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    I'm a newbie. I cammed for about 2weeks before my real dayjob got so busy that I was exhausted after work. It's been nearly 1.5months and I haven't logged on to cam once. I got very discouraged after my last few 2-3hour sessions produced 1 or maybe 2 short privates.
    Lately I've been obsessed with getting a career and an actual dayjob that makes money. I don't feel like I can rely on my camming or escort money, I want real reliable income every week/month that I KNOW will come in regularly. My insurance through my mother runs out in 1 year, after it runs out I won't be able to pay for my prescriptions that I NEED! Plus explaining to your mom how you have money but technically no "job" is rather difficult.

    So after camming for like 2-3weeks I found it's actual WORK. And since I had a dayjob it took second seat, then once I got out of the habit of camming I stopped. Now money is getting thin and I did realize how simple it was to make money camming when I tried. I just got a new job working 3days a week.(but 10hour days) I'm thinking I want to get back into camming and do it 2-3days a week.

    Not to mention I hear girls say they make $4k a month or $250 a day camming, when I made $200 total for my 3weeks of camming. It just got me discouraged.
    Any advice? How to balance real jobs and camming?(we're not gonna look beautiful forever ya know...)

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    Default Re: Newbie Camgirl that needs some advice

    You might not be cut out to do both. My real job is honestly just a cover up. I work two shifts a week and cam the rest of the time. If you're only making $200 in 3 weeks, you're either doing it wrong or not working enough. (More than likely the 2nd). If you're going to do a real job, you're going to just have to push through the exhaustion, really. Decide what you wanna do.

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    Default Re: Newbie Camgirl that needs some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by StephanieXS View Post
    You might not be cut out to do both. My real job is honestly just a cover up. I work two shifts a week and cam the rest of the time. If you're only making $200 in 3 weeks, you're either doing it wrong or not working enough. (More than likely the 2nd). If you're going to do a real job, you're going to just have to push through the exhaustion, really. Decide what you wanna do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky4289 View Post
    Not to mention I hear girls say they make $4k a month or $250 a day camming, when I made $200 total for my 3weeks of camming. It just got me discouraged.
    Any advice? How to balance real jobs and camming?(we're not gonna look beautiful forever ya know...)
    I wouldn't worry about your earnings, starting out is always slow. Regular customers take time to build up (a few months with my bumbling first efforts). Even if it is only for a few hours on certain days, making a schedule and sticking to it could really help. Don't get discouraged! Put in the time and you will see the money.

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    Just try to stay consistent with the camming hours, it's easier to build up regs that way. Set 3 hours 3 days a week to get yourself started, post those hours on your profile. 'Show up' and do your thang. Also not sure if your shows are mainly vanilla but you don't have to necessarily be 'beautiful' to cam Record some 2 min. fetish clips in your spare time, upload to a clipsforsale store. Record all the content you can now, sell it forever! Join Fetlife and read up about different kinks, read fetish forums, learn about things other than masturbation to cater to. It's easy to get burnt out, but the more you delve into this 'underground' community you may be able to see yourself in it for the long haul. It may take a while to get to that $250/day but keep up and you'll get there, I promise!

    Oh, and lotsa research on the forums here and the other few on the intranets. Searches are key. Good luck!! <3

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    Default Re: Newbie Camgirl that needs some advice

    Before you get overly discouraged with camming, and abandon the notion that you will ever make $250 a day with this gig, (which is still a possibility), it's important to look into a few things:

    - What site(s) are you working?
    - What are you charging per min?
    - What is your set-up like? / Are you well-lit?
    - Have you clicked on your own stream to check to see how everything looks from a clients perspective? (stream not buggy, etc)

    There are many things to take into account when working, many of which can be found in the "Starting Place For Cam Girls" thread here.

    Also, the '"What Am I Doing Wrong" - A Checklist' thread by ManyRoses a while back is also a great help and well worth giving a good read.

    "We're not gonna look beautiful forever"? ...Er, yes, we are! The camming world is probably the most body-friendly industry you'll find. There are women 50+ who cam and make amazing money. The lady at #3 top row on SM right now is 53! XD The wonderful thing about this work is that you don't have to look like a porn star to do well. There are many ladies who shoot to the top because of their differences rather than because they look the same as everyone else. Also, a big bulk of women at the top on Streamate are 30+.

    Best of luck with working out how to make your best money with camming my dear! I hope you report back with how things go for you.
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    My best advice to you is camming works when YOU want it to work. Camming also isn't for everyone and that's okay to accept. Having balance is good but you have to be consistent. I would try to come up with a schedule that works for you and stick to it. If you're on Streamate, make sure you use the HD Encoder. Having good Internet connection, put in the hours and I am sure you'll make much better money than you do now. There will be slow days but no job is Utopia!

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    Default Re: Newbie Camgirl that needs some advice

    there is a ridiculous amount of advice already written on this forum..
    just because a thread is 5 months old, does not mean it is not valid anymore.

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    "So after camming for like 2-3weeks I found it's actual WORK." Bingo!

    The girls who are making $4,000 a week and $250/day don't sit there for 2-3 hours a few times a week and then log out because they feel discouraged. They WORK. Consistently, energetically, and through the slow hours. It's the only way you'll get to the good part. Camming is very rarely easy money, and the girls who get spoiled by regs have put in the time to build up a rapport with their customers. Figure out what your financial goals are, cam with a consistent schedule for a good solid month, and then reassess if your reality is close to your expectations. When my guys come into my room and drop $100 in free chat tips because they "luv" me so much it's not becaue I'm the prettiest face they've seen- I actually consider myself to be of average appearance and many other girls on my site are far prettier than me, IMO. But my regs spoil me because I remember their name, ask about their grandkids and businesses and travel, etc. You can only get to that point by putting in the time, unless you are Incredibly lucky, but we all know luck isn't something you can count on when you've got bills to pay.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CourtneyRaine View Post
    "So after camming for like 2-3weeks I found it's actual WORK." Bingo!

    The girls who are making $4,000 a week and $250/day don't sit there for 2-3 hours a few times a week and then log out because they feel discouraged. They WORK. Consistently, energetically, and through the slow hours. It's the only way you'll get to the good part. Camming is very rarely easy money, and the girls who get spoiled by regs have put in the time to build up a rapport with their customers. Figure out what your financial goals are, cam with a consistent schedule for a good solid month, and then reassess if your reality is close to your expectations. When my guys come into my room and drop $100 in free chat tips because they "luv" me so much it's not becaue I'm the prettiest face they've seen- I actually consider myself to be of average appearance and many other girls on my site are far prettier than me, IMO. But my regs spoil me because I remember their name, ask about their grandkids and businesses and travel, etc. You can only get to that point by putting in the time, unless you are Incredibly lucky, but we all know luck isn't something you can count on when you've got bills to pay.

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    Darn it, I typed out a long reply and it didn't post!!! Ok, so I definitely feel your pain about figuring out a schedule. Just yesterday, I accepted an unpaid volunteer position that will allow me to use my Master's Degree and avoid gaps in my resume. This was something scary to do!!! But my hours will be fairly similar to yours; three looong days!

    This is how I plan on making it all work:
    With ten hour days, you still do have some time to yourself. I am planning on making at least four clips after work each day and uploading them. My clips are usually pretty regular and include things I need to do anyway, like cleaning, showering, painting my nails, eating, etc. I WILL NOT allow myself to meet up for drinks, go on dates, do more than required errands, etc. on those days. Clips, work, relax!!

    On my four days off, those are my camming days! I still plan on doing around 7-8 hours on three of those days and 4 hours on the fourth day. I work my day in two shifts, which I find makes it easier to manage. And this still allows me to wake up, relax, do stuff, work out, and then cam in the afternoon until my pay cutoff ends. Then I either go to the gym, run errands, go on date (I've been a dating queen lately), dinner with friends, watch TV, anything. Then I'll hop back on cam for fourish hours late in the night (this is my best $$$ time). Sleep, wake up, do it again! On the fourth day, I plan on just camming a few hours to get my earnings up there and then spending the rest of the day relaxing/vegging out. I know it seems like a lot, but this allows me to still make money, further my career although having it be less demanding because, well I don't get paid, and gain the personal satisfaction that comes from my volunteering (I'll be working with the homeless). Plus, I can have a life too!!!

    I've done a schedule like this before and it worked for me. Just remember, camming take times to start making money. Knowing that you have money coming in from your other job will allow you to relax a bit on cam and put in the time necessary to really start bringing it in. The passive income from clips is awesome too. Even if I don't make tons from it, it can make a difference. If you want camming to work for you---- work for it! You can dooo it!

    Also--- Search, search, search!!! Everything you need to know is contained on this site.

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    I feel your pain on this one - when I started, I was working a vanilla job as well (and doing a tattoo apprenticeship) and it was KILLING ME. I was used to stripping and working, which was waaay easier for me, but the clubs in my area just suck hairy goat balls, and it wasn't worth it any more, which is why I switched to camming.

    Because of other work, I was camming really sporadically for the first few months, and feeling pretty discouraged - it sucks to be scraping $15 an hour camming, especially when you KNOW that you can make $50, or $100, because you hear other girls talking about earnings like that.

    DON'T LET IT GET YOU DOWN! Don't feel that it is "your fault" or "you"...it is a combination of time and consistency. Once I quit my vanilla job, and was no longer exhausted and wiped and trying to cam for two hours when I'd already worked a nine hour day, my money just started steadily rising, and it hasn't stopped yet! The more that I work, and the more consistent that my hours become, the more consistent my money becomes.

    My advice to you - other than not letting it get you discouraged - is to think about what you want, and how practical that will be. You have already figured out that you are finding it incredibly hard to work and cam - what about work and film? What about finding a more realistic camming schedule that works for you, and really sticking to it - whether that is 1 hour a day after work (or before, so you aren't exhausted coming home), or two nights where you just power through and work 4 hours after work is done? Consistency is key!

    That said, it sounds like you are thinking of giving up on camming completely. For the record, I do consider camming a "career", and "consistent money that I KNOW is coming in each month". If I didn't, then I wouldn't have been able to spend the last year living off camming alone. I wouldn't be building a website, a brand, and a career and financial plan. Unlike dancing, there really isn't a retirement age for camming - at least, not a really young one, and you can continue to sell content and affiliate stuff forever, as well as memberships to a pay site, erotica self-published, and you can do phone sex until you are too old and decrepit to hear the other person! Camming may not be the job for you, but don't discount it under the impression that it is not consistent, not reliable, or not a career, because it can be all of those.

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    Default Re: Newbie Camgirl that needs some advice

    I understand where you are coming from. I have a full-time vanilla job and found that I am too exhausted to cam when I get home. What I've done is broke up the hours I want to work per week and wrote then all in a diary, I find looking at the hours I want to cam in more manageable chunks per day is easier. I find that if i focus on how many hours I have to do for the week all at once demotivates me, e.g. Ah I have to make sure I do at least 20 hours this week, how am I gonna do it!?! Vs oh I only have to cam two hours today, the smaller chunks seem realistic.

    I also write down the goals I want to achieve purely from camming in the diary to remind me why I'm doing it.
    It is hard when you make lower $$ than expected but I know if I eventually put the work in the $$ will eventually increase.

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    THANKS everyone! I now realize this sort of question has been asked but I guess I needed to share my personal situation and hear personalized replies from some of you ladies to get inspired!
    I'm going to work out a schedule and go at it for a month. If I'm still not reaching my goals or find it's not working for me I'll hang up my cam!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky4289 View Post
    (we're not gonna look beautiful forever ya know...)
    That is the thing that makes camming the amazing career that it is. Beauty and age really has little to do with it. You can come back to it at any time, there is no rush to have to get it in before the 'flower of your youth' wilts.

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    I am fairly new too... I have slowly been upping my income ever week. I made $50 the first week, now I'm up to $300. I am starting to see what works for me and also see some regulars. Hang in there!!!

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