How to Make YouTube Your Career

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.

Be Patient

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.

 

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  1. October 25, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Great post!
    As someone who just started a blog and interested in starting a YT channel, I have to say that patience is key! I am learning all the ins and outs of being a content creator and I am thankful for the process (even if it may take awhile to see growth) lol

    Good day!

  2. October 26, 2017 / 1:23 am

    Awesome post. Really motivated me to keep going with my channel. (:

    Thanks!

    • Krysta
      October 29, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Definitely do! In the long run all the hard work will be worth it!

  3. October 27, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Hey, hey Krysta!❤️ Again, super happy to have met you at Texture on the runway, but this is my struggle everyday. YouTube is what I would love my career to be. However being a college student I find it almost impossible to dedicate all the time that I would like. If I make it a priority over school, I’ll never finish. (It’s my senior year and I only have one more semester left) Any advice!?

    • Krysta
      October 29, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Hi Amani! I had such a blast meeting you too! My advice would be definitely always put school and school work at the top of your list. Just because you make YouTube a priority doesn’t mean you can’t have others as well. I would say that making a schedule would probably be the best way to help focus on your channel. Create a full schedule that includes your classes, study time, homework and see where you can fit YouTube in. It might be less then you want right now but as long as you feel YouTube is important I am sure you will find time to put it into your weekly routine.

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