The gig economy is now a fact of life. More people than ever are working multiple part-time jobs or they’re taking on freelance assignments to propel their careers forward.
But to say that freelancers, especially AV technicians, are between a rock and a hard place is misrepresenting the status quo of their industry. New AV technicians, in truth, have the potential for a bright career ahead of them. We’re here to dispel the fears they might have about freelancing. Read on for key reasons AV freelance isn’t as scary as it seems!
AV Companies Need Skilled Freelancers
AV companies, at present, need freelancers as much as they need clients with profitable long-term projects. Freelance AV technicians afford project managers precious employee flexibility, something that always seems to be in short supply. Most companies up to this point have relied heavily on a mix of their permanent staff and a go-to team of talented subcontractors that they’ve used for several projects previous. But what do you think happens during busy seasons, when all their go-to technicians are snatched up by other AV companies?
Companies are looking for skilled AV technicians who can easily integrate into their team on-site. Recruiters are taking a serious look at AV freelancer marketplaces online for candidates, and if you prove your mettle on the job you’ll find more assignments will find you.
There shouldn’t be any worries about skillsets for new technicians either, not with streamlined online programs like installation credentials available to show you the ropes and give you digital badges. These digital badges offer project managers a foolproof way to identify skilled freelance talent.
More Tools for Work Contracts and Invoicing
One major fear of technicians hesitant to start freelancing in the AV industry is that they’ll be constantly chasing after payments. In the AV industry, administration for submitting and processing invoices can be tedious, but things are changing. There are a lot of e-admin tools that can generate work contracts in a short amount of time and set up payment terms for the duration of a project.
Some AV freelance marketplaces have these work contract and invoice tools built into their platform, so that with every new job you have pre-defined terms for milestones and payments. If anything, work and payment terms are fast becoming the least of a freelance technician’s worries.
You’ll have a substantial e-paper trail of terms broken and communication with your AV company should you ever need to go back. Know your rights as a freelancer, offer thorough payment terms that include an “early termination fee” or a “kill fee” and you’ll be protected.
Reputation Rating Goes Both Ways Now
Since Uber has been a constant in people’s lives, their rating system has caught on in other industries. There’s AV freelance marketplaces now that feature an Uber-like rating system, but for both employers and freelancers.
Keeping a good reputation is now the responsibility of both parties in such marketplaces, and as such the rating system fosters best practices and service on either end of the transaction. Not to mention that the higher your rating becomes with each job well done, the more notice your profile will attract for further project opportunities.
AV freelancing has become much more streamlined in recent years and there’s tools in place to make the process as smooth as possible. Taking on freelance assignments is simpler than ever.