could not comprehend that someone could make a living by
making You Tube videos.
He finally said, “I transitioned a year ago from a software
company to making You Tube videos full time for my own
woodworking projects.” A light went off in my head: could it be
possible to make what I want and not work for clients? Could I
do this too? It was something I wanted to know more about.
What I discovered is that professional You Tubers work hard
and long to build a subscribership, implement affiliate links
(where they make a percentage of recommended product
purchases made through their sites), have sponsorships, sell
woodworking plans, make appearances, and monetize their
channels in a number of different ways. It’s a real business and
they put in a lot of hours to market themselves, find sponsors,
sign contracts, schedule commitments, attend shows, post on
social media every day, every hour and oh yeah, make things.
Some may say these makers are not real craftsmen and only
entertainers and hobbyists, but I know better now. They are
full time makers for sure, and all of the people I have met are
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