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The digital transformation solutions that AV companies handle nowadays are getting more complex and innovative. Latest trends like AV over IP, the Video of Things (VoT), video walls, and the disappearance of control panels to name just a few are making AV projects more in-depth from the get-go. These trends also signal the growing amount of long-term AV projects, as many of these trends involve an overhaul of older systems to be implemented seamlessly.

While there will still be a healthy amount of small scale projects that require upgrades to existing systems, new AV technology often dictates architecture design for client space. And construction-heavy projects mean a greater need to stay within budget. One easy way to cut back on costs is to hire freelancers.

Read on for why hiring freelancers is your best bet for mitigating project costs!

The Gig Economy is Thriving

A recent survey by the Huffington Post, which sampled over 1,000 freelancers and on-demand workers, discovered that individuals of all age sets and professional qualifications are participating in the gig economy. There’s a misconception that only young and less-experienced workers are driving the gig economy, but in fact there’s a broad spectrum of freelancers in nearly every industry. The AV industry is no exception.

There now exists an AV freelance marketplace that is made up of profiles for technicians of all levels. These technicians are often looking to make a career out of freelance project work, much like many freelancers in the gig economy. That means when AV companies post jobs on such a freelance marketplace, they’re guaranteed to attract a lot of candidates quickly. That means less time and hiring resources spent on locating available talent during slower seasons.

Easy to Negotiate Competitive Yet Fair Work Contracts

Hiring more freelancers via an AV-specific marketplace means you can receive multiple quotes on a job posting and easily compare them for the most competitive yet fair price. A lot of the trouble with keeping within budget with freelancers often comes down to cloudy payment terms and an insufficient amount of time spent on negotiating price. AV freelance marketplaces offer tools for setting payment terms and generating contracts (whether for hourly or fixed price rates).

Streamlining all the admin involved in hiring freelancers saves you time and money at the start of a project and at the end. Surely heard stories where freelancers were seemingly AWOL for the duration of a project, only to submit an expensive invoice sometime after the project is completed. You can’t go wrong with a detailed and transparent work contract generated right at the start of the freelance hiring process.

Distribute Freelancers to International Projects

With a source of many qualified freelance technicians at your disposal, you can hire more freelancers for projects abroad! Expanding AV companies’ client-bases to international regions with freelance talent not only keeps you within budget, it grows your budget as well. No more having to rely on insufficient local talent regarding projects in other regions or countries.

When AV companies hire more freelancers they’re essentially increasing their employee flexibility. When you only rely only on your internal staff and go-to talent, you’re bound to run into instances where either or both sources of talent are stretched too thin to take care of all projects on deck. And you can’t afford to lose out on opportunities to grow your company simply because you were too stubborn about diversifying your staff.

The bottom line is this: hiring freelancers helps you stay within budget because the gig economy can supply you with easily accessible and affordable talent. AV companies can’t go wrong with that situation!

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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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