What are the highest paying cam sites around? Since one of the biggest considerations in picking a camming site is how much they pay or what the payout percentage is, it is important that you know your options and pick the site best for you. It isn’t not the only element that makes a camsite “the best” or the most popular, but it certainly provides a big advantage. It is a huge perk to keep MORE of the money you are tipped by members, and not have the camsite itself take a sizable chunk.
These are my picks for the Top 5 Highest-Paying Webcam Sites as of 2021, and I recommend you go through the list, try them out, and see which ones feel best to you.
You may have noticed that two of the most popular sites on the net are not present on the list – Myfreecamsand Chaturbate. That is because their payout percentages are slightly lower, however, their traffic (and therefore your income potential) is higher. To see the full list of Top Sites (both camming and clip sites as well), head over here!
One of the frustrating parts of camming is dealing with various payment processors like Paxum or ePayments when you simply want to get your money and not be charged any additional fees. They can either be slow to process payments, charge you extra fees, or simply go out of business (it happens more often than you’d think!)
I find that one of the best ways to receive payments is by check, particularly if you’re living outside of the US and cannot do direct bank deposits/transfers (ACH). This way, you get your check in USD and you are able to get the best exchange rate in your local currency at your bank. It may take a bit longer to receive, depending on where you live, but the benefits are well worth it, especially for international camgirls who don’t have many payment options. Below is a list of cam sites that offer payment by check, from best to worst:
☆Chaturbate: Minimum Amount: $50, Cashout Schedule: Daily – Incredible option for when you need the money ASAP!
CamSodais an up-and-coming cam site that is getting a lot of attention online. Not only because one of the most popular pornstars, Dani Daniels, is camming on it, but also because CamSoda is one of the first cam sites to have VR capabilities.
CamSodaaccepts female, male, couples, and trans performers, but female cam models are in the majority.
CamSoda Payout: What’s really great is that the payout is weekly, so you can sign up and have your first paycheck in your hands a few weeks later! The payout percentage is 55%+ of all money spent by members.
Payouts are done every Thursday (you are paid for the previous Monday-Sunday) and can be done by Check or Paxum.
Here are Some More Perks of Being a Camgirl on CamSoda and What CamSoda Says about their Site:
Highest payouts in the industry. You will make more per hour than any other site.
Eligible for health insurance bonus: CamSoda will provide a bonus to full-time models who have health insurance**
Weekly payouts: Don’t wait to get your money like on other sites.
Sell your own content, for whatever you want. You may sell movies, images or recorded shows, unrestricted. You set your price.
You can block any state or country for privacy purposes.
Your content is DMCA-protected.
**Models are eligible after being with CamSoda for 6 months.
Models who gross $3,500-$6,999 on a monthly basis and provide proof of health insurance will receive a $65 monthly bonus.
Models who gross over $7,000 on a monthly basis and provide proof of health insurance will receive a $125 monthly bonus.
That’s a pretty great perk, and one that no other cam site is doing. Good job, CamSoda, for thinking outside the box and providing more incentives and support for models. I have a feeling they will be coming out with more great stuff in the future.
In addition to having a great webcam, you need to remember that lighting is a REALLY important factor in looking your best on cam (and making that cash!). If you ever see a girl who’s ‘glowing’ and looking beautiful and clear, it’s likely that she is using special studio lights. No worries, they are not that complicated and can be bought on Amazon! So, what are the best lights to use while camming? This diagram shows that you ideally need 3 lights to light yourself with, also called the “3 Point Lighting Setup”.
I would say that 2 specialty umbrella lights (“key” light and “fill” light) and your room’s overheard light or sunlight from a window (“back” light) will be enough and will give you a GREAT advantage over someone without extra equipment. Don’t overthink it too much, just make sure you’ve got a few umbrella lights illuminating you.
Here is my Number 1 suggestion for lights to use on cam:
As I mentioned, the difference will be amazing! These umbrella lights showcase your features, and all the shadows that make you look old, dull and not as attractive will disappear! It’s the investment that will give you the most return for the money.
This kit includes everything seen in the photo above:
2 Tall stands with bulbs & umbrellas
1 Short stand with bulb
Umbrella carrying case
Bulb carrying case
A very popular choice for camgirls are softboxes! They create beautifully diffused light and are used by professional photographers, so you know they’ll be great for cam.
3 Color & 10 Brightness: 14 inches ring light can switching 3 different types of light and match your mood and preferences with 10 brightness levels. It use power-saving LED beads and SMD technology, the soft lighting will make your face and skin more beauty. The circle light comes with a Bluetooth remote.
Wireness Remote Control and Phone Holder: Wireness remote control for convenient access to brightness and color temperature settings, channel / group selection, as well as reliable and accurate control over dimming parameters in real time; Bluetooth Selfie remote makes you selfie more easily.
Lightweight & Stable Stand: The ringlight is constructed from aluminum alloy, giving it exceptional strength. The ring stand can be adjusted from 38.5cm/15in to 152cm/60in and is very portable to take in anywhere.
Play around with them and you will not regret this purchase. Along with a good webcam, lighting will make or break your camming, and good lighting will help you get started on the right foot! Good luck!
Tax season is upon us, so camming tax advice is due! What sort of write offs can you have as a cam model? Do you need to file your taxes? Do you need an accountant or can you do it yourself?
I’ll answer these questions here, but keep in mind that I am not a licensed professional and don’t know your particular situation. For any specific advice, I would always suggest asking an accountant.
First off, YES, you need to file taxes for any income you receive the previous year (if it’s over $400 if you’re in the US). Working for a camsite, you are classified as an independent contractor, and they will mail you a 1099 form listing your income. If you are not american, you’ll have to report your income earned yourself without the form.
What happens if I just don’t file taxes?
Well, somewhere down the line IRS will be contacting you asking why you haven’t been making payments and making sure that you do, in which case you will be paying late penalties. Another way to get on IRS’s bad side is overstating your expenses/write offs. If you have way too many or too many inappropriate expenses, it might raise some red flags resulting in an audit.
However, if you record your earnings and don’t go totally crazy with deductions, you will be fine.
I’ve never done taxes before! Should I hire an accountant?!
Possibly, but in a lot of cases an accountant is not needed. I understand that filing taxes for the first time or doing it for the first time as a self-employed person is scary, buttax softwareis really easy to work with and is created in a way that guides you through it step by step and corrects any potential mistakes. I recommend the TurboTax Home & Business version, which you can get as a PC/Mac download or as a disc.
If you want the peace of mind, I dorecommend having an accountant assist you with taxes to ensure you’re covering all your bases and that you save as much money as you can when you file your return. Jeff Lang is a certified public accountant (CPA), specializing in tax preparation for those in the adult industry, so you don’t have to worry about going to an H&R Block and getting an accountant who may not be comfortable with your job or understand your situation. Jeff can also assist with quarterly estimates and business incorporation (S-Corp or LLC), and make the whole experience quick and easy.
If you mention the promo code, CAMTAX10, you will get $10 off your tax preparation fee!
The beauty of being self-employed is that you can write off a lot of your expenses, but only those that you used directly for camming. That’s why deducting things like lingerie or makeup is a bit of a grey area and different people will tell you different things. To be on the safe side, I would not include expenses like makeup, clothes, lingerie, salon visits, tanning, plastic surgery, or toys UNLESS you can prove that you onlyused them for camming.
Also, remember to save all your receipts! You will have to show them if you’re ever audited.
So, here are the things you can write off:
Part of your rent (You will have to report what percentage of your house is used for “business” and any expenses associated with it will count as deductions)
Percentage of your utilities: heat, water, electricity, internet, phone
Travel expenses (to go to conventions or photoshoots, including gas, flights, hotel room charges, food)
Mailing supplies and expenses, if you ever ship any items to customers
Other business expenses, like advertising, web design or hosting fees if you have your own website
Remember to save about 20-30% of your paycheck throughout the year to not be hit with a huge tax bill and not having money to pay it. Keeping track of all your expenses throughout the year is also a good idea, so that you’re not scrambling to find things at the last minute.
One more thing, if your tax bill is over $1,000 this year (if you’re in the US), you will be required to pay quarterly estimated taxes the following year, so be aware of that. Check out my post on quarterly estimated tax payments here.