We’ve had a few questions asking about how we started our channel, how much (if anything) it costs etc so thought I’d write a quick blog post for everyone who’s asked.
Okay, so the first thing I want to say is that it’s easy to start a YouTube channel. YouTube is very user friendly and there are loads of tutorial videos on how to start your channel. I’m not going to repeat what others have said already (and in a much better way than I could here!)
However, I do want to share my experience so far on this adventure.
- Filming and editing a YouTube video takes a lot of time! Some of our videos are quite easy to film and edit (guess the gibberish is a good example) but then others can take pretty much a full day to film with another day and a half to edit. (See our day in alphabetical order video!)
- You don’t need to spend anything to get started as long as you have something to record yourself on. At the time of writing this, we are still using our iPhones to film and edit all our videos.
- You need to be consistent. YouTube definitely responds to regular content, we missed one of our Tuesday uploads once and it affected our views for a while.
I just want to pick up on one of those points. While you don’t NEED to spend anything to get started with YouTube, we have invested in some equipment as and when we could to make things easier/better for us and you guys. I’ve bought a tripod with a smartphone holder so you didn’t have ‘wobbly videos’ to watch. I asked Santa for our microphone so the audio is better. We’ve bought equipment to use in our videos and most recently I’ve bought some studio lights as our natural lighting isn’t good enough. Altogether I’ve spent around £250 on bits and pieces and we want to invest in a proper camera and a laptop so that amount will increase considerably!
The other point I want to make is that YouTube is not a ‘sprint’. So many new YouTubers expect to post a few videos and see rapid growth. While this COULD happen, it’s extremely unlikely. At the time of writing this, we have been on YouTube for four months, uploading pretty consistently, and have 15 subscribers.
Still committed to starting a YouTube channel?
Then I would suggest setting yourself some goals, picking your niche and planning some video ideas so you can get off to a good start. Please let us know if you go for it, we’d love to follow your progress!