Updated on 

September 13, 2021

How To Become A Freelance Video Editor

Do you want to be a freelance video editor but don't know where to start? If so, then you are not alone! Imagine all the opportunities that are out there for professional video editors.

The good news is that the first step is the hardest. Read this article on how to become a freelance video editor and see if it's right for you!

To get started as a Freelance Video Editor you need:

1) High-Quality Videos - You need to have at least 10 great videos available in your portfolio before looking for clients online.

This way when people do their research they will find quality in your work and feel confident in hiring you! Many potential clients will take one look at your sample work hire you based on looks alone.

2) Professionalism - You must be professional. When people hire you they will want to feel like they are getting their money's worth. So dress the part!

The days of letting your hair down and wearing ripped jeans are gone. Dress professionally, act professionally, talk professionally. Don't swear or use slang during video shoots.

3) Confidence - You need to have confidence in yourself that you can do the job well; otherwise, why should anyone else believe it?

Understand that clients will ask questions if something doesn't look right and it's important for them to understand what went wrong so it doesn't happen again with someone else or themselves in the future.

This is where having your work on hand comes into play so you can show them exactly what they are talking about.

4) Be Quick - No one wants to wait around for you to complete their job. Bite off as much work as you can chew but don't take on more than you can handle!

Chances are if people like your work, they will come back again and hire you again so start with small jobs at first to get the hang of things before expecting high pay rates for big projects.

5) Money - Yes, many people say money isn't everything but it is important that you receive payment after completing a project for someone else.

Make sure contracts are signed and payments are made in full before starting any work or editing/finishing up any project that has been started already.

Contracts should state clearly the time it will take to complete a project as well as the cost for this service.

6) Invest In Yourself - Make sure you have the right equipment and software before starting as a freelance video editor.

Being able to do what you say you can do is important so having proper gear shows clients that your work speaks volumes about your skill level.

7) Be Flexible - You may be asked to edit videos under any kind of conditions, being prepared for anything is part of being professional!

Have headphones on hand at all times just in case someone needs to talk with you while working or email available so if they want to ask about something they don't have to wait until later.

8) Networking Online - Building a clientele list and promoting yourself online is a great way to obtain work. Join forums and post links to your site and videos. Start building the hype!

If you do good quality work, word will travel fast about you and your business will grow by leaps and bounds!

9) Patience - This is perhaps the most important thing you need as a video editor. You must be patient with clients who do not understand what is involved in editing a video properly or have unrealistic expectations of how quickly it can be completed.

Remember being an editor takes time so if people want something done quickly, they should look into hiring a camera person first then a videographer afterward for editing purposes.

Have patience with yourself as well as others during the process. It's not going to happen overnight so keep your head up and keep plugging away.

10) Be Social - Go out and meet people! No, I don't mean go to bars, meet people in your field of work, join local associations or go to conventions.

This way you will be able to network with like-minded people that may help further your career in the long run or introduce clients who are interested in what you do.

Freelance video editing is not something you can do alone; make yourself known and time after time new projects will come rolling in!

Start today!

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