Episode 45 – Going Full Time on YouTube, Noel Philips

Author Jon Quinton 2 min read time

Welcome back to the first in person, face to face episode in what feels like a very long time.

And what a way to come back! In this episode, I meet up with aviation YouTuber Noel Philips to talk about his move from a full-time career in IT to working full time on his channel.

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Since taking the leap to full-time, Noel has grown his channel to over 200k subscribers, has 1.2 million followers on Facebook and has racked up millions of views across each platform.

Although focused on air travel, Noel puts his unique twist on things and completes some mad challenges including taking the longest flights in the world back to back, going around the world in 80 hours and eating a KFC at Mount Everest. All very entertaining stuff!

Within this episode we talk through what’s made the channel successful, but also the ins and outs of working on YouTube full time. We talk through what a typical day looks like (not that there is such a thing), but also how revenue is generated and how the business model works.

A huge thanks to Noel for his openness to talk about the business – it made for a very interesting and inspiring chat!

Given the aviation theme of Noel’s channel, we decided to record the interview in an aircraft hanger.

This was great fun and definitely made the episode more entertaining, but if you want to see what all the background noise is about head over to YouTube to see the episode there!

What this episode covers:

  • The background on Noels channel
  • Making the switch to full-time
  • How the business model works
  • How revenue is generated



Having been involved in digital marketing for over a decade, Jon set up Overdrive Digital in 2016. With extensive experience in both paid media and organic channels, Jon has worked with brands ranging from small startups to global businesses.