9-year-old boy makes $US 1 million reviewing toys
Popular YouTube reviewer is pulling in huge amounts of money.

Lots of kids would love to have a career involving toys, but most of them don’t make any money from their obsessions, it’s their parents that end up spending it. For nine-year-old Evan, though it’s different: his YouTube reviews of kid’s things have attracted over 1.2 billion views and earn him around $US1.3 million every year.

Let that sink in…

More than bonding

He has over a million subscribers to his YouTube channel which his filmmaker dad, Jared, helped to set up.

Astoundingly, according to fastcompany.com, Jared hadn’t planned to make any money out of the project – he didn’t even know it was possible – but he’d started it with his son to spend some time bonding.

Until Jared realised that they were getting lots of clicks, and he decided to click on the “monetize”button on YouTube. The money began trickling, then pouring, in. Evan’s dad is  investing the money for him, so it’s not all being spent on toys! Most of the money comes from Google ads on the site, but they’ve also been approached by some bigger companies looking for commercial opportunities.

Evan is a calm, friendly face in front of the camera. He’s polite and cheerful as he chats happily away about whatever is on his table that day.

They have also shown that they’re not greedy, Jared and Evan donate most of the toys reviewed to charity, and they support the Make-a-Wish foundation, too.

Take a look at Evan reviewing some Lego figurines, via EvanHD/YouTube:

Having fun in the online playground

We have noted vloggers like Caspar Lee and also amateur musicians making money from YouTube before, but Evan has shown that it’s possible to create a business empire under the age of nine!

What about your kids? Videos can be made fairly easily, and, with a little effort, you could help your child become an online sensation.

As Jared says, though, you could also just do it for some precious time together, sharing your interests and having fun.

But a million dollars would be nice pocket money too, right?

What are your child’s interests? Have you done anything special to encourage those interests?

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