Outsourcing

Top 5 Tips For Outsourcing Your Edits

Top 5 Tips For Outsourcing Your Edits with Dustin Lucas

Whether the time for outsourcing is now or never, there is no denying the fact that you can not sustainably run your business while pull all-nighters editing pictures. I get it, we cling onto the cathartic and almost therapeutic aspect of editing. One thing I have learned in the flaw of doing production as a senior manager of Evolve is it takes my eye off the ball. I can’t do my job if I am editing pictures, even for 15 minutes. No different for an entrepreneur, you have to focus on revenue, clients, marketing, what’s ahead, etc. It’s time to stop getting in your own way and just let go of editing. I hope you see your time is more valuable than spending hours on the computer.

Outsourcing your editing is not as scary as you think and in this article I am going to discuss the top 5 tips to being more successful. Tip #1 right out the gate you can’t expect perfection. Tip #2 is communicate, communicate, communicate because the key to any relationship is communication. Tip #3 is building a workflow that actually works with your editing partner. Tip #4 is push for a full service, the goal should be you shoot, they edit from shoot to delivery. Tip #5 is be open, be teachable and be flexible in the process. Let’s jump into Tip #1!

Tip #1. Don’t expect perfection, focus on meeting expectations 

This is the toughest part of outsourcing because you want to control every aspect of your images. Control is a good thing, but instead direct your team to success versus trying to teach them your way of editing. They likely already have a system to get you started, learn your editing style, develop documentation and repeat per job. Let your new team onboard you their way and be receptive to their process. Listen, learn and let go!

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