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Old 04-23-2019, 01:58 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Making Money on the Road/ Instagramers and YouTubers?

Hey all,

This is my first post on here! We are in the process of purchasing a 40 ft. Thomas Activity Bus and are converting it into a skoolie.

My main question is for those of you who have made this a lifestyle. I work in educational technology and could teach online from the road, but I am wondering how profitable the instagram/youtube life is? So many of you that have youtube channels have helped us with our thinking about skoolie-life and we would love to share our experiences in that way as well.

Those of you that have great channels, any tips? If you don't mind me asking, how profitable are your channels? Tips on monetizing? Or where to even get started?

We want to document our conversion, so I would love any tips to get started!

Thanks,

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Old 04-23-2019, 02:09 PM   #2
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Hey all,

This is my first post on here! We are in the process of purchasing a 40 ft. Thomas Activity Bus and are converting it into a skoolie.

My main question is for those of you who have made this a lifestyle. I work in educational technology and could teach online from the road, but I am wondering how profitable the instagram/youtube life is? So many of you that have youtube channels have helped us with our thinking about skoolie-life and we would love to share our experiences in that way as well.

Those of you that have great channels, any tips? If you don't mind me asking, how profitable are your channels? Tips on monetizing? Or where to even get started?

We want to document our conversion, so I would love any tips to get started!

Thanks,

Holly 🚌💨
YOu have to have a TON of subscribers and views to make any appreciable money off YouTube.
I don't watch many YT vids about bus conversions as they're all virtually the same videos. There are a few exceptions and those still don't have enough views to make any money.
Everyone I know who lives on the road owns a company of some sort, is independently wealthy, or has a job in computers/IT that lets them work remotely.
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Old 05-29-2020, 05:57 PM   #3
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Hey all,

This is my first post on here! We are in the process of purchasing a 40 ft. Thomas Activity Bus and are converting it into a skoolie.

My main question is for those of you who have made this a lifestyle. I work in educational technology and could teach online from the road, but I am wondering how profitable the instagram/youtube life is? So many of you that have youtube channels have helped us with our thinking about skoolie-life and we would love to share our experiences in that way as well.

Those of you that have great channels, any tips? If you don't mind me asking, how profitable are your channels? Tips on monetizing? Or where to even get started?

We want to document our conversion, so I would love any tips to get started!

Thanks,

Holly 🚌💨
I also teach online. The only thing keeping me from heading out is my fear of IT issues while trying to teach. I teach on three different platforms. How reliable is your internet? What are you using? How remote can you be before you can no longer teach?

I see where a lot of people have internet for their businesses, but not one that I have seen teaches. Two-way video, along with other bells and whistles, for hours at a time, is a whole other world.

I'm sorry to highjack your thread. I was just so excited to see someone who also teaches online. I'm hoping for real-life experience advice.

Thanks!
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Old 05-29-2020, 06:20 PM   #4
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I worked IT for years. We were always remote to what we were doing; working with desktops, having meetings and working collaboratively on projects. I would work remotely on the road at times, sometimes even watching processes on remote machines while driving down the road. It’s all going to depend on where you are. You may find carrier data maps to give you guidance. You’ll also need reliable power to run your devices.

You could try baby steps first before you go full on.
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:16 PM   #5
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YouTube has a few caveats.

One, the channel must have at least 10,000 views before the channel can be monetized.

Secondly, there is mucho censorship on YouTube as of late, which may not be an issue with a teaching channel, but still...

Thirdly, channels that qualify for monetization are subject to approval. Not usually a problem if content is not an issue.

Fourthly, your monetization payments are a percentage of what YouTube is paid for those lovely little ads that interrupt your video.

Last but not least, views don't count unless the viewer watches at least 30 seconds of the video, and I think now they have to watch the ad.

Not saying it's impossible, it's just that these are things you need to know about the process. I've considered doing the same, with instructional videos of my own. I just happen to have an existing channel with 3M views that was not previously monetized that I still have access to. So it really wouldn't be a problem for me. But that first 10,000 views could be more of a hurdle than you think.
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:43 PM   #6
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Rolling Vistas, possibly the most followed and prolific Buslife YouTubers said they were scaling back, partly because they were running out of stuff to say on the subject, partly because it wasn’t lucrative enough.
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Rolling Vistas, possibly the most followed and prolific Buslife YouTubers said they were scaling back, partly because they were running out of stuff to say on the subject, partly because it wasn’t lucrative enough.
They sold their bus, too.
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