Everything you need to know for compliant contracting of AV Freelancers.

AV Contractor Workers' Compensation Insurance: Risk vs Cost

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Feb 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

From an insurance perspective, there are a number of risks and benefits to consider regarding the AV technicians that will work on your project. This is true whether the technician is an employee of your company or is a contracted freelancer for a specific project. In particular, one important risk for you to consider before a contracted freelancer begins work on your project is how your company will manage a  Worker’s Compensation claim (or worse, a lawsuit!) from injuries incurred by the contractor while working on your project.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs

Contracting AV Techs Directly: How to Manage Services Efficiently

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Jan 30, 2017 8:34:00 AM

At Mertzcrew, we’re all about simplicity. Our all-in-one AV crew management platform has given AV companies the ability to centralize project details, services/hours rendered, payments, communications, project updates, and more for both the company’s employees and the freelancers Mertzcrew helps to contract.

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Topics: NEW at Mertzcrew, Contracting AV Techs

Mertzcrew Help-Center Solves AV Teams’ Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Nov 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

While we designed our online, AV Crew Management system to be intuitive and easy to use, we knew that challenges and questions would still come up. When they do, your team needs answers, and fast -- especially when you’re in the midst of coordinating a project on a tight timeline.


We are happy to announce that our recently released Help Center will help you find all of the answers you need so you don’t have to stop working on your projects.


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Topics: NEW at Mertzcrew

Introducing auto-generated crew lists for AV projects

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Nov 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It takes a team to complete an AV project, but keeping that team organized can be just as challenging as getting the project done.

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Topics: NEW at Mertzcrew

Mertzcrew update speeds up crew hiring process for AV schedulers

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Oct 26, 2016 2:32:13 PM

Making educated crewing decisions for an AV project takes time and deliberation. Do you have the right employee or skilled freelancers in your network? What was their last project with you? Are they really skilled at what they do? How do you know? There are many boxes to check and verify, and no easy way to do it.

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Topics: NEW at Mertzcrew

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