YouTube: Job or Hobby?

There are a couple of reasons I can think of as to why people would argue creating content for YouTube should only ever be considered a hobby.

One of these is the simple fact that things change. What is popular today may not be tomorrow, so is it really sensible to base your job around something that relies on keeping people interested?

What if the audience you’re leaning on for your income shuffles off and leaves you in the metaphorical wilderness? (A dark, scary place mostly populated by former internet memes and people doing the Harlem Shake. Eurgh).

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Arden Rose (above) has used YouTube as a platform to share her hobby with subscribers.

Remember, YouTubers do have a habit of branching out from the website. Whilst YouTube is the foundation of a career for many, you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who considers creating videos their full time job who isn’t engaged in at least one other money-making venture.

What if the audience you’re leaning on for your income shuffles off and leaves you in the metaphorical wilderness?

Often, these types use their established fanbase to draw attention to other, non video-related projects.

 

My thoughts.

The internet’s opinion on this matter seems to sway back and forth more than Hannah Hart at the end of an episode of My Drunk Kitchen.

Personally, I seem to be leaning towards the job argument, but am still unsure as to whether it would make a suitable solitary job for an extended period of time, as creating relevant and well received content through a singular creative medium must be incredibly tough for more than a short while.

The fact remains, however, that difficulties aside, it’s technically possible to make a living from creating videos and uploading them to YouTube.

The internet’s opinion on this matter seems to sway back and forth more than Hannah Hart at the end of an episode of My Drunk Kitchen.

Whilst many may raise one eyebrow questioningly at how contributing to a website could be considered a job, I believe YouTube has made it possible for the people who are lucky / talented enough to work out a successful video making formula.

I’m very interested to hear what you all think. Should creating YouTube content be considered a viable (if unconventional) job? Otherwise, will it always just be a hobby, at the very most a stepping-stone, to other things and never taken seriously as a job in it’s own right?

Let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below or tweet us at @TubeChum.

Today’s post was written by Tube Chum’s Online Writer, Iain Boswell.

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