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Hey project managers, does this situation sound familiar to you? You find that your AV company’s sales team is so gung-ho about avoiding slow periods that they snatch up audio-specific projects in areas the company is unfamiliar with. While this means more potential growth for your company, you’re left scrambling for available talent (if any is available) in these areas or flying in internal audio technicians to fill positions.

Hiring locally is often luck of the draw regarding the skill level of the technicians, meaning more time spent onboarding. If your only option is flying in company technicians, then you’re stuck racking up expenses even before a project is underway.

Another situation that’s perhaps less complicated but just as stressful is when your projects are local, but are simply too large in scale for just your internal staff or go-to team of audio specialists. Hiring for audio technician jobs takes time and you can never be 100 percent certain they are experienced enough for an in-depth project. Whatever the case is for you, we have an easy and hassle-free way to fill your audio technician jobs: hire from an AV freelance marketplace.

A One-Stop Solution

Staffing is usually a pain due to the broad nature of most job boards and professional networking sites. While not impossible to find likely candidates on LinkedIn and similar sites, you’ll find that it’s trickier to discern whether they have all the necessary certifications for the job based on their profile alone. Meanwhile you spend more and more precious time finding the right keywords and search tactics to fish out industry specific talent.

Relying on an AV-specific marketplace means from the start you’ve zeroed in on the talent you need. You can post your project’s details, set your company’s payment preference for work contracts and invite multiple freelancers to submit quotes. You’ll spend less time wringing your hands over whether a candidate is certified, too—there’s a rising trend for freelancers to display installation microcredentials badges on their profiles. You can now verify qualifications for audio technician jobs at a glance.

Multiple Quotes means Fair Pricing

AV freelance marketplaces are built to keep work contracts both competitive and fair for you and the freelancers bidding on your projects. Allowing multiple freelancers to bid on your project gives you a good ballpark to analyze which quotes offer the best prices for your company. Multiple quotes means that freelancers can achieve a negotiated price that works for them, too.

Remember that you can set your company’s payment preference for work contracts, too. Perhaps hourly works best for one project while another requires a fixed price. If you’re looking to stay within a tight budget, we recommend that you pursue a fixed price contract. Some freelancers might prefer a fixed price contract as well, since there’s minimal risk of misunderstandings.

AV freelance marketplaces know that payment terms and work contracts can be a sticky issue for both parties involved. These B2B marketplaces offer a host of communication and work contract-related tools to streamline the process of admin during a project.

Hire More Freelancers for Greater Staffing Flexibility

What’s the best part of having an industry-specific marketplace with many freelancers who can easily fill your audio technician jobs? Your AV company gains vital staffing flexibility. You can have peace of mind knowing that whatever projects the sales team rakes in, local or international, you’ll be able to hire as many certified technicians as needed.

What’s more, you no longer need to worry about the scale of projects your company has on deck. You can hire more freelancers at competitive yet fair prices.

And the bottom line is this: maintaining staffing efforts at a reliable level helps keep projects rolling steadily, which industry case studies show is more profitable than simply gunning for the big projects.

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Paul Weatherhead

Paul Weatherhead

Prior to founding AV Junction Inc., Paul worked for a tier one AV systems integrator in an operational management capacity for 10 years. His knowledge and experience have helped him oversee hundreds of system integration projects in a variety of industries. Paul’s leadership skills as matched by his sense of humour and easygoing nature. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, exploring new places or spending time with family and friends.

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