In 2019, Timothy P. Livingston was looking for his next chapter. “I had just finished eight years of service in the army and wanted to do something different,” he recalls. “I couldn’t picture myself going back to a desk job and wanted to work for myself.”
So, he bought 2 mobile homes for $1,000 a piece and documented how he and his wife Jennifer refurbished them. “That was the start of our YouTube channel,” Timothy says. The channel and website, Timothy P. Livingston Home Tours, is a space where the Livingstons tour model homes and share news, information, and tips about modular, manufactured, and even tiny residences with their growing online community.
After their mobile home do-over, they began contacting local mobile home dealerships to see if they could tour and showcase the inventory they had. “A few dealers invited us in and that totally launched our business into all different types of homes,” Timothy shares.
Though passionate about the project, with a newborn at home, the Livingstons took measured steps when thinking about turning Timothy P. Livingston Home Tours into a full-time business. As members of the YouTube Partner Program they started earning ad revenue from their videos and they implemented Google AdSense on their website to earn money from display ads. “We set a revenue goal that if we reached $10,000 a month in earnings consistently, Jennifer would feel comfortable enough to step back into part-time work,” says Timothy.
“It was scary but exciting, to be able to work for ourselves and do what we want to do,” Jennifer recalls. Timothy credits Jennifer with giving their family the stability they needed as the business grew.