Tips For Working From Home - Motion Designer / Video Editor
In today’s modern world, there is no need for motion designers and video editors to make the daily commute to the office as everything you need to be a successful video editor is available from the comfort of your home. Remote working has boomed across every industry in recent years and motion graphics is no different. Recent technologies make it possible to be in constant communication with clients or your employer from anywhere with an internet connection, and as long as you have a powerful enough machine with the correct editing software you are free to work anywhere that suits you. Whilst working from home can seem appealing it can be harder than you think; it is important to keep up your productivity in order to by truly successful. Here are our tips for working from home as a motion designer or video editor:
In the video editing world, equipment is the most important factor in creating beautiful work. Today’s post-production world means that most computers will be able to handle pretty much anything you need them to, but it is still vital to make sure that whatever machine you are using for working from home is suitable and capable of doing what you need it to. It might be necessary to get a full set up with multiple monitors and a good set of speakers depending on the kind of motion design work you are planning on doing whilst working from home. They important thing to remember when it comes to equipment is that it is all about quality over quantity; you will be more successful with one great bit of kit, compared with multiple low quality pieces of equipment.
No matter what industry you work in, your environment when working from home is so important. When you head to the office for a day’s work, you are in an environment that is specifically designed for getting the job done, but when you are at home this often isn’t the case. Your home is packed full of distractions that you wouldn’t find in the office, such as other family members and pets. It is essential to set a specific space in your home that will be your working environment. Make sure it is quiet and free from distractions from the outside world, so you can focus on the work at hand. Some home workers prefer to set up work at a coffee shop or other external place where they are also free from distractions. It is all about finding a work space that represents your job and not your other outside responsibilities.
When you work from home it can be easy to lose track and forget about the regular admin tasks that are second nature in the office. Often when you are working from home you will focus all your time on editing and the parts of your job that you enjoy and excite you, and you might let the mundane admin tasks slip your mind. Set aside a specific time every week just for getting the boring admin tasks out the way, such as billing, invoicing and budgeting. Forcing yourself to take the time to complete these admin jobs will help you to work more efficiently and keep on top of the important aspects of your job, as well as the fun stuff.
In a creative studio you are often surrounded by plenty of assets and resources that are at your disposal. When you are a video editor working from home, you are generally left to your own devices to find the resources you need to get a job finished. Create a list of all the asset types you might need during your work and bookmark all the relevant websites that you might need such as stock video and music, sound effects or templates. Keeping a comprehensive list of these resources will save you heaps of time on searching for the right asset when you are in the middle of a job.
One point that is often forgotten about when working from is backing up and securing all your work and files. It is essential to make sure your portfolio, assets and files are backed up either to an external hard drive or off-site storage. Make the most of online services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Apple iCloud and ensure that all your important documents are back up somewhere, so you are protected should something happen.