If you’re looking for a way to make money online, have you considered a career as a webcam model? With the global economy in disarray, millions of people around the world lost their job in 2020/2021. With US unemployment figures at the worst levels seen in the history of the countries modern economy, jobless claims are still going through the roof in Q4 2021.
Unless you’re willing to take a low-level job as a barista or bartender, you’re going to find it hard to find a job in other sectors. As companies contract in the looming threat of recession, they aren’t hiring. Slinging burgers for a living at McDonald’s doesn’t sound like an appealing job for Gen Z’s and Millennials, so what are you supposed to do to earn an income?
Fortunately, the internet presents you with a world of opportunities to make money working from home. One of the most interesting business models to emerge in 2020 was the rise of the webcam entertainer. Platforms like “OnlyFans” saw huge user growth between March and August 2020, doubling their account registrations in just six months.
If you’re looking to earn an income online, webcam modeling is a viable way to make the cash you need to fund your lifestyle. This post gives you a step-by-step guide for everything you need to know to start a career as a webcam model.
There are dozens of webcam platforms online. Here are our choices for the top-10 websites.
Each platform offers you a unique spin on its offering. For instance, Chaturbate has the highest earnings potential, while Camsoda is the best choice for immediate earnings. We recommend reviewing the sites and opening an account on two or three platforms to spread your risk.
If one of the sites goes down, you don’t have all your eggs in one basket, and there’s less impact on your earnings and monthly cash flow.
When signing up for a potential webcam platform, take the time to research the terms and conditions of service. Review the percentage the website takes in commission from your monthly earnings. Platforms like only fans charge you a 20% commission.
Check that the website offers as many payment methods as possible for your fans and set up a crypto wallet to take payments in Bitcoin and Ethereum. The site must also provide a tipping system for custom content requests.
Publishing pixilated videos and images will ruin your career. Fans want to see you in the best resolution possible. Spend some money on investing in your new career. Pick out a high-end DSLR camera, sound equipment, and lighting to give your fans the best streaming experience possible.
Create a stage for each video or stream and take some time planning your content rather than just winging it.
Each stream should consist of purposeful content that engages your fans – they don’t want to see you looking bored on camera, and they don’t want to think you’re pushing out the content because you have to. Remember – authenticity sells.
Don’t use your real name when signing up for your webcam platform; that’s a recipe for stalker disaster. The last thing you need is fans doxing you or finding out where you live. Instead, choose a flashy screen name people will remember.
Your screen name acts as your brand, distinguishing you from other creators. Choose a name that reflects your personality. For instance, if you’re planning on releasing wild, XXX content, your name should be very different from a creator looking to produce cuddly, feel-good streams.
If you’re starting a webcam account with adult-themed content, you probably don’t want your neighbors watching your streams. Fortunately, most platforms allow you to block cities near you from accessing your content.
Block cities, not states, as that could end up ruining your traffic. For instance, if you’re in San Diego, blocking the state of California is a bad move.
You’ll cut out one of the most populous states from accessing your content. Instead, block San Diego and surrounding cities from accessing your content and retain the rest of the state for prospective fans.
Your profile is the touchstone between you and your fanbase. The first thing prospective fans look at is your profile picture, so make it count. Get your hair and makeup done, choose a stunning outfit, and have a professional photographer take photos for your profile.
Use your profile to show your fans what they can expect when signing up for your account. Tell them about the kind of content you publish, and avoid talking about yourself too much. Most of your fans don’t want to hear about your interests and goals; they want to see your content, so talk about that.
One of the best perks of being a webcam model is that your fans will develop an infatuation with you and want to send you gifts. That sounds awesome, right? However, when you open a package to find a fan’s old toothbrush or dirty underwear, you’re going to think twice about the arrangement.
Instead of giving your fans the control, wrestle it away from them by setting up an Amazon Wish list of the gifts you want them to send you.
Remember to use a forwarding address and your screen name, or you could end up with a stalker uncovering your real name and address, and that’s going to be a career-ending problem.
You’re going to have to decide what kind of content you want to publish on your account. The vast majority of webcam content is adult-themed, so prepare yourself to strip for the camera in most cases.
If you don’t want to get naked, that’s fine. However, make sure you mention that in your profile bio, or you’re going to deal with plenty of angry fans demanding a refund or pressuring you to take your clothes off on camera.
Do you know when your fans are online? You’ll get more eyeballs on your streams and content if you publish at times when your fans are browsing through the internet.
Try to keep your live streams to two to three hours in length, allowing your fans to join your stream when they go online.
Let’s face it; if you’re signing up as a webcam model, you need the look. People will not sign up for your page if you look like you didn’t take a shower this morning.
Invest in yourself and your new career by visiting the salon and beauty parlor to get your hair and nails done. Hire a professional photographer for your profile shoot, and get your makeup done by a professional to draw in thirsty fans.
You’re going to receive requests for custom content from your fans. Set up a tipping system with set price points for custom videos, images, and messages.
You’ll get all types of requests from fans. There are many ways to engage your fans and add extra income streams to your business, from singing songs to private chats.
If you notice that you have fans that show up for every stream, show them that you’re aware they are there. Do a few shoutouts before, during, and after your stream to build engagement.
There are plenty of fans that will fall over themselves with the opportunity to get you to say their name on a live stream. Remain grateful and thank your fans for following you.
When people start their webcam career, they often experience discouragement when they receive their first check from the webcam platform.
Chances are you’re not going to end up making a million dollars in the first six hours of launching your account – unless you already have a reputation, like “Bhad Bhabi.”
Keep your content publishing consistent and promote your account wherever you can, and you’ll eventually achieve success with your efforts.
No one wants to tune into a stream where you look like you don’t want to be there. You need to be on top form every time you get in front of the camera.
However, it’s important to find a balance between enthusiasm and boredom; your fans don’t want to feel like you’re putting on an act. Authenticity sells, and staying true to your personality is the best way to get more attention to your streams and content.
As mentioned, engaging your fans is the best way to retain membership. Please keep all of your communications as personal as possible, and avoid using templates that look like they are cut-and-paste replies.
Getting personal with your fans keeps them engaged in your content and your account. Use your DMs to start short conversations with your fans and ask them personal questions.
Drive more qualified traffic to your webcam account by promoting your business through social media. Set up accounts on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.
Use these accounts to promote your content to fans, leaving a link to your profile in your caption or description.
Facebook and Instagram let you use the Ad Manager tool to create targeted marketing campaigns. Promote your ads to users that are likely to sign up for your webcam account. However, remember to keep your advertising content within the platform’s rules – most of them don’t allow nudity.
When you start gaining traction with your audience, you’re going to have plenty of eyeballs on your account. Boost your earnings by offering strategic partnerships to companies.
For example, promoting Fleshlight products or other sex toys on your show right before or after your stream can help you collect advertising revenue.
Build your fanbase into a frenzy by offering competitions and giveaways for items your fans will want. For example, Belle Delphine earned over $1.2-million just by selling her bathwater to thirsty fans.
Who knows, if it was even here bathwater, she could have filled it straight from the tap. The point is it’s a genius marketing move that sets up an alternative income stream to your main account subscriptions.
Opening your messages to find hundreds or thousands of DMs is a frustrating experience. Stop fans from spamming you by asking them to tip you if they want to send you a DM.
This strategy gives you another income stream to add to your business, and it saves you spending hours sorting spam from genuine requests.
When you start to build a following, create an independent website for your fans. Use your screen name in the URL and charge your fans a monthly subscription fee in line with what they are paying on your webcam platform.
If your content partner, like OnlyFans, bans you from its platform, then you have a backup site for your business, and it won’t affect your income as much as if you had no other option for your business.