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

7 Ways to Better Manage Specialized AV & Tech Crews in Large Corporate Events

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Mar 28, 2024 9:33:53 AM

When you’re responsible for planning and producing large corporate events, you need tools that will help you streamline your work and deliver the best possible result for your clients. Ideally, you want to find solutions that take some of the repetitive corporate event production tasks off your hands, so that you can focus on what you do best.

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Topics: AV Techs, AV Teams, Working with Contractors, Corporate Events

4 Benefits of Freelancer Management Software for Touring

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Feb 20, 2024 8:00:00 AM

In the world of live events, touring presents some special challenges. The ever-changing unique nature of live event touring requires a high level of adaptability. Being flexible both in the planning and execution of concerts is essential to avoid issues that can derail production and lead to disappointment.

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Topics: Live Events

How to Find AV Freelance Talent in a Competitive Market

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Dec 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM

The market for talented freelancers is more competitive than ever before. The best and most skilled freelance talent is in high demand and what was already a competitive industry has turned into one that’s beyond challenging for live event companies. If you want to work with top freelancers, you need to understand what will attract them and make them want to work with you.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, AV Techs, AV Teams

4 Examples of the Direct & Indirect Costs of Contracting AV Freelancers

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Nov 15, 2023 3:49:00 PM

Event production companies rely on freelancers to do much of the work related to the events they produce, including technical aspects. Freelancer costs can add up quickly and may vary depending on whether the workers you engage are 1099 workers or W2 workers. In both cases, there are direct and indirect costs to consider.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, AV Techs, AV Teams

8 Benefits & Risks of Investing in an AV Freelance Management System

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 27, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Live event production companies spend a lot of time and money finding and hiring the best AV freelancers for their events. Without the right tools, it’s likely that you’ll spend more than necessary, and that can impact your ability to manage your risks and maximize your profits over time. One way to overcome the challenges of producing live events is to invest in an AV freelance management system.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, Crew Management & Scheduling, Working with Contractors

How an AV Freelancer Contracting Service Can Maximize Profits for Event Companies

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 12, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Event companies need to be agile when producing events. That means they need to have access to the most skilled freelancers to work with their core teams while minimizing risks and maximizing profits. With freelancers, they can acquire skilled labor when and where they need it.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs

5 Ways to Reduce AV Freelancer Costs with a Contracting Service

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Aug 17, 2023 10:45:00 AM

It has become more challenging to find skilled AV freelancers for live events. The pandemic brought about significant changes in producing live events: the mass retiring of highly-skilled freelancers, a shortage of newer freelancers entering the industry, and overall higher labor inflationary costs all around.

At Mertzcrew, we understand how crucial it is for production companies to be able to find and contract AV freelancers who can deliver high-quality results. When quality takes a hit, so does client loyalty and income. There’s an undeniable need to reduce expenses on the administrative side, and that’s where using a contracting service can help. With that in mind, here are five ways to reduce AV freelancer costs by using a
contracting service.

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Topics: Crew Management & Scheduling

A Complete Guide to Structuring Your Event Production Team

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Aug 4, 2023 10:48:00 AM

Staffing an event is about more than finding skilled AV freelancers. The team structure of your event team is a key component in your success in creating events that your clients will love. All members should be working together to deliver production services, aware of what each is doing and how every part fits into the whole.

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Topics: AV Teams

AV Freelancers & Liability: Understanding the Need for Production Insurance

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jul 25, 2023 11:37:09 AM

Every event you produce comes with the risk that something won’t go according to plan. Even if you plan meticulously, anything from a printing mistake to a power outage could cause a problem that could leave you holding the bag for something that went wrong. What can you do to protect yourself?

At Mertzcrew, we have worked hard to create a crew management solution that helps to mitigate risks and streamline event production. One issue that we can handle for you is AV freelancer liability, which is covered by production insurance. Since we understand how essential insurance is to a smooth production, here’s our guide to why production insurance is something you can’t afford to overlook.

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Topics: Production Insurance

How Does Event Production Insurance for AV Freelancers Work? Our Complete Guide

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jul 25, 2023 11:36:58 AM

Event production always comes with some risk. When you’re planning something with a lot of moving parts, anything that goes wrong can impact other elements of your event and it’s essential to protect yourself in any way you can.

At Mertzcrew, we work with event production companies every day and as a result, we understand the risks that come with the job. We have created software that makes it as easy as possible to mitigate your risks by obtaining and tracking production insurance coverage for the AV freelancers you hire. Here’s what you need to know, including details about different types of production insurance and how to obtain the coverage you need.

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Topics: Production Insurance