Raise your hand if you’ve ever wasted half of your day browsing YouTube and watching video after video?
If you raised your hand, luckily you’re not alone. YouTube is one of those entities that has the ability to suck a person in and not let go for hours. It might not seem like it on the surface, but this site can turn other people’s unproductivity into money for you.
The world is filled with people who are waiting for that big break in music, or simply want to spread his or her music to the world. YouTube, and the Internet in general, has given everyone this opportunity. While it costs thousands of dollars to produce an album, release it, and advertise for it, you now have the chance to do it for almost nothing.
We all know the story of Justin Bieber, who became famous because his mother filmed him playing an acoustic guitar while singing. That was possible because of the Internet and how easy it is to have immediate access to the entire world with uploading a single video on a website. Normal people who have no record contracts can now upload a video on YouTube and see it go viral in a matter of days.
Thanks to the advanced technology today, most people already have all the tools needed. There’s no need to go out and buy thousands of dollars worth of products. All it takes now is a computer, phone, or digital camera to record your video. Then, thanks to the ability to become a partner on YouTube, you can take those simple videos shot in your living room, and turn them into money.
By uploading a video, you now have the ability to make money every time someone watches your video, subscribes to your channel, likes it, or clicks on an advertisement. It’s that simple!
Best part, there are so many more avenues out there other than YouTube that can help you turn your fun hobby into extra cash. iTunes allows artists to upload their music, where it can then be downloaded by anyone. This avenue doesn’t even require making videos like YouTube would. You just need a song, and you’re ready to start making money.
Then, thanks to the beast that the Internet has become over the years, all it takes is for one person on Twitter to tweet about your song or video, and suddenly you have fans. While the odds of getting to the level of Justin Bieber are rare, the odds are good that you can make back what you spent on producing the song or video.
If music is a love of yours, this is a perfect avenue to feed that love without taking the risk of not being able to feed yourself. That’s the beauty of the Internet. You do not have to quit your job or play in dive bars at midnight if you don’t want to. This is all on your time schedule, and you can make it what you want it to be. What do you have to lose?