Job boards are one of the easiest ways to find gigs as a freelance video editor. You create a profile, list your skills, set your price, and pitch your services to people looking for editors.
But not all job boards are created equal. Some have higher entry thresholds. Some take a higher cut of your earnings than others. Some only allow you to reach out to clients, not the other way round.
To help you save time and find work faster, we’ve rounded up the best job boards for freelance video editors. Here are our top 5 contenders. (Also check out Tasty Edits’ career page! We’re looking for talented editors to join the team.)
Heading this list is Upwork, the universal freelance job board. From graphic designers to blog writers, you’ll find any kind of freelancer on this site.
For good reason. It’s one of the most popular freelance marketplaces out there, with clients flocking to the platform. There’s a ton of freelance video editing gigs in almost any niche to be found here.
Another advantage of Upwork is that the platform actually helps you find the right job by recommending you to potential clients.
A note of caution. It’s easy to get started on Upwork, creating a profile and applying for jobs. However, it will take you a while to build a solid profile through positive reviews on completed gigs. In the beginning, you might have to charge less than your usual rate.
The good news is that once you’ve cultivated an attractive profile, clients will start reaching out to you by themselves.
Upwork takes a cut of your earnings from a client – 20% on the first $500, 10% for $500-$10,000, and 5% on anything over that.
Next up, Freelancer lets you create a profile and then bid on jobs by over 50 million potential clients.
For each job, you get to see the average bid from other interested editors, and the number of contenders. That way, you can gauge if your offer has a shot at being accepted.
One of Freelancer’s biggest advantages is that it has a highly intuitive and handy search function. You can adjust filters such as project duration and project pricing (fixed vs. hourly).
Freelancer’s pricing is based on how many bids you want to submit each month and how detailed you want your portfolio to be. At the basic $4.95 plan, you get to submit 50 bids and save 50 skills. The most expensive $59.95 monthly plan, in contrast, allows you to submit 1500 bids and save 400 skills. At this level, you can also gain bid insights, customize your profile picture, unlock rewards, and follow employers.
Another solid job board for freelance video editors is Fiverr, especially if you’re looking for project-based work.
The way it’s set up is similar to Upwork. You create a profile, list your skills, and apply for jobs. Past clients rate your work, and you progressively build your reputation on the platform. The better your stats, the more you can usually charge for your services.
Plus, Fiverr gives you some solid insights into how much your competitors are charging for completed projects. This can help you strategically adjust your pricing to attract clients.
Like Upwork, Fiverr doesn’t charge you a subscription, but keeps a 20% commission on your earnings.
Fourth on the list of best job boards for freelance video editors is SolidGigs. Unlike the entries so far, SolidGigs is not an actual platform where potential clients post jobs. Instead, it’s a service that will scour the online sphere for job opportunities and deliver them straight to your inbox.
You can specify what sort of gigs you’re looking for and then sit back and wait. SolidGigs automatically checks over 100 sites multiple times per week and then sends you a list of its top 1% picks.
If you’re on the hunt for gig opportunities but don’t want to hand off a commission to a platform like Upwork, this is a great alternative. SolidGigs charges a monthly flat rate of $21 (annual pricing) or $35 (monthly pricing).
Finally, there’s FlexJobs. This site has been helping freelance video editors find remote and flexible jobs since 2007.
To register, you need to complete a questionnaire outlining your skills, expertise, and personal profile. Based on your answers, FlexJobs will then send you detailed job ads.
Specs on each ad include the level of remote work that’s possible, the client’s location, provisional schedule, career level, salary and benefits, and required skills.
If you’re a freelancer looking for semi-permanent part-time employment in the video editing sphere, FlexJobs is a great place to start looking.
Weekly pricing starts at $9.99, but there are discounts if you opt for monthly or yearly billing, going as low as $1.15 per week. Plus, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Bottom Line
Job boards for freelance video editors are a great way to find gigs and start building your profile and portfolio. With some time and dedication, you’ll be able to pinpoint jobs that match your skills and win over your clients.
Some of the best places for video editing freelance gigs are Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, SolidGigs, and FlexJobs.
Apart from word of mouth and directly contacting clients, freelance websites like Fiverr are the best way of getting video editing clients.
Like in many creative jobs, competition can be fierce for video editors. At the same time, demand is high. The jobs are out there – but you’ll either need creativity, expertise, and networking, or compete on price.