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73 Ways to Make Money with Video

Here are 73 ways to make money with video:

(And yes, there are many more than this. My goal is to get your creative juices flowing.)

  1. Shoot commercials
  2. Shoot music videos
  3. Shoot live band performances
  4. Shoot a documentary about a band and sell it to their fans
  5. Shoot public service announcements
  6. Shoot dance performances
  7. Shoot documentaries
  8. Shoot narrative films
  9. Shoot a television series
  10. Shoot a web series
  11. Shoot supplemental video for an ebook
  12. Shoot video of improv comedy sketches
  13. Shoot practical joke videos (and watch them go viral on YouTube)
  14. Shoot behind-the-scenes videos for YouTube stars
  15. Shoot training videos and sell them (i.e., guitar lessons, ballroom dance lessons, etc.)
  16. Shoot corporate promotional videos
  17. Shoot corporate training videos
  18. Shoot any corporate event (sales meeting, company trip, etc.)
  19. Shoot a promotional video for a book
  20. Shoot video of birth announcements.
  21. Shoot weddings or other important family events
  22. Shoot behind-the-scenes for a film
  23. Shoot behind-the-scenes for any big project
  24. Shoot a reality show
  25. Shoot news segments
  26. Shoot legal video (such as depositions)
  27. Shoot video of professional sports teams
  28. Shoot video of amateur adult sports teams
  29. Shoot video of kids’ sports teams
  30. Shoot video of any competition (karate, chess, etc.)
  31. Make memorial videos for funerals.
  32. Shoot video of extreme weather.
  33. Shoot video of extreme sports.
  34. Shoot stock video and sell it on stock video sites.
  35. Shoot stock video and sell your own collections on your own site.
  36. Shoot aerial video.
  37. Shoot underwater video.
  38. Shoot real estate video tours of homes.
  39. Shoot real estate video of open houses.
  40. Shoot video of live plays.
  41. Shoot video of music recitals.
  42. Shoot video of high school musicals.
  43. Shoot video resumes for job seekers.
  44. Shoot corporate recruiting videos.
  45. Shoot video of trade shows.
  46. Shoot video for government organizations.
  47. Shoot video for your local chamber of commerce.
  48. Shoot video tours of theme parks.
  49. Shoot video tours of vacation areas.
  50. Shoot video tours of businesses.
  51. Shoot video tours of universities.
  52. Shoot video of university lectures.
  53. Shoot video for roofers that show off their completed work.
  54. Shoot video for landscapers.
  55. Shoot video for house painters.
  56. Shoot video for kitchen remodelers.
  57. Shoot video for bathroom remodelers.
  58. Shoot video for interior decorators.
  59. Shoot video for flooring companies.
  60. Shoot video for medical professionals.
  61. Shoot video of car shows.
  62. Shoot video tours of anything that people might want to see but can’t attend live.
  63. Shoot video of fashion shows.
  64. Shoot video of rodeos.
  65. Shoot video of radio-controlled aircraft competitions.
  66. Shoot video of any competition.
  67. Shoot video for live-action segments of video games.
  68. Shoot video of astronomy-related events.
  69. Shoot video of animal rescue shelters.
  70. Shoot experimental art videos.
  71. Shoot safety videos.
  72. Specialize in live-streaming (any of the above topics).
  73. Become any kind of specialist in an aspect of video (Steadicam operator, etc.)

Again, I realize there are many more ideas out there. I’m hoping this will get your mental wheels spinning.

One additional recommendation I have for you:

Pick one area and focus on building it as your specialty. If you focus on one area, then you might “become known” in that area and find that people start referring you to others. Plus your confidence and skills in that area will increase, which will help you do even better work.

This will help you create an upward spiral of success in that niche. Good luck!

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28 Responses to “73 Ways to Make Money with Video”

  1. Alex Batista says on :

    This list is fantastic!! Thank you!

  2. IzzyVideo says on :

    Thanks, and you’re welcome. :)

  3. Michael Clayton says on :

    Thanks for these Izzy, a great round up to get the brain going on a Friday morning :).

  4. Shootlighter says on :

    Inspiring as always! Thank You Izzy

  5. IzzyVideo says on :

    Thanks, Michael. Happy to help! :)

  6. Bengt Ekblom says on :

    Izzy rules :-)

  7. IzzyVideo says on :

    My pleasure. Glad to see it’s helpful — especially since I just received an email from someone asking me to stop doing posts like this and stick with software training. :(

    I’m doing my best to keep everyone in mind. This site has visitors from experienced shooters as well as new shooters, so I’m trying to provide resources for all kinds of experience levels.

    Anyway, thanks again. I’m glad it helps. :)

  8. IzzyVideo says on :

    Aw, shucks. Thanks. :)

  9. Bob Bolton says on :

    Great list – All begin with the word shoot except No 31 – very reverential considering the topic of death! How about No 74 – Shoot a self promotion video?

  10. IzzyVideo says on :

    Yep, that’s a great addition. :)

  11. flickbook says on :

    I’m in a process of forming a video production company. I’m using video as an aggregator of local artists and a way to build community, bringing together local businesses who need video and artists with amazing traditional skills but no clue with video or computer in general. I watched your final cut pro training videos over and over again to make my first music video, and bought your advanced training videos. I’m going to sign up for membership now. Thanks so much for your great work.

  12. IzzyVideo says on :

    Excellent, thanks! And congrats on the success. :)

  13. Bill Werntz says on :

    Izzy…
    Thanks I needed that kick in the rear.
    Appreciate you caring about us all out here in production land.

  14. Bill Burkholder says on :

    Award videos for sales meetings are a specialty of mine. Top sales people are golden. Many companies treat them that way, by chronicling “how they got there” in a way that honors their success and inspires the young or new salespeople in the company to do the same.

  15. IzzyVideo says on :

    My pleasure!

  16. IzzyVideo says on :

    That’s great feedback and well said! :)

  17. Noel Ward says on :

    Awesome, Izz! Already doing a couple of these and getting started on another.
    Can you share some thoughts about ways to price work? Even corporations are price sensitive these days! How do you recommend pricing video for small customers, like local tradespeople, realtors, etc.?

  18. IzzyVideo says on :

    Great question — though I’m hoping someone else chimes in with an answer because I don’t do client work. :)

  19. gustavo soria says on :

    Thanks for your advice!!

  20. Zachary Zwanenburg says on :

    Great List!!

  21. Happybidr says on :

    Great list! Here’s another that’s related: Shoot video of high school chorus, band and orchestra concerts. Sell copies in the lobby before, during intermission and afterwards by taking payment and addresses where to send the DVDs. You could also offer paid downloads on your website.

  22. William B. Laronal, Jr. says on :

    Thanks for great list.

    I’m preparing to shoot 3 min vids for physically challenged people to cope with every day life encounters.

  23. IzzyVideo says on :

    Nice addition too! :)

  24. IzzyVideo says on :

    Nice addition to the list. :)

  25. Sagar Sayre says on :

    Thanks for amazing list to go beyond.

  26. Don Pierce says on :

    Hi Izzy, Just purchased your Final Cut Pro beginners course & the iMove course. After watching the 1st one ¾ way through I have been comparing your style and technique to others from the Kelbyone training centre who (boast or promote) which ever you prefer to say; they have the best people in the industry teaching these courses.

    Something is radically wrong they missed getting YOU !!!

    Your technique of showing with the mouse plus verbally giving the short cut key over an over truly helps, for it to sink in making the learner a better faster operator using the program.

    What I am coming to Izzy; is it prompted me to further go through your onsite tutorials and tips you give and NOW THIS 73 ways to make money videoing. You got a got a Good Heart Izzy your dedicated, ready to help others; even those with little money. (your site is a wealth of information FREE)…

    When I have more money and know more from your courses I will ask more questions & gladly purchase more in depth courses on Final Cut Pro & Motion Five. Sorry for being so long winded but had to say how greatful I am.
    Regards Don Pierce ( who is indebted to you ) ,thank you again :)

  27. Don Pierce says on :

    Hi Izzy, Just purchased your Final Cut Pro beginners course & the iMove course. After watching the 1st one ¾ way through I have been comparing your style and technique to others from the Kelbyone training centre who (boast or promote) which ever you prefer to say; they have the best people in the industry teaching these courses.

    Something is radically wrong they missed getting YOU !!!

    Your technique of showing with the mouse plus verbally giving the short cut key over an over truly helps, for it to sink in making the learner a better faster operator using the program.

    What I am coming to Izzy; is it prompted me to further go through your onsite tutorials and tips you give and NOW THIS 73 ways to make money videoing. You got a good Good Heart Izzy your dedicated, ready to help others; even those with little money. (your site is a wealth of information FREE)…

    When I have more money and know more from your courses I will ask more questions & gladly purchase more in depth courses on Final Cut Pro & Motion Five. Sorry for being so long winded but had to say how greatful I am.
    Regards Don Pierce ( who is indebted to you ) ,thank you again :)

  28. Dirk Platvoet says on :

    I thought I was too old (in my sixties) to start editing, but your tutorials showed me that a person is never too old to learn, if instructed well. Great job, thanks!

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