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AV Freelancer Workers Comp Insurance - Who Pays?

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 24, 2018 4:35:23 PM

When an AV company contracts an AV Freelancer for a project, a question the scheduling team is often asked is "Do they have Workers Comp insurance?" and "Is it the right kind of Workers Comp insurance?" Both questions are extremely important and if they are not answered correctly, could place the AV company at considerable risk. Below are 3 key factors to consider when answering this question.

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Compliance Alert For Nevada AV Techs

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jan 3, 2018 5:33:14 PM

If you have a project in Las Vegas with your employees or contractors, be sure to check that they have completed the OSHA 10-Hour or 30-Hour General Industry course.

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Topics: AV Techs, Compliance, Event Safety, Working with Contractors

Is Your Company's Labor Process Contributing To Your Strategic Goals?

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 16, 2017 1:01:55 PM

 

Tom Stimson wrote an excellent and insightful article yesterday highlighting his answer to What Do Owners Want For Their Business?  It's an excellent read that every owner and senior leader in an AV company should read.  Especially if the company has an established revenue base and is working to set a strategic direction for the future.

He answers the question of what owners want by focusing on five key themes:

  1. Cash Flow
  2. Profit
  3. Growth
  4. Satisfaction
  5. Harmony

We thought it would be helpful to examine how AV Labor impacts each of these five themes by specifically highlighting opportunity areas and watch-outs based on our 16+ years experience with leading AV companies. 

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The Expanding Gig Economy & How to Prep Your AV Team

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The gig economy may be expanding in various industries, but it’s always been a big part of the AV world. Freelancers have long been a part of AV projects, providing specialized skill sets and extra hands on deck when large projects land on an AV company’s desk.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, Working with Contractors, AV Industry Pro Sessions

Employee or Contractor? Which One Makes the Most Sense For AV Companies

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Oct 11, 2016 7:01:00 AM

AV freelancers have long been a part of executing projects in the AV industry. Yet even with their longstanding role in the AV industry, there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding how to properly pay AV freelancers.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, AV Industry Pro Sessions, Working with Contractors

Smart Solutions to Common AV Crew Management Growing Pains

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Oct 5, 2016 1:38:48 PM

 

 

As AV projects become larger and more complex, they require even higher levels of thoughtful project and crew management. The introduction of the right smart technology solutions may allow AV teams to better manage growing crew member numbers, the search for crew members with specialized skills, and evolving project needs.

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Topics: AV Industry Pro Sessions, Crew Management & Scheduling

SaaS in AV: Another “Thing to Learn,” or a Time Saving AV Solution?

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

AV companies face an interesting dilemma in 2016: companies in industries all around them are adopting SaaS tools to optimize their projects and workloads while gaining better efficiency, while AV companies themselves struggle to find a SaaS solution that can fit their processes well enough to merit a switch from the disjointed project management tools they’ve used for decades.

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Topics: AV Teams, AV Industry Pro Sessions

Finding the Optimal Workflow in your AV Crew Management Process

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Process improvements are the key to establishing a workflow that improves your AV team’s productivity and helps your team deliver exceptional work for clients.


But before you can make any crew management process improvements, your organization needs to identify where inefficiencies exist, what possible solutions may fill them, and how to get the rest of your team on board with these new changes.

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Topics: AV Teams, AV Industry Pro Sessions

The Right Time to Throw Out an Inefficient AV Project Planning Process

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s easy to cling to an AV project planning process that has been with your organization since its start -- your employees are used to it and it works (for the most part) -- but it’s important to consider whether your process is still serving your company as well as it could.

 

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Topics: AV Industry Pro Sessions, AV Teams

Evolve Academy + Mertzcrew Training Discount!

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jul 26, 2016 3:45:50 PM

Mertzcrew is proud to announce that we are partnering with Evolve Academy, a leader in Training & Education within the AV industry! This partnership is focused on helping freelance AV technicians develop their craft, provide a higher level of skilled service, and to increase the earning potential of technicians! As part of our partnership, Evolve Academy is offering a 10% discount on training classes to technicians that are registered with Mertzcrew. 

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Topics: NEW at Mertzcrew