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Author: Millo / The Podglomerate

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Clay and Preston have each grown their own one-person businesses to something much bigger and now they offer weekly coaching calls with freelancers ready to do the same. Your weekly dose of real-world, practical, actionable advice to take your service-based business to the next level—with occasional surprise guest experts or deep dives on must-have skills for success. New shows every Thursday.

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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 some of the biggest companies in the world.    Now, after years of building his agency, Chris is building something new: *The Futur*. It's an educational platform for designers—and it's taking off.  We'll be back very soon with season 6 of Freelance to Founder.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mat Sherman doesn't do anything the "traditional" way. That includes building his business which centers around two primary products: Publoft and Gigloft. In this episode, you'll hear Mat's story including his college charitable efforts organizing an "undie run," his time with famed Angel investor Jason Calacanis, and the projects he's working on today to help more freelancers connect with quality clients. If you enjoy this episode, please leave us an honest rating on Apple Podcasts. Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode: Wix - Design & develop custom websites for your clients in less time with the most innovative web design platform. Start Now. FreshBooks - Let FreshBooks follow-up with clients so you can focus your time on what matters most. Listeners of FTF can try Freshbooks completely free for 30 days—without even using a credit card. Simply visit Freshbooks.com/ftf. This podcast is a production of Millo. Latest from the Millo blog: 9 Passive Income Ideas for Designers Who Need More Cashflow in 2020 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On today’s call, we chat with Mihai Zamfir who has done some incredible work in building a presentation design company. Mihai gets a fair amount of new clients using sites like Upwork and other freelance marketplaces, but he’s ready to start finding better clients in more intentional ways. All of this leads us to an answer-rich coaching session all about short-term vs. long-term sales strategies.  Cold-pitching vs. Content marketing.  On the one hand, cold-pitching is hard and has notoriously bad conversion rates. On the other hand, content marketing is very time and labor intensive. So what’s the right path for you? We’ll help you answer that question and many more in today’s episode. Be a guest on an upcoming episode: We'd love to feature your business and offer some free on-air advice for growing your business. To see if you're a good fit, click here. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: If you enjoy the show, can you do us a favor and leave us an honest rating and review on Apple Podcasts? We'll love you forever. Click here to leave a review. Support our sponsors so we can keep airing new episodes: Participate — Create a space for collaboration, communication and learning. Notion — The all-in-one workspace for all your notes, wikis, and important tasks. SolidGigs — Get more freelance jobs. Dripify — Premium learning platform for entrepreneurs. More resources related to today's episode: Clay recommends finding a quality CRM. Here are our top recommendations: 10 Best CRM for Freelancers Ready to Get Organized Preston recommends using something like Reply.io to scale up your outreach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Imagine catching the coronavirus and losing half of your clients in less than 48 hours. That's what happened to today's guest, Jim Huffman. Jim runs GrowthHit, a conversion-focused agency serving tech companies and startups. When Covid-19 hit the U.S. in March of this year, Jim got an email from one of his clients asking to put their work “on hold”—which was all fine and well until another client cut them off….and another… and another.  The pandemic had led to Jim’s company losing almost half a million dollars in potential client sales for the year. To top it all off, Jim caught the coronavirus while traveling for work. Not long after, Jim recovered from the illness and his business rebounded from the loss. And in this episode, we peel back exactly how Jim recovered and pull out lessons you can apply to your business as we all cope with Covid together. Be a guest on an upcoming episode: We'd love to feature your business and offer some free on-air advice for growing your business. To see if you're a good fit, click here. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: If you enjoy the show, can you do us a favor and leave us an honest rating and review on Apple Podcasts? We'll love you forever. Click here to leave a review. Support our sponsors so we can keep airing new episodes: Toggl — Simple time-tracking tool you'll thank us for later. Linkedin Jobs — Post healthcare and front-line jobs for free. Participate — Create a space for collaboration, communication and learning. SolidGigs — Get more freelance jobs. Dripify — Premium learning platform for entrepreneurs. Recently from the Millo blog: 24 Places to Get Freelance Jobs on Autopilot in 2020 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Season 1 of Millo's all-new podcast 'Freelance to Founder' is about to launch! Here's a peek at what to expect this season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 1 tells the story of Courtney Brown—a solopreneur who, in the height of the mommy blog craze, decided blogging wasn't for her and built a mult-million dollar fashion business instead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Greg was an artist getting paid pennies on the dollar in royalties for his religious artwork. But after his son Nate stepped in to help build a direct-to-consumer ecommerce business, profits soared.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bianca Board started out as a one-woman graphic design "agency" and has built a thriving Aussie web design business with 20 employees—bringing in millions of revenue along the way.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adrienne never expected a vacation to Nepal would lead to not only her eventual marriage, but the beginning of an art business that empowers female artists in Nepal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
C.J. was a no-name freelance photographer who walked into the offices of Time Magazine to pitch his work...and got the contract. Years later, he has worked with brands like Oprah, ESPN, and Time Magazine.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michael was an accountant with a dead-end job that wasn't making him happy. So he decided to purchase a small local coffee business. After attempting a unique online business model, he came within 2 months of complete failure. But after getting featured on the TODAY Show and in the Superbowl, his brand is now growing like crazy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ever since we was a little kid, Howard loved fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons. But little did he know he'd grow up be hired by Dungeons and Dragons plus other huge gaming brands like Blizzard. Today, Howard does commission work for enormous brands and sells one-of-a-kind commissioned art.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeff was a freelance designer who started to notice it was hard to find quality t-shirts that he actually wanted to wear. So he decided to start his own design & fashion brand, Ugmonk. Now, Jeff sells luxurious high-end fashion basics and accessories to people with an eye for great design.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here's what you can expect from Season 2 of Millo's first-ever podcast, 'Freelance to Founder.'  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 1 tells the story of Sean McCabe, founder of seanwes. Sean freelanced as a hand-lettering specialist, but ultimately turned the lessons he learned from that nicheinto a successful online business.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 2 introduces you to Clay Mosley, founder of Rock City Digital agency in Little Rock, Arkansas. Clay went from self-proclaimed job hopper to creative visionary and CEO of an unorthodox agency in the Midwest.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 3 brings you AshLee Winterrose. AshLee and her husband were dealt a challenging blow while still in college, forcing her to become the primary family provider. Hear how she went from meager teacher's salary to budding entrepreneur.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 4 tells the story of Caleb Wojcik, who purposely avoided the self-employed path his father took...before ultimately being pulled into it after the corporate world let him down. Hear how he navigated from employee to employer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 5 introduces you to Becca Courtice. She was a sports nut early in life, and a project manager after university, What does she do now? She has a highly successful, full-time business as a calligraphy instructor.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 6 welcomes Phil Gerbyshak. As Phil left the Navy, he was quick to dive into the digital world. As his career moved along, so did his mastery of the web for ethical connections. He now teaches social selling as one of several founders of Vengreso.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Melody Mehrotra

The music in the background of this story is really distracting

Jul 17th
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B Donald Harris

I love your podcast, been a listener since early 2019. You may want to check the edit on this episode, there are parts where audio tracks are taking over each other. It makes it difficult to listen to.

May 21st
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Austin Peek

Well if anyone is looking for more Freelance to Founder stories (while they're taking a break in 2020)... I run a podcast with indepth interviews... It's called: Entrepreneur Stories 4️⃣ Inspiration... I'll post a link below in the comments 👇

Jan 28th
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Ken Tan

the host is too wordy. should be to the point quicker.

Oct 25th
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Dani D

phenomenal episode

Jul 18th
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Mary C

This was one of my favorite episodes. I just popped over to Whitney's podcast and subscribed to it as well. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 21st
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Michael Jones

Good program

Jun 19th
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K Hines

I just quit my admin job too and everything you said is what I felt in that job. I need a change in my life too.

May 20th
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mitchelle moras

music is too loud

May 2nd
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Robert Stanley

Just listened to my first 3 episodes. Very good content. Music levels too loud and distracting. I look forward to more shows.

May 1st
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Marge Phelps

Love the format and brezzy conversational style. Would not be listening, though. unless I was getting useful information,which I am. Kudos

Mar 30th
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Ann Hood

need to fade the music out while talking

Mar 24th
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Vicki Wineland

the music is too loud

Mar 5th
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Austin Peek

If you're looking for more stories of Freelancers becoming Founders then check out the Millionaire Interviews Podcast. Awesome stories being told by awesome entrepreneurs! 😉

Feb 19th
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