. We […]

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Becoming a world class chef. Building a “buffet-like” investment portfolio. Earning $3500+/month working less than 20 hours per week. All these achievements were once thought to be impossible to obtain by many people. Yet, after personally starting to earn more […]

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Impostor syndrome. It can be crippling for any creative professional. What’s impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling of being exposed as a “fraud.” Where you think you’ll be found out at any moment. You think they’ll find out […]

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Can we increase our creativity by changing our office design and decoration? Is it possible to reduce stress only by choosing the right elements and colors for our work-space? Recent studies indicate it definitely is possible. In the last few years, […]

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You know you’ve got the talent for web design, but you’re tired of making money for someone else. The idea of going off on your own on a freelancing adventure seems like the obvious next step. Flexibility, choice in projects, […]

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Getting big things done is a constant battle. When it comes to big projects, especially personal projects, you just never seem to find the time to get it done. Here are three hacks to help you avoid the guilt that […]

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In 2005 David Choe painted a mural in Facebook’s Palo Alto offices. He was offered $60,000 for the work, or stock in the company. He choose the Facebook stock. Fast forward to 2012 when Facebook went public and the stock […]

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In this day and age, it is necessary for every freelancer to have a professional and elegant website. It is crucial to create your digital footprint so your potential customers know where to find you online. A well-developed website is just what you need. […]

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When it comes to working on your freelance business, it can be difficult to decide on how to price your products or services. Although most freelancers simply base their prices on what their competitors are doing, that may not be […]

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When I met my wife 9 years ago, the car she drove kept breaking down. It wasn’t a cheap car either, it was an early 2000’s Audi A4 but since her car wasn’t new it wasn’t under warranty. We would […]

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For much of his early career, comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno employed a famously tough-as-nails manager — many called her vicious — named Helen Kushnick. Kushnick negotiated ferociously on behalf of Leno and all of her other […]

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Even the most creative of freelancers can get in a rut. If you’ve been freelancing for a long time, status quo can feel more than comfortable — it can feel “right.” Of course, some of the things you might be […]

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I used to put off doing web proposals for days. Weeks sometimes. They used to take me about three to four hours each. I lost a client once because I took so long to get the proposal to them. I’d […]

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Everyone has had their fair share of annoying clients during their careers. It’s something all businesses carry on their backs and even though you might think that you’ll never have to face such clients, but sooner or later, it will happen. […]

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The goal of every business is to make as much profit while spending as little as possible. With all the free tools available to freelancers, running your business on a shoestring is easy. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best […]

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Like many of you, I’ve always wanted to have a location agnostic career. Quite simply, to work from where my laptop is. My goal was to be a freelancer, but how do you start? I knew I had a skillset […]

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Pricing a logo design and other design services can be tricky. The first thing most freelancers do when tasked with getting a price to their prospect is they ask their freelancer friends what they charge. Or, they Google other freelancers […]

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The anonymous nature of the internet makes it easy for people to hide. While most of us are honest folks, unfortunately not everyone shares our values. Even the most discerning freelancer encounters clients who disappear when it comes time to […]

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A rock hit my car and left a crack a bit smaller than a dime in my windshield. A few weeks later I went to a carwash down the street—the one where they wash, vacuum and wax your car by […]

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Earlier this year, I critiqued about 30 agency websites that sell web design and other design and marketing-related services. By about the 5th or 6th one, I’d already identified patterns in mistakes that persisted, unanimously, throughout the other 25. All […]

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