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Time Management Tips For Cam Models

Time Management for Webcam Models

​Every successful cam models knows the importance of time management.​ As the saying goes, time is money. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to camming. Since you’re your own boss and make your own hours, it’s up to you to motivate yourself and manage everything on your own. There isn’t a boss there to scold you or co-workers around to snitch on you. From the first day you start camming, you need to instill proper time management skills into your daily routine.
 
One of the easiest things you can do is create a ‘to-do’ list every night before bed. Take a few minutes to jot down the things you need to accomplish the next day and a list of the extra things you’d like to get done. Prioritize the most important things on the list and put those on the top so you get them done first. It feels so good to cross things off a to-do list, and that can really help to motivate you. If there’s extra things you didn’t get it, move them to the next day’s list and try to do those first so you don’t get even more behind.
 
Set a schedule and stick to it! Set yourself up a weekly schedule to live by. This should include what days you’re gonna cam, how long you’re gonna cam for, goals for the day, time set aside for shooting content, updating your website or blog, shooting customs, promotion, etc. These are all very important aspects of your business, and you need to make sure you’re sticking with them. Falling behind even just one day can really put a damper on things and screw up your entire weekly schedule.
 
When determining what days and for how long you’re gonna cam, you should definitely consider your peak hours. With some experimentation, you’ll be able to figure out what hours are the most profitable for you on cam. Schedule the rest of your tasks for the day around that since camming is likely what will be earning you the majority of your pay. Always make it a priority to get on cam during your peak hours. At the end of the day when you’re checking your earnings, you’ll be happy you motivated yourself to get on when it’s easiest to make money instead of struggling through slow hours and wasting time trying to reach your goal for that day.
 
Taking time out for yourself is also very important. No one can work all the time. Schedule in a fun little activity, hobby time, nap time, or anything else that gives you a small break. It can be very refreshing to get away from work, even if it’s just for a little bit. And that could be just the motivation you need to reset and get back out there working harder than ever.
 
It’s inevitable that your schedule isn’t gonna be perfect at first and that there may be unexpected things that pop up throughout the week. The important thing is that you have one in place and stick to it as best as possible. Despite what some people might think, being a cam girl can definitely be stressful and take a toll on you. But with proper motivation and time management skills, you’ll be able to push through all the struggles with a smile on your face and a dildo in your… well… you know. 😛

Cam Model Tax Guide

Cam Model Tax Guide

This guide is designed for cam models residing in the United States.

Tax season can be a very stressful time for cam models. One thing that some new models don’t consider is that they need to pay taxes on everything they earn while on cam. Since you’re working as an independent contractor for these sites, they don’t take out any taxes from your paychecks like a normal job would. Because of this, you’re responsible for putting aside money every month so that you have it come tax season.​

I definitely recommend using tax software. There are plenty of options out there that are affordable. Using software and doing your own taxes will prevent the embarrassment of having to talk to someone in person about what it is you do for a living and the strange things you’re writing off. So unless you’re fine with explaining what exactly it is that you do, it’s best to file yourself. 😛

If you made over $600, the main form that you’re gonna be filling out is the 1040. You can easily find a copy of this form in the software you’re using or online with a quick Google search. Unless you’ve branded yourself and actually filed for a business license, there’s no reason to put your stage name or anything like that on your tax forms. Instead you file as an individual and use your social security number and real name. The form is fairly simple to figure out until you get to about the middle of the first page. At this point, you’ll need to list your “business income” and attach Schedule C. Schedule C is where stuff really starts to get complicated. This is the form that you can put your write offs on.

There are many guides on the internet that say you can write off all kinds of crazy things as a cam model. The truth of the matter is that you can only write off things that you bought to use specifically for your job. And even then, there are many restrictions. Having too many write offs is a huge red flag and will get your audited. Even if you get away with it for a couple years, it will eventually come back to bite you in the ass and you may have to pay back taxes for the stuff you originally got away with. Dildos and lingerie are not legitimate write offs according to US law. Don’t even bother trying. Many cam models will also try to write off their “home office”. This includes their rent/mortgage, computer, and even their internet. But remember what I said earlier? You can only write off things that you bought to use specifically for your job. So unless you only live in your house or apartment while you’re working, if you only use your computer for work and not for browsing the internet, and if you only use your internet connection while you’re working and not for personal use at all, these are not business expenses. That means they cannot be written off. Don’t risk getting audited over stuff like this. Like I said, you will get caught.

Besides items that you use for work, you can also write off travel expenses. But again, keep in mind that you can only write off expenses if they were used for work. So if you go on a trip to visit another model to shoot content with, that can be a write off. Or if you go somewhere to shoot your own content, you can write that off as well. If you do get audited, you need to keep every single receipt from your trip. This includes air fare, car rental, gas, hotel, photographer expenses, etc.

For the average cam model, the last form that you should have to fill out is the Schedule SE, or the Self-Employment Tax form. This will let you know how much self-employment tax you owe. Once put into your original 1040, you’ll be able to finish filling that form out and determine your total tax amount. Oh, and don’t forget about your state tax form. You still need to fill that out as well. As long as you only lived in one state over the past year, the form is pretty self explanatory and easy to fill out.

Good luck!

Starting Your Own Website

Starting your Own Website

​Besides doing live cam shows, many cam models branch out to other things in order to earn more money. One popular idea is starting your own website. Generally this would be a paysite that your fans can join in order to get access to a large amount of your content. It could include your videos, photosets, live show archives, blog, and maybe even a store to sell tangible goods and custom content.​ Members would pay monthly to continue accessing your content. Even if you don’t know the first thing about starting your own website, there are companies out there that make it easy for you to get started.

The first one we’ll talk about, and the one that I use for my own website, is ModelCentro. They’ve been around for a few years now and are a great option. They’re basically a CMS (content management system) platform. That means they provide you with all of the tools that are necessary to starting your own adult paysite. This includes premade forms that easily allow you to upload all of your content, add titles, descriptions, keywords, cover pictures, previews, watermarks, etc. They also provide you with on-site software to do live cam shows for your members. These shows can be free to all members or you can have certain members pay for a show with you. They have a built-in blog that you can use, calendar, about me page, and more! They really are the complete package in my opinion. And even though they already have a decent amount of features, they’re always working to add more. They really listen to the models and prioritize their new features based off of model input. An on-site storefront is currently in the works and should be released soon.

A downfall to using a site like ModelCentro, is that they take a percentage of everything that you make. You keep 67.5% when you use them. They take a percentage out for billing and a percentage out for themselves for providing all of the services that they do. Some models prefer to keep more money, which is fine if you know a bit more about web design and have the time to do everything yourself. You might choose to make a site with WordPress. WordPress is more complicated and time consuming to get to know than ModelCentro. Plug-ins and scripts that fit your needs all need to be found and installed by you. WordPress does provide a list of premade plug-ins, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones and getting them configured to your liking.

As far as making it so your fans have to pay to access your WordPress site, you have several different options. You could always use an adult-friendly payment processor such as CCBill. They provide you with fully functional buttons and forms that allow your fans to input their credit card information, have it processed through CCBill, and then provide access to your members-only content once they’re cleared. Another option would be for you to completely create the join page of your website yourself to include other ways of payment such as Amazon gift cards, GiftRocket, tips on a cam site, etc. In my opinion though, this complicates things. If they join through any of those methods, you’ll have to manually create their member account after you get paid. If you aren’t near a computer as soon as you get the notification that someone paid, that member will have to wait until you’re free before accessing your site. That can be frustrating.

If you 100% want to do your site from scratch, you’ll need to get hosting and a domain name. Unless you’re really experienced in web/graphic design or want to pay a company to create the site for you, I don’t suggest even trying this. Paying a company outright to create a site for you can be very expensive. And you’ll need to find a company that’ll work with adult content. And creating a site yourself, even if you have some experience, is incredibly time consuming.

One last thing… make sure you buy Whois privacy for your domain! It’ll mask your true identity. Without it, anyone can look up the name of the person who bought the domain name, along with other personal information. As a cam model, protecting your true identity is very important. So be sure to do this immediately after purchasing your name. It isn’t very expensive, and it’s most definitely a necessity.

Props To Keep Handy While On Cam

Webcam Props for cam shows

In several of our getting started becoming a cam model guides, we talked about the necessities that you’ll need to cam. These include a laptop or desktop computer that can smoothly run your camming software, a HD webcam, fast internet, and flattering lighting. But every good cam model knows the importance of props! Certain props can play a huge role in your daily shows on cam. It’s important to have these things close by you at all times so that you’ll always be prepared.

The first thing is toys. If you’re a nude cam model, you’ll most likely play with sex toys during your cam shows. Most models like to have a wide variety of toys. Not only does this allow you to switch things up from time to time, but it gives your fans more options to choose from if they take you into a private show. I recommend having both a caucasian and black flesh-colored dildo. These are good for real-life roleplays where the guy wants to pretend like he’s really in the scenario and that he’s the one fucking you. I also recommend having a Hitachi and/or wand vibrator. You can find cordless, waterproof wand vibrators on Amazon for around $30. They’re great for making sure you cum nice and hard during your shows too! A lot of guys like watching a girl use glass toys. They feel great and are one of the most sanitary sex toys because they aren’t porous. And if you’re into anal, definitely get whatever anal toys you’re comfortable with. If you only like very light anal, a small butt plug is a good option. Lube is something else that you should keep handy. Make sure that whatever kind of lube you get is compatible with the type of toys you use. Some lubes will eat through certain types of toys. If you’re into spanking, keeping a paddle close by can be fun!

Most models play games with their fans while on cam. A few props to consider picking up are cards, dice, Never Have I Ever, raffle tickets, and a prize wheel. All of these can be used for games, which is a great way to interact with your fans. It keeps them interested and is fun for everyone… including you. If you have video deals or other special promotions going on, a white board, chalkboard, or even just poster board can be very helpful. This way you can list your deals and have it displayed behind you during your shows.

Lingerie, accessories, and other clothes are crucial to being a cam model. Some guys like specific colors or certain materials. Some like it when you dress up in a costume, wear heels, or put on yoga pants. If you keep these things nearby, you’ll always be prepared for whatever is asked of you. This way you won’t miss out on any money if someone comes asking for you to change outfits. Keeping hair ties close by is a good idea too in case you’re asked to switch up your hair style.

A few other miscellaneous things to keep nearby are towels in case of clean-up, baby wipes to quickly sanitize your toys in between shows, lip gloss or any other make-up that might need touching up throughout the day, something to drink, little snacks to munch on, blankets and pillows to keep you comfortable, and just anything else that you think will make your work day easier.

Getting A Gold Show Started On Streamate

How do I start a Gold show on Streamate

Many models who cam on Streamate do gold shows at some point.​ A gold show is basically a group show where multiple people contribute to help you reach your goal amount. If the amount is reached, or if you get close enough to your goal, you can choose to do the show and everyone who contributed at least the minimum amount gets to join in and watch. Gold shows are appealing to many members because they usually only have to pay a small one-time amount in order to get a longer show, as opposed to paying per minute for a private show. And gold shows are appealing to cam models because they can raise a large amount of money and only have to do one show. It’s also guaranteed money as opposed to the possibility of someone taking you into private and leaving after only a couple of minutes.

Although the idea of a gold show is appealing, they can sometimes be hard to get started. This can be incredibly frustrating and may even make you want to give up or stop camming for the day. Luckily for you, I’ve been on Streamate for over four years now and can give you some advice on how to get your show started. 🙂 The first thing you need to consider is the time of day that you cam. This is important not only for gold shows, but just in general. You simply aren’t going to get as many customers if you cam while not as many people are online. Play around with different times and see what works for you. I’ve found that I get a lot of traffic when I cam in the afternoon (1-4 pm EST) and then again in the evening (7pm-midnight EST). My room is usually pretty busy during those times, especially when I’m offering gold shows.

When you go to start a gold show, you put in the amount that you want to raise all together, the amount of time your fans have to get you to that goal, how much each person has to contribute in order to watch the show, how long of a show you’re gonna do, and a topic for your show. Every single one of these factors is important and plays a big role in how successful your gold show will be. The amount that you want to raise all together should be realistic and based on how much you’re generally able to pull in during a gold show. If you set it too high, members will be hesitant to tip because they’ll think that you’ll only start the show if you reach that impossible goal. If you’re new to gold shows and having a hard time figuring out what to make your goal be, look at other models on the same line of the homepage as you. Likely they’ll be getting about the same amount of traffic as you, and this can at least help you decide a general range.

The amount each person has to contribute in order to watch the show is also very important. You will always want this number to be less than your per minute rate for private shows, since this is more of a group show without requests. And you’ll generally want it lower than the amount of time your show is gonna last. I’ve found that a 6-7 minute show for $4 works well for me. The topic that you set for your show is also important. You want it to include a general idea of what your fans can expect to see in the show. Don’t be misleading. Make sure you’re offering a show that’s well-rounded… something that a wide variety of people will enjoy. Your topic can also include any special deals you have going on.

Speaking of special deals, that’s another way to raise more money for your gold show. If you offer entries into a raffle, video packages, or something special to the high tipper, you’re more likely to get guys wanting to tip more than the minimum amount. For the high tipper, you can offer to moan their name during the show or even let them direct you. You can also offer different level video packages that your fans can purchase. They’re more likely to purchase these during a gold show than in free chat because then they get the videos plus the gold show as opposed to just the videos. Entries into a raffle are a good idea too. For me, I tell my fans that for every $5 they tip, they get one raffle ticket. So even though my gold shows are only $4 to watch, many will tip that extra $1 to get an entry. It doesn’t sound like much, but it can really add up over time.

Teasing and getting people pumped for your show is also very important. During your gold show countdown, you should never just be sitting there looking bored. Engage with your fans. Chat with them and greet them as they enter your room. Be sure to mention any video deals, games, or raffles that you have going on. Sometimes they’re too lazy or too busy watching you to read your topic or messages. Let them know what you’re gonna do in the show. You might even want to start removing some articles of clothing after you get a certain amount away from your goal. Being enthusiastic and teasing is a great way to get your fans excited for your show.

Feeling Comfortable As A Cam Model

Feeling Comfortable as a Webcam Model

​When first starting out on cam, it’s important to figure out what kind of cam model you want to be. Just because you see the majority of cam models acting a certain way, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to follow in their footsteps. One of the most important factors among successful cam models​ is that they only do what they’re comfortable with. Doing only what you feel comfortable doing will make you enjoy your job that much more. And if you truly enjoy what you’re doing, it’ll show in your cam shows.

Despite what you might think from watching other models online, not all cam models get naked. Shocking, right? There is an art to teasing, and a lot of guys are really into that. Not all guys frequent cam sites to watch girls masturbating. Some are there simply to chat and make friends with you, for the company of the other fans in the chat room, and because they like your personality and enjoy interacting with you in a way that they might not be able to with other people in person. If you do decide that you want to be a non-nude model, it’s important to make that known to your fans. Misleading them to think that you may eventually take your clothes off if they tip you enough is wrong and could get you in a lot of trouble. Misleading your fans in that way can actually get you banned from cam sites. You may also start to notice bad reviews about yourself online. You won’t have return customers because no one will trust you. So just be sure you’re upfront about how far you go in your shows.

This is your job and you are in complete control. You’re free to switch up your style at any time. Maybe you decided to start non-nude and then decide a few months later that you want to start showing more. Doing this is completely up to you. But again, just be sure you’re doing whatever you feel comfortable doing. Don’t feel pressured into doing something you don’t want to do. If you’re uncomfortable or not enjoying yourself, it’ll show. It may be a turn-off to your fans to see you looking bored or uninterested. You won’t last as a cam model if you’re doing things that make you feel bad about yourself. The same way it’s ok to start doing something you didn’t do before, it’s also ok to stop doing something you used to do. If something you used to offer has started to make you feel uneasy, you don’t have to continue doing it.

Besides just deciding between being a nude or non-nude model, you also need to consider the kinds of things you want to offer and the types of shows you want to do. Do you only want to do live cam shows, Skype shows, premade content, sexting, phone calls, cam2cam, solo shows, boy/girl shows, shows with other cam models, dirty talk, toys, anal… the list goes on and on. Once again I’ll give you the same advice as I did earlier… only do what you’re comfortable with. Always remember that it’s ok to say no and it’s ok to ban someone who’s being a troll or making you feel uncomfortable.

Win Big On ManyVids

ManyVids Contests

If you aren’t taking advantage of selling stuff on ManyVids, you’re really missing out! ManyVids has quickly become one of the most popular clip and store sites in the camming/adult industry. With their growing popularity comes lots of new and exciting opportunities for models to have some fun while earning extra cash! Over the past few months, ManyVids has announced several new contests and events where you can win big!

WINNING WEDNESDAY
On April 29th, ManyVids launched their first Winning Wednesday contest. The way the contest works is that they pick a theme and members of the site vote for who they think has the best themed picture. Any model or studio account can enter and every member of the site gets one free vote per model/studio. After using their free vote on someone, members can purchase extra votes for that model if they choose to. Since the contest ends up being more about who has the fans willing to spend the most on votes and not so much about the person who has the best themed picture, ManyVids gives out two prizes. The first is $300 to the model or studio that collects the most amount of votes. The second is $100 to the model or studio that the ManyVids staff thinks has the most creative/fun themed photo.

These contests don’t happen every week, but still pretty often. They’re usually announced 1-2 days in advance so you have time to take your photo. They only last for a few hours, usually from 1pm – 5pm EST. Besides displaying your photo on the contest page, you can also put in some text. Most models will offer prizes to the members who purchase votes for them. You can either list your prizes right there below your picture, or tell them where they can find a list of your prizes (public Snapchat account, Twitter, in your photos section on ManyVids, etc.). Another great perk… whenever someone purchases votes for you, you keep the money that they spent on the votes! You keep the same percentage as you do throughout the rest of the site, so 60%. So you’d earn $60 if someone buys $100 in votes for you. If you finish in the top 5-10, they sometimes send you goodies as a way to say congrats.

SUMMER SPLASH
ManyVids Summer Splash event is definitely something to check out! Every month, they already hand out $10,000 to their top earners every month. But for July, they’re doubling it! That means the top 25 models and studios who earn the most in sales throughout the month of July will get double what they normally get! The below chart shows how much you win if you place in the top 25:

 

MV DAILY GRIND
ManyVids is giving out even more cash throughout the month of July with the MV Daily Grind event. Every day in July, they will be giving out $500 to the top earner. The winner will be announced daily and the cash goes into your account right away. You can check out the leaderboard or visit your profile page to see what place you’re in. On the top of your profile, below your tabs, you can see your rank and also see a drop down menu where fans can donate extra to help you win. You’re free to offer prizes if you want in exchange for tips.

Protecting Yourself On Cam

Protecting yourself on Webcam

​Protecting yourself while on cam is extremely important. From your real name to where you live, it’s completely up to you what information you decide to share with your fans. Definitely make sure you have a clear plan in action before getting on cam for the first time of what you’re comfortable sharing and what information you want to keep private. I’m gonna go over some different things to consider in this article, but keep in mind that this is the internet and you are being broadcast in front of hundreds or even thousands of people. Even if you do everything that you can to protect your identity, the possibility is always there for family, friends, or potential employers to find out what you do online.

There are lots of different things that you can be doing in order to protect yourself. The first is picking out your stage name. You shouldn’t use your real name on cam. Pick out a name that you like. This is your chance to be called whatever you want! If you decide to cam with a friend, make sure they know not to call you by your real name. It can be easy to slip up, so just watch out.

Some models are comfortable giving out their location, while others are not. This is completely up to you. If you decide not to share your location, there are some extra things to consider. One big give away of where you live could be sports teams that you root for. Even if you tell your fans that you used to live there and now you moved, it could still compromise things. You also have to be careful when posting on social media. Don’t mention events or places that you’re gonna be attending. That could be another sign of where you’re from. You could even end up with a stalker this way that follows you home… who knows.

Most cam and clip sites offer some form of regional blocking. Regional blocking allows you to block certain countries, states, cities, or even zip codes from viewing your cam shows. If you’re worried about friends, family, or just people in your area finding out what you do, you should probably set up regional blocking. Although this sounds like it would completely protect you, it doesn’t. There are hacks around it, such as someone using an IP address from somewhere that you don’t have blocked. Someone watching your shows could also secretly record them and post them on a tube site or somewhere else on the internet. If your content gets pirated and posted somewhere without your knowledge, you won’t be able to block regions on that site and someone you know may stumble upon it.

Keep your personal life and camming life separate. Create a new email address specifically for camming before you start. Never use your personal email or have it attached in any way. You should also make sure you protect your address on your wishlists. Either have it kept hidden from your wishlist or use a PO Box to get your fan mail. One thing that a lot of cam models don’t think about is photo cross-referencing. If you post a photo on one of your personal social media accounts, you should not post that picture on anything related to your camming. Someone could do a Google search of that photo and cross-reference it back to your personal account.

What you decide to share is up to you. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable, but be safe about it. Even if you feel fine with sharing a lot of your personal life, use common sense to know when it’s enough. I hope this article hasn’t scared anyone. It wasn’t meant to scare you, but more to make you aware of things you absolutely need to consider before deciding if this is the right career for you.

Succeeding As A Cam Model

How to Succeed as a Webcam Model

​There are many factors ​that play into being a successful cam model. With dedication, a fun personality, and some practice, anyone can be successful if they want it bad enough! Your attitude on cam really plays a big role in your success. No one wants to watch a cam model who doesn’t seem like they enjoy what they do. You want to get your fans aroused, not make them feel bad for you. Sure there are some models who bring on the tears just to make people feel bad and tip them, but that’s just a temporary fix and those models usually end up quitting anyways.

Aside from your general demeanor, it’s also important to build relationships and friendships with your fans. Although there are plenty of guys who will come visit you for their quickie and just want to see you naked and masturbating for them, many guys want more than that. Of course it’s important to only do what you’re comfortable with. I’m not saying share your entire life with these kinds of guys… but it’s definitely important to be real and more than just a sex object. Fans really can become friends. Maybe not in the conventional way, but successful cam models build strong bonds with certain fans. You’ll start to have inside jokes, and it can really improve your work day and make your cam room a lot more fun in general.

Everyone has the occasional bad day. Sometimes it’s best not to cam on days like this. Although it’s important to be real and genuine with your fans, and being in a bad mood happens to everyone, it’s still probably not the best idea. When I’m having a bad day already, everything and everyone annoys me. The seasoned cam model can normally handle trolls with no problem, but their annoyingness is magnified by a million when you’re already in a bad mood. You may end up snapping at people and showing off a side of yourself that you’ll regret later. To keep with the realness, use social media to say how you’re feeling that day instead of going on cam. Social media is a great way to reach out to and connect with your fans on a personal level when you can’t be live on cam. Instead maybe work on something else that day, such as custom videos, new content, or editing. Or hell, just take a day for yourself to relax and unwind.

Another important thing that every successful cam models has to get good at, is saying no. If you don’t learn to say no right from the get go, you’ll have people walk all over you and try to take advantage of you. This can really put a bad taste in your mouth for camming and may ruin all the positive feelings you originally had for it. If you’re not comfortable doing something, just say no. If someone continually asks you to do something that you already said no to, block them. There’s no harm in doing this and you shouldn’t feel bad. Never look at saying no as missing out on money. There are plenty of other customers out there who will make up for that one person. Instead of looking at it as a lost opportunity, look at it as an opportunity to stick around in free chat and maybe meet someone who you do vibe with instead that you might have missed if you were doing the show you’re uncomfortable with.

Although these are just some of the factors that play into being a successful cam model, they’re all very important. Successful cam models are also unique and innovative. Make yourself stand out from everyone else. Don’t be afraid to try new things. And most importantly, just have fun. If you’re not having a good time, it’ll show in your work. If you truly enjoy your job as a cam model, you’re already on the road to success!

Please do not copy my site!

Thanks,

Sarah