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Getting Started on becoming a cam model

Getting Started Being A Webcam Model – What To Do First:

So you want to be a cam model? Now that you’ve made that decision, it’s time to get yourself all set up. If you don’t already have high speed internet, it’s time to upgrade. Your internet speed plays a big factor in your ranking on almost every cam site. To test your current internet speed, run a speed test at www.speedtest.net. The main thing you’re gonna want to look at is your upload speed. If it’s below 1.0 Mbps, you’re gonna want to upgrade to something faster. This will not only make your cam stream run smoothly, but it will also reduce the delay in your chat room when interacting with fans.

The next step is getting a laptop or desktop computer that can run the software needed to cam. Every cam site has their own software, and there’s even additional webcam software that you can download from the internet. Some are more advanced than others, and require a faster computer. If your computer remains near 100% CPU or lags when running your camming software, it may be time to upgrade. A computer with an i7 processor (or it’s equivalent) and 3 GB of RAM or more is recommended for optimal performance. If possible, it’s also a good idea to use a wired connection. It’s usually faster, and much more reliable that going wireless. To setup a wired connection, you just connect your computer to your modem or router using an ethernet cable.

We can’t forget about the webcam itself! Even if you have a newer laptop with a built-in camera, you aren’t going to get the quality that you get with an external webcam. Aside from that, it’s nice to be able to pick up and move your camera around for some shows. There are two webcams that every established cam model will recommend. The first is the Logitech C920. You can pick one up on Amazon for around $70-$75. It’s a great camera that shoots in full 1080p HD. If you’re looking for a camera with some extra features, the Logitech BCC950 Conference Cam is a great option. This camera also shoots in full 1080p HD. One of the perks of this camera is the remote control that it comes with. With the remote, you can move your camera in all directions and zoom in and out without having to physically move your whole camera. It has a noise-cancelling microphone built into it, so your fans will be able to hear you loud and clear even if you’re moving around, dancing, far away, etc. This cam is a bit more expensive though. On Amazon, it will run you around $200.

So you’ve done all the upgrades, but your cam stream is still looking dark or grainy. Good lighting can make all the difference! Natural lighting is great if you’re camming during the day, but professional lighting works just as well… day or night! You can find inexpensive, professional webcam lighting on Amazon. There’s some decent ones on there for around $50. When positioning your lights, you’ll want to place your light sources in front of you, behind your webcam. This way it’ll light up your face and make you look vibrant. You may need to adjust the height or position of your lights to prevent glare, especially if you wear glasses. But with just a little tinkering, you’ll be able to get it just right. Never use fluorescent lighting! You may think it’ll work well because of how bright it can be, but it’s very unflattering on cam.

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Well, those are the basics! Now you are ready to select a webcam site to work on.

How much are the top webcam girls making?

The Top 10 webcam girl countdown

If you’re a cam girl, chances are you’re supplementing your income with a few shows here and there. But did you know there are women in the cam industry taking home six figure salaries? That number doesn’t even include all the bonus lavish gifts admirers purchase from the girls various wish lists. Interested to learn what the top earners are making? Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 cam girls.

1. Kickaz from MyFreeCams:

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Kickaz is an artist, entertainer, and burlesque performer from a place called Kickland. Her shows are a combination of sensual performance art mixed with old school vaudeville. Her fans come for her personality, not just her body. So what does a performer like Kickaz make in a year from camming? Let’s look at how many tokens she received month by month:

January: 951,576 tokens
February: 908,781 tokens
March: 2,671,754 tokens
April: 956,740 tokens
May: 1,204,631 tokens
June: 1,073,937 tokens
July: 2,855,288 tokens
August: 1,138,237 tokens
September: 1,109,199 tokens
October: 1,203,782 tokens

That’s a total of 12,073,925 tokens in 10 months of camming which equates to a take home gross of $703,696. Kickaz indeed.

2. PumpkinSpice_ from MyFreeCams.com

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PumpkinSpice_ is cashing in on her cuteness with an all-encompassing social media presence. When she’s not in her room putting on a show, you can still catch her updating her tumblr account, Snapchat, kik, Twitter, and Instagram profiles. PumpkinSpice_ is a mastermind at creating her own little world and she’s got the bank account to prove she’s more than just a kawaii face.  Here’s a breakdown of her token earnings from last year:

January: 1,189,093 tokens
February: 905,555 tokens
March: 2,703,971 tokens
April: 1,169,105 tokens
May: 1,343,388 tokens
June: 525,320 tokens
July: 2,169,760 tokens
August: 1,012,858 tokens
September: 799,915 tokens
October: 1,194,236 tokens

That’s a total of 13,073,249 tokens, which comes to a gross of $653,662 for PumpkinSpice_. Not too shabby for the “otaku bae” as she calls herself.

3. Abella Anderson from Naked.com

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Abella Anderson is a Cuban born webcam model and adult film superstar. In addition to her film work, Abella has been a spokesmodel for New York City based lingerie retailer Eye Candy Sensation and Miami based shoe company Foot Soldiers. She has also appeared in Childish Gambino’s short film “Clapping for the Wrong Reasons” and starred in the lyric video for Gambino’s song “3005”. When Abella isn’t flying around the world for her paid appearances (where she commands a $10,000 fee) she can be found camming. Her loyal fans have catapulted her into the top spot on Naked.com where she reportedly earns $550,000 a year. We interviewed Abella Anderson and you can read about it more here

4. Ginny Potter from MyFreeCams

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GinnyPotter is a single non-drinker with a penchant for DIY projects (which is why she asks to be gifted in Home Depot cards.) Aside from cam modeling she makes money by selling items she wears for her legions of fans. Here’s how much she made in front of the camera last year:
January: 1,700,931 tokens
February: 670,509 tokens
March: 877,290 tokens
April: 617,897 tokens
May: 3,290,703 tokens
June: 704,440 tokens
July: 923,892 tokens
August: 848,943 tokens
September: 737,535 tokens
October: 585,101 tokens

GinnyPotter was tipped a total of 10,957,241 tokens in 2015 which netted her $547, 862.

5. Olivia from MyFreeCams

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Olivia is a bit of a MyFreeCams.com wildcard. She’s not your typical, bubbly cam girl even though her profile says “Always a sunny day!” She’s Native American, 34-years-old, and cams every couple of months. Even though she’s not a regular she makes quite a pretty penny. Here’s how much she made in 2015:

January: N/A
February: 1,005,956 tokens
March: N/A
April: 2,977,450 tokens
May: N/A
June: 3,893,400 tokens
July: N/A
August: 2,937,594 tokens
September: N/A
October: N/A

Olivia worked a total of four months and walked away with a cool $547,862. Not bad for only working 120 days out of the year.

6. AspenRae from MyFreeCams

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AspenRae describes herself as a “Professional Masturbator” and she makes quite a living doing what she loves. The 25-year-old, 110 pound psych major is one of MyFreeCams.com’s top earners and quite the businesswoman. Aside from her lucrative cam career, she also charges a fee if you want to follow her on SnapChat or join her G.O.A.T. team (you’ll have to visit her page to find out what she means by that.)

Here were here monthly earnings for 2015:

January: 2,243,390 tokens
February: 679,375 tokens
March: 812,616 tokens
April: 630,717 tokens
May: 992,451 tokens
June: 716,330 tokens
July: 770,309 tokens
August: 1,152,457 tokens
September: 771,992 tokens
October: 643,909 tokens

AspenRae earned a total of 9,314,066 tokens, which equates to $465,703. That’s not even taking into account the thousands of dollars of clothing and jewelry that’s been lavished on the brunette beauty.

7. Jalyn from MyFreeCams

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Jayln is a master at making money on the Internet. With her cam shows netting her a six-figure salary and her Amazon wish list being fulfilled on a daily basis, this cam girl knows how to get what she wants. On top of her live show she also charges if you want to follow her on Twitter and she requests even more for a private message session. Here’s her breakdown for the year:

January: 785,420 tokens
February: 725,442 tokens
March: 956,160 tokens
April: 304,342 tokens
May: 3,509,458 tokens
June: 347,710 tokens
July: 732,767 tokens
August: 567,703 tokens
September: 810,553 tokens
October: 405,738 tokens

Jayln earned a total of 9.147,303 tokens, which amounts to a gross of $457,365 in 2015 making this 9 time winner of Miss MyFreeCams a tough one to beat.

8. LexxiStar from MyFreeCams

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LexxiStar is a bisexual Asian and super earner on MyFreeCams. With an average rating of 5 stars from 13,321 voters, this cam girl is making bank. Here’s her monthly breakdown:

January: 1,066,811 tokens
February: 2,405,736 tokens
March: N/A
April: 3,261,191 tokens
May: 644,813 tokens
June: 635,209 tokens

LexxiStar is a perfect example of how much a cam girl can earn working part time. Obviously not everyone can be a top earner like Lexxi, but not everyone is a top performer like Lexxi. She only cammed for 5 months last year and took home an impressive 8,073,820 tokens which comes to $403,691. Not bad for a seriously part-time gig.

 

9. Selena Adams from Naked.com

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Selena Adams is one of Naked.com’s best cam girls with a loyal fan base and two fan proposals under her garter belt. What the Latina superstar lacks in height (she’s only 5 feet tall) she makes up for with stacks of cash. She reportedly pulled in close to $375,000 last year while camming only part time. Her fans love her willingness to please and her caring disposition, which is why she’s been asked for her hand in marriage from fans not once but twice last year. Aside from her earnings as a cam girl, fans have gifted her enough high-end clothing to fill the free Mercedes-Benz she received as a present.  She’s currently building her dream house in Miami with a second investment property on the horizon. Interested in learning more about Selena Adams? She gives advice to girls wanting to become cam girls here on our exclusive interview.

 

10. Natalia Grey from MyFreeCams

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Natalia Grey is a cute cat lady from MyFreeCams who earns about as much as a 3rd year attorney but gets to work from the comfort of her bed…or counter…or bathroom. Here’s the breakdown of her yearly, part-time earnings from

MyFreeCams.com:

January: 278,472 tokens
February: 300,238 tokens
March: 341,019 tokens
April: 407,760 tokens
May: 289,681 tokens
June: 742,206 tokens
July: 294,337 tokens
August: 320,207 tokens
September: 300,268 tokens
October: 242,046 tokens

Natalia Grey took home a total of 3,516,734 tokens, which netted her $175,837 last year.

 

Remember, these figures don’t include the amount of money these top earners are making by charging to view their Snapchats, advertising on Instagram, and sending private messages on Twitter. Camming can be an incredibly lucrative and fun way to earn major dollars and these top earners have the designer bags and dream houses to prove it.

To Film or not to film? That is the question…

Income Generation from Filming Videos

There comes a time in every cam girls life where she has to ask herself one simple question.

“To Film or Not to Film.”

Sounds easy enough, right?

The truth of the matter is that deciding to take the dive and film clips can be ridiculously intimidating. “What do I use? What type of content should I make? Do I have to pay for a decent video editor?” So many questions to consider. Luckily, they all have pretty simple answers. So if that’s you hiding in the corner, shying away from putting that beautiful booty on film, it’s time to stand up, step out into the limelight and conquer baby, because we’ve got this on lock.

Where Do I start?

Let’s start with the basics. If you’re new to making clips, chances are you haven’t invested in a top of the line video camera, and that is OKAY. Using the same camera that you use to cam with should do the trick, as long as you have decent lighting. Personally, I use my Logitech C920 for everything, and it hasn’t failed me yet. (Note: Lighting is the key to making your videos look high quality. If you can’t afford to purchase a kit, take 3 floor lamps and put one on each side of the cam, and one directly behind it.) If you can spare a few dollars for a lighting kit, you can find nice quality and affordable priced ones on Amazon. (Wish List anyone?)

Okay, phew. Step one down.

So what’s next?

The next step is a beast to which many a cam girl has had to conquer in her quest to making the perfect clip, and that beast is content.

What the Hell do I make?

You’d think that after spending hours a day diddling yourself and playing perfect fantasy to people online, that this part would be easy, breezy, beautiful…but if you’re anything like me, than you like to over-think and over-analyze every possible situation and this becomes a task that can be the most daunting.

First off, trust me when I say there is a person out there for everything. (Sick? Film that snotty nose, girl and make you some money!) Take a second and think about what your favorite thing to do is during a show. Maybe, you’re the straight missionary get ‘er done type, or perhaps you lean towards being a savant of the Jerk Off Instruction. Whatever your style is, roll with it. The best content is going to be made when you’re comfortable and confident in the product that you’re putting out.If you’re still struggling about figuring out what to film, I recommend setting up your cam, hitting play and then getting yourself off like it’s your birthday. (Go Shawty…) Why? One, because you deserve it. Two, because at the end of that glorious orgasm, you will have a clip that needs barely any edits and you can sell it as “Hidden Cam”. BOOM.

(Side Note: Sometimes, when I have a hard time thinking of new ideas, I will run a special on custom videos. That way, I let my fans think up the content for me, get upfront payment and then turn around and re-sell for maximum profits.)

Okay, so… you’ve got the cam and the lighting. You’ve filmed the content. Now what?

Next, my dears, is editing. There are hundreds of video editing tools that you can use, and honestly, most of the ones that are worth a damn will cost you some money, but invest a little to make a lot, am I right? (Plus a tax write off! HOLLA’!)

However, for arguments sake, and so that this article doesn’t turn into a dissertation, we’re going to keep it to the basics.

Windows User: Windows Movie Maker
Mac User: iMovie

These are both free editors that will get the job done, and let you put out a decent project. If you’re not familiar with how these work, there are tons of video tutorials on youtube, and both programs are fairly easy to learn. A couple of quick snips where you need it, along with a nice intro, and you’re good to go!

As far as watermarking goes, in Windows Movie Maker there is technically no way to watermark. However, the simple fix is to click on “caption” (under edit) and change the length of the caption to fit the length of your video. Then you type in whatever you want your watermark to be (ex: Selene Adams) and voila! Your clip is “watermarked.”

iMovie watermarking is a more labor intensive process that involves a series of steps. The short and skinny of it is you need to create an image of your watermark to import into iMovie. You can go to macworld.com and they list it out for you Watermarking on iMovie will have the step by step instructions (with pictures!) If you’re using music in any part of your clips, be careful about what type of music you use. Believe it or not, it’s a big no no to use music without permission. Don’t worry, this is an easy fix! A simple Google search for “Royalty Free Music” and you should be able to find some that you can use without worrying about The Fuzz knocking on your door.

Still with me? Good.

You might think you’re done at this point. You’ve filmed the content, edited the video, so what else could there be? When you’re in your final steps of saving the video you just edited, you need to think about the following question. What Format Should I be saving this clip? …I’m so glad you asked! The most widely used format is MP4, so always try and save your content in this format. WMV and MOV are also both popular, so those are good secondary versions to keep on a hard drive. (Did I mention that you should invest in a hard drive? Clips take up a ton of space, and in honor of trying to make computers fast and streams glitch free, it’s best to keep everything on an external hard drive.)

Pick whichever format you’d like and click save. That’s it! You’re done! You’ve made your first clip! Congratulations!

Now go out there and sell it to the world, BB.

Why Social Media is so important for webcam models

Enhancing your fan base and your wallet with social media

Did you know that there are women making six figure incomes using social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Kik? Seem like an impossible task? It’s actually easier than you think.
Creating a strong social media presence is as important as turning on your camera for your cam show. You want to build yourself up as a brand—a bankable brand. Having lots of followers can lead to endorsements, ad sales, affiliate sales, or in some cases, a modeling contract.

If you’re new to the social media game it can seem intimidating to jump in. It’s best to start with the most adult friendly platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Instagram isn’t entirely adult content friendly but they’ll make exceptions if you censor your images (i.e. use Emojis to cover your nipples).

Instagram is far and away the best platform for becoming a ‘fit tea girl’ which is an Instagramer insider joke for women who promote detox teas and waist trainers. Those girls make serious money advertising weight loss products and exercise gear. Other girls use Instagram to show off their favorite lingerie or swimsuits and get paid to promote the brands they love.

How do they do it? First, they amass a large following, then they tag their favorite companies in their photos and mention them in their captions. The companies will often times reach out to the cam girl and offer either a discount on their product, an affiliate code, or they’ll pay for a sponsored post. Sponsored posts make anywhere from $30-$1,000 which means you post the brand’s picture for an hour and then take it down. Some girls will leave the posts up but other girls don’t like to be so blatant in their advertising.

Advertising other brands isn’t the only thing Instagram is good for. It’s also a great way to advertise your shows (and your other social media outlets.) You don’t want to make a habit of posting solely about your upcoming shows, but a flirty photo and a link to your cam site (in your bio) could be a great way to drive traffic to your show.

If posting photos of your everyday life to make money isn’t your thing, then consider joining Twitter. Twitter is a great tool for promoting your shows and showing off your, ahem, assets. A lot of girls set their Twitter account to private and charge money to their fans during cam shows to unlock access to their Twitter account. Cam girls typically charge fans between 100 and 200 tokens for access to their Twitter account.

Snapchat is another great social media tool for making money or building up your brand. Snapchat stories allows you to piece together a daily story showcasing your life which is something your fans will definitely be interested in seeing. There’s even a program called Snapcash. Snapcash allows fans to send you money directly through Snapchat. So if a fan wants to talk to you, you can charge them via Snapcash.Because Snapchat is a no-holds-barred venue for cam girls to connect directly with their fans there are tons of forums where you can find potential fans looking to interact with cam girls. The only problem with Snapcash is that some fans will cancel payment directly after they request a photo or chat with a girl. It happens frequently on Paypal and other money transfer services as well, so be wary of new customers.

The fourth social media platform you should jump on if you’re a cam girl is KIK. You can chage your fans to talk to you on KIK and have one on one conversation. It’s an easy way to make your fans feel connected to you, which typically equates to larger tips in future shows.

No matter what social media platform you choose to use (and really you should choose all of them) you need to be extremely consistent. Post everyday, at least three times a day to all your accounts and vary your posts. No one that’s paying for unique content wants to see the same selfie on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Give your customers some variety and they’ll be followers for a lifetime. The most important aspect of any social media campaign is to think of yourself as a brand. Don’t post things that are off topic or too sales-pitchy. It’s ok to talk about yourself and tell people what time you’ll be camming, but they want to see you as a human being, not just another face selling a product. Ingratiate yourself with the fans, make them care about you, and soon you’ll be raking in the tokens.

Investing 101 for Cam Models

Investing your webcam money

The first rule of investing: you’re never too young to invest. Investing can seem awfully intimidating with all that financial jargon but once you break it down it’s pretty simple to understand.
Most cam girls invest to make a little money on the side, or bulk up their savings for retirement, or to beat inflation. If you’re already setting aside money in a savings account you’re ahead of the game, but unfortunately, that money is just sitting there earning less than 1% when it could be making you more money.

The first thing you should look into is investing your retirement savings. This is more than just naming your saving account “retirement funds”; you need to put your money into a retirement fund like a 401(k) or an IRA. There are three main types of IRAs: Traditional, Roth, and Rollover. Each has its own advantage.

In a traditional IRA you make contributions to your account with money you might be able to deduct on your tax return. Potentially your earnings can grow tax-deferred until you withdraw them for retirement. A lot of retirees find themselves in a lower tax bracket than they were while they were working so the tax-deferral means your money might be taxed at a lower rate.

With a Roth IRA you make contributions with money you’ve already paid taxes on. If you meet certain conditions (your bank will be able to go into detail about the conditions you need to meet) you could have tax-free withdrawals in retirement.

Finally a Rollover IRA is a Traditional IRA intended for money that has rolled over from a retirement plan. This means you would take money from an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k) or a 403(b) and move it into an IRA.

So why would you need an IRA? For starters your savings have the potential to grow or compound faster than they would in a taxable account. Even if you have a 401(k) from an employer you will still need up to 85% of your pre-retirement income in retirement and that 401(k) may not cut it.

An IRA will help you supplement your current savings, take advantage of tax-deferred or tax-free growth, and help you gain access to a wider range of investment choices.

If you use your IRA to dabble in investments that are out of the mainstream (meaning you go off the beaten path from the typical offerings of banks and mutual funds) you’re going to want to do some serious research beforehand. For example, some people buy coins with their IRA. Lots of people buy gold and silver coins because they’ve been measurements of value for thousands of years.
Coins tend to be stable when stock markets crash or inflation soars but that’s not to say the price of gold and silver doesn’t fluctuate, because they do. A lot of mainstream IRA custodians such as banks and mutual funds don’t offer coins as an IRA option. IRS regulations require storage be overseen by a custodian but custodians don’t have to offer this service. The same holds true for precious metal bullions like gold or silver bars. IRAs allow for metals such as gold, silver, palladium, and platinum to be purchased with an IRA but many financial advisors say it doesn’t
perform over time and probably isn’t worth the hassle of getting it appraised and valued every year.

If you’re a first time investor your safest bet is to invest in mutual funds. Professional investors collect groups of securities and you can invest in these funds without picking every individual stock or bond yourself. This lets you diversify your portfolio without worrying about which stock to pick. Which leads us to the most important rule of investing: diversify. You never want to put all your eggs in one basket. That’s the quickest way to lead to financial disaster. Always diversify your investments because you never know what stocks will fall and what stocks will rise.

Try not to jump on the stock of the moment, otherwise known as hot stocks. There’s always a stock that’s generating buzz but it’s better to research the company that’s being buzzed about than to jump on the stock of the moment and buy a ton of it. If you do play the stock game don’t let the morning news dictate whether you should buy or sell. Active investing (buying and selling stocks strategically and frequently) doesn’t work for most people and it’s not always a sound investment.

Don’t get wrapped up in a stock for sentimental purposes. If a stock performed well in its past performances but the security is falling, you have to be willing to let go. Securities are only as a good as how they’re currently performing, so be prepared to let go of a stock that may have been good for awhile but has turned bad. It’s also bad to get caught up in checking the stock ticker all day as markets and stocks go up and down every day. And never invest money you need fast access to. Experts suggest you should never invest money you’ll need within five years because if the market goes down you won’t recoup those costs.

Securities, IRAs, and investing can be overwhelming and risky so it’s always best to consult a professional. There are tons of great resources out there that will help you invest your money wisely. If you want to learn more about investing contact a financial planner or a wealth adviser or even an automated online investing platform.

Managing your webcam earnings better

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How to Manage your hard earned webcam earnings better

It’s difficult to save money as a cam girl because you never know how much money you’re going to make each day. Even the top girls with very high webcam earnings fluctuate in earnings each month. Not knowing how much you’ll make each day, let alone each month, makes saving money seem next to impossible. When you have a great day camming it can be tempting to treat yourself and splurge on something fun and frivolous. Unfortunately, with that kind of attitude towards finances, you could find yourself struggling to buy groceries.

If you’re smart about your money you can help avoid an end of the month scramble to pay rent. You could even find a way to save your money for long term goals like buying a house, planning for retirement, or starting a college fund for your children. Depending on your income level there are two fool proof plans to save money. The first plan is the basic survival plan. If your camming income barely covers your rent, food, and bills, you won’t be able to save a lot, but if you put away a tiny bit each paycheck your bank account (and stress level) will thank you.

If you’re on the survival savings plan try to stash away 10% of your earnings each cam session. For example, if you make $50, save $5. It may not seem like a lot but it will pad your bank account and come in handy if you have to miss a cam show or an unexpected cost pops up. If you’re making a larger income than a part time cam model and you can afford to save more then you should think about a long-term savings plan. To keep things simple follow the 50/20/30 rule. Here’s the breakdown:

50 percent of your income should go towards essentials. That may seem high but once you consider what falls into that category it makes financial sense. Things such as housing, food, transportation, and utilities are all essentials. Obviously each person has different essential costs (i.e. you may live in a location where your rent is cheap but it costs you a lot in gas money to get to work) so adjust accordingly.

20 percent of your income should be put towards financial obligations. That may sound similar to essentials but these are items that will help you get ahead financially versus things you need to pay to survive. For example, paying off student loans, planning for retirement, and putting away money for emergencies are all financial obligations.

30 percent of your income (and this is where you can really make a difference in your budget) are items that enhance your lifestyle. Some financial experts would advise against such a frivolous category but quality of life is very important and it’s necessary to have some small luxuries. You work hard, you should be able to enjoy your money. There are some tricky costs in here that may seem like they belong in the financial obligations category. Items like cell phone bill and cable bills appear to be financial obligations but you could sacrifice movie channels for a cheaper cable
bill and you can always decrease the cost of your cell phone bill. Those items are completely personal choices and that’s why we put them in the lifestyle category.

If you’re having a hard time deciding on how to spend less money (and keep more of your webcam earnings in the long run) try these simple tips for cutting unnecessary expenditures:

1) Buy groceries and make food at home instead of eating out or ordering take out. If you spend $10 on each meal out you’re spending $210 or more a week on food. You can reduce your cost of eating by finding recipes that stretch your meals. Think about roasting a chicken on Sunday night and using that chicken throughout the week in burritos, salads, and soups.

2) If you cam from somewhere other than you home try to find a rideshare program to reduce your gas bill. There are tons of programs that help people find rides to and from work. It’s good for your wallet and it’s good for the environment.

3) Write down what you spend your money on everyday for an entire week. Even if it’s a couple dollars on a cup of coffee see where you could save money. That cup of coffee could be made at home for a fraction of the cost of a Starbucks espresso.

If you feel like you’re not able to control your webcam earnings on your own speak to an industry friendly financial specialist. There are many financial advisers versed in the adult industry and the financial trappings that come with working in this field. There are lots of resources that can help you budget your money and save up for things as small as a pair of shoes or as large as buying a condo.

Profiting from your Instagram by selling plugs or products

The most successful cam girls know that in order to make serious money they can’t just rely on camming to support them. The top earners in the cam world spread their talent throughout all kinds of social media platforms increasing their following and their cash flow.

Social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are free and easy platforms to increase the amount of eyes on your personal brand (more on that here). Why does having a social media presence matter? Think about it from a fan’s point of view. They log on and want to watch your cam show but you’re not there. If your profile links your fan to your social media network they can look at you, engage with you, and feel like you’re with them even if you’re not live at the moment.

Instead of going to another model’s page they are now engaging with you which gives you a chance to engage back, increasing the likelihood of that fan watching your show and tipping you at a later date because the fan feels like they made a connection. The same logic applies to would-be fans. They see you interacting with people like them on social media and think they could have a chance to interact with you on a personal basis using social media. Now you’ve got two engaged fans willing to spend money and time on you. Once you reach a solid amount of fans on your social media sites you will also start being approached by brands that will want you to become a brand ambassador. As a brand ambassador you can either receive free merchandise (such as jewelry, lingerie, or swimwear) and post about the brand to your followers, or you can become an affiliate of the brand and make a commission from each sale. As an affiliate you’ll receive a special code, place it in your social media bio and each sale will be tracked through that code.

Once you’ve developed a following of 5,000 fans you can begin to reach out to companies that you want to work with. Don’t be shy about contacting companies that you think are on brand for you and vice versa. For example: do you wear a certain brand of lingerie? Post a photo of yourself wearing their brand and tag them in the photo and mention them in the caption. Any good brand will like the photo or comment, which opens up the door for you to direct message them about working together.

If that’s not your style then privately email them and ask about their brand ambassador program or find out how you can work with them. You can work with more than one brand at once so be sure to send out plenty of messages. Making money on social media is all about making connections and developing relationships with other brands. If you’re wearing a brand’s clothing and they have 100+k followers and they repost you you’re going to gain a lot of followers, which could turn into fans with tokens. Instagram isn’t a fast way to make money but if you do it right and build a good reputation the brands will come knocking down your door.

A lot of cam girls set their Twitter and Snapchat accounts to private and only allow paying customers to access their profiles. It’s a smart move because you can send virtually any kind of adult content on those platforms as long as you’re over 18 years of age. Instagram doesn’t allow nudity or adult content but you can get away with modeling lingerie or posting suggestive photos. Lots of cam models use Instagram as their main branding platform because it’s 100% visual and easy to use as long as you have a cellphone. You can post photos, use relevant hash tags, and build an audience very quickly. The key to running a successful Instagram account is to be consistent and engage with your followers whether it’s two followers or 200,000 followers. This article goes into more detail about the do’s and don’ts of Instagram.

It may seem overwhelming to try to build a strong social media presence but it’s easier than you think. During your show let your fans know you’re now on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. and tell them to follow you. You can even offer to follow back the first hundred followers. Don’t feel bad about promoting your social media accounts on your cam profile because the people in the room are there to see you and are going to be more than happy to watch you on all your social platforms. Making money on social media can be easy and totally enjoyable. The key is to be
persistent, engage with fans, and soon enough you could be one of those Instagram girls making over $100,000 a year in sponsorships and ad placements. Remember, even those girls started with 0 followers.