Making money doing what you love is the dream of most people. For photographers and videographers, there are multiple paths to make that happen, and one of them is developing a revenue stream on YouTube.
We're coming off of the back of one of the most tumultuous 12 month periods in living memory for the majority of us. It has been taxing in just about every conceivable way, and one way in particular for photographers and videographers, is financially. I don't know a single person in our industry who didn't feel a squeeze; we were unable to complete most shoots, disposable income went down across the board, weddings and events were canceled, and so on. It has been difficult and many people are still reeling from it.
When I first jumped into full-time, self-employment, I read every book on money and building businesses I could, and I learned some important lessons — crucial, even. One of those was that I needed to build multiple revenue streams if I wanted to survive, particularly in an industry with such a low average wage. One of the routes I chose for that was to write, but YouTube was on that list too, it just didn't feel like I would be playing to my strengths. However, I have seen many colleagues and contemporaries have great success on the platform and integrate video content creation into their working lives to the point where it is paramount to their income.
In this video, Peter Lindgren talks about how you can make money on YouTube and allows you to look behind the curtain to see how much he makes too.