Tips on How to Start a YouTube Channel
I have a feeling that this is going to be a long one! But I really want to share the most helpful tips that I can. So, I wanted to start a YouTube channel for a few years, but was always really nervous. I found every excuse in the book not to and then one day something just clicked. I’m not going to ramble on too much about that though, as this is a tips post. But all I will say to you is, if your biggest fear is about what others might think, then start your channel NOW! You should never live your life worrying about what others might say. As you’re only affecting yourself, everyone else is still getting on with what they’re doing.
Ok so motivational words done! Now let’s get into what I feel is so important to know, when starting a YouTube channel:
Make sure that You start your YouTube Channel for the Right Reasons
So what I mean by this guys, is start your channel because it’s something that you want to do for yourself. I would watch make-up tutorials and fashion look books and just want to create them myself. I felt like being a viewer wasn’t enough anymore, if that makes sense. Finally, I think that it’s needless to say, don’t just start a YouTube channel for the money. First and foremost, Youtube has to start of as a passion of yours. Then I feel like being able to do it as a full-time job, comes down to how much hard work you put in. As if it truly is something that you love, then anything is possible.
What Content are You going to Create
It’s super important that you know what you want your channel to be about. As this is the whole purpose of starting it in the first place - somewhere to share things that you’re passionate about. Make sure that you let your personality and unique qualities shine through as much as you can. There’s so many people out there with YouTube channels now - you NEED to stand out. But I feel like regardless of YouTube becoming a phenomenon, there’s room for everyone. As if we’re true to ourselves, then there can never be another one of us.
Take a Lot of Time to Research (and I mean A LOT)
I’d say that the most important thing to research is what you need in order to film and edit your videos. As these are literally the only things you’ll really need when starting your channel (the rest will come over time).
So, I use a Canon 700D to film my tutorials etc. Then for vlogs I recently purchased a Canon G7 X Mark II. Now, these are two cameras that I saved and saved for. So please don’t feel like you need both of these at the start. But I would definitely recommend you owning a camera that shoots in 1080p quality, a tripod and great lighting. Then this isn’t a necessity at the start, but invest in a microphone when you can. As it just makes the sound a lot clearer and turns down any background noise.
Just a quick side note, when it comes to lighting it really is down to what works best for you. If you have a room with large windows, then natural lighting will be perfect. But for me the room I film in, only has small windows, so the lighting is pretty inconsistent. I have two soft box lights and a ring light, which I purchased from Amazon. I only say this because the standards have become so high over the past couple of years. So things like HD video quality and impeccable lighting is kind of entry level now.
I edit on iMovie and I think that this is an amazing piece of editing software. I’ll upgrade to Final Cut Pro X at some point. But as I said, iMovie does everything I need it to at the minute.
Just Post It
So once you’ve completed everything on this list, it’s actually time for you to take the jump and just get your video out there. This was the hardest thing for me to do I think. It’s so easy to put things off and think of a million excuses why you shouldn’t start your channel. But at the end of the day, if you’re at the point where you have something to post.. then it’s for sure the right thing to do. Filming and editing isn’t easy and requires a lot of hard work. So you need to get your creations out there as soon as possible. Then once you start, your skills will constantly improve - I promise!
You Need to be Consistent
After you’ve posted your first video and you know that it’s something you enjoy doing, you can then start to think a little more long term. I’d definitely say that consistency is a key factor in getting others to care about your content. This is something that I really struggled with at the start. But as soon as I committed myself to a specific day to post on, I saw a really positive change in my channel. Although, I’m still working on my upload schedule and want to become even more consistent.
Be Active in the Community
It’s so important that you take the time to care about others’ content as much as your own. In order to grow your channel one of the most important factors is your audience. So you should want to if anything take a great interest in what they’re creating too. This will enable you to make friends and become inspired by everyone else in the community. But just to make myself 100% clear, don’t interpret this as spam commenting. As there’s nothing more irritating than reading a comment under a video of mine, where people just want to solely promote their self.
Share Your Content
Lastly I’d say that sharing your videos, once you get into the swing of things is key. I know it can be nerve-wracking at first. But putting yourself out there on YouTube means that everyone is going to be able to view your videos anyway. So why not push it out there even more yourself. The thing that I was most scared of was my friends and family seeing my videos - I know strange right? But once everyones initial interest wears off, you’ll forget that you was even worrying in the first place.
I really hope this post helped you out if you’re thinking of starting a YouTube channel! I know making that first step can be so difficult. But once you’ve done it, only great things can happen from there. I can honestly say that everything gets better overtime with YouTube. All of the things that you stress and obsess over at the start become irrelevant. Then once people begin to watch and engage in your content you just focus on creating more of what everyone wants to see. So don’t overthink this whole thing and just have fun with it! Also if you have any other questions guys, then please leave them in the comment section below. I’d love to help further if there’s something that I haven’t fully covered.