If you type “cam girl jobs” in google, you see many ads saying “High pay! $5000/w” or “Cam girls make $10,000/Month, no experience needed”. you will probably wander” Are cam girl jobs really that much profitable?” Cam girl jobs usually pay more than the most of normal jobs. But how much do webcam models make? Before you decide to work as a cam girl, let’s go through actuality of cam girl jobs.
Cam girl jobs working hour
Cam girl jobs are not like employee-employer jobs. In terms of tax classification, cam girls are independent contractors. Therefore, no minimum wage or maximum working hour limits are applied. Since cam girls are independent contractors, you are the one who is responsible to decide how much and when you work. You are also responsible for securing where you work. You need to have high speed internet and a room where no one enters.
How long does a cam girls actually work in a day?
Here is an example schedule of a cam girl.
She has a full time job during a day. She works as a cam girl at night from home. Usually She works 2 to 3 hours and 2 to 3 days a week. This is typical working hours for cam girls. Another example is for a full time cam girl.
She works as a full time webcam model. Notice she splits time for camming. She works at 2 sites at different time. Why does she do so? It is because the high traffic time is different at each site. So she works at each site when the traffic is high. Working at 2 site at different time gives her better income.
If you work as a part time, you may need to work 2 hours ish. but how long a cam girl works usually depends on how the show goes. Sometime viewers keep coming into your room one after another. Some time you do not get much viewers. So the show time becomes shorter.
If you work as a full time cam girl, you may want to work 6 to 7 hours at 2 to 3 different sites. We do not suggest cam girls to work at 1 site for long hours. Not many cam girls know how working hours impact their average income per hour as some people do not track their numbers. But it is statistically proven that longer the working hour at the same site reduces average earning per hour. The smart way of making money is to work 2 to 3 hours at one site and switch to others.
Health insurance, bonus and other benefits
Most of the jobs offer health insurance, bonus and other benefits along with salary. Since cam girls jobs are independent contractor work, you need to take care of those by yourself. However, some studios offer health insurance to its webcam models. But paying health insurance by yourself is way cheaper than the fees studios take.
If you work for a studio, you may be entitled for bonus. Some studios have bonus based on how much you earn. Also some live camming sites have promotion or bonus events once in a month or so. Other than such official bonus, you may get surprise bonus on your birthday if you have good supporters. Make sure to let everyone know that your birthday is coming beforehand so that you do not miss present/bonus from your viewers.
Expense for cam girls jobs
Here are expenses you have to pay if you get cam girl jobs. Some may be tax deductibles as long as it is used for exclusively for cam girl jobs. But the guideline is different among each countries. thus, you need to consult with a tax expert.
- High Resolution webcam
If you want to make money, you must have a high resolution webcam(1080p streaming ). Switching from low resolution to high resolution webcam increases your bottom line a lot. The webcam costs between $60 to $100 depending on functionality the webcams have.
It is recommended to use 2 indirect lighting so that you have no shadow on your face. Even if you look good in front of mirror, you may not look good in front of webcam if you do not have good lighting set up. The umbrella lights can be purchased through Amazon costing $50 to $70.
Depending on what type of viewers you target to, you need to adjust your clothing. If you target viewers who have foot fetish, you may want to prepare short skirt and high heels. If you target viewers who are interested in teacher, you may want to prepare glasses and office cloths.
Do you know if your make-up is attractive to viewers? You think you are doing good job but testing may be needed to increase the income. If you aim for high, you can not avoid try and error to find what is the best.
- A wig
You may be afraid of being found that you work as a cam girl by someone you know of. Then, using wig can help to hide who you are. Do not get cheap wig as they look unnatural. Get one that costs at least $70.
- A toy
You do not need to have one. But it definitely helps your show to get hot. The toy costs varies as there are many brand with different quality.
- High speed internet
Even you have a high resolution webcam, the webcam does not do its job if you do not have high speed internet. The high speed internet cost varies depending on where you live. But it usually costs between $30 $60.
Initial expenses may be at least $170 if you get high resolution webcam and lighting. Cam girl jobs do not require high initial investments as well as maintenance costs.
What cam girls do other than camming?
Camming is main part of jobs for cam girls. But sitting in front of webcam and entertain viewers is not only thing that they do. Camming is a business that needs marketing effort and quality control.
Do you like to eat the same things every day even if you know you can get other food at the same price that is equally tasty?Probably you would not want to eat the same things everyday if you know you have choices. Viewers at cam sites have broad selection of shows that they can participate at the same price. In order to keep the viewers come back, webcam models do need to renew contents/shows every now and then to keep the same level of quality otherwise the viewers will not come back. Successful cam girls prepare for different shows when she is offline.
It is essential to check what other cam girls are doing, webcam model forum, camgirl information site, news and so on to find a new idea. Once she finds an idea, she does try and error; different cloths, make-up, camera angle, toys, topics to talk about, games and so on. How to entertain and keep the viewers interact is the key thing that successful cam girl always think about. Thus, looking for new ideas and information is a part of cam girls jobs.
The cam girls jobs are very competitive. Everyday, new cam girls sign-up who are potentially stealing your viewers. New cam girls tend to get attention as most of the camming sites have promotional period. This promotional period is very important time that determines your future cam girl life. Do not think your popularity will continue. If you do not grab viewers heart during this time period, you will end up quitting cam girls jobs due to making small money. How to make viewers coming back? Entertain the viewers is one thing but making a connection through various channels with viewers is also very important.
Webcam models are living in virtual world. They do not meet with viewers in real world. Depending on where they are coming from, about 50% of viewers want to make personal connection with webcam models. The reasons that they want personal connection is either they want to be treated special, meet cam girls in person. Those people are likely to become your regular customers. They like to see your personal life and comment on it as they want to make a connection with webcam models. Utilizing social media can make viewers feel they have a personal connection. Instagram, twitter, pinterest are great places to market your self and have interaction with viewers apart from webcam sites. However, how much you reveal your personal life needs to be carefully considered as you do not want anyone to find out where you live and who you are. It is important to learn how to keep good distance that viewers do not go away but do not get too close. Cam girls job is to sell fantasy.
Making them feel they have a personal connection not only helps you to retain your viewers coming back but also ignite jealousy which will increase your income.
Utilizing viewers’ jealousy
Among viewers who are connected with you through social media, you may see something interesting in your room. Some viewers try to show off how much he is supporting you to get attention from you. It is like psychological mounting. Giving an access to your social media account would increase the battle among viewers by publicly showing off that you communicate with viewers offline. For example, viewers commented on your picture at pinterest and you commented back. From viewers point of view, some may think he has a personal connection with you but not exclusive connection as he sees you commented back to other viewers as well. He may be jealous thinking “how can I get more attention from you?”. In order to get attention from you, he has to do something outstanding. He may volunteer to be a facilitator to ask tips in your room. He may give you tips in the way that makes him outstanding such as giving high tips, giving you tips every time you broadcast and so on.
Building and maintaining a website
Building your own website helps to establish your own brand. There are tons of cam girls you are competing against. You are merely one of them. Furthermore, you are merely one of many objects including porn models that viewers jerks off to. Do viewers remember you latter? Usually not. In order to b e outstanding from competitors, you need to have something that is different from others. One way is to build your own site so that viewers remember you.
Broadcasting at camming site is not the only way to make money. Selling private video, picture and personal belongings at your own site can be an other way to make money. For example, your regular viewers would love to see a HD video that you masturbate calling his name. Some people may want to buy used underwear from you. You can sell such things through your own website. Considering the fact that camming sites take certain fees out of your earning, selling through your site is much more profitable. Creating your own website does not cost you much if you hire a freelancer. You can hire one from freelancer matching site such as upwork. The charge for one site costs from $200 to $500.
Keep yourself in good shape
Cam girls jobs is to sell yourself through webcam. Yourself is the product that you are selling. Therefore, it is very important that you keep yourself healthy and good looking. If you get sick, your opportunity costs(Money you would have got if you were not sick) can be high as you do not have paid sick days off or paid days off. Also maintaining healthy look is important as no one likes unhealthy looking woman.
In order to keep yourself healthy, working out and proper diets are necessarily. Thus, working out and eating healthy is a part of cam girls jobs. This is especially important as life of cam girls is not long. You would not make the same amount of money when you are 20’s and when you are 30’s. The earning usually goes down significantly. Thus, one day loss can be big.
Cam girls career path
Just like other jobs cam girls jobs career path is base on what you can learn through the jobs you worked on. Let’s see what skills you can learn from cam girls jobs.
- Conversational skills
Whatever jobs it is, an communication ability is an essential skill. Cam girls job is to entertain viewers. Thus, you will learn how to effectively communicate viewers.
- Entertaining skills
Everyone likes to work with someone who is fun to work with. Cam girls jobs require not only skills to provide sexual entertainment but also normal entertainment. Once viewers get off, they do not care how sexy you are. If you are focusing on only sexual side of it, you would not be able to get out of one of many cam girls. Find a way to entertain through conversation is essential.
- Marketing knowledge
Webcam models are business owner selling themselves through webcam. How to sell involves marketing knowledge such as understanding who viewers are, how you approach and how you establish your own brand.
- HTML knowledge
If you build a website and maintain it, you need to have some HTML knowledge. Learning HTML knowledge is very helpful if you plan to make extra money through affiliate in future.
- SEO knowledge
Making a website is one thing. Doing SEO work needs to be done for your own website to be ranked in search engine. You would learn what you need to do to rank your website if you make one.
Cam girls career
Cam girl career is short. You can not work as a cam girl for long time. Cam girl jobs can not be your life time career. One day you have to quit as you realize you do not make money much. Then what are past cam girls are doing? Some do not quit their full time jobs while they work as cam girls. Those are fine as they have jobs. Full time cam girls can be tough to switch their jobs as they can not write what they have been doing in their resume. Thus, some webcam model start their own business. Some start online shops using network they build while they are camming. Some start shops using money they earned from camming. Some work at restaurant. Some become strippers. So if you want to become a webcam model, what you can do is to start as a part time to see if you can make big money. If you can not make good money, you should quit as that path does not get you good life in the end.
Actual income data for cam girls jobs
We have put information together from our internal data to show you profitability of cam girls jobs.
The dollar amount is average per hour which includes waiting time in front of webcam. The reality is that there are 30% of cam girls who are not making more than $10 per hour. There are webcam models who is making $0 while there are 5% of models who are making over $80 per hour. Depending on where you live, $10 per hour can be high but if you are living in developed country $10 per hour is too low to be a webcam model.
What impacts income for cam girls jobs
There are many things that impacts webcam model’s income. Lower earning per hour is most likely due to the factors below. Some are easy to improve while some are hard to change. The common reason that low average earning per hour is basic factors are not properly configured or simply she is not attractive. If you are an average woman, you would not fall under $10 per hour if you properly configure basic factors.
Even if you are beautiful, with wrong lighting, your beauty can not be shown through webcam. Lighting is very basic factors that every cam girls need to pay attention first.
- Quality of webcam
If you start to work as a cam girl, you should purchase high resolution webcam immediately. Return for getting high resolution webcam will pay off the costs of webcam. Viewers do not go into room and spend time if the quality of your webcam is low. A good webcam is something you must have to increase your average earning per hour.
- Internet speed
High resolution webcam requires high speed internet. With low speed internet, high resolution webcam can not achieve what it can achieve.
Nobody likes to see someone who looks bored. If you look happy and vivid, viewers can feel the same. Even if you are not happy, try to act happy in front of a webcam.
This does not need to be mentioned but viewers like attractive looking woman. Viewers have preference on what type of woman they like. Some like beautiful woman while some like cute woman. Finding where you fit by doing test and error is essential to increase earning.
- What type of show you do
How much you can respond to viewers desire determines how satisfied viewers are which is directly connected to your bottom line.
- Which site you work for
The site you work for impacts how profitable cam girls jobs are. The best site for other is not necessarily the best site for you. There are many factors such as where the viewers come from, how many models are working at the site pay out ratio and so on. We have a page explaining how to identify the best paying cam sites using our own analysis model.
- Working hour
From our internal data, we conducted multiple regression analysis to identify what hidden factors impact webcam models income. With level of significance a= 0.05(For those of you who are not familiar with the term, it just means we are 95% confident that we are correct.), we are statistically confident that longer working hours per day and time being webcam model negatively impact the average income per hour.
- Day and date you work for
We statistically identified Friday in particular is not as profitable as other day. It may be because people go out on Friday, number of other models is high or both. But average earning in Friday was lower than the other day. I assume this may differ if the site is different. But there is a possibility that average earning in certain day is lower.
Also 23rd is not statistically profitable as other day. Logical explanation would be it may be because the day right before pay day.
How profitable should it be?
In order to decide if you take cam girls jobs as your career, you need to understand how much you need and what you want to do with money you make. The living costs varies depending on where you are located. Thus, it is difficult to simulate how much money you should make to decide to be a webcam model.
One of the ways to consider how profitable cam girls jobs is to consider how much you can make if you become a stripper. Webcam modeling job is similar to stripping jobs. Some calls it online stripping jobs. The better things about cam girls jobs are that you can work from home and you do not need to touch anyone physically. The strippers in USA makes $18 to $30 per hour. If cam girls jobs make more than that, it is definitely better jobs than being strippers.
Other way to approach is to bench mark how much you are getting right now+30%. For example, if you are getting $20 per hour, $26 per hour would be equivalent wage. 30% is coming from social security benefits and health insurance coverage that your current employer is paying for you.
Pros and Cons about cam girl jobs.
While cam girl jobs can be profitable, you may want to consider what is pros and cons of being a webcam model before you decide to do so. Knowing everything beforehand is important to avoid mistakes. We have a page analyzing all the pros and cons at webcam modeling jobs. Check the page out if you are serious about it.
Since cam girl jobs do not require high initial investment nor maintenance costs, it is easy to start working as a cam girl. The profitability of cam girl jobs depend on models. While 65% of models are making less than 25%, 5% of models are making over $80 per hour. There are many factors impacting how much cam girls are making. Cam girl jobs require communication skills which would help you in future. But the career of being cam girls can not be long. So, it is recommended to make money in short time and do something else.
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