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Earn Money on YouTube as a Content Creator

Earn Money on YouTube as a Content Creator

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Monetizing on YouTube has become an attainable goal for many content creators. It is the most significant social platform and has created an unstoppable phenomenon for earning substantial money through video views.

In this blog, we will guide you step-by-step on how to monetize your YouTube channel, declare your income in different countries, and the benefits of creating a company in the United States to optimize your tax burden.

How to Monetize and Earn Money from YouTube

Monetizing on YouTube involves several methods and strategies that can generate significant income if applied correctly. Here are the essential steps to start earning money on YouTube:

  1. Enable Monetization on Your Channel: To start monetizing your channel, you must meet the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) requirements:
    • Have at least 1,000 subscribers.
    • Have accumulated 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months.
    • Have a linked AdSense account.
    • Comply with all YouTube policies.
    • Once you meet these requirements, you can enable monetization from YouTube Studio and accept the YPP terms.
  2. Ad Revenue: Once monetization is enabled, you can earn money through ads shown on your videos. Revenue is generated whenever a viewer watches or clicks on the ads.
  3. Channel Memberships: If you have a loyal subscriber base, you can enable channel memberships where fans pay a monthly fee in exchange for exclusive benefits like additional content and custom emojis.
  4. Super Chats and Super Stickers: During live streams, your viewers can purchase Super Chats and Super Stickers to highlight their messages in the chat. This is an excellent way to generate additional income.
  5. Product and Merchandise Sales: YouTube allows integration with merchandising platforms to sell your products. This includes t-shirts, hats, and any other products you decide to offer.
  6. Affiliate Marketing: Another way to monetize your channel is through affiliate marketing. Promote other companies' products and earn a commission for each sale made through your affiliate link.

How to Declare YouTube Income in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Ecuador

Declaring income earned from YouTube varies by country. Here’s how to do it in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Ecuador:


  1. Registration with DIAN: Register as an independent worker.
  2. Tax Declaration: Declare your income as independent work income.
  3. Expense Deductions: Deduct expenses related to content creation.


  1. Registration with AFIP: Register as a monotributista or under the general regime.
  2. Income Declaration: Declare your income as non-labor earnings.
  3. Tax Payment: Pay the corresponding tax according to the tax scale.


  1. Registration with SAT: Register as a sole proprietor.
  2. ISR Declaration: Declare your income and file monthly or annual returns.
  3. Expense Deductions: Deduct expenses related to your activity.


  1. Registration with SII: Register as an independent worker.
  2. Tax Declaration: Declare your income as personal service provision.
  3. Tax Payment: Pay the corresponding taxes and deduct allowable expenses.


  1. Registration with SRI: Register as an income tax contributor.
  2. Tax Declaration: Declare your income according to the applicable regime.
  3. Tax Payment: Calculate and pay the corresponding income tax.

How Much Money Do I Lose by Paying Taxes in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Ecuador vs. the United States?

The tax burden can vary significantly between Latin American countries and the United States. Here’s a general comparison:

Advantages of Paying Taxes in the United States

  1. Competitive Tax Rates: U.S. tax rates can be lower compared to some Latin American countries.
  2. Broad Deductions: The U.S. offers a variety of tax deductions that can reduce your tax burden.
  3. Fiscal Stability: The U.S. tax system is stable and predictable, facilitating long-term financial planning.

Considerations in Latin America

  1. High Tax Rates: Some Latin American countries have higher tax rates for certain income brackets.
  2. Administrative Complexity: Compliance requirements can be complex and vary significantly between countries.
  3. Local Incentives: Some countries offer specific tax incentives for certain economic activities.

Benefits of Creating a Company in the United States and Monetizing Through an LLC or CORP

  1. Personal Liability Protection: Operating as an LLC or CORP separates your personal assets from business assets, offering protection in case of lawsuits or legal liabilities.
  2. Credibility and Professionalism: Having an LLC or CORP adds a level of professionalism that can attract more clients, partners, and investors.
  3. Tax Advantages: LLCs and CORPs in the U.S. can take advantage of a wide range of tax deductions and planning options that can significantly reduce the tax burden.
  4. Flexibility and Growth Potential: LLCs have fewer administrative requirements compared to corporations, making it easier to manage the business and comply with legal obligations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long does it take to start making money on YouTube? The time can vary, but it generally takes several months to meet monetization requirements and build a significant audience.
  2. Can I monetize videos with copyrighted content? No, YouTube requires all content to comply with its copyright policies. Using copyrighted material without permission can result in demonetization or video removal.
  3. Do I need an accountant to manage my YouTube income? Having an accountant can be very helpful to ensure you meet all your tax obligations and maximize available deductions.

Monetizing on YouTube is an excellent opportunity for content creators worldwide. With the right steps and strategies, you can maximize your earnings while efficiently managing your tax obligations.

At Prodezk, we offer personalized service at every stage, ensuring a hassle-free experience and successful registration of your business in the U.S.

David Suarez
Gerente de Marketing

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