AV companies have been discussing in recent years “the death of the AV relationship” between companies and their freelancers. Professionals identify a clear divide between Those Who Can (technicians who certified and committed experts) and Those Who Must (technicians desperate enough for clients that they’ll cut corners to land your project). We’re sure you’re no stranger to this discussion, as the rise of the gig economy has all but guaranteed that the tension between reliable and unreliable freelancers will continue.
There are ways to prevent working with unreliable freelancers, however. What you need is to implement strategies that act as filters for top talent in the vast number of available candidates. If you’re curious about five of the key strategies are for ensuring the freelancers you hire are reliable, read on. It never hurts to keep your HR toolkit well-stocked.
1. Verify Talent at a Glance by Looking for Digital Badges
Searching for freelance technicians online is both hopeful and daunting. While there’s potentially thousands of candidates out there, it’s difficult to locate the ones with guaranteed certifications. There are a lot of freelancers that might indeed have the skills or specializations you’re looking for, but who don’t post their certifications for you to peruse. And for those freelancers who do attach credentials, it can take a long time to parse through all the different documents.
Look for candidates who have digital badges displayed of their hard-earned credentials. These badges will give you at a glance verification for essential skills like pulling and terminating cable, and mounting equipment. What’s more, these credentials can only be earned through practical online courses with industry professionals.
2. Look for an AV Freelancer Marketplace that Offers a Mutual Rating System
With the rise of online job markets for specific industries, you can zero in on the kinds of candidates you need. But when you can’t gauge how reliable a candidate is from the outset, you can often only be hopeful you’re in the right ballpark for hiring. When you engage with an AV-specific freelance marketplace, look for a mutual rating system that allows both parties to give fair ratings at the close of AV projects.
Mutual rating systems ensure that all parties on a marketplace are only the best and narrows down your prospective choices, saving AV companies time and resources.
3. Make Work and Payment Terms Clear from the Start
Just as AV freelancers should avoid sending late invoices and risk late or non-payments, and the loss of their reputation, you should avoid leaving work and payment terms unclarified. One of the top traits of the best AV professionals is excellent communication, which signals reliability. If an AV freelancer agrees to setting up work contracts setting out deliverables and payment preference in advance, chances are they are much more organized and detail-oriented. And having mentioned payment preference—
4. Negotiate Payment Preference
Another way to narrow down candidates is to negotiate for a specific payment preference for your work contracts. Set up your job posting on a freelancing AV platform with a call for fixed, hourly, or a mixed contract. Having multiple freelancers negotiate your preference allows you to review multiple quotes and strike a balance between what works for you and them.
5. Implement Automated ‘Reminders’ and ‘Notification for Actions Required’
Lastly, make sure you have tools to automate reminders and push notifications for freelancers to update you on project progress. Hiring quality talent with a track record for success is one thing, but having methods in place for ensuring consistent progress is an integral part of keeping freelance relationships structured.
Refer to these five strategies when you’re looking for an easy and hassle-free way to fill your technician jobs. Freelancers are key to your employee flexibility, so assure reliability above all for project success!