A survey by Grapevine revealed that only two percent of YouTubers have more than 100,000 subscribers, nine percent have between 5,000 and 100,000 subscribers, and the remaining 89 percent have fewer than 5,000. Becoming a successful YouTuber is not as easy as buying a webcam and uploading your personal vlogs; it takes time to make the right videos and to attract subscribers. So if you want to be a YouTuber, you might want to do that on the side and focus on a full-time job since it may take some time before you start making money on youtube. But in order to succeed, you need to maintain a work-life balance so as to prevent burnout in the workplace, be it as a YouTuber or at your full-time job.
Create a posting schedule
Scheduling is not the most fun part of being a YouTube creator, but it is important. Having a schedule and sticking to it is one of the best ways to grow your subscriber base, keep your viewers engaged, and protect yourself from YouTube burnout. A schedule will ensure that your youtube activities do not coincide with your full-time job. It may also help to focus on how many times you can post in a week rather than a specific day. This way your schedule can be more flexible and allow you to postpone posting whenever you get held up at work.
As attracting subscribers is something that’s forever ongoing as a YouTuber, the endless drive to get as many subscribers as possible can push you into overworking yourself hence exposing you to possible burnout. In order to keep growing your subscriber base steadily, you need to find a way to create more content. If you happen to get time off from work, you can use the time to film multiple videos, edit them and have them on standby. You will also need to upload quality content regularly in order to keep your viewers interested and rank higher. This can be done by noting your ideas down on your usual notebook planner. This way you could see which days you want to post a video or see which topics work best around certain periods, e.g., holidays and festivals.
Find a helping hand
Grapevine’s survey revealed that 70 percent of creators with at least 100,000 subscribers spend about six hours working on each video they upload to YouTube, and one-third of those YouTubers spend up to eight hours on each video. The pressure to keep your content fresh and at the same time maintaining high quality editing can take a toll on you. That said, finding a helper (like hiring a professional editor or enlisting the help of a friend) can be very useful. After all, two heads are better than one. This will enable you to delegate some of the work such as editing and filming, thus creating a breathing room in your schedule. An assistant can also help you to brainstorm new video ideas.
Starting a YouTube channel can be a very good idea for some. In fact, there are people who left their full-time jobs because they started earning a lot from YouTube. So as long as you maintain a healthy work-life balance, you can achieve a lot of success and fun with YouTube.