How To Get Freelance Video Editor Jobs: 3 Free Resources (+1 Juicy PRO Tip)
The internet is a beautiful thing.
So beautiful, in fact, that it allows you to apply to VARIOUS gigs all across the world and bill your clients online; all while hanging out in your pajamas.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to get lost in all of the fluff sites and opportunities out there.
If you’re a DSLR videographer or stay-at-home video editor, here’s a quick list of my TOP 3 favorite sites and explanations on how to get freelance video editor jobs.
These 3 sites have allowed me to land clients all across the world, constantly travel, and live the free lifestyle that most editors/videographers always talk about.
When I first started searching for how to get freelance video editor jobs, I tried all sorts of platforms.
After bidding on HUNDREDS of jobs and creating profiles on almost all of the major freelancing sites, I discovered my top 3 that I know you’ll benefit from, as well as a couple of “job bidding hacks” that I’ll tell you about as well.
I’ve listed these freelancing sites below in detail so you can decide which one might be right for you…
Over the last 8 years, some of my production company’s biggest paying clients have come from UpWork. (formely known as Elance)
Upwork.com is essentially the “Goliath” of freelancing sites out there (especially because they acquired Elance.com in 2015, who happened to acquire ODesk.com in early 2014).
I can actually thank Upwork.com for landing me my first TV commercial gig, where I was contracted by a corporation in Texas to produce a TV commercial while my company was based in Atlanta, GA.
Whether you’re a video producer, graphic designer, programmer, sound designer, or photographer, this site has something for any freelancer that handles digital content.
On the flipside, if you want greater odds at landing clients, I’d suggest trying out the $10 per month individual account.
There’s no obligation, you can always downgrade for free, and if you land 1 client, you’ve already made the $10 back anyway.
Companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Google, Citigroup, Dell, and even Facebook are constantly looking on Upwork.com for freelance video editors just like me and you.
When you put that sort of opportunity into perspective, there’s absolutely NO reason you shouldn’t be on this site.
In regards to having a “Free” vs. “Paid” account, only you can decide what’s best for you. But either way, you need to be on this site. It’s the jam.
(PRICE: FREE with advanced options)
Guru.com is a great freelancing site to be connected on, even if just for the profile.
Because two days after I setup my account, I instantly had someone contacting me locally for work!
One of my first full motion graphic projects (After Effects) came from this site, and I didn’t even have to do any searching or bidding for it.
The fact that my profile was established and contact info for my services were listed was enough for clients to begin contacting ME.
Guru.com offers an opportunity for people in almost EVERY type of industry, not just media and digital arts.
In fact, this site has a lot more long term projects and jobs on it than most other sites of the same caliber.
As a free service with additional options to upgrade your account, Guru.com is pretty sweet. I’d definitely skim through this site for any and all work that you can find.
(3) Production Hub
(PRICE: FREE with advanced options)
ProductionHub.com is essentially the MAC DADDY for finding video production and freelance editor jobs.
It’s heavily populated by producers all around the globe who are looking to engage with other video producers, actors, and filmmakers.
The benefit of being on this site is the people that you get to meet and work with along the way.
Thanks to this platform, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting quite a few interesting crews, directors, and other like minded individuals who all have the same passion for telling stories.
Most of the jobs listed on Production Hub are for freelancers in the realm of videography, camera assistance, sound designer, production assistance, grip, assistant directors, production supervisors, and virtually any other position that is needed on a micro or major motion picture budget.
Plus, you get paid to help out on productions of ALL sizes; from smaller corporate shoots to big blockbuster films. Production Hub is absolutely free to sign up.
PRO TIP: Try using this platform for networking and getting to know some major players all across the nation in the realm of film and video production.
At the end of the day, it’s all about WHO you know. Not so much, WHAT you can do.
::BONUS:: Craigslist PRO TIP!
Here’s how to use Craigslist like a PRO to land work:
What this will do is email you or send you a push notification on your smartphone every time video editing jobs are posted on Craigslist. You can instantly apply for the gig before everyone else!
But Wait… It Gets Better:
Make More Money. Have More Freedom
If you’re serious about making a living as a video editor with impressive skills, make sure to sign up for at least ONE of these sites noted above to increase your odds of success.
With a little dedication, these freelancing networks (and the Craigslist PRO TIP) are guaranteed to give you consistent work.
All while you have fun doing what you love… in your pajamas.
If you learned something or have a better platform to get consistent video production work, please feel free to share in the comments below!