Hiring A Freelancer
Do you need a freelance video crew for your next project? Well, If you're looking for a Boston video production crew, you can stop reading this and just text us. Easy peasy, thanks for coming to our Ted Talk. But sometimes it's not that easy. We recently had a situation where we were working in a different city and needed to round out our video production team to complete the project. Where did we look? There are tons of talented video professionals out there who would love to work with you. But how do you go about finding the right one for the job? And more importantly, how do you make sure that you're getting what you need without spending too much money? Here are a few tips to help get you started.
1. Do your research. Before hiring anyone, take some time to research local video professionals. Ask around for recommendations, or check online review sites to see what others have had to say about them.
2. Meet with potential candidates. Once you've narrowed down your list of candidates, set up meetings with each of them to discuss the project specs and see if they're a good fit for what you have in mind.
3. Get quotes from multiple sources. It's always a good idea to get quotes from multiple sources before making a final decision. This will help ensure that you're getting the best possible deal without compromising on quality.
4. Be clear about what you want upfront. It's important to be clear about what you want from your freelance video crew upfront, so there aren't any surprises down the road. Make sure they understand your vision and are confident they can deliver on your expectations.
One of our favorite resources is Production Hub. Production Hub is a site we list ourselves on, so we trust that we will be able to find help there when we need it. There are other sites like Fiverr and Upwork, but we have not had great luck, and frankly we don't like the pricing structure of either. A lot of true amateurs list there and the low rates people are advertising are unrealistic and not supportive of the community at large. We would avoid. However, we have had luck hiring photographers through a service called Snappr. Prompt, professional and generally quick to respond. We have had mixed results with Thumbtack for some smaller jobs. And for audio visual professionals, we have had a good experience hiring Corporate AV Labor, or CAVL for short.
Finally consider bringing key members of your team with you. Sometimes it's worth the travel expenses to get people on your shoot that you will be completely comfortable with. Sometimes you can take the video production project out of Boston, but you can't afford to take the Boston video production team out of the project.