Do you love the idea of being in front of the camera? Are you happy to share your expertise, skills, and thoughts or simply to create entertaining content?
If you answered Yes! to the above questions – you might be sitting on a gold mine.
As we focus on ways in which you can earn a living with a passive income, creating your very own video channel is just one of the options.
You could work alone with your own video talk show or in a team, creating viral sketches but did you know that you could actually make a living creating your very own video channel and publishing your videos online.
All you need is a camera and a laptop to upload your videos. If you just want to create tutorial videos on how to use a software application, you don’t even need a camera.
Just use a screen casting software and a webcam which is readily available on almost all laptops these days, and off you go. There are also websites and online services that lets you record, create and host screen casts.
If this has got you thinking, then read on for more ideas.
What Type of Video Channels Can I Create?
Here are some ideas for the types of video channels you can create.
A ‘How To’ Technical Channel
Home improvement, car repair, PC maintenance, software tutorials, you name it. If you can show us how to do it in front of the camera, on via a screen cast someone would love to learn from you.
A ‘How To’ Non-Technical / Hobby Channel
Sports, golf, cooking, knitting, playing the ukulele, flower arrangement, fly fishing, dancing etc. More and more people are turning to the Internet to learn a new skill or how to get better at what they do even if it is just for their hobby or special interest.
If you are a teacher, tutor or lecturer, you too can create some amazing content and post this online.
Teach a language, maths, history, geography, economics, art, physical education, science… you name it. And, what better way for students to learn than at their own pace and time.
If you can record your lessons, you could save yourself time that would otherwise be used to recreating these so you can kill two birds with ones ‘lesson’.
You can create review videos that show cases the different products or events. Technical video blogs are very popular and people will watch anything from unboxing to show casing and comparing the different tech gadgets.
Talk Shows and Interviews
You can even host a video talk show, inviting guests in your field for interviews and to speak in your show with or without them being physically in front of you.
Use a video conferencing software if you can’t get to them or they to you. Additional software may be required to record your calls but be sure to get the permission from the person you are interviewing and to get them to sign a release form.
Your talk show can be on any subject that you are passionate about.
Sketches & Short Comedy
Funny is the name and viral is the game. Remember, ‘Charlie bit my finger’ ? The original spawned a significant number of copycat videos in the same genre.
The Daily Mail reported that the boys in the video made over £100k in 2011 from the 55 second video. In 2012, they made over £300k (US $500k).
Not bad for an amateur home video and imagine what one runaway successful video can do for you.
But seriously, there are many channels that shows nothing but the funnies. Get a few friends together and put together a good show.
Charlie Bit Me! – the original Charlie Bit my Finger – Again.
Evan Tube HD – a video channel set up to review Lego toys by none other than Evan with his fathers help. He is also joint by his sister and rumour has it that his sister is planning to set up on her own. They have also created a second channel called Evan Tube Raw which is more of a behind the scene and family video blog. Whatever it is the whole family seem to have had a lot of fun creating the reviews and sketches.
Anglophenia – Siobhan Thompson created a channel discussing the British Culture. As part of BBC America’s TV programme with the same name, the videos are professionally done and while there are only a handful of videos at the moment, they have nabbed over 2.3 million views collectively since October 2013.
I am sure there are plenty more examples and better ones too but you get the point.
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