January 25, 2018 at 11:38PM

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Just starting out as a freelancer. Any tips?

I just dropped out of Uni after already completing a film degree, and I wanna start working as a freelancer. Do you have any tips for someone starting out. I'll take all the advice I can get, but I'm mostly looking for advice on the financial and time management side. Thanks in advance :D

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Hey Thomas, I've been working freelance for roughly six months now after working as a videographer at a local news station for years. I've always worked with bigger companies doing freelance work, making marketing videos and social media promotional videos and I personally normally 75-100 U.S. dollars per 30 seconds, and 5 dollars per edited photo (minimum 20 photos).

It is always good to have some sort of contract, that way you can guarantee your payment. I would also always be extremely open to whatever you client wants, more often than not people will tell you to "do whatever you want, just make it look good" but then they'll want something changed after you have finished your edits. Even if you think what you have already edited looks better, it is always best to keep your clients as happy as possible, but don't be afraid to respectfully disagree if they suggest something absurd... after-all you are the one with the film degree.

Another very important thing to do in my book is always try to give more to your client than you originally promised. Whether you are giving your client a few extra pictures, or a 15 extra seconds of video... it can go a long way with clients and you'll be able to keep them as clients.

Hope this helps!
-Harrison

January 27, 2018 at 7:52PM

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Harrison Gardiner
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Hi Thomas, most of the job listing services in the industry (Mandy.com, staff-me-up etc.) offer free profiles so that you can promote your education and experience. As a new graduate, I would suggest that you look at gaining as much experience as possible and build your resume out. A good place to start is by connecting with other filmmakers and getting involved in as many projects as possible.

August 23, 2019 at 3:05AM

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Philip Large
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thnx

KateBright

September 28, 2020 at 8:40AM

Cửa hàng xe đạp điện cũ Đà Nẵng chuyên mua bán xe đạp điện cũ, xe máy điện cũ. Sửa chữa xe đạp điện tại nhà và thay ắc quy xe đạp điện giá rẻ nhất tại Đà Nẵng

September 27, 2020 at 6:14PM

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Xe Đạp Điện Cũ Đà Nẵng
Chuyên mua bán xe đạp điện cũ | Sửa xe điện tại nhà Đà Nẵng
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In order to get more serious and correct advice, you should seek help from the circle of people who are associated with this, because they can share their experience and knowledge

September 27, 2020 at 11:01PM

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Sophie Brown
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