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One of the biggest benefits of freelancing is the freedom to set your own schedule and travel without the constraints of vacation days. While that freedom is something that draws people to freelancing, it also comes with challenges. I recently […]

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Sometimes, work is just work. As Andy said about the Freelance business, “It’s not always as pretty as it seems.” During this episode, we explore the ups and downs of the Freelance world. Andy’s honesty gives great insight and tips […]

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Having worked with creative business owners and freelancers for more than 15 years, I’ve learned that the path to entrepreneurship is rarely straight. Many of us (myself included) fell into entrepreneurship and never went back; some were pushed via a […]

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What’s the biggest challenge of a freelancer? It’s what someone from the outside thinks is the biggest advantage of this kind of job: managing your own time. Yes, the ability to work under your own schedule is an advantage. However, […]

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Don’t you love interruptions? I often think that my day would be so much better if I wore some sort of magical hat so that people would know exactly when I was in the middle of an epiphany so that […]

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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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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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As the old saying goes – time is money. Nowhere else does this saying seems more crucial than in the world of freelancing. For a freelancer or a creative, managing the best out of his/her time is imperative. You’re on […]

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Know thyself. Trust your gut. To thine own self be true. These are likely phrases you’ve heard before. You’ve probably seen them on motivational posters, usually with a picture of a lone figure on a mountaintop contemplating customer acquisition strategies […]

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Just give up. I get it. It doesn’t sound like this is an inspirational post about getting things done when I start out by telling you to pack it in, but it’s the truth. I don’t mean it in the […]

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I’ll never forget the day, roughly 18 years ago. It was about 7:30 p.m. and I was busy cleaning up after dinner for my family, which included my two children — ages three and a few months old. And then, the phone […]

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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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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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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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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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I worked in a small sushi restaurant for years before I started freelancing full-time. It was a tiny little place, the kind that only seats about 20 people and most of them at the bar. Working in such a small […]

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The alarm rings and rings. With a groggy sigh I reach over and pick up my phone. I’m still squinting, and I can’t even make out the room yet, but the first thing I tap is the mail icon. My […]

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I didn’t think the New Year would affect me at all. Most holidays don’t. Most “events” don’t. But when December 31 rolled over into January 1, I felt something. Maybe it was the collective excitement of the world. I don’t […]

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A friend and fellow copywriter recently asked me for productivity advice. This guy has worked for years as a full-time, in-house writer for a large corporation, and now he’s ready to make the jump to freelancing. Brave guy. That move […]

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It’s counter-intuitive to grow by taking on fewer clients, but it’s necessary. The thing about client services you find out is that there is an allotment of energy you expend servicing each client you have. You email back and forth, […]

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Do you ever feel like there’s so much going on in your business that your head’s spinning? You’re done with one thing, and a million more pop up? In today’s video, we’ll show you how you can stay calm and productive even when you’re […]

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How many times do you feel like there are never enough hours in a day? Work is always piling up, and your to do list never gets any shorter! Try as you might to stretch out a day, there’s only […]

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I’ve spent years building my web design business, Web123, from an idea back in 2009 to a super successful 7-figure business that can handle 30-40 website projects per month. (Our record is 42.) In case you’re wondering, I’m not talking […]

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Freelancing can feel like a dream come true. You get the the joy of cubicle-free existence, the satisfaction of creating a happy, health workplace, and the confidence of being your own boss. A 2015 study commissioned by Freelancers Union and […]

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When you’re new to freelancing, the majority of your time is spent marketing yourself. When a project finally does come in, it’s very simple to drop everything to get it done. Sounds easy, right 🙂 But what about when the […]

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I remember my first freelance client and even my first job interview. I was nervous. I was scared. I didn’t want to fail. We’ve all felt like this before. But overcoming fear is critical to succeeding in business. Here are a […]

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The global workforce is undergoing a massive freelance surge. In 2015, approximately 53 million Americans ditched the 9 to 5 to become professional freelancers. That’s 1 in 3 Americans, or a little over 1,200 sold-out pro baseball fields. And who wouldn’t want a freelance lifestyle? […]

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This past year I was lucky enough to be selected as the designer behind the new Millo logo. Preston reached out to a number of designers but ended up choosing me due to my quick response time and my stellar […]

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I was eating at my favorite restaurant the other day (Harlow here in Portland!) when I looked across the room and noticed something brilliant. It’s something I’ve seen about a hundred or so times before, and didn’t really think much […]

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You know in cartoons or movies when the main character is trying to make a decision and there’s a little angel and devil perched on their shoulder taunting or encouraging them in either direction? That’s your life as a creative […]

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It’s January, which means everyone’s going crazy about setting goals for the year. Whether you’re clipping along nicely with your goals or still trying to figure out exactly what you want to do in 2016, there’s something you must know: […]

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When I was pregnant, I shook off any suggestion that I wouldn’t be able to carry on in my career exactly as I always had. The notion that my creativity and productivity would be sapped by ‘mommy brain’ or that […]

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How often are you asked to create an identity for a client who is not clear on their objective, vision, audience, competitive environment, differentiator, or message? All the time, am I right? And unless you clarify all of these details, […]

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From desktop gadgets to the newest tools of the trade, our 2017 gift guide has just the thing(s) for your favorite creatives. If you’re searching for the perfect gift ideas for designers, writers or other creatives in your life, look […]

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As creative freelancers, we don’t have the luxury of big corporate budgets and massive staffs at our disposal. When working on a team project, it’s crucial that everyone pulls their weight and gets the job done with the maximum amount of […]

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You’re sabotaging your business. How do I know? Because we all do it to some extent. And while it’s not always 100% evil to leave money on the table or not grow to zillions of dollars in revenue, it’s important […]

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All entrepreneurs by nature are risk takers; they like to be in charge of where their business is headed. But today’s entrepreneurs are wired differently from those who grew up with the typewriter. Today’s entrepreneur believes technology allows him a greater […]

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Business is good. Real good. So good, in fact, that you’re sleeping 2 hours per night and working 22! Uh oh. Before you lose your mind and fire all your clients, it’s time to hire someone. Like yesterday. Because after several hours […]

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Recently, Alex talked about how important it is not to overwhelm yourself as an entrepreneur. (Did you miss it? Read “This one mistake can derail your business. Are you guilty of it?“) And he’s right! We often put ourselves in […]

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Here at Millo, we work tirelessly to publish unique, interesting, high quality content. (Are we succeeding? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.) But all of us working to do so work full-time elsewhere, so at times it’s been […]

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Working from home used to be the white rhino of employment – something only the oddballs did, and even then, only a part of the picture. Now, entrepreneurship, freelancing, and working remotely are commonplace, with more and more people just […]

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Do you have a to-do list? Most of us do. “And why wouldn’t I?” you might be thinking to yourself, “It keeps me on track and helps me get work done.” But a to-do list managed the wrong way can […]

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