So you want to know how to make YouTube your career, huh? Having YouTube as a career might seem like a dream! Waking up whenever you want, filming videos about whatever it is you are passionate about and living life like it golden, well the truth is a little bit bleaker then that. Before YouTube can become your career you need to make it your job. Like any typical creative job you will be grossly underpaid and have to work long hours before it pays off. As a YouTuber, you can check out my channel here, I spend anywhere between 10-15 hours per week creating, editing, and sharing my content and at the rate I am going I am quite a bit off from making it full time as a content creator.
As someone who also dreams of making YouTube my career one day here are some tips I have implemented to help me stay on track and not go totally insane while growing my YouTube channel.
Make YouTube Your Priority
If your goal is to one day be called a “full time YouTuber” it is very VERY important that you make it a priority. If you don’t you will never be willing to invest the amount of time, money, or effort it will take to realize your dreams. The most successful YouTubers are at the top because they decided that creating video content for YouTube was at the top of their ToDo list everyday! I can say that I am guilty of looking at other top YouTubers that get to do it full time and envy them, but will sit on my butt and neglect my own channel for days or even weeks. Stop making excusses about why you aren’t making content or spending time learning.
It’s not because you don’t have time, its because you’re not making it a priority.
Make a Work Schedule
Just like a 9-5, make a schedule that you will stick to like its already your job. Personally I work during the day so my YouTube schedule is 5-8 Mon-Thursday and 9-1 Sat. Those are the hours I set for myself each week. If you want YouTube to be your career make it your job now! Each week I sit down and write out what I expect to do on each day. Like a real job sometimes our estimations can be off but in general I am aware of how much I can get done in a certain time limit. Try not to over estimate how much content you can produce in one week. Make sure your goals are attainable, so each week you will feel like you accomplished something and that will motivate you to keep working the next week.
No YouTuber has become successful overnight. Even the ones that seem like they did, didn’t. A career is a long term goal, short term success usually never turns into a career. Be patient, celebrate the small victories, whether that’s a new subscriber or the fact that you upload two videos you absolutely loved in the same week. YouTube is not a competition. There is enough space and enough viewers for those that genuinely want to make a career out of it to do so. Slow and steady wins the race, or at least that’s what I’ve been told.