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Social Distancing Survival Hub

Along the lines of making the best of a tough situation, we’re pulling together resources to help you get through a work slowdown and the isolation of sheltering in place. Here are some resources to help you work on all the tasks you’ve been meaning to do, and some diversions to keep your creative juices flowing.

Is there a resource that we’ve missed? Or would you like to submit a contribution? Email us at

We’ve also posted a page of information and federal and state resources around the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronovirus Resources page.

Stay safe, stay strong, and stay in touch!

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Stay in Touch

Networking and socializing don’t have to stop just because we’re working remotely. Meet with fellow business owners and freelancers, get tips on how to survive a work slowdown, share your creativity, or just enjoy knowing, although we’re separated right now, you’re part of a large, caring community. We presented Town Hall Webinars, and have posted the archive so that you can watch them at your leisure. Freelance Fandango has teamed up with us to take their weekly drawing and networking meet-up virtual.

Archived Town Hall Webinars

Watch the playback links for our past Town Hall webinars.

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with Jason M Blumer, CPA

Practical and honest financial advice for those running creative businesses in crisis. Learn how you need to act now in areas of cash, finances, tax, and the financial side of your business.

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with Ean Murphy, Moxie Bookkeeping & Coaching, Inc.

Specific actions you can take to protect your cash manage debt to increase your chances of success in an economic downturn. Suitable for all size businesses (side hustle to C-Corp) with any bookkeeping system.

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with Danielle Hughes, More Than Words Marketing

Your audience needs to hear from you. This is your time to showcase your humanity and your expertise. Deliver vital messaging in a relevant and creative way.

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with Michelle Berdinis, Beeline Legal

This session answers business law questions that people are asking most during the pandemic, such as what happens if contracts are canceled or you can’t pay your bills.

Workshops & Virtual Meetups

While many of the virtual meetups and workshops have ended, we still have a couple groups going. Join us for our upcoming get-together!

Work from Home

New to working from home? Or need to rethink your workspace (and working habits!) now that family or roommates are home all the time? We’re posting here insight from Guild members experienced with the work-from-home juggling act, as well as links interesting articles.

Build your Business

Downtime gives us a moment to work on all those tasks we’ve been putting off: developing a marketing plan, redesigning a website, strategizing for the future. We’re gathering here relevant articles and links. We’ve also posted our free ask-a-pro webinars, and for the duration of the shutdown, we’re making some of our archived webinars free to everyone. (Guild members: remember, you can always access our entire webinar and teleclass archives – for free.)

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Guild Webinars from our Archives to Help You Work on Your Business

Ready, Set, Freelance!

with Justin Perricone and Ed Shems

The Five Magnets for Success

with Sue Jenkins

Guild Webinar presenter Ilise Benum

How to Get Better Clients with Bigger Budgets: The Simplest Marketing Plan for 2019

with Ilise Benun

Social Media for Creatives: Take Your Online Presence to the Next Level

with Yanique DaCosta

Networking with Your Feet Up: A Guide for Creatives Who Don’t Like to Leave the Studio

with Ed Shems

Three Tips for Freelancers when Selecting Health Insurance

with Ann Boger of Trupo

Ask a Pro: Mistakes I’ve Made

with Crisy Meschieri and Liz DiFiore

Social Media for Illustrators

Ask a Pro: Social Media for Illustrators

with Priscilla Alpaugh and Ed Shems

Ask A Pro: Business Basics for Artists

with Dawn Mitchell, Priscilla Alpaugh & Pam Levy

Webinar speakers Mark Monlux and Ian Castruita

Ask A Pro: Ask A Cartoonist!

with Mark Monlux & Ian Castruita.

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Applying PEGs 15 to Your Everyday Business

with Patricia McKiernan

illustration by Pam Levy

Ask An Illustrator: An Artist Navigates the Publishing Business”

with Pam Levy

Ask a Pro! YOUR Q&A with a graphic designer and an illustrator

with Rebecca Blake & Ed Shems

Advocate for Support

State and federal agencies are working on financial relief for un- and under-employed people. It’s important that freelancers and small businesses don’t get overlooked in the process. So stay active – make sure your needs are heard.

Feed Your Creativity

Cultural institutions and entertainment industries have made their offerings virtually available – many for free. Give yourself a break, and check out a gallery, or treat yourself to a new movie release, without leaving home.

Share Your Art

Guild members have been sending us their artwork expressing their thoughts and concerns about the coronavirus crisis. Do you have something you would like to share? Send it over to us, and we’ll add it to our gallery.

Brad Guigar

Mark Monlux

James Stowe

Ed Shems

R.W. Alley

COVID “hello” artwork by Ed Shems

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WP Morse

Douglas Bell

Sarah Nettuno

Mark Monlux

Joyce Wynes