Many entrepreneurs interested in offering video content and video related services aren’t necessarily interested in creating long or complicated video projects; there are fewer clients ready to pay thousands of dollars for these types of projects and customers of this caliber are tougher to find. Furthermore, most independent entrepreneurial filmmakers, especially those just getting started, don’t have the equipment or technical expertise to compete with full-service production facilities.
Personally, I’m very happy with not trying to compete with Hollywood-styled video production companies because, as an entrepreneur, I’m more interested in the under-served markets where there is opportunity for tremendous growth and a huge potential pool of customers who are both easy to identify and reach.
Work more, starve less.
The demand for small video projects is outpacing the need for large projects and this disparity will only continue to widen as the need for video content whose quality falls somewhere between “good enough” and “prosumer” continues to grow with each passing day. There are a ton of these small video-related tasks, or “micro jobs”, out there right now that are well suited for even those new to the idea of video entrepreneurism as well as micro job marketplaces with a built-in customer base through which to set up shop.
First, lets start with the basics: What is a micro job?
Micro jobs are relatively small, but well-defined, tasks completed by independent contractors for businesses and people usually priced well below $100.
If you are looking for a way to get started selling video content or video related services TODAY, then online micro job freelancing might be for you.
Getting started micro freelancing…
- is easy and accessible to anyone.
- helps build an online portfolio of work while learning to earn.
- allows you to keep your regular day job.
- provides the opportunity to test new product and service offerings.
- offers daily, weekly and or monthly pay schedules.
Entrepreneurial filmmakers and video entrepreneurs (“vtreps”) usually find micro video jobs online through gig marketplaces and are able to provide buyers high-quality video content and related services for a fraction of what it would cost to get them otherwise.
For vtreps, the key to profiting from micro jobs is
- the finished product must not take too much time or money to produce,
- be easy to set up and complete,
- and able to be delivered without complication.
Of course, GETTING PAID is hugely important as well.
Ideally, the micro job should be easy to replicate en masse or complete a number of individual jobs in “batches” to in order to keep production time to a minimum by establishing an organized work flow. For example, a video spokesperson might want to shoot video for several different clients at once (minimizing the time required to set up and break down the studio as well as the time spent for makeup, wardrobe, and styling), edit the videos next (it’s easier to remain focused and efficient while working on one type of task at a time) and then deliver the videos.
Think “factory-like production.”
Of course, we’ve rounded up 70 micro job ideas for vtreps selling their services through freelancing websites and marketplaces for you as well.
Depending upon your circumstances, it is absolutely possible to live on what you earn while micro freelancing. If, however, you are looking for the Hollywood lifestyle of the rich-and-famous, you’re probably not going to find through short-term gigs like these. So, if you are a starving filmmaker or online marketer looking for work, to build your online portfolio or just to fund your next project or piece of gear, rest assured that somebody out there wants you to help them create, edit and market their video content.
Start small but think big!