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  • Thoughts on an "online name"

    I started scrapping mainly because it interests me and I enjoy it but also because I want to "retire" from being an employee and am trying to set up multiple income streams to reduce the load on my savings/superannuation. (I'm looking for beer money but i drink lots of beer).
    Minor stream 1: Scrap metal recycling - mainly non-ferrous
    Minor stream 2: ebay/gumtree sales of items that are better than scrap.
    Minor stream 3 (long term): An online presence in Instagram & Youtube with associated marketing products.

    Because I live close to the Sydney CBD and I thought it sounded "more legit" I was veering towards City Recycler or Inner-City Recycler. My workmates reckon i should call myself Bondi Scrapper because everyone knows Bondi and it rolls off the tongue. I like it and some fun can be had with it but is it overly deceptive considering I'm 11km/30mins drive from Bondi and the bulk of my scrapping will be a 3km radius from where I live.

    The Bondi Vet isn't actually in Bondi and lots of products labelled Byron Bay have never been anywhere near the place.

  • #2
    Good idea with multiple income streams, I did the same thing and found that cash flow is always coming in even if one or two areas of the stream are in a dry spell.
    Depending on what you did with youtube could turn it into a decent income so something to consider doing in conjunction with scrapping days.
    As for your name, just go with what feels right for you, end of the day it doesn't really matter the name but maybe something that isn't specific to an area might be best.
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    • #3
      I agree with Ben in that ultimately a name doesn't really matter as building up a following depends mainly on content and your online 'personality'.
      All these income streams are indeed minor and not easily established - or at least hard to maintain without constant effort. But, as long as you enjoy what you do, then the effort will be easier..
      I lived off ebay at one stage in my life, which eventually led to opening a collectables/secondhand shop. My life wasn't planned that way - it just evolved by doing what I enjoy! Before that I was a self employed mechanic, which was a tough way to make a living!
      I've now been in my shop for 16 years and still love it. Ebay now plays a very minor part with specialist sales, as well facebook BSS pages. I can alter the effort I put into online sales, depending on whether I need to boost my shop takings or not.
      I am looking to set up a future income stream from my youtube channel... but this takes persistence and patience! My scrapping ventures just provide subject matter for youtube and a stash of stuff to cash in whenever I need a cash injection or the market is very high!

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      • #4
        Thx for the input.

        I'm fairly lucky as I'm financially established despite the best efforts of my ex-wife to squeeze me like a sponge. I'm mainly after things to keep the brain and body active.

        Chris, I'm a qualified mechanic as well and have to agree it's a thankless career for what is a highly skilled job. I loved the challenge of it and loved my good customers but the dishonest ones killed it for me.
        I did an Ass Dip in Mech Eng at the same time as my apprenticeship and then one of my (good) clients at the workshop offered me a job fixing aircraft, then I got into workshop planning. Got retrenched after 17 years and went into water assets as a maintenance planner, restructured and plonked into another role as an engineer, restructured and plonked into another role and I'm a bit over it.

        My other planned income stream is gardening and home handyman. I'm good at both. Around here you'll get $50-$60/hr cash for handyman

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        • #5
          You've got lot's of ingredients for a super youtube channel long term if your willing to give it a go.
          May take a couple years before you see any income from it but by then you could have a nice collection of video's up and then the knowledge of what's working and where your following is, then you could go for it and set up a channel that could be a steady cash flow well into retirement.

          Your into scrapping, it's a growing niche on youtube, you can do car things, quite popular on YT, workshop planning might be a good topic for those two niches.
          Gardening is pretty big on YT if your a bit of a character and home handyman goes hand in hand with that, females are a big audience for those type of things and they're much more loyal subscribers than guys are.

          Basically, the idea is to just go with the flow of what your already doing but make a video of the process, the more natural the flow, the more likely people will follow your adventures.
          I am going pretty slow on youtube at the moment but hope start increasing my content from spring time. It really can make a difference to cash flow, currently at this slow pace I average over $2000 a month from YT plus side revenue from amazon where people look at tools and things I recommend, that in itself could be big for you if a part of your audience are into fixing cars.

          But yeah, it takes time and you gotta want to do it consistently for a long time for nothing before you get a chance at making money from it, but you could get lucky and your channel could grow into much more and looking at 6 figures a year, lot's of people have got there with pretty crappy channels.
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          • #6
            I already have content.
            Slightly struggling with the editing process and deciding what software to use.

            My teenagers watched the first unedited one and were having a good laugh. Apparently my stream of conscious talking is a bit funny.

            I'm just going to let it all happen organically and make sure it's fun for me. :-)

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            • #7
              I use the free Hitfilm Express software and love it - once I worked out the basics. I'm not into flashy effects or anything.. and even an intro that I spent ages creating for my first videos, has been dropped. It's very easy to edit a basic video with fade-ins & fade-outs as well as separating the audio and video tracks and removing bloopers!
              Good advice from Ben, and he's right.. there are some pretty crappy channels out there which have quite a following!
              Let your personality show through and subscribers will 'get to know you'... and then just persist! I've been told that youtube rewards consistency, so I make sure I get something up each and every week.

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