December 16, 2021

How I Made $4,790,000 in 2021

Ali Abdaal
In this ridiculously long and detailed video, I'll take you behind-the-scenes of my YouTube channel and various businesses to show how much money we've made in 2021. Please do take the trigger warning at the start into account and please also understand that this is not an overnight success story, and there's no (legit) way to make money online without large amounts of work, luck and unfair advantages, of which I've had plenty. If you've got any questions, chuck them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer. ๐Ÿง  The Part-Time YouTuber Academy - PS: This is all pre-tax revenue, and it goes into a company account which I then pay 21 team members, lots of money for various contractors, consultants and coaches, and an obscene amount of money for various software subscriptions etc. The money then gets corporation taxed. Personally, I don't withdraw very much each year and when I do, I get hit with 37.5% dividend tax and 9% student loan repayments. So this "top line business revenue" has very little association with the numbers on my personal bank account, in case you're trying to estimate my personal net worth from this video. Maybe I'll talk about that some other time, but yeah - please don't rush to any conclusions from this video on that front :) Timestamps - 00:00 Intro 01:54 Twitch 02:54 Working as a doctor 03:22 Mentor for BASB 03:47 Real-estate 04:43 Nebula 05:11 Podcast sponsorships 06:40 Stocks and shares 10:20 Book deal 12:00 Crypto 15:15 Affiliate income 17:37 YouTube AdSense 19:56 Sponsorships 22:46 Skillshare 26:08 PTYA MY FREE ONLINE COURSES: ๐Ÿš€ Productivity Masterclass - Principles and Tools to Boost Your Productivity - ๐ŸŽฌ Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X - From Beginner to YouTuber - ๐ŸŽ“ How to Study for Exams - An Evidence-Based Masterclass - PART-TIME YOUTUBER ACADEMY: ๐Ÿฟ My 6-week live online course - MY FAVOURITE GEAR: ๐ŸŽฅ My YouTube Camera Gear - โŒจ๏ธ My Keyboard - Wireless Coral mechanical keyboard (Cherry Blue) - ๐Ÿ“ My favourite iPad Screen Protector - Paperlike - ๐ŸŽ’ My Desk Accessories + Todo List - Ugmonk - MY FAVOURITE SOFTWARE: โœ๏ธ The best summaries of books (Shortform) - ๐Ÿ“š How I remember what I read (Readwise) - ๐ŸŽต Where I get my Music (amazing for YouTubers) - ๐ŸŽ™ My weekly podcast - My brother and I host a weekly podcast where we discuss happiness, creativity and the human condition. You can find it by searching โ€œNot Overthinkingโ€ on any podcast app (eg: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts etc). BE MY FRIEND: ๐Ÿ’Œ Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - ๐ŸŒ My website / blog - ๐Ÿ“ธ Instagram - ๐Ÿฆ Twitter - ๐ŸŽฎ Twitch - WHO AM I: Iโ€™m Ali, a YouTuber, podcaster, soon-to-be author and ex-Doctor working in London, UK. I make videos that explore the strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. I also have a weekly podcast called Deep Dive (, and I write a weekly email newsletter that contains some quick thoughts + links to interesting things ( GET IN TOUCH: If youโ€™d like to talk, Iโ€™d love to hear from you. Tweeting @AliAbdaal directly will be the quickest way to get a response, but if your question is very long, feel free to email me at I try my best to reply to things but there sadly aren't enough hours in the day to respond to everyone ๐Ÿ˜ญ PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from ๐Ÿ˜œ
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