Making Videos for a Living

Posted by – March 10, 2013

I thought I’d just post a quick update to my “journal”. More than a year ago now, I started making YouTube videos about computer programming to try to sell 1-to-1 Skype lessons. Then about six months ago, someone told me that I can sell video tutorials on Udemy.com. I started doing that, and was very quickly making around $3000 a month.

Now my life consists in doing whatever I feel like doing, and making some videos for, on average, about an hour a day.

I’m much happier than I’ve ever been before. The things I struggle with now are, the lack of company during the day, since I no longer work anywhere but home (let me emphasise that I’m not complaining about not going into the office though — I love the freedom), and motivating myself to make videos. That’s the downside, and it’s a very small downside to what I consider to be a pretty sweet lifestyle. I could now be very wealthy if I worked harder on making money, but that’s always been both my strength and my failing; that I’m not motivated much by money.

The upside, apart from the money and being able to work anywhere at any time, and having to work very little, is that I’ve realised that you can make a living doing almost anything on the Internet if you know how to go about it. So I’m currently creating all kinds of other projects that I anticipate will make me good money in two years, or at least those projects that I persist with hopefully will.

My new projects are things that I really want to do rather than stuff that I believe will particularly rake in the cash. As far as I can see, and I don’t like to jinx it by speaking out of turn, but my programming videos will bring me a living wage far into the future, especially if I keep doing a bit of work on them. Right now I can save a bit of money every month, and in general I make more money every month than the last month. It’s a great situation. But a great situation can always be greater, and the thing I’m working on changing now is developing more interesting areas to work in, and I’m thinking about how to eventually work more with other people.

I’ve written a bunch of posts now about making money on the Internet, so I won’t cover it again here.

I’m grateful now that I was in this situation for a while where I had to understand the Internet in order to pay my rent! It was very stressful for about a year, but now I can see a golden future for myself — if I can only keep myself motivated and deal with the fact that I spend my working days largely alone. There are pros and cons in everything, but I do not regret a single thing and I’m so happy that things have worked out. Wild horses won’t get me back into the office now. I’m right at the start of living the dream as far as I can see!

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