Advice on Youtubing as a business

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Sophie E, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Sophie E

    Sophie E UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi guys, my name is Sophie and I am 22 from Derbyshire. I have recently travelled and set up on youtube to showcase my trip and I am wondering whether I should be doing this as a full time occupation.
    I am currently working in Admin for my father's company although this is not fulfilling me and I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit (runs through the family I guess) and I am now at the point where I want to do something different.
    I am fully aware that there are many youtubers out there but I wanted to know from experts like you if you think that this is a good idea and that there is still money to be made from doing this sort of thing.
    My channel is about travel and the excursions you do whilst there and are in the most warm and beautiful places so that might help I'm not sure.
    Hope to hear for you soon as would love some advice on this. Thanks, Sophie x
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: Sophie E Member since: Sep 3, 2019
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  2. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    It depends on your end goal.

    The content is very short and its mainly just music playing in the background.

    There needs to be some sort of personal element, i.e. vlog style - if you're going to a certain place, you need to be filming a ton of content for you to be able to snip it down to a 10 min video on YouTube.

    You need to plan it out properly so you include things to do, places to eat, places to stay for each place you visit.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  3. AllUpHere

    AllUpHere UKBF Ace Free Member

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    How would your channel be different to the other million middle class girls on a gap year who are doing the same thing? Why would anyone be interested in what you did on holiday? I'm not having a dig at you, it's a genuine question.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  4. billybob99

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    YouTube seems to be a very strange place.

    There are people who put GoPros on their cats and dogs and leave them at home when they go to work.

    Come home and upload that content to YouTube. In hindsight its just their cat or dog walking around the house doing cat and dog stuff - yet each video gets 800K views and are being monetized.

    Around 2am I was watching Jiggly Cake Cutting.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  5. AllUpHere

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    With the type of videos the OP is talking about, the ones that get the views are the ones in which the girl has an amazing arse, and uses it as click bait.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  6. Mr D

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    The ones making money on youtube appear to be the ones who have gathered a following who like what is regularly provided.

    Dangerous, funny, of great interest - that sort of thing.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  7. ComPropSolicitor

    ComPropSolicitor UKBF Regular Free Member

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    my understanding is that there are 1000s of young people making 50,000 dollars a month plus doing this but the difference between them and most others is that they posting content on it everyday and it can take upwards of a year of doing it for the views to start rolling in large enough numbers. If you want to do travel - you have to bare in mind that there are people already doing this that spend their lives travelling.

    They don't stop they are always somewhere else. if you cannot do this then you are making a losing start.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: ComPropSolicitor Member since: Feb 1, 2019
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  8. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Nothing wrong with selling viewing of her assets. Good enough for page 3 girls, good enough for escorts, good enough for models.
    Making much money at it may require a really spectacular asset on youtube. Though I daresay there are other sites, perhaps set up themselves, where people can see more... for a monthly fee for example.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  9. billybob99

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    That's a starting point then.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  10. Sophie E

    Sophie E UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi I agree I need to get more personal. This was a first try and I am learning as I go and will improve on my next trip after getting more ideas currently x
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: Sophie E Member since: Sep 3, 2019
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  11. Sophie E

    Sophie E UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I agree I need an angle and am working on it. This is why I came on a forum like this for expert advice. Thanks x
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: Sophie E Member since: Sep 3, 2019
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  12. Sophie E

    Sophie E UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I agree I need to have a new career path and this is what I am deciding on right now. Thanks x
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: Sophie E Member since: Sep 3, 2019
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  13. AllUpHere

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    As a Dad to two daughters, I feel like I need to give you some advice. I've seen your Youtube channel and yes, obviously, you do look good in a bikini, but playing on that is just selling yourself short. It's easy to make money, but more difficult to find what you do rewarding and challenging. At your time of life you should be building skills and knowledge that will allow you to make decent money in the future, not just pimping yourself out on youtube pretending you've got something interesting to say. Use this time to find something interesting to say, don't waste it doing what any half wit with a tidy body could be doing.

    Sorry, as you were everyone, I'm out of Dad mode now.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  14. DStyle

    DStyle UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Check out Gary Vaynerchuk on youtube, he made hundreds and hundreds on videos on wine without making money for years but it now works for him and I think he also works as a motivational speaker now about persistence.

    Don't do it to make money, do it because you love it and if your lucky you will earn some money after a while.

    Goodluck
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: DStyle Member since: Aug 16, 2018
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  15. MBE2017

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    It is possible, but as with any business it is also hard to do it and make money from it. Until you gain enough followers your revenue will remain relatively low, the few making money are truly the fortunate few.

    I would suggest you analyse what the best are doing different, I watched the Italy boat trip video, but apart from the views little grabbed my attention. Show yourself interacting with the locals, describe the location, day evening and night shots, get a story going, why are you there, what are you looking to do or find etc.

    You want to get your followers interested in you and the trip, food, nightlife, travel etc. As you can see, you have a way to go, but if you ever need a travel companion, pm myself. Always interested if I have some free time, nothing like travel to feed the soul.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: MBE2017 Member since: Feb 16, 2017
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  16. STDFR33

    STDFR33 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    And creep of the month award goes to...
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: STDFR33 Member since: Aug 7, 2016
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  17. billybob99

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    Awards are usually given out at the end of the month. We're only 4 days in.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  18. STDFR33

    STDFR33 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Some people are worthy of an award before the month is up.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: STDFR33 Member since: Aug 7, 2016
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  19. ComPropSolicitor

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    I have looked into this a little bit before - I enjoy watching a fair few youtubers. Particularly, Aemon and Bec from Canada (who travel the world in a converted van). Their lifestyle appears good on TV but when you look into it a little bit more. Whilst they visit some great places and don't have to go to work - they spend half their lives driving around. when they get there they then have to mess around taking hours of footage for 10 minutes of video and then spend even longer editing the video to go on youtube.

    I have done this before and the editing really is a right pain - they do well out of it but they are two very likable people with great personalities. I have spent time watching others and slowly stopped because I didn't like them.
     
    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: ComPropSolicitor Member since: Feb 1, 2019
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  20. Karimbo

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    Successful youtubers make it look easy, but the 15 minute video you just watched probably took them the best part of a day (maybe more to edit and put together).

    I think you have to look at it from the point of a hobby more than a business. You will need to spend the better part of your day, 7 days a week managing and producing content, coming up with content ideas, responding to fans etc, promoting your channel.

    Don't set out to make money from the get go. Youtube doesn't pay well, I know some channels with 1M+ subs who have disclosed their earnings and it's a couple thousand dollars a month. It all depends on your topic. If you're a swiss watch reviewer, financial advisor, supercar vlogger your content will attract better paying ads.

    If you're a children youtube show, you'll make peanuts. Travel is fairly lucrative, loads of travel comparisons sites and booking websites will target your channel for ads if successful. There are some travel vloggers who make a really good living off their content, they are permanent travellers who earn of youtube income, work from their laptop and make a killing from it.

    The downside of travel vlogging is that it's almost entirely ad revenue and you have limited opportunities for direct product placement. I can only think of a few product placement options such as airlines and skyscanner type sites. Your audience will be far too scattered all over the globe for local services like hotels, to do product placements.

    This is important because Yt ad revenue is at an all time low, with demonetisation happening for the smallest of things. ad block being prolific. Youtube hasn't ever made a profit, Youtube is subsidised by Google, which gets its revenue from business owners like us.

    I'm not a youtube expert, it's not my area, these are some general tips I've picked up, because we've all thought about doing youtube for a living at one point.

    Personality really matters on youtube. You need to be warm, friendly, positive, fun and engage with people well then it will help a lot. You either have a youtube-friendly personality or you don't. You can't fake that.
     
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    Posted: Sep 4, 2019 By: Karimbo Member since: Nov 5, 2011
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