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How to Get Into Webcam Work
Webcams are here to stay and making money online by growing a niche audience has never been easier. As the economy and job market continues to shift with the times, find out how easy it can be to make money from the comfort of your home. If you are someone who has been considering joining the webcam industry (subscription sites like OnlyFans and similar apps), here are some major points of action to think about to get you started.
This article is geared towards adult entrepreneurs, so if you are under the age of 18, share your idea with your parent or guardian before you navigate the web; consider sticking to platforms like YouTube.
Webcam Model Essentials
Let's talk about the essentials to making money as a webcam model. Mostly importantly, you need to know how to grow a business and how to do it the smart and safe way. Webcamming invites people into the privacy of your home or domain, so make sure you go about it in the safest most effective way possible.
The cool thing about this industry is that there are lots of avenues to explore. From sitting down and sharing a meal with your community to ASMR, here are some ideas and niche topics to explore:
- Eating in Front of the Camera
- Discussing Exotic Pets and Husbandry
- Demonstrating How-Tos and DIY
- Offering Good Conversation and Company
- Testing Products
- Demonstrating Unique Talents (opera, aerial yoga, painting)
- Putting on Makeup
- Gaming in Costume
- Working Out
- Performing Live ASMR Audio
Webcam Model Earnings
According to ZipRecruiter.com, cam models make on average $61,983 annually (and upwards of 145,500) or $30/hour. Earnings vary depending on hours worked, geographic region, focus, hours of operation, fan base, whether or not you work with an agency, and more.
How to Get Started Livecam Modeling
A lot of people gain enjoyment out of webcam modeling and find it to be an easy industry to enter. Both men and women and anyone of any identity can make money webcamming especially when it comes to modeling. Modeling is not what it traditionally sounds like—you can model anything from reviewing products, demonstrating how-tos, taking on challenges or dares, engaging in conversation, performing music, sharing your talents, etc. It all depends on your audience.
Livecam sites can offer you the option of working when you want and how you want, so long as you do your research and choose a site that gives you control over your content. That's why it's important to read the fine print and read user reviews. The last thing you want to do is bind yourself to a site, service, or agency that essentially takes away your money and your rights as a creator. You'll want to consider the points mentioned below to start your business.
1. Pick a Reputable Site
Most importantly, you want to do a bit of research and pick a site that appeals to you. Many people like to offer contests, take requests, and create experiences for their customers, so the site you choose can determine how much of this you can and can't do. Essentially, you are creating an experience for your following and drawing in a niche group of admirers.
The site you choose can play a big role in what types of customers and fans you acquire. You want to make sure you pick something that aligns with you. Consider checking out some of the major webcam personalities and watch interviews of how they made it big and where they started. Follow in their footsteps while keeping in mind that in order to make it, you also need to stay unique.
2. Pick a Site That Offers Tips
Most sites will host videos but they also take a percentage of your earnings. You will want to find a site that gives you a good deal so be sure to check out what percentage they take from your tips. You will also want to review what users say about the site based on how much traffic they get, rules, or restrictions. When you start out, it's a good idea to log how much you are earning and to keep track of every detail. As always, read the fine print.
3. Find Out How Often They Pay
It's important not only to understand what the site or service expects but also how often they pay and what they pay for. Some sites pay weekly, bi-weekly, etc., so you want to make sure you know what to expect in terms of revenue. If you are working with an agency, their terms will also differ. There are pros and cons to operating on your own versus working with an agency. Consider both.
4. Build a Brand: Create Your Identity
Anonymity is key and helps to dissolve some of the barriers that lead to performance anxiety. Having an extra special persona on the side can give you the confidence you need to be your best self. Pick an identity and name that truly resonates with your inner being. For instance, if you are into being a BAB and want that to resonate with your audience, consider a name like Rosie Rocker. Or, if you're into working out, perhaps you want a name like Johnny Iron. There is a lot in a name, so take some time in choosing one. Once you've established your name and identity, you will want to trademark it.
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5. Research When Your Target Market Is Reached
Consider logging how much you are making during a certain window of time. There are programs that can help you do this. Do your clients live in a different region? Go by their timezone rather than yours (within reason). Do your clients prefer to join your room in the morning, afternoon, evening, or after hours like midnight? Know when to recruit the largest audience. Scheduling is extremely important and you need to be regular so that your clients know when to join. Having a regular schedule also falls in line with being professional.
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6. Create a Sense of Community
Your community is everything! Community means traffic means followers means earnings. Engage your audience and know that more time means more money. The more time you spend on the cam the more money you will make. Be interesting but also keep it professional. It's important that you establish what you are there for from the beginning. Keeping your integrity also is part of being professional—so never do anything outside of your comfort zone. If you are all about vegan living and someone dares you to eat a hot dog, don't just bend your morals because you are after the money. Be proud of who you are and do not settle. Integrity lasts a lifetime, and money doesn't.
7. Host Contests, Give Away Swag
Keep things interesting by giving back to your audience. Once you establish yourself and get an idea of what people are looking for, work with brands and companies that align with your identity. If you have a following that is all about biker babes, give out some cool swag. If you have a following that is all about fashion and menswear, give away a prized accessory. Personalize it, too. If you have a strong fanbase, consider posing in the hat you are going to give away. Maybe wear the T-shirt that will go to the contest winner—get creative. Play it safe when sending the swag and never give away your true identity (that is, don't include your home address, ever).
8. Have a Good Attitude
Everyone has a bad day here and there, but don't let it show. Part of being in the entertainment industry is putting on a show to keep people happy and boosted (unless, that is, you're performing for a niche group that is not about being happy 24/7—keep it authentic!). Whatever it is that is going on in your personal life, leave it behind. However, if you have a close following that loves to talk about real life stuff, feel free to indulge and connect. Maybe you all are about discussion relationship woes. It's all good—do what feels natural, just be yourself.
9. Have a Good Social Media Presence
Social media is everything these days. It doesn't matter if you're in the music industry or selling apparel, make sure you have a strong TikTok, Instagram, YouTube presence, etc. Content platforms are important for establishing your presence and your brand. The more you are out there, the more followers you will accrue. Put the effort in and reap the reward.
10. Don't Do Anything You Don't Want to Do
It's your life! While you may be in the entertainment industry as a webcam model, always remember that it's your life so make choices for yourself. Don't give in to a request or change just because of the temporary reward. Keep your integrity. Think about how you will feel in the long run. Work with people who respect you and respect yourself. Be cool and establish yourself, be unique, but always think things through. Authenticity and integrity go a long way—you will hear this from some of the most successful cam models.
Expand Your Market and Try Something New
There is the misconception that adult cams need to be "sexy" and oriented towards adult content, but realistically, a lot of cam models provide the service of offering company and conversation while looking cute or cool or . . . whatever it is your audience is looking for. There is a niche for everyone and everything, really, so get creative and explore what makes you special.
Anyone Can Model
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so is entertainment. If you love yourself and are unafraid to get in front of a camera, then go for it. Embrace your identity, get weird, and enjoy the moment. All it takes is confidence and character and you're golden. People are looking for company during lonely times and others are just looking for something new and exciting. Make sure you are getting what you want out of webcam modeling alongside growing a business. As much as this is about your clients, this is also about you. Good luck!
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2020 Laynie H
Asumadu Joseph from Nsawam Adoagyiri on May 17, 2020:
Learning new things are very good who knows you can reap a lot if you do it well .
Laynie H (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 13, 2020:
Thanks for the read. I was really interested in researching this industry. A lot of people are turning to it during COVID-19 times. Some people have done very well for many years. Hope you are well.
Liz Westwood from UK on May 13, 2020:
You givd an interesting insight into opportunities for modeling online.
Laynie H (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 13, 2020:
Thanks so much for reading. I was really interested in this topic because a lot of people have been looking into it during COVID times. From what I recall webcams sold out immediately once social distancing became the norm. I'd be curious to see what everyone does, but you can certainly find an audience for any interest. Glad you agree on the integrity bit! I actually heard a lot of that from successful webcam models when listening to their interviews! Hope you are well.
Lora Hollings on May 12, 2020:
I thought your article about this topic was really well researched and written, Layne. You certainly gave me a lot of good information on a topic that I knew very little about. Sounds like a very interesting and enjoyable way to make some good money. And I certainly agree with you when you say don't compromise on your ethics or integrity! Great article.
Laynie H (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 12, 2020:
Hi Umesh, Thanks for the read. Glad you liked it.
Laynie H (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 12, 2020:
Hi Poppy, thanks for the read. I did find quite a few but I didn't list them here just so that I stayed in line with the site policies since some prob overlap with adult content. You can do a few searches and you'll find some good ones. I've really liked learning about all the different ways you can draw an audience in in particular. It sounds like there are interests and connections waiting to be untapped.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 12, 2020:
Great article. Things well explained. Thanks.
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on May 12, 2020:
I've been thinking of streaming for a while. Several people have suggested it. There's some good advice here. Can you give some examples in tip #1?