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Do you want to be a freelancer? This is not a surprise, since more and more people moving toward this trendy and rewarding career choice. Starting from the ability to work from any place with an internet connection, to the […]

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Freelance jobs are extremely popular today. People, especially those who live in big cities and who don’t want to spend hours on the commute, choose to work from convenient locations like home or a local café or hub. Such flexibility […]

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When we start out as freelancers, getting paid $300 to do something feels like a big deal. And it is, for a while… until you realize that you’ve got to do a ton of little $300 gigs just to pay […]

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Affiliate marketing, as many of you know, is one of the oldest forms of marketing that allows you to receive a commission (money) when you refer a person to some online product, and he/she buys it on your recommendation. Even […]

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A big part of being a freelancer is scouring job boards. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all done it. We’ve all spent hours staring into the computer screen, reading listing after listing, just hoping to find a great freelance […]

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How do I take my first step towards entrepreneurship? The only concrete answer I could give you, is that there is no sure answer. The path of entrepreneurship is just as unique and unpredictable as the lifestyle it offers. A […]

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More creatives and developers are migrating away from traditional forms of employment – what’s stopping you? The concept of the path of least resistance has been buried in my mind from an early age. I think it stems from soldering […]

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When I first decided to quit my job and freelance, I had visions of waking up when I wanted, earning loads of money and traveling the world. The reality was, I was living at home with my parents, working long […]

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Over my 30 years of offering creative services, not once did I consider revealing my prices to anyone but my clients. What changed my line of thinking was when I became a client myself. Walking a mile in my clients’ […]

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Competition can suck. But really, only if you want it to. If you work it right, competition can actually be a huge advantage. And I’m not talking about those smarmy marketing schemes where you research your competition to find out […]

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Are you taking it easy this holiday season? If you run a thriving business, maybe you can afford to take a month off. But the truth is that many companies are doing two things right now: Scrambling to ramp up […]

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As I was writing this article, my phone was ringing. I could see from my caller I.D. that it was a client. I didn’t answer it. It takes a lot of discipline for me to ignore a ringing cell phone. […]

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When I ask my two-year-old daughter to do something she doesn’t want to do, she has no problem telling me no. When I say, “Please put your shoes on,” she says, “No!” When I say, “Stop eating that crayon,” she […]

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Tired of writing proposals that don’t get accepted or go unanswered? A common problem I hear is designers who spend a bunch of time and energy on a proposal, only for their prospect to reject it. Or, the prospect disappears […]

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One of my earliest clients was a fashion design company in Los Angeles who asked me to create a print ad for use in one of the larger industry trade magazines. Excited to be creating a design with such a […]

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It happened to me today. I was talking to a client who didn’t understand the difference between “design” and “layout.” Sigh. In fact, I don’t think a day goes by without a client asking what we in the creative industry […]

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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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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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Ever notice how Amazon packages routinely come earlier than expected? They’ll tell you the package will arrive on or by the 27th, and when the package shows up on the 23rd, you are pleasantly surprised. Amazon sets themselves up to […]

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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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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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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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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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It is essential in any negotiation to understand what the client wants. Often an early misunderstanding can escalate into a full-blown battle of egos that can cause problems. We don’t want that! I’ll be discussing the various types of clients (particularly […]

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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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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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A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a freelancer about how to jumpstart her career, and in our discussion, this question popped up: “Stefan, I’ve been freelancing for three months so far and everything looks good. I managed […]

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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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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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“How do I gracefully tell a client I am increasing my rates? I’m upping my hourly rate by about 35%, which is approximately a $12 increase. This client is bigger than any of my other clients, and takes up more […]

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No matter how much you love what you do for a career, if you can’t pay the bills with it, it’s not a career, it’s a hobby. And as a freelancer, proper invoicing techniques and policies are so crucial to the […]

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When entrepreneur Bianca Board was young, she used to join her mum every morning on a paper run. She’d sit in the back of a little jeep, driving around the mountains, delivering papers. As she got older, her nana taught […]

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A terrible jittery feeling spread through my stomach. The lump in my throat hardened and my head began to spin. ‘How did I find myself in this situation?’ I asked myself, heart sinking. I was on the phone. On the […]

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“How do I handle a client who repeatedly pays late?” I get this question from a lot of the freelancers I work with. Chasing after payment is a huge time and energy suck that almost all freelancers experience at one […]

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You read about them, hear about them, but never really meet them. You probably have had a few great experiences with your clients. But those fantastic human beings, who will instantly fall in love with your work and cannot wait to hire you […]

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The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. But creating lasting client relationships can be difficult, especially as a freelancer. The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. #FreelanceLife Click […]

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My son, August, is just under two and is showing all the normal signs of two-year-old behavior: throwing hard objects at my head, refusing to put his diaper on, and protesting even when I give him exactly what he wants. […]

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The biggest hurdle I’ve overcome is my own mind. From things I’ve read, heard, & seen related to business, I now have ideas and stories floating between my two ears. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what they’re talking about. Which means […]

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