109 episodes

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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    • 4.4 • 45 Ratings

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.

    How I Finally Became My Own Boss

    How I Finally Became My Own Boss

    On today’s episode (the final episode in our eighth season) I want to turn the tables and share with you an interview I did with my friends Marc and Julia at The Clearing.
    I’ve done dozens of interviews over the years, but Marc seems to ask the perfect questions in this interview—leading to one of the best conversations on freelancing I’ve ever had on the air.
    We discuss getting freelance jobs, what to focus on when building a portfolio, how to build passive income, and lots more.
    In fact, Marc and Julia are two fellow freelancers who have helped a whole bunch of people embark on the freelance journey, getting their first clients and making good money as a freelancer in as little as a couple of weeks. 
    They love jump-starting freelancers’ careers and you should visit them at theclearing.io to learn more from them. They’re really talented.
    In my interview, you’ll hear a bit of my back story along with some of my best advice for starting, growing, and sustaining your freelance business.
    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.
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    SolidGigs — Get more freelance jobs.
    Dripify — Premium learning platform for entrepreneurs.
    Recently from the Millo blog:
    Is Upwork Legit? A Real-World Experiment Earning $8,000+
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    • 50 min
    Should You Ever Turn Down a New Client?

    Should You Ever Turn Down a New Client?

    Do you ever get the feeling you're attracting the wrong kinds of clients for your freelance business or agency? Today's guest faces the same question: "how can I turn down clients who aren't a good fit?"
    Paul Chris Luke spent his first few years out of college working at an agency doing digital marketing. But then he decided to leave it all behind, sell his house and most of his possessions and move to Cambodia—a place he’d never even been.
    After taking a year off to reflect on where his life was headed and finding his savings running out, he eventually felt the tug to get some clients and start working again.
    The problem is: when you start freelancing, it can be hard to find the right clients—or better yet—avoid the wrong ones
    Now, Paul finds himself wondering how to keep his company small while working with giant brands that want to scale. IN this episode, we answer the question “is it a good idea turn down new clients when your business is so young?"
    We also talk about growing slowly on purpose, delegating without losing control, naming your business and lots more.
    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:
    Is Upwork Legit? A Real-World Experiment Earning $8,000+
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 56 min
    I Caught Covid-19 and Lost Half My Business. But Then....

    I Caught Covid-19 and Lost Half My Business. But Then....

    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

    • 56 min
    Getting Clients via Affiliates, Social Media, or Email

    Getting Clients via Affiliates, Social Media, or Email

    On today’s show, we talk with Akshat Choudhary who runs a thriving business called BlogVault.
    Despite having over 10,000 customers and a growing team, Akshat’s not sure where to go next when it comes to getting more customers.
    That all-to-common problem leads us to a conversation on building an affiliate program to get new clients, using social media to build a front-of-mind brand, and taking advantage of email to boost revenue.
    Whether you’ve hit a plateau with your promotions or you’re just getting your first clients, this conversation is for you.
    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:
    What to do when a client doesn’t pay + how to prevent it from happening again
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How to Scale When You Feel Too Busy

    How to Scale When You Feel Too Busy

    On today’s episode, we have a great conversation with Will Gibbons—a product rendering expert who works with huge brands like Pelaton, 3M, Vizio and more.
    After a year of working for himself, Will is facing perhaps one of the best problems you can ask for as a freelancer:
    He’s got too many client requests coming in and too much work that needs done.
    So in this episode, Clay and I walk him through a few hiring, scaling, and management tips to help him move up the “freelance to founder” scale without losing control of his business.
    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:
    Linkedin Jobs — Post healthcare and front-line jobs for free.
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 54 min
    Fixing Awkward Money Conversations w/ Clients

    Fixing Awkward Money Conversations w/ Clients

    On this week’s episode we have a heart-to-heart chat with Bri Earles, a freelance social media manager and virtual assistant.
    Bri has never had any trouble getting new social media clients. But whenever Bri thinks about having money conversations or raising her prices, she kinda freezes up—using words like “awkward” “greedy” or “selfish” to explain how she feels about charging clients.
    What many freelancers like Bri fail to realize is the only way to become comfortable with charging more is to gain confidence about the value you provide.
    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:
    Linkedin Jobs — Post healthcare and front-line jobs for free.
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

WillGibbonsDesign ,

A Great Business for Creatives Resource

Preston and Clay have great chemistry and their sometimes opposing opinions make for a good balance in this show! I’ve enjoyed being able to learn from others who are a few steps ahead of me in their respective careers.

It’s cool to hear a new format of podcasting (live coaching) and it’s casual enough to also be good entertainment. Hoping this show continues for a long time!

If you’re a creative no matter where you are in your journey, this show will no doubt bring value to you.

Tesslorraine ,

One of my go-to podcasts

This podcast is one of my staples, and I’m glad there are so many episodes to listen to. I know that whatever interview I choose will be a good one. I always get at least one good takeaway.

FranzWerfel ,

Inspiring!

Amazing what a single person with an idea can achieve. This is not just another business podcast, Brandon helps these solopreneurs bring their stories to life making them truly relatable. No matter where you’re at in your career, these stories will provide insight that will help you take it to the next level.

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