Looking to hire a video editor? An insider’s secret tips on how to do it

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Hiring a video editor might be one of the best things you can do for your business. And for saving A LOT of your precious time.

Especially when you are not really the best at video editing.

Or maybe you don’t really like editing videos.

I know first-hand that video editing can take many, many hours. Or days depending on the complexity of the video project you are working on.

So, hiring a video editor makes perfect sense in this situation.

You get the extra time to spend on other aspects of your business or your personal life.

And let’s be frank… you will probably end up with a better video too.

Anyways, you probably made your mind about hiring a video editor, so I’d better shut up and get to the point.

After all, you landed on this page to actually hire a video editor.

Let me just give you some tips.

I started off as a video editor and ended up hiring several video editors over the past couple of years as my video agency grew to the point where I was not able to handle all the clients.

So, I believe I am in the right position to share some of my knowledge on this.


How do you know it’s time to hire a video editor?


For most of my clients the main reason is skill.

Or better said the lack of the skill set that is required to edit a crisp looking video.

You might not have the skills and knowledge required to handle the video editing on your end.

Video editing software is quite complicated if you are just starting out.

And just learning what to click to cut a video is not really enough.

There are certain subtilities to video editing that you will master only after years of non-stop editing.

Heck, I am still learning new techniques as I go.

So, if you never edited at least a handful of videos before, hiring a video editor will probably your best course of action.

If you care about how your video will look.

Another reason that comes to mind is time.

Video editing is a massive time waster.

In fact, that’s why I stated hiring other video editors in the first place.

To take stuff off my plate and save time.

And use that time to grow the business even more.

So that’s one good reason to hire a video editor.

The third reason that comes to mind is cost.

As much as I hate to say it, video editors don’t really make a lot of money.

The cost of video editing is not that high and it might make sense for you to pay someone to handle the video editing while you are focusing on other aspects of your business that have a higher ROI.

Speaking of video editing costs, we have a detailed article here that breaks down how much a video costs when you work with us.


What to ask when you hire a video editor?


Next, you want to make sure you hire the right video editor.

At the end of the day, you want your editor to deliver in a timely manner, a video that looks better than anything that you could produce yourself.

You want to kind of interview them and make sure you are hiring the right person.

In my case, I have a handful of questions that I ask all the time, and then depending on the person or on the specifics of the project there will be a couple of other questions as well.

The first thing I ask a video editor I want to hire is…

Can I see your top 3 best videos?

If I’m hiring them for a particular time of video projects such as weddings, multi cam interviews or anything else, I make sure to ask for examples of video edits in those particular categories.

The next question on my list is…

Are you available for a test video?

Even if the examples look good, and the editor seems like a good fit, I still want to do a free or paid trial video with them, just to make sure they really have the skill set and creativity and the portfolio links are their own.

Next one…

How much do you charge?

There are editors that are charging per hour or per project.

You always want to make sure you know how much you are paying upfront.


A video editing job costs 249 USD, on average at Veedyou.com.


You also want to as what’s included in the quote they provided.

The first thing that comes to my mind is revisions.

Almost on all projects at least one round of changes will be needed and you want to know if that’s included in the offer or if you need to pay extra for that.

Here you can even go into more depth and ask what’s included in the revisions and what’s not.

For example, some editors will do the changes for free, but if you come back to them with more footage during the revision process, they will charge extra.

We have an entire article with more insights into the costs of video editing here.

Other things that you want to make sure are included might be music licensing, stock footage or graphic work, color correction and the list can go on.

Ultimately you want to have a setlist of requirements created beforehand. It can be a detailed video script or storyboard. Or it can be just a creative brief document/email.

It all depends on the complexity of your video project.

Next one….

Delivery date or deadlines

Important question. You want to make sure you hit the deadlines and have a good idea about what the time line looks like.

Especially if you are working on big projects that require lots of resources and have many different peoples or departments involved.




If you can afford it and you are looking to outsource video editing long term, it might be a good idea to test out different video editors or services, if you are using an agency.

This allows you to kind of benchmark different options that you may have and make your decision by scoring everybody.

You want to look at pricing, service quality, turnaround time, responsiveness and just overall feel of how it’s like to work with each person or company.

I never benchmarked between more than two different video editors at once, so I can’t say I am an expert here.

But I can see how testing out many at once can become a little bit too much work.

So, you don’t really need to host a contest. Just pick a couple and see which one you like best.


Over to you


All this is just advice.

At the end of the day you know what’s best for you and for your business.

Each and every person is different and on top of all the above-mentioned criteria, another very important one is how you click with the person you will be working with.

You want to ask yourself if you feel like you can enjoy working with them.

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