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

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

4 Best Practices To Make Your AV Freelance Management Process Compliant

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Mar 8, 2017 6:04:00 AM

The AV industry relies on a large population of talented freelance technicians. But most AV companies are not experts in understanding how to decide whether a person should be an employee or a contractor, and quite frankly, there are a lot of differing opinions about how to make this determination.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, Working with Contractors

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

How to Use Job Tracking Software to Improve AV Labor Accountability

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 16, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Nothing slows down getting paid by your AV client more than waiting for your crew members to turn in their hours and expenses. Without these numbers on hand, neither you nor your crew members can get paid -- or worse, you’re left potentially covering the cost of unaccounted invoices, months after the project has already closed due to surprise, late crew invoices.

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Topics: Working with Contractors, Workforce Intelligence, Crew Management & Scheduling

7 Reasons your AV Scheduler Needs a Field Service Software

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 12, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Many industries utilize field service softwares as a solution for managing mobile workforces and widespread resources. There are many benefits to doing so, from improving communication and tracking to organizing your internal management processes into one streamlined system.  

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Topics: Working with Contractors, Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Teams

Contractor Management Services: Are They Worth The Investment?

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Independent contractors have long been a part of the AV industry. We depend on this talented group of technicians for big projects, projects requiring specialized skill sets, and to help when we’re short staffed on a big project. While these folks enable AV companies to operate with maximum flexibility, ensuring contractors on your projects are contracted properly and  properly insured with Worker’s Compensation can be time-consuming and often confusing. But if the contract & insurance are not set up properly, it could place your company at serious risk.

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Topics: Working with Contractors

Contractor Verification Systems: The Importance of Vetting AV Contractors

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 19, 2016 10:30:00 AM


On an AV project, your crew is your most important asset. Selecting the right group of contractors can be the difference between an event, integration, or tour that goes off without a hitch, and one that becomes a financial and time-leeching drain on your team. In order to build a crew that will deliver a successful project, AV schedulers must consider and verify a combination of factors including work history, experience, special skills, and recommendations. This is where contractor verification systems come into play.

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Topics: Working with Contractors

4 AV Tips for Easy Independent Contractor Contract Management

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Independent AV contractors are highly valued contributors to the AV industry. Working with contractors on AV projects allows you to access a wider pool of audio-visual skills sets and experience levels, expand your team as necessary, and meet project deadlines when demand is high. Despite all of the benefits they provide to AV schedulers in charge of meeting project needs, securing contractors can also require more upfront work on your part.  

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Topics: AV Teams, Working with Contractors