With so many people now owning and using digital camcorders, digital editing is a hot service you can offer out of your home-based office. Businesses want professional-looking videos to increase website traffic. Individuals have important moments on video and need editing services to bring it all together. You can start small by editing friends videos with free software and work up to bigger projects using professional software. Develop marketable skills and find your customer base by targeting your services to a specific audience.



Learn all you can about digital editing. You don't need a college education, but you need technical skills. Online video film editing and digital film editing may be helpful. Volunteer your services to a local nonprofit to gain real world experience. From the beginning, start building a portfolio so you have something to show potential customers.



Find your niche. Successful digital editors have a target market. Decide what type of videos do you want to edit. Maybe you want to work on a personal level editing wedding videos or helping create lasting family memories. Small businesses also need quality videos for their websites and social networking. Your services will be more attractive if you choose one thing and do it very well.



Decide what services you want to offer. Business clients may want consulting services, especially for introductory videos, or they may want help marketing their videos online. Indexing footage is particularly important for lengthy videos. Decide if you can offer web hosting for your clients videos and additional footage. Get to know your customers and become their problem solver. Market your services locally and online.



Check with the relevant local government offices to make sure of any legal requirements for home based businesses before you start taking paying clients. You may need to register your business and pay a fee for any required business permits. Your area may require you to collect sales tax on your service fees.

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