So, you’ve decided to become a cam model. You have a general idea of what camming involves, but where to start? Should you join a cam site or go independent with something like Skype shows? There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both options.
Camming on a cam site
When you join a cam site, you are given a variety of tools to get the best out of your camming experience. First of all, an established cam site will provide you with the necessary traffic. No need to look for your customers all over the Internet because they are already in the right place – just where you are. Second – no need to worry about getting the payment. You can pick from a handful of options and choose the one that works the best for you. Even better – some websites cover chargebacks, which means that you don’t have to worry about any users scamming you and requesting their money back after you’ve completed the show.
Cam sites also make sure that everyone who does cam shows is at least 18 years old of age and punish and/or ban the users that cannot behave well. You can also block the countries or regions whose users you don’t want to be viewing your stream. Other benefits of some cam sites can include stats which can help you improve your cam performance and tutorials on how to get the best out of the site that you’re using. Some cam platforms even offer to check the web for your stolen shows and take them down for you.
Of course, there are also downsides to using cam sites, such as the existing competition on the site, limitations on what kinks you can cater to, the pressure of keeping up with the rank and the cut that the cam site takes. (An industry standard for most cam sites is giving the creators 50% – 60% of their earnings).
Indie, aka independent camming
If you’re not familiar with the term ‘indie camming’ yet, it refers to camming off the cam sites, typically on video streaming platforms such as Skype, Discord, Snapchat etc. In this case, the model has to seek out their own customers, but they’re able to keep 100% of their earnings and set their own rules.
Indie cam models are often able to cater to kinks that are not allowed on cam sites, such as watersports, puke play and more. Since the models keep 100% of the profit, they are also able to charge lower prices to the clients if they choose. From the viewer’s point of view, paying for a show from an indie cam model is more discreet because there are no suspicious company names showing up in their bank statements.
However, there are many significant downsides of indie camming to consider. First of all, you have to figure out a payment method to use. Some cam models take payments through Cashapp or PayPal, but there is always a risk that the customer can do a chargeback after the show. On top of that, PayPal can reveal your real name, which is why I’d recommend avoiding it at all costs. An alternative method of accepting payment is crypto, which removes the risk of chargebacks. A good site for accepting crypto payments as a sex worker is SpankPay which was specifically made for sex workers.
At the end of the day, the decision of which option to choose is yours. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so you just have to decide what feels right for you. Alternatively, you can do a bit of both and see what works best in the long term.
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Alison Sparks is a camgirl, solo adult content creator and writer. Find her on Twitter at @itsalisonsparks and email her via email@example.com.