Last summer I stumbled upon a hobby that I really enjoyed. I started filming motorcycle rides in my area. I felt like the project was something I wanted to persue so last summer (2013) I took the project a step further. I filmed 5 episodes in the Northwest including resort destinations, and rides that locals would like to see when visiting.
During the winter I was able to precure several sponsors, (good only no money) from Carhartt, Harrah's Casino, and many smaller establishments that comped us rooms, meals, and entertainment.
I have also been able to get some funding from one of the locations that we have visited.
I am currently building a website that will help people plan trips and am writting material and lectures that go along with the web site.
I am currently at a bit of cross roads and could use some advice. I have a full time job and will not be able to get out on the road next summer (2014) unless I quit. I would like to continue producing this series but need to better understand the business side. I would need to secure around $10,000 before I could even think about taking the summer off to do the videos.
I have put together a small business plan that explains what I am looking to do but the business portion, the monitization aspect is something I can't quite figure out yet. How do people make money producing videos?
If anyone has any resources they can guide me to that would be great. I would be interested in how to obtain sponsors. I understand the concept of the numbers game, calling and obtaining yes' but I also have to believe that there is some sort of business structure.
Here is a bit of info on the current project.
Rallies & Rides in on Youtube at www.youtube.com/eandsmcadventures
There are around 16,500 video views with 97 subscribers
I get around 100 visits to my web site daily
I really appreciate the help.