If you’ve been at some employer’s’ beck and call for a solid third of your days, you might think a work from home situation like becoming a webcam model would be a cakewalk in comparison. I remember my days of getting up, going to work, getting home, winding down, and basically just waiting for the weekend to spend any quality time with the people in my life – including myself. These were not good times.
Many webcam modeling companies use attractive slogans like “Work From Home!” and “Be Your Own Boss!” as a selling point because it sounds amazing to the average employee. But, as They say, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Substitute power with autonomy and you have yourself a fine cliche.
So let’s just throw a little reality wrench into that fantasy, shall we?
10 Reasons Not to Become a Webcam Model
1. To most, going to work for someone else is just easier.
You don’t have to think about it when you go home. To separate self employment from your personal life is a skill that takes practice, and it’s not for everyone.
There are webcam modeling studios you can go to work for, which may be a viable solution for some. However it’s important to note that you’ll pay for their services, whether upfront or by sacrificing a (usually fairly large) percentage of each check. It’s up to you to determine what works, but most established webcam models swear by working from the comfort of home and retaining as much of their earnings as possible.
2. Making money when you’re self employed is not guaranteed.
At your regular nine-to-five, you have the security of knowing when and what you’re going to get paid. Not so with webcam modeling. That said, if you’re working on a reputable cam site (check out our recommendations), you will be paid out your commission on a regular schedule as long as you make the site’s minimum payout.
But it’s entirely up to you to make sure you’re actually making money when you work.
3. You’ll have to make ALL the decisions.
You won’t have anyone looking over your shoulder telling you what you’re supposed to be working on. It’s up to you, remember? Being your own boss can be a real challenge and sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed.
4. You’ll have to develop any skills you’re missing.
This will include technical stuff, video production, editing, scheduling, customer service, marketing, networking, revenue, inventory, legal shit, and/or any outsourcing or hiring you want to do.
5. You’ll be working in a highly stigmatized industry.
There will be people who think you don’t have a real job, and people who openly oppose what you do. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in – a lot of society still thinks that nine-to-five is the only way to work. In the adult industry particularly, the stigma is alive and well. #endthestigma
6. It’ll take more effort to find and connect with others in your field, i.e. your “co-workers.”
As such your social life may suffer, and if you’re especially introverted you’ll likely find that you just don’t get out much. There are forums and conventions that can help with this, but it’s a little more challenging than bumping into someone at the water cooler.
7. You’ll have to pay your own taxes.
Okay, I know this would fit under the legal shit aspect of being your own boss. But it’s a big enough topic to warrant its own line. Taxes blow and the amount the government wants from you will shock you. Sure, sure – roads and healthcare and public services and securities are important and all… But if you’re used to your taxes coming right off the check before you even see it, the actual amount you’ll end up paying at tax time may come as a surprise. Be prepared. For sadness. And despair.
8. Your home will double as your work space. (Hope you like it there!)
Unless a coffee shop would be conducive to the work you’re doing (i.e. if you’re writing or planning marketing strategies, and not actively camming that’s bad don’t do that), chances are you’re going to be sitting in your living room or home office (read bed) most of the time. You won’t get the reprieve from any loud neighbours or talkative cats that leaving for work might afford.
9. Barring pets, you’re going to be spending a lot of time alone.
This can get lonely depending on the type of work you’re doing, but in most cases it’s going to get soul crushingly lonely. You’ll have no one to complain to but yourself and your customers, and they don’t want to hear that. You can talk to your floofs, though. They’ll understand.
Alright, let’s drive it home.
10. Becoming a webcam model (or being your own boss at all) requires a Butt Ton ™ of self motivation and personal drive.
You’ve got to know yourself, know your goals, and be determined as fuck to accomplish what you want. It takes a lot of energy, time, and patience. It’s not easy. There are no shortcuts.
Being your own boss isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you’re used to working for someone else and striving toward goals that aren’t your own, the shift to self employment can be difficult to navigate. I don’t mean to dissuade you, but rather to ensure you have all the information before diving in.
Still here? Let’s talk about some tools you can use to make the transition to self employment a bit easier.
Master your use of time.
The first step to being effective in this area is to be aware of how you already spend your time. One great tool that I would recommend checking out is RescueTime. It runs in the background and gives you a snapshot of what you’re actually doing with your time.
Toggl allows you to track your work sessions so you can see when you were working and when you weren’t.
Block scheduling can be a very helpful visual time management tool. You can do this with Google Calendar, or use my post-its-on-a-calendar-printed-off-at-Staples idea if you feel it would benefit you. Here’s one I made– recommend printing it as an 18×24 inch poster. This works great with the little 2 x 1.5 inch sticky notes.
It is extremely important to schedule your time even if you feel like you could just wing it. Winging it is not sustainable In the long run.
Manage your money and don’t forget to set some aside for taxes!
My all-time favourite money management app is called You Need A Budget. It’s a web app as well as a method and at the very least I would recommend checking out their free resources and getting started using their method. No joke, this thing saved my ass financially. The app is totally worth the investment, but you can start out just using their method for free.
Of course when it comes to financial planning and taxes I will recommend speaking with a professional since I’m not one by any stretch of the imagination. But if you’re looking for a tool that will help you sort out your taxes fairly easily, check out TurboTax. I’ve been using it for years and the [real] Canada Revenue Agency hasn’t called me yet.
Use your goals to move you forward.
The most important tool at your disposal is your self-awareness and your knowledge of what drives and motivates you.
You will need to have your goals written down or at least be painfully aware of what you’re working toward. A visual reminder will likely help keep you going when you get discouraged, which is inevitable. Income alone is not a strong enough motivator for most people, but if you have something worth working for (think education, a home, or even a lifestyle), you can absolutely achieve it.
What are you working toward?