For many models, one of the biggest benefits of camming is the freelance or “work from home” opportunity.
Outside of the often lucrative pay and control over your income, being able to work whenever you please can be great. This is especially so if you have a second job or are modeling while attending school, etc. Extra income on the side working in conjunction with your other life demands and obligations can be a huge factor in your financial stability.
Camming whenever you want, however, can make it easy to fall into one of the worse habits in the camming world: working without a schedule.
Doing anything erratically can be a bad habit, but in terms of camming and work, this can present two specific, major issues:
1. A lack of dedicated fans
Not having a consistent schedule can prevent dedicated fans from following one’s account. If you cam at random times on random days, this makes it difficult to build an audience of viewers who will follow you and know when you’ll be going live.
Viewers have schedules just like you, so they will have a certain time of the day when they’ll browse their favorite cam sites. It’s your responsibility to be there, just like a television show is slated for the same time every week for viewers to tune in.
2. Work and personal life start to merge
If you don’t have a weekly schedule for working, it’s easy to constantly think about your job. You may rush other aspects of your day to make room for a quick, unplanned broadcast. You may find yourself staying online way longer than you had planned to (or reasonably should).
It’s very important to be able to step away from work, even for a moment or half a day, and not having a schedule in place can make this virtually impossible. This is a problem for all freelancers, not just cam models. (Though, due to for instance to the still evolving circumstances surrounding AB5, some cam models are now considered employees and not freelancers, this point still stands.)
So what can you do to stick to a better camming schedule? We’ve found some great tips and tricks for adding some structure to your work.
Consider How Often You Actually Want to Cam
Just because you have a lot of free time doesn’t mean all of it should be spent working or online. Determine exactly what your hours will be. Five hours a week? Twenty hours a week? Think about the energy that goes into camming and how much of your time you actually want to invest in going live on a weekly basis.
Determine The Basics of Your Schedule
Take the time to sit down and look at the days and hours where you absolutely cannot cam. These timeframes can include personal time, your class schedule, your second job schedule, etc. Be sure to include self-care into this list because it’s very important!
What is left over is essentially your “extra” time to cam. Consider how much time you’ll need to prepare your broadcasting setup, set your stage and get into “costume.” Subtract this from your schedule.
With those remaining timeframes, it’s time to experiment with scheduling. Which leads us to our next tip…
? Cam schedule for the week ?
Today: 9pm – 11pm
Friday: noon – 2pm
Sunday: 9pm – 11pm
Monday: 9pm – 11pm
Tuesday: noon – 2pm
Wednesday: 3pm – 6pm
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— Jayde ? (@ModelJayde) March 5, 2020
Experiment with Your Paysite’s Traffic
Oversaturated periods and low-traffic periods are common in the camming world, regardless of your paysite. This is why you need to experiment with going live at various times throughout the week to see where you’re making the most money.
And now you ask, “But wait! Didn’t you just say I shouldn’t go live at random times?”
Yes, dear reader, I did. The key here is to not do this in conjunction with building a schedule. When you find a paysite that you’re interested in, spend a week or two broadcasting at different times each day to see when you’re getting the most viewers or making the most money. Then, from there, base your camming schedule on those findings. Truth: It’s all about analytics.
Let’s break this down a bit more. If you’re not paying attention to when there are high traffic times for your specific paysite, two things may happen. On one hand, you may be logging on when there are many other models going live at the same time. In this situation, you might see fewer viewers flowing into your chat room. On the other hand, you may be logging on when there is very little traffic, which naturally means fewer viewers for your room as well.
The pros and cons of each situation vary depending on your paysite and the behaviors of your paysite’s members. Experimenting with going live at different times can offer some insight into what timeframes make you the most money. Once you have that insight, you can establish a proper schedule.
Setting a schedule may seem like a pain, but being just a little bit more organized with your time can have some serious benefits when it comes to establishing a fanbase and pulling in more earnings.
— Kinkycamdom (@kinkycamdom) January 19, 2017
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