Businesses that plan to create multimedia productions have a new resource for locating and hiring freelance audiovisual professionals. AVgig.com allows businesses to post job listings at no charge and receive bids from AV freelancers such as web video creators, video editors, voice talent, animators, graphic designers, live event technicians, actors, and other creative professionals.
“What makes AVgig.com unique among freelance job sites is the ease with which businesses can post projects,” says Tim McLaughlin, founder and president of AVgig.com. “Completing audiovisual projects often requires a variety of creative professionals – a videographer to shoot and edit video, a graphic designer to provide logos and other visual elements, an animator, a voice talent to record narration.
With AVgig.com a company can post one project and list each type of creative they need to complete the project. They can specify the budget, details of the project, starting and ending dates, and the number of bids they want to review. Once a business has reviewed the bids received through AVgig.com it can contact the creative freelancer directly, discuss additional project details and make payment arrangements. Unlike some other freelance job sites, we don’t stand in the way of negotiations and don’t collect any project fees from either the business or the freelancer.”
McLaughlin notes that many creative freelancers have more than one specialty. “I know people who shoot and edit film and video, but are also writers, voiceover talents and on-screen or on-stage actors. We allow people with multiple specialties to advertise all their talents on their profiles and bid on any projects for which they feel they’re qualified,” he says.
Once a business has created its profile, it can post an unlimited number of audiovisual projects at no charge. Creative professionals can also post their profile on the site for no charge. But in order to bid on projects, you must pay a yearly membership fee of $299.
The freelance job market is booming because many companies are looking for specialists to work on short term gigs. The number of people becoming freelancers continues to boom as well. It’s been estimated that one-third of Americans earn some or all of their income through freelance projects. By 2020, that number is expected to increase to 50% or more.
McLaughlin created AVgig.com to better serve creative professionals whose skills were being lost on the ultra-large freelance job sites or under-represented on or smaller freelance sites that cater only to a single specialty such as voiceovers.