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:10 Pieces of Chicago Freelance Advice


If you're a freelancer, you're not just an're the CEO of your own organization, the president of your own brand! And even scarier, you're the entire PR department for your business.

So how do you succeed in all these roles AND manage to work on projects you love? Copy from the professionals! Meet Julia Thiel, one of Artisan's talented, successful freelancers who has been working in Chicago for years. She's managed to meld passion and project using these 10 pieces of advice.

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Why You Should Make Mood Boards for Your Clients



When is a picture worth 1,000 Words? When it isn’t a picture at all – when it’s a mood board.

This has nothing to do with the emotional stability of your client, of course. Mood boards are a visual or depiction of the tone of a brand, and designers use them to convey emotion. When words aren’t enough, there’s a mood board.

If you haven’t used one, you should; designers in fields from advertising to architecture have been using them for years to steer the direction of a creative project. So why are they so darned effective?

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What to Expect When You’re Interviewing with a Staffing Agency


Staffing agencies can be a mystery to creatives who haven’t worked with one yet, but finding the right agency and the right Talent Representative can change the entire trajectory of your career, if you play your cards right.

It takes two to make a thing go right, so read on for some great ways to improve your odds when working with an agency and get the job you’ve been dreaming of!

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Fake News: Left Brain/Right Brain and Creativity



You are the office weirdo. Your analytical coworkers just don’t get your creative vision. It can be a serious bummer.

This is what can happen when you’re the solo creative staffer in a job made up of mainly non-creative professionals.

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Should I Post My Resume on Online Job Boards Like Indeed?


Should you post your resume on a big, online job board like Indeed,, or Glassdoor, etc.?
Will employers find you through job boards, or are there better ways? Alison Green of Ask a Manager suggests you don't for the following three reasons.
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Refresh or ReWrite: Resume Writing 101


Wondering how often you should be working on your resume? When will it be finished? The answer is always...and never. Your resume (and your portfolio) are living, breathing things and should be updated constantly, even if you're not currently looking for a new job.

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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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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.

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