Designers Blog

Artisan Talent’s designers blog offers a captivating look at the freelance creative and digital marketing industries—with blogs written by insiders who know the business.

Guest Blog: Be more than a freelancer. Be a professional freelancer.


The unwritten rules for attending dinner parties. We know them. We abide by them. Never show off. Never act like some jerk. Never comment on how the lasagna’s right up there with Chef Boyardee. Grace, kindness, dignity—all golden tickets to a second invite. Maybe more.

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Can I Deduct That? Tax Time for Freelancers


It's tax time for freelancers!

Freelancing is awesome. That is – right up until it comes time to file your taxes. If this is your first year freelancing, you may not realize that you are going to be taxed two times. What we mean is that your freelance work counts as personal income on your taxes. But you are also in business for yourself, and so you are charged a payroll tax.

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Guest Blog: 3 Tips for Hiring a Business Coach



If you’re keeping tabs on trends in marketing, you’re probably seeing the word “authenticity” coming up more often than in years past. Customer Think lists “Striving for Authenticity” as a 2017 marketing trend to watch. There’s even a Small Biz Trends article titled, “Small Business Marketing Should Focus on Authenticity.”

Increasingly, business leaders and the creatives they hire are experimenting with ways to be authentic through and across all their marketing channels – social media, website, email, paid advertising, videos, print literature, and so forth. It takes time and effort to define your authentic voice and translate that voice into images, words, and sounds that connect with your customers.

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Should You Have a Side Hustle?


You’ve heard the expression, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” If you’ve ever been laid off, you know how tenuous the job market can sometimes be.

That’s partially why 55 million Americans are now freelancing as I-9 contractors (need a refresher? Watch this). These independent workers are engaging in side jobs in addition to their day jobs, or multiple part-time gigs, in order to make ends meet. They understand that having a side hustle – or several – is the key to coming out ahead in a volatile job market.

Wondering how you can too?

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Ask A Recruiter: How Do I Make An Online Portfolio?


Welcome to our new series Ask a Recruiter! Our Denver Creative Talent Representative Lauren Ray will be answering your burning questions related to job hunting, resume submission, portfolios and more.

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Guest Blog: Back to School In Marketing



This is week 2 of Changing Course to a Career in Marketing: Back in the Saddle by Guest Blogger and Artisan Talent Sarah Antao. Get up to date with her first post here.

If there's one thing that became very obvious to me this week, it's that I haven't been a student in a long time. Granted, this course isn't like going back to grad school or even taking General Assembly's longer running classes. But I could still feel the "back to school" jitters in my stomach.

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What to Know Before You Go: Transitioning From Full-time to Freelance


Doesn’t being your own boss and working when you want to sound like a dream job? How about working from home in your pajamas? All these perks can be yours if you dump your full-time job to start freelancing.

How does having to sell yourself to get more gigs sound? Can you stay organized enough to juggle billing along with the work itself? What if you get sick? How will you get paid? Do you know how much to put away to prepare for taxes?

In a nutshell, these are some of the pros and cons of freelancing. Before you leave your full-time job and go full-time to freelance, let’s delve into more detail about the biggest benefits and challenges of the freelance lifestyle and figure out what you can do to prepare to take the plunge.

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Chicago Salaries: Does Your Pay Stack Up?


Wondering if you're being paid what you should? Look to your city and region. Chicago sits happily in the middle of our salary guide market's friends with cities like Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California.

What's the current job climate in these cities? Good!

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How to Make Money as a Freelancer


According to the Freelancers Union, one in three Americans will earn their living as a freelancer. That’s a powerful, and expanding, population currently cataloged at around 55 million U.S. residents.

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What's the Difference Between a Headhunter and a Recruiter?



Headhunters vs. Recruiters. Which one do you need? What's the difference and who will get you to the top of "you're hired" mountain?

Both titles have grown fairly interchangeable over time. While there are probably more similarities than differences between these two professions, you may not realize it, but the roles are not the same. Both of these staffing professionals will help you find work. In fact, Recruiters and Headhunters will be your biggest asset if you’re in the thick of a job search; networking with these professionals should be your first step when seeking a new career.

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At Artisan Talent, we know that our clients and our freelancers are busy professionals who do not have enough time in the workday. As such, we wanted to create a blog where it is possible to get the scoop on all aspects of hiring web design, development, content creation and digital marketing in one place. We do not stop at that; we go the extra mile to make sure every post is useful, easy-to-understand and even enjoyable to read.

Stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world of design and marketing and learn how each innovation impacts the way companies, employees, and freelancers work together. Check out the latest posts and follow Artisan’s designers blog. Our talented bloggers scour the web to keep you up to date with the latest techniques and happenings in all areas of digital marketing and design. Plus, Artisan provides winning strategies to help clients and freelancers connect and work together for the common good.

We are proud to offer timely and information that benefits our clients, designers, marketers and anyone else who needs to stay on top of what’s happening out there in the design and marketing world. Check out our latest thought-provoking blog posts and leave a comment or two. We want you to join the conversation and engage with others about the latest happenings in today’s ever-changing digital world.

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