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One of my favorite things about the Millo community is just how creative everyone seems to get with promoting their freelance business. Hands-down, one of the best stories ever was when David wrote this post about printing and wearing a […]

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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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Have you ever woken in the middle of the night gripped with fear because you don’t see a future for your creative career or business? If you’re feeling anything other than a Zen-like calm right now, you’re not alone. You’re […]

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Welcome to a brand new season of Freelance to Founder and a new era for the show! We embrace a new, more casual and long-form approach to sharing our founder stories. And we hope you enjoy it as much as […]

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Whether you’re interested in starting a blog or building your online portfolio you’ve probably had at least one person recommend WordPress as the website builder or content management of choice. Naturally, WordPress is an industry leader and might be a […]

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If I had to define my character, I’d say I’m pretty optimistic.  I genuinely want to see the best in people, assume things will work out for the best, and believe that there’s an intelligent force greater than myself that’s […]

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If you’re looking to gain knowledge, motivation, or just some good business advice — look no further. We’ve asked 5 people to share with us the best business books they would recommend. Below, we’ve divided our list into categories — […]

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During my days as an agent for creative directors, art directors and copywriters, I was asked by a large national brand to provide an estimate for tagline development. When I quoted the fee, the woman on the end of the […]

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We have a super founder to introduce to you today. A great story of a military wife. An extremely busy and motivated mother and wife who decided to mix her two passions – education and photography – into a highly […]

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With the emergence of more powerful smartphone devices, there is a wide range of tools available for freelance designers. Many of these apps are free, yet versatile and have a lot to offer. Finding the right tools can make your […]

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Landing projects can be a tough nut to crack regardless of whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned freelancer. Stiff competition is always out there, but that doesn’t mean your proposal template shouldn’t stand out from the rest. By creating […]

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  In this final episode of season 6, we feature the story of Shannon Dejong – an Entrepreneur, artist, speaker, and CEO of boutique agency House of Who. Years ago, she thought she’d be an actor on a stage or […]

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If I told you that your business is always going to be in flux would you be (a) excited or (b) depressed? Your answer will tell you a lot about your mindset around change, potential, and your ability to thrive, […]

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We interview Brian Casel: entrepreneur, product designer, writer, trainer at flagship training program Productize, host of ProductizePodcast and Founder of AudienceOps, a done-for-you content marketing service. Brian Casel has an expert entrepreneur’s eye for turning products into services and vice […]

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Working for yourself, having flexible working hours, and not being restricted by office walls is driving the popularity of today’s gig economy jobs. A recent study undertaken by Upwork and Freelancers Union reveals that 36% of the U.S. workforce are freelancers, […]

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In today’s episode, we’re in New York City to join Pamela Capalad, a certified financial planner who’s blended her expertise in financial planning with her passion for educating and serving people of color, while leading a hip-hop-based financial education for […]

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The idea of sending your client a price increase letter can leave you with an uncomfortable feeling. It leaves you wondering — will they accept it? Did I ask for too much? Am I going to lose a client? (Skip to […]

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Have you ever: Got to the end of your day and wondered where it went, or what you achieved? Had a slow start and never really recovered the day? Sat down at your desk and thought “Now what?” My friend, […]

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Even though most people who are self employed really love it, there are some things that they also hate about it — most notably, self employment taxes. However, learning how to use a self employment tax calculator can be incredibly […]

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The term “data scientist” has recently been coined and is considered a new breed of analytical expert. At its simplest, a data scientist understands how to turn data into useful information. More intricately described, a data scientist uses a variety […]

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When grown-ups used to ask Susie Bulloch what she would be when she grew up, she didn’t stand a chance of guessing correctly. That’s because, as Susie puts it in our most recent episode of Freelance to Founder, “The business we’re […]

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A few months ago my brother, who recently graduated from college, was wondering how to start a blog and make money from it. And he asked me how difficult it would be. This wasn’t the first time someone asked me […]

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As a concept, freelancing is nothing new; freelancers worked for Don Draper and Co. But thanks to the ubiquity of WiFi and also the many different tools that facilitate digital communication, freelancing will soon become the largest portion of the labor […]

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They said ‘yes’! Landing a new client is easily one of the most exciting moments in a freelancer’s workflow. So good, in fact, that you may be tempted to channel all your enthusiasm into getting started right away. But hold […]

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FREEDOM. Isn’t that one of the reasons you decided to go into business for yourself? Freedom to: Work with whom you want Work when you want Work the hours you want Work where you want Charge how much you want […]

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Freelancing has become a very lucrative career path, as it offers more flexibility and freedom than permanent employment. However, while it can be gratifying, success is not always guaranteed—especially in very competitive fields. To succeed as a freelancer, you need […]

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For this episode, we’re heading into the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, where Chelsea Baldwin moved with her family after her early childhood years in Indiana. She was like any other kid at first, though her curiosity for writing […]

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As a graphic designer, you’re probably wondering what constitutes good design, or how to keep up with new trends. Graphic design blogs can be a great resource to stay ahead of the game, whether you’re trying to create presentable logos, […]

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There may come a point in your freelance career when the workload becomes too much for you to handle on your own. As a result, in order to grow and meet your demands, you could look to hire fellow freelancers […]

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Welcome to episode two of Freelance to Founder season 6. Here, we tell the stories of entrepreneurs, who’ve scaled their businesses to be much bigger than themselves – even if they are a Company of One. In today’s episode, we […]

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 In the final episode of ArtistCEO, a newly freed up Shannon travels to Brooklyn to meet Kerri on her way to SXSW. The two attend a podcast conference and get excited about the future of ArtistCEO until Kerri has […]

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Do you remember the moment you decided to go out on your own? I do. And it was terrifying. I was 35 years old, in a relationship that, instead of heading towards marriage and babies, was in its final death-spiral […]

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 Welcome to Season 6 of Freelance to Founder. For our first episode this season, we take you into rural America. It was 1998, and a young wireless modem salesperson was looking at ways to automate his follow up with potential […]

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 After performing in a play and running her business at the same time, Shannon is having some trouble getting back into the hustle. So much so, that she’s thinking about throwing in the towel on the whole thing. Listen […]

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While many negotiations go very smoothly on both sides, it’s inevitable that at some point in your career, you’ll be forced to deal with your fair share of difficult clients. Sales negotiation seminars and other negotiation workshops are effective ways […]

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Shannon is facing her first BIG test as an ArtistCEO – being an actress in a two-person play while simultaneously running her business. Listen in to find out what her team thought about seeing their CEO on stage and what […]

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Most entrepreneurs that I know have a break-even mindset. If you’re just getting started, maybe your goal is to make just enough money to quit your day job. Or, as you start to grow, you want to make just enough […]

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As Shannon commits to actively performing again and taking acting classes while running her brand agency, House of Who, she starts to remember why doing it all is challenging (to say the least!) Kerri and Shannon meet for the first […]

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A common scene in movies is this of a miserable writer with no idea what to write about who struggles for days or months to write a few sentences without success. A dramatic change in his/her life (usually a new […]

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 After his family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam, Chris Do never imagined his artistic interests could eventually propel him into a successful life-long career. Now, years later, he’s an Emmy Award-winning designer growing an agency that works with […]

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No more onion-breathed, micro-power manager Bob; it’s time to invest in yourself and put your talents and energy to better use. Today is the day you quit your job and start your own own business. Doesn’t that feel good? If […]

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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 2019, there’s something you must know: […]

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As a designer, your graphic design invoice can say a lot about you and your business. Not to mention, your graphic design invoice can impact when and how you get paid as a freelancer or creative. So today, we’ve compiled […]

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Have you ever scrolled through your Instagram (or whatever) feed, marveling at everyone else’s apparent ability to share their perfectly curated thoughts and opinions on a daily basis? It’s easy to believe the world is full of cool, connected extroverts, […]

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