Starting sex work from home is simple, easy, and it protects you from the dangers you would be exposed to if you were doing the traditional style of sex work.
But, even though setting up an account on a few adult platforms is the easiest thing you can do, doing sex work from home is still something that you need to prepare yourself for, especially if you want to make this a profitable project.
After studying many profiles on various adult platforms, I noticed that the top-earning performers have one thing in common: production value.
Therefore, I started looking into ways to help my readers and beginner sex workers get through the doors of this industry well prepared and ready to make money.
And with all that being said, I wrote this long and elaborate article on how to do sex work from home, how to prepare for starting in the sex work industry, what you should pay attention to, how to make your content stand out etc.
I’ve also provided tons of links to other relevant articles that you should check out as you read along, as they also contain valuable information you need to know before starting.
And without further ado, let’s jump right into the first thing you need to do before starting to do sex work from home:
Determine Your Content-Type and Style
When starting sex work from home, you will need to determine what you want to get into. Here are a few easy and profitable niches that you can try out as a beginner:
Selling nudes can be a very lucrative business, especially if you have an audience who will be willing to pay to see you naked.
Selling nudes on its own can get you over $1000 a month, depending on how you market yourself, how big your audience is, and how serious you are about succeeding in this niche.
Selling Boob Pics
Even though you may be thinking that selling boob photos online would be a waste of time, trust me, you likely have a lot of potential to earn decent money from doing it; you probably just don’t know-how.
In a world where everything is already seen because people have easy access to it, the only thing you need to learn is how to brand yourself differently in order to stand out.
Yes, every woman has boobs, and probably every man out there has seen a pair of boobs, but they haven’t seen your boobs, and that’s what counts.
So, learning how to make them want to see your boobs is what will bring you money, and lots of it.
Selling Butt Pics
Same as with selling boob photos, some people may be into butts, and as an adult content creator, you definitely must take advantage of this and make someone happy while earning yourself decent pay.
Don’t think that just because everyone has it, people wouldn’t pay to see yours.
Selling Your Underwear
Selling used panties online is probably one of the easiest ways to make some side income. This can be a decent amount of money, or even something basic; however, the beauty of it is that it depends entirely on you.
Platforms like Sofia Gray allow you to upload photos of your used underwear and sell them to strangers that enjoy your scent.
Therefore, depending on your online following, how you market yourself, and how serious you are to succeed in this business, you could be making over $100 for the simplest pair of worn panties.
Camming is an attractive and lucrative niche since it allows you to work from home, set your hours and only perform the type of shows you want to perform.
However, the camming industry is performance-based which means that there isn’t a wage or a salary, and you have to perform for every dollar you earn.
If you are online more often, promoting yourself, producing more content, and interacting with your viewers, you have a great potential to get out more of it than someone doing the bare minimum.
The earning potential is very significant. It is realistic for full-time camgirls to be making anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per month, with the top performers earning even more than that.
Homemade Adult Videos
Homemade porn is another major earner for many women and men online.
It involves setting up an account on a platform like ManyVids, and people will pay you a monthly subscription fee to see your exclusive videos.
Subscriptions typically go for $10 to $15 per month, and you can quite easily get 500 people to subscribe to you if you actively promote yourself and your videos.
This means you can be potentially be earning $5000+ online on ManyVids.
Phone Sex Operator
Phone Sex Operator can be the ideal gig for you if you are shy to show your face or don’t really have the time or space to constantly come up with new visual content.
You can also do this as a full or part-time gig, and the best thing about it is that you can set your time and rates and chat to people about sexy things while earning money.
Figure Out Payment Methods
Sex workers are not a protected group under US law, which is, unfortunately, a good-enough reason for companies and institutions to discriminate against the people working in sex-related jobs.
This goes as far as many billing services refusing to collaborate with any adult-related websites or asking for outrageously high fees because they consider the sex industry to be high risk.
For example, PayPal has a strict no-porn payment policy. Failure to comply with their terms will lead to your account being closed, which means you will lose access to your hard-earned money.
This is something that online sex workers have experienced, unfortunately.
A few years ago, a New York-based online sex worker opened her accounts one day to discover they’d be suspended, and her money had been returned to a customer who apparently had buyer’s remorse after purchasing some of her content.
Although PayPal is one of the most desired payment methods, it’s definitely not reliable for making money with adult content.
Which is why you have to choose another reliable payment method before starting sex work from home.
Here is an article in which I’ve listed seven best payment methods for online sex workers.
Sign Up To Adult Platforms
When starting as an adult content seller, you need to look for adult platforms where you can upload your content.
The best thing to do as a beginner is to sign up for trustworthy platforms that aren’t overly saturated with famous influencers and adult performers, as this will likely lower your chances of success.
Some people may say that the more sites you join – the better the chances of earning you have, but from my experience, the most important thing is good advertising.
This can be done effectively without having to join a bunch of platforms and get yourself all confused and frustrated in the beginning.
You will indeed earn less until you establish a decent audience, but this will start increasing eventually depending on the niche you choose, the quality of your content, and how you promote yourself. Opting for quality over quantity always works out better in the long run.
Many successful adult content creators I follow on social media are loyal to one or two platforms because their earnings come from their followers who go to these platforms for them, not the other way around.
With all that being said, check out my article where I’ve listed ten of my favorite adult platforms where you can sell your adult content.
If you want your adult content to sell well, you have to do something to stand out from the other creators in this business and make your content interesting so that people would be willing to pay money to see it.
Therefore, it’s always a good idea to lurk for content inspiration from successful creators in this niche, but try not to copy their work.
Instead, add a little twist of your own to your content because your followers/subscribers will want to see what you are doing and how you’re doing it, not what everyone else is doing.
Good places to look for inspiration are Pinterest boards (even though they are inherently non-sexual, you can always find a good aesthetic there and add a sexual tone to it), successful creators in your niche, movies, erotic novels, everyday chores, and activities that you can add a sexual tone to and sell as content, etc.
Also, make sure to write down your ideas because I personally come up with my best ideas late at night while I’m in bed about to fall asleep, so I always write them down in my notes, and I elaborate on them the next day.
Even if an idea may sound silly at that point, you will certainly be able to pull something creative out of it, so don’t just discard it yet without giving it a second thought.
Turn Your Room Into a Studio
When starting sex work from home, you need to find a space that you can use to shoot your content. This can be your room or the basement, or any free space.
Once you decide on that, you will need to turn this space into a studio. Consider getting these few things for a good starting studio:
Good lighting is essential for high-quality content, be it photos, videos, live webcam sessions, etc. And although it may sound complicated, setting up lighting in your room doesn’t have to be difficult.
When doing this, always make sure to have enough light or add some if you don’t. Make sure your face or the body part your content is focused on is always lit evenly and doesn’t have unwanted shadows.
A great tip when setting indoor lighting is to use lightbulbs of the same temperature and brightness in each lamp to ensure consistency.
There are a few types of lighting to be aware of as well.
Light with no filter is known as hard light. Think of the difference between a lamp with a bare bulb and one with a lampshade. Without the shade, it’s brighter, but the light can be harsh and cast deep shadows.
Diffusion helps spread light evenly, creating soft light, and can be improvised even on a budget. So when working with clamps lights, try to use some type of diffusion material.
You can buy diffusion paper and tape it over your lights, or even cut up a frosted shower curtain. Feel free to get creative!
An interesting backdrop
Next, try to create a background or a backdrop to make your content look more professional and put together.
There are so many things that you can do with this; all you need is a little bit of creativity and a minimal budget to invest in some props.
Add some fun decoration
When setting up your studio, you also want to consider adding some fun decoration and try to opt for something that goes along with your niche.
For example, if you are in the fetish niche, you can have whips, paddles, and blindfolds hung on the wall behind you or next to you. If you are in the crossdressing/anime niche, you can add some fun character decorations that fit your aesthetic.
If you are camming or filming masturbation videos or sending nudes while using toys, make sure to have your toys laid out and visible.
Use plain sheets on your bed
If you decide to use your room as a studio, your bed will likely be visible. So a good idea is to use plain sheets on your bed to make it look clean and polished instead of something that appears childish and unprofessional, such as cartoon sheets.
Also, when choosing colors, try to choose the ones that would go along with your niche.
For example, if you are in the fetish niche, use plain black or latex sheets. If you are in the crossdressing/anime niche, use pastel-colored sheets because they would fit in this aesthetic.
Keep Your Space Clean and Presentable
No matter what your space is, be it your bedroom, the basement, or a dedicated space that you rent specifically for the purpose of creating content, always make sure to keep it clean and presentable.
This means a lot, and it makes you look much more professional and put together, no matter what your niche is.
Avoid having too much stuff or decorations that don’t go well with one another and just make the space appear cramped up and dirty.
Avoid having anything around that could give up your location
This is another very important thing that you need to be super careful of. Avoid having anything around you that could give up your location.
Avoid having maps on a wall, decorations that could give up your exact location, or even avoid having visible windows that are overlooking the street you’re at because you never know where the people buying your content are located. It could be someone who lives one or two streets away from you, and this could potentially cause you problems.
Invest in Props
When choosing a niche to get into, you can also consider investing in some props that would go well with your chosen niche and would make your content more interesting.
Here are some things you should invest in:
- sex toys
- whips and floggers
- jewelry and accessories
- masks (such as Venetian or a sexy bunny mask)
Invest in Good Equipment
Investing in good equipment before starting to create your homemade adult content is highly recommended.
By this, I don’t mean that you need to go crazy and dump thousands of dollars on professional equipment; however, something better than a laptop webcam will allow you to create higher-quality content.
To truly be able to see what I’m talking about, you should go on popular sites such as ManyVids and see what the top-earning creators are doing compared to other creators that don’t do very well.
You will certainly notice a huge difference in the content, with top-earning creators putting an insane amount of effort into their craft, while low-earning creators usually have blurry clips, bad sound, and videos shot from very unflattering angles.
If you want to be a high earner in this industry, putting effort into your craft is a must.