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There are tons of people making money from simple videos on YouTube. It helps if you are an expert, but you do not have to be. In fact, it seems that viewers tend to fall in love with a particular YouTuber and it doesn’t matter what they do once that connection is established.

You can find your following, as well, with your prepping or survival channel.

There are some things you are going to do if you want to stand out but its well within the realm of possibilities. The best part about YouTube is that you can make money from your channel in a few different ways.

These funds can be funneled towards other preparedness projects. That is the beauty of your money making YouTube channel.

The Competition is Thick

Before we go off into the possibilities you must understand that building an audience on YouTube can be tough. There are lots of people out there trying to do just the same thing. You will experience stiff competition.

Its not to say its impossible but just understand you are in for a struggle. We will talk about how to overcome that struggle in this article.

Consider Your Topic

You might be confused at this point. Yes, we are talking about making a prepping YouTube channel, but you need to get more specific. What you talk about is going to define much about your channel. Here are some channel topics that are basically about prepping but are topic driven.

  • Wilderness Survival
  • Urban Survival
  • Prepping on a Budget
  • Prepping Gear
  • Prepping for Seniors
  • Survival DIY

As you can see there are several topics that a channel can focus on. This focus will help people find you and it will keep them coming back.

Your viewers will want to know what they are going to hear about when they come to your channel. You can also add value by bringing others who focus on your topic to appear on your channel. Or you can read from other resources that relate to your topic.

Quality Over All

If you are going to compete in the YouTube landscape, you are going to need to consider quality over all. That means you are going to need to have videos that are organized and add value to the viewer. Remember, there must be a reason for a person to watch a video.

When it comes to the prepping and survival niche this often comes down to a few things in particular:

  • Skills
  • Gear
  • Scenarios
  • Loadouts
  • Plans

Quality also means you should film with an up to date smart phone at the least. You can invest in some cheap lighting and audio that will really make your videos stand above everyone who is just recording videos on their phone.

The other thing to consider is consistency.

Consistency is another winning trait amongst YouTubers. Those channels that post daily are some of the most successful. Just be sure you have a reason to post. Again, its quality first.

Making Money with YouTube

So, this is where the rubber hits the road. Once you have created a YouTube channel. Through your channel you are going to be able to make money in a few different ways. Most people think that you can only make money by having tremendous amounts of viewers and getting ad money from YouTube. That is one way, but you need lots of viewers.

Let’s talk about how you can make money right off the bat. There are a couple ways that you can make money off your first video.

Sell Your Own Products or Services

Without having a bunch of subscribers or even viewers you can make money by promoting your own products or services. Maybe you do preparedness consulting. Well, after a high quality video about a certain prepping topic you could plug your service.

Maybe you have a book on survival. You can use the same method to basically advertise to the YouTube community for free! Not a bad deal.

Link to Affiliate Products

Another way you can start making money, immediately, from YouTube is to link to affiliate products in your video descriptions. To understand this, you must understand affiliate commissions.

Affiliate Commission — This is a percentage of a sale that you make on another seller’s product. If you are part of an affiliate program you will get special links that can be clicked by your viewers. These links will lead them to products that you choose.

If the person who clicked that link buys one of the products you will receive an affiliate commission. Its usually under 10% but it adds up if you start putting out a few videos with links each week.

To best leverage these affiliate links, you are going to want to make videos about certain products that are linked below. Gear reviews are a great example. You review a top tier survival knife and then you link to it in the description below so your viewer can buy it and you can get the commission.

Most companies offer these types of commissions these days and you can also join Amazon’s affiliate program that gives you access to millions of products.

Bonus Tip — The VR or Virtual Response

A quick way to power up your channel is to create what are called VRs or virtual responses. These can be critical or congratulatory of other videos on YouTube.

If you watch a video from another larger channel and they butcher a topic, that you are very informed on, you can create a VR response and tell the YouTube audience about it. This is a great way to get the attention of others who are fans of a larger channel.

The virtual response is basically a piggy back on a resource that is much greater than your own in hopes to shave some listeners from there channel to yours. Maybe you just get people to watch your videos and the other channels videos, too. You need a means to break through so others can find out about you.

Either way, its an effective tip for building your channel.

There are tons of people making money from simple videos on YouTube. It helps if you are an expert, but you do not have to be.

The World’s Greatest Lament

There is one cry in the prepping community that sounds above the rest. In this world of manic convenience, we spend our money, mostly, before it even arrives in our bank account. This leads many people to the strange conclusion that they do not have the money to prep.

In most cases these people are holding onto some paid convenience that could be cut away to free up some funding for preps.

Now, that is not the answer for everyone. There is another way.

It’s a way that you can have the best of both worlds but, you are going to have to work for it. Yes, I am talking about a side hustle. However, this is not so you can go out to eat at nice restaurants. This side hustle is so you can afford to stay on the prepared path.

The beautiful thing about all this is that you only need a little extra money to make a big difference in the world of preparedness.

The Simple Way Of Making Side Money

Most people are already making money. They have some sort of profession and means to take advantage of that profession and make a, somewhat, livable income. In other words, they have a skill that holds some value.

No matter how meager that value, you can use that skill to pick up a side hustle. Even a simple cashier can make extra money by picking up more shifts or part time work as a cashier at another location.

While you are considering your side hustle, I want you to remember that there is no shame in a hard day’s work and the pay that comes with it. In other words, you might sell insurance during the day and make a good living but picking up a couple nights a week washing dishes or waiting tables is no reason to feel bad.

Many people don’t pursue a small, simple side hustle because their ego is too big. They cannot imagine leaving their high paying job for the day and doing menial job 16 hours a week to make extra cash for prepping. Again, no shame in making extra cash, if it’s legal.

Here are some ways of making money that anyone can take on.

  • Retail
  • Food Service Jobs
  • Sales
  • Dog Walking
  • Tradesman Help
  • Personal Assistance
  • Customer Services

All these jobs have tremendous turnover and employers are almost always looking for reliable people who can get the job done. If you are already that kind of worker, you should be able to swoop down into one of these positions part time.

You might even improve the work environment in the location.

Hyper Efficient Prepper Ways To Make An Extra Buck

While having a simple side hustle is good and it will produce money for your preps, there are ways to optimize that. Let’s talk about a simple example. I guess you could call it force multiplication.

You can make a lot of money selling small, handmade, blacksmith metal pieces and decorations. You can even make things like knives from simple railroad spikes. Something as simple as a hook that can be hung on a wall can go for between $5–10. Hand forged and with a high quality design you can get top dollar for these items.

Now blacksmithing is a unique side hustle that allows you to practice a skill that is pertinent to self-reliance and prepping while making money doing it!

Many women take advantage of a similar confluence through knitting and crocheting.

You should investigate your own life and find what types of side hustles you could engage in that would both help you make a little extra money and improve your preparedness skills. Here are some other examples of hyper efficient prepper side hustles.

  • Firewood Cutting
  • Home Repairman
  • Pest Removal
  • Farming
  • Livestock and Meat Production
  • Small Survival Group Instruction
  • Refurbishing Things

How to Spend Your Extra Money

After having earned money from your side hustle you come to the point where you have to decide on how to use it. It might be exciting to use that stowed away money to buy an expensive piece of gear. Maybe you are eying up a Leopold scope for your firearm.

Maybe you think about a new high speed backpack that looks tactiCOOL and has more storage space than your current one.

It might be worth considering the boring basics first.

Food is a universal preparedness item. Naturally, it can be used to feed yourself and your family. It can be used to feed others. It can be used to barter with, and it can be used to negotiate positions of power. If you have the food, you make the rules.

A 50lb bag of rice is going to run you $20 at Sam’s Club. If you can bucket that up with mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, you are going to be creating your own long term food storage and saving money off pre packaged versions.

Another great item to spend that side hustle money on is skill training. You can attend some great classes for a couple hundred dollars and get real, hands on prepping and survival experience. That can go a long way. You will quickly find that hands on survival is much different compared to YouTube survival.


The reality is that most preppers are not as hard up for cash as they might think. Most of the time some simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.

Even if that’s not the case, you can add extra money to the coffers if you are willing to go and get it. If you can work hard you will always have money. If you don’t wanna work than you will likely never have money.

Get your ego in check and hop into a side hustle to take your prepping to the next level!

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It’s a way that you can have the best of both worlds but, you are going to have to work for it. Yes, I am talking about a side hustle