24 Inspirational YouTube Success Stories & Case Studies [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Youtube Channel

For anyone looking to start a successful YouTube channel, there are plenty of YouTube channel success stories that can be used as inspiration and encouragement. In addition, YouTube has an established monetization system and boasts incredible popularity, making it a potential platform for revenue generation.

In this article, we'll look at different approaches you can use to help promote your channel and grow your viewers. While there's no quick and easy way to success, you can take these tips to build your own YouTube Channel Success story. If you love content creation, you can capitalize on YouTube's popularity to earn extra income.

If you want to join the Youtube partner program to monetize your channel, you will need to reach a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a youtube channel:

1. Pete & Pedro ($7.2M/year)

Aaron Marino, the founder of Pete & Pedro, came up with the idea for his men's grooming brand after his image consulting business struggled to make money. He started making YouTube videos to help guys with their style, and as his audience grew, he saw an opportunity to create and sell his own haircare products. With his existing YouTube channel as a marketing platform, Marino was able to successfully launch and grow Pete & Pedro into a multi-million-dollar business.

How much they make: $7.2M/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 8

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How I Started Pete & Pedro: A $6M/Year Men's Grooming Brand Featured On Shark Tank Twice

Learn how one man went from bankruptcy and driving a beer cart to launching a successful men's grooming brand, Pete & Pedro, featured on Shark Tank, by leveraging the power of YouTube and a slowly growing audience.

About
Aaron started Pete & Pedro about 11 years ago
Revenue
Aaron grew the business to $600K/month
Costs
It cost Aaron $5000 to start the business
Read by 12,209 founders

2. The Kavalier ($72K/year)

Jon Shanahan came up with the idea for The Kavalier after realizing the need for guidance in the exploding online menswear brand space. Modeled after The Wirecutter, Jon started the YouTube channel in 2015 with the goal of delivering helpful, in-depth recommendations by category. With a subscriber count of 57k and revenue of $7,000 per month, Jon continues to grow steadily and redefine the modern context of being a gentleman in the menswear world.

How much they make: $72K/year
Current team size: 1

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Starting A YouTube Channel And Blog Making $6,000/Month

The Kavalier started as a YouTube channel in 2015 delivering honest and approachable reviews on men's fashion brands, growing to 57k subscribers, 500 videos, and earning $7k per month in revenue, providing helpful, in-depth recommendations by category with a YouTube strategy focused on standing out and niching down.

About
Jon started The Kavalier about 9 years ago
Revenue
Jon grew the business to $6K/month
Read by 9,923 founders

So... can you actually make money with a youtube channel?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

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3. MTN SIDE BUILDERS ($480K/year)

Cameron Vilcsak, the founder of Mountain Fire Woodworks, came up with the idea for his business through his passion for carving and building things out of wood. After documenting the process of building a log cabin on his YouTube channel, a viral video with over 25 million views, he realized the potential to turn his passion into a scalable business. With steady passive income, plans to release more content, and exciting future projects, Vilcsak's business is thriving.

How much they make: $480K/year
How much did it cost to start: $50K
Current team size: 5

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How I Gamed The YouTube Algorithm and Went Viral With 25M Views

Mountain Fire Woodworks founder Cameron Vilcsak shares how he used YouTube to promote his log cabins, chainsaw carvings, and passion for woodworking, culminating in one of his videos that has gone viral with over 25 million views and counting.

About
Andrew started MTN SIDE BUILDERS almost 6 years ago
Revenue
Andrew grew the business to $40K/month
Costs
It cost Andrew $50000 to start the business
Read by 8,189 founders

4. Cinquanta Cox-Smith ($120K/year)

Cinquanta Cox-Smith, a Multipreneur from South Carolina, stumbled upon the Print On Demand industry 12 years ago when she wanted to create a unique shirt and discovered Spreadshirt.com. Through her creativity and networking skills, she found success in designing and selling catchy, conversation-starting shirts. This eventually led her to create multiple POD brands on various platforms, generating an impressive $120k per year in revenue.

How much they make: $120K/year
How much did it cost to start: $100
Current team size: 1

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I Make $120K/Year With My Print On Demand T-Shirt Side Hustle

A multipreneur shares how she built a successful print on demand side hustle, generating $120,000 per year through multiple brands spread over various platforms.

About
Cinquanta started Cinquanta Cox-Smith over 14 years ago
Revenue
Cinquanta grew the business to $10K/month
Costs
It cost Cinquanta $100 to start the business
Read by 10,773 founders

So... can you actually make money with a youtube channel?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

5. Ask Holly Hall ($72K/year)

Holly Hall, a clairvoyant life coach, was introduced to the world of astrology and spiritual therapy through a book lent by a co-worker. With her unique abilities and a deep understanding of individuals, she launched her business, Ask Holly Hall, and has since garnered endorsements from esteemed figures like Dr. Shefali. With an average income of $5,000-8,000 per month, she aims to expand her reach through podcasting and publishing her book with a publishing company.

How much they make: $72K/year
How much did it cost to start: $200
Current team size:

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I Created A Life Coaching Business Thanks To My Clairvoyant Gift

Meet the Clairvoyant life coach who has built a highly successful business generating an average income of $5,000-8,000 a month through her talents as an Author, LifeCoach Astropsychologist, Spiritual Therapist, astrologer, and Clairvoyant with the ability in remote viewing to help clients understand their existence, relationships, careers, and connection with the universe or source.

About
Holly started Ask Holly Hall almost 5 years ago
Revenue
Holly grew the business to $6K/month
Costs
It cost Holly $200 to start the business
Read by 2,676 founders

6. Biteplay ($72K/year)

Henrique Chappuis, co-founder of Biteplay, came up with the idea for his business after realizing the potential of YouTube ads in generating revenue. He had previously experienced success with YT ads and saw the opportunity to automate the process and target relevant video placements. Through beta testing and educational courses, Biteplay gained traction and has since been featured as a top product on Product Hunt.

How much they make: $72K/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 0

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I Make $8K/Month With A Tool To Create Better Youtube Ads Campaigns

Biteplay is a one-year-old SaaS that allows brands to place ads in relevant YouTube video content and create collaborations with influencers, generating up to $10k each month and growing revenue by 30% per month.

About
Henrique started Biteplay about 4 years ago
Revenue
Henrique grew the business to $6K/month
Costs
It cost Henrique $5000 to start the business
Read by 2,834 founders

So... can you actually make money with a youtube channel?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

7. Delray Watch Supply ($3.84M/year)

John Pietrasz and Federico Iossa, co-founders of Delray Watch Supply, came up with the idea for their tech-driven luxury watch dealer through their shared passion for watches and their expertise in the industry. They launched the business with $4,000 in their kitchen and now see sales of over $3.3 million annually, attracting and retaining customers through engagement on YouTube.

How much they make: $3.84M/year
Current team size: 4

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How We Started A $3.3M Watch Business Selling On YouTube

Delray Watch Supply, a tech-driven luxury watch dealer, co-founded by John Pietrasz and Federico Iossa 20 months ago with $4,000 in a kitchen, has seen sales of over $3.3M annually, with sales expected to reach close to $4M this year.

About
John started Delray Watch Supply over 6 years ago
Revenue
John grew the business to $320K/month
Read by 12,614 founders

8. Annmarie ($12M/year)

Kevin Gianni, the founder of Annmarie Skin Care, stumbled upon the idea for his business while researching natural health therapies. After traveling the world and discovering a line of skincare products that aligned with his values, he partnered with the owner to bring the line to the wider public. With a platform already established through their YouTube channel, the business was able to launch successfully and continues to grow.

How much they make: $12M/year
Current team size: 26

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How We Went From YouTubers To $1M/Month Skin Care Business

Kevin Gianni, CEO and founder of Annmarie Skin Care reveals how he and his wife went from being youtubers to having the ability to run their seven-figure, natural, organic skincare and beauty company, with over 105k subscribers, using their existing platform.

About
Kevin started Annmarie over 14 years ago
Revenue
Kevin grew the business to $1M/month
Read by 9,719 founders

9. Chicken Armor® ($9.6K/year)

Jill Bong, the co-founder of Chicken Armor, came up with the idea after her beloved chicken died from mating injuries. Unable to afford traditional saddles, Jill and her husband developed their own affordable and low-maintenance chicken saddle, which has since sold over 50,000 units and protected chickens in all 50 states and on 4 continents.

How much they make: $9.6K/year
Current team size: 2

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How I Started A Business Online With No Money

Chicken Armor has sold over 50,000 affordable and easy-to-maintain chicken saddles since its inception, and utilizes a no-strings-attached guarantee and extensive media coverage for customer acquisition and retention.

About
Jill started Chicken Armor® about 13 years ago
Revenue
Jill grew the business to $800/month
Read by 10,085 founders

10. Mrs Daaku Studio ($60K/year)

Chhavi, the founder of Mrs Daaku Studio, had a desire to achieve financial freedom and work from home. After finding success as a freelance writer, she and her husband Amit realized there was a demand for information and guidance on working from home and starting side hustles. They launched their blog and YouTube channel, offering valuable resources and products like The Client Magnet Bundle and The Content Mojo, which have helped them earn $5-7k per month and live a flexible life.

How much they make: $60K/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 3

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How This Couple Makes $5K/Month Generating Content About Ways To Make Money Online

Learn how this entrepreneurial couple made $5-7k a month by helping others find legitimate work from home jobs and creative ways to make money online through their blog and YouTube channel, as well as offering two flagship products designed to help beginner freelancers and new bloggers accelerate growth.

About
Chhavi started Mrs Daaku Studio over 5 years ago
Revenue
Chhavi grew the business to $5K/month
Costs
It cost Chhavi $500 to start the business
Read by 13,299 founders

How much they make: $30M/year
Current team size:

Rhett And Link Net Worth: Super Rich YouTube Stars Earned $30M In {{ current_year }}

"Rhett and Link, who earned a combined $30 million in 2021, plan to invest $5 million in other YouTubers after their R-rated live stream garnered 70,000 viewers who paid up to $50 per ticket."

About
They started Rhett & Link YouTube Channel about 23 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $2.5M/month
Read by 581 founders

12. MrBeast YouTube Channel ($54M/year)

How much they make: $54M/year
Current team size:

MrBeast Net Worth {{ current_year }}: How MrBeast Gained 90 Million Subscribers

Discover how MrBeast raised $20 million, donated over 100 cars, gave away a private island, and $1 million in one video, all while building and growing his own successful business.

About
They started MrBeast YouTube Channel about 12 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $4.5M/month
Read by 788 founders

13. Kashvi Adlakha YouTube Channel ($16M/year)

How much they make: $16M/year
Current team size:

Kashvi Adlakha Has Attracted 4.1 Million Subscribers on YouTube

A YouTuber attracts a whopping 331.82 million views a month, earning an estimated $19.91 million a year.

About
They started Kashvi Adlakha YouTube Channel about 7 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $1.33M/month
Read by 635 founders

14. Rosanna Pansino YouTube Channel ($5M/year)

How much they make: $5M/year
Current team size:

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Sweet Success: Rosanna Pansino Reflects On 10 Years On YouTube

This case study shares the story of Rosanna Pansino, a YouTube personality who earns over $5 million every year from her channel which has 13.7 million subscribers, sharing cooking videos that are typically 15-20 minutes long.

About
They started Rosanna Pansino YouTube Channel almost 14 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $417K/month
Read by 655 founders

15. Zoella YouTube Channel ($4.57M/year)

How much they make: $4.57M/year
Current team size: 6

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Zoe Sugg - From Bedroom Blogger to Entrepreneur

Case study: How Zoella earned over $5 million through YouTube, with almost a billion views and over 10.8 million subscribers, and leveraged her popularity to secure lucrative advertising and television opportunities.

About
They started Zoella YouTube Channel about 15 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $381K/month
Read by 934 founders

16. YourAverageTechBro ($30K/year)

Dohyun Kim, the founder of YourAverageTechBro, stumbled upon creating social media content during the pandemic. After realizing the potential of short-form videos on TikTok, he leaned into his competitive advantage as a software engineer and began creating content that resonated with his audience. Currently earning an average of $3,000 per month, Dohyun plans to expand his revenue streams through original content and product sales in the future.

How much they make: $30K/year
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 1

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How I Grew A Niche TikTok Account To 155K Followers

Dohyun Kim shares his journey starting as a software engineer on YouTube and pivoting into short-form content on TikTok and Instagram with 155,000 followers and 11,000 subscribers, currently averaging $3000/month across ad money, sponsored content, and course sales.

About
Dohyun started YourAverageTechBro over 3 years ago
Revenue
Dohyun grew the business to $2.5K/month
Read by 2,936 founders

17. Part-Time YouTuber Academy ($4.5M/year)

How much they make: $4.5M/year
Current team size: 21

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How Ali Abdaal Made $4.5M+ Through 15 Income Streams in {{ current_year }}

How a junior doctor generates over $4.5M through 15 income streams from a YouTube channel with over 3M subscribers and over 218,836,000 total views.

About
They started Part-Time YouTuber Academy about 7 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $375K/month
Read by 2,273 founders

18. Kirsty Partridge Art ($36.7K/year)

How much they make: $36.7K/year
Current team size:

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Interview with Kirsty Partridge

This case study details how Kirsty Partridge grew her art YouTube channel to over 1.3M subscribers and 81,296,486 views, and expanded her business by launching an art tutorials website and personalized art course which has taught 21K+ students.

About
They started Kirsty Partridge Art almost 9 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $3.06K/month
Read by 1,215 founders

19. Humphrey ($240K/year)

How much they make: $240K/year
Current team size:

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How Humphrey Yang Became A Finance Influencer

Personal finance expert Humphrey Yang made $20,000 a month from nine passive sources of income, including TikTok, YouTube, stocks, Turo car rentals, real estate, cryptocurrency staking, and writing, with an estimated net worth of $2 million.

About
They started Humphrey about 5 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $20K/month
Read by 1,098 founders

20. Pursuit of Passive Income ($264K/year)

Michael was looking for a passive income generating approach when he stumbled upon blogging and decided to venture.

How much they make: $264K/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 0

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How A Real Estate Agent Started A $20K/Month Blog

This case study is about a blogger who turned his passion into a business that generates $20k per month, mostly through affiliate marketing and consulting, by focusing on long-term sustainable passive income streams through blogging.

About
Michael started Pursuit of Passive Income about 3 years ago
Revenue
Michael grew the business to $22K/month
Costs
It cost Michael $500 to start the business
Read by 3,748 founders