Freelancing is hard work, and this especially holds true for the AV industry. Not only are you competing with a global gig economy, you’re competing within a specialized field. And if you’re green to the industry, you’re probably wondering how you can contend with veteran technicians looking for freelance AV jobs as well.
The truth, however, is that freelancing isn’t as scary as it seems. Since the gig economy is the norm for both technicians and AV companies, there’s a lot more infrastructure for the process now. There’s even an AV freelancing marketplace, built specifically for technicians like you who might be considering landing some freelance AV jobs.
If you’re smart about how you freelance in the AV industry, freelancing can actually boost your career! Want to know why? Read on for more details.
Gain Relevant Experience Fast
One of the trickiest aspects of building your AV career is gaining relevant experience. As with most industries, it’s a catch-22 of needing to land jobs in order to have experience, but having most employers turn you away because you don’t have experience. Freelance AV jobs help you break that cycle.
AV companies are seeking freelance technicians of all levels of experience. As long as you’re skilled and have at least entry-level certifications, like AVIXA’s installation microcredentials, there are bound to be managers who need more manpower for their AV projects.
One pro tip: Look for your jobs via that AV freelance marketplace we mentioned above. You’ll be able to find multiple jobs fast, posted by AV companies according to what skill level they’re looking for. In no time, you’ll bulk up the experience section of your job profile.
Expand Your Professional Network
Another way freelance AV jobs boost your career is by expanding your professional connections beyond your personal network of other new and intermediate technicians looking for work. With each successful contract you complete as an AV freelancer, you earn the trust and respect of industry veterans in both management and on AV teams.
Harvard Business Review notes that to become a successful freelancer, you must include fellow freelancers outside of your inner circle. Doing so allows you to draw on current industry advice and support. We’d argue that in an industry like AV, where technology is constantly changing how projects are designed and implemented, connecting with pros outside your circle is also vital to your career.
AV freelancing marketplaces have easy-to-use communication tools for candidates like you. You can update your buyers and make simple reports, building a rapport throughout your AV projects even when you’re busy onsite. The more you make genuine connections with those in your industry, the more recommendations you will get for jobs.
Hone Your Skillset
Freelancing as an AV technician can help you keep your skillset sharp and up to date. As you take on more projects for various types of AV (home integration, commercial digital signage, corporate sound systems, etc.), you’ll become adept at applying your knowledge of hardware and software in diverse ways.
There’s an increasing number of online training programs these days to help you learn new skillsets and renew your older certifications at once. As you become a seasoned freelancer, you’ll find that besides gaining extra work during slow seasons, you’ll be a well-rounded candidate with a variety of in-demand skills.
AV freelancing marketplaces have a simple function on job profiles for uploading certifications. Besides effective networking and previous experience, being able to show concrete proof of the training you worked so hard to achieve is critical to landing more jobs.
Your career in the AV industry can get a kickstart from freelancing. It provides you with all the tools you need to get steady work as a technician.