Payment Processing for Skype Cam Girls: Update

 

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New Fees for Skype Cam Girls

Not all change is for the better, and the latest development in the arena of payment processing for skype cam girls sucks. Those of you who have independent skype cam girl merchant accounts already know this, but for those skype cam girls out there who are weighing the pros and cons of different payment processing options before making the leap, know that Mastercard has now decided to charge an annual $500 fee per merchant account for the ability to offer this particular credit card option. Combined with the annual $500 Visa fee, upfront charge of $750 and per-sale payment processing costs that typically range from 10-15%, we’re talking a significant chunk of change per year, solely for the privilege of offering Visa and Mastercard payment options to our cam sex customers.

 

Options for Skype Cam Girls That Do Not Involve Annual Fees

Luckily there are ways around these new skype cam girl merchant account fees. Zombaio is one payment processing option that involves no upfront or annual fees for credit card processing and has low processing rates by adult industry standards. It’s a service I recommend highly. The drawbacks, as I’ve explored before here, are that the installation of Zombaio can be quite tricky if their automatic installation system won’t work on your site, and payouts must process for a full month before being sent out. It’s not an ideal solution for those skype cam girls who rely on quick payouts.

One positive thing I’ve noticed about Zombaio is that over the past couple of years it’s become far more well-known amongst customers and potential customers. This is important because many guys are a bit wary of using a total unknown (to them) payment method, and it wasn’t too long ago that many guys only felt safe using a well-known system like CCBill. I’ve definitely noticed that over the past couple of years more and more new customers feel comfortable using Zombaio, perhaps because many mainstream cam sites use non-CCBill options so they are growing accustomed to trying other systems, but either way this is good news for independent camgirls who want to process their own payments without paying a ton of money to Visa and Mastercard for the privilege of doing so. Zombaio is my first choice processor and I’ve been happily using it to book high volumes of business for almost a year now.

You can also join an independent skype cam girl listing site and use that site’s payment processor, but the drawback here is that sites that do not offer processing through CCBill are set up in such a way that you have no control over the money you earn until the site owner sends it to you. The main risk involved in using private processing offered by sites that list skype cam girls is that you rely upon the goodwill and professionalism of the site owner to send you the payments you’ve earned. Luckily the vast majority of skype cam girl listing site owners are honest and professional, but still I’d be wary of building too much of your business around something you don’t fully control.

While the processing rates for skype cam girl listing sites that offer CCBill tend to be high (at 25%, leaving you with 75%), the main benefit is that payments are sent directly through CCBill, these sites do not act as a middle-man between you and your money.

 

How Should Skype Cam Girls Proceed Regarding These New Credit Card Fees?

There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer, of course, but if you’re a brand new to being a skype cam girl I would not recommend that you set up your own merchant account and pay the fees for credit card processing right away, as many skype cam girls start off making fairly little as they build their customer bases and businesses. What I would suggest is using a range of options to minimize risk, using a combination of Zombaio and skype cam girl listing site processing to ensure that, should something go wrong, your entire business model does not come crashing down or your funds lost.

In all things, we skype cam girls must think strategically. Being an entrepreneur means using creativity and logic in equal doses when creating and executing a business plan, and finding secure, reliable and sustainable payment processing options is a huge part of that. You can’t build a successful and sustainable business on amazon giftcards, moneypak and payoneer private load paments alone so finding good credit card processing options are a must.

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Independent Cam Girls and Creativity

 

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Ingenuity is Integral to the Success of Independent Cam Girls

Of all the things I respect and appreciate the most about my peers who are successful independent cam girls is the creativity and ingenuity that they (we) bring to our careers. As this is a fairly small field successful independent skype cam girls understand that it doesn’t do anyone any good to have us all be the same, with the same websites with same site content all over the web…first off it bores our cam sex playmates, it’s uninspired, and those cam girls who don’t really take a risk, think creatively and put themselves into their work are missing out on the best thing about our jobs, namely that as independent skype cam girls we can turn our online presence, our personas, our work into anything we want them to be.

Think about it, your website, what you write, how you present yourself essentially is who you are online. Who we are as individuals is the strongest asset all independent cam girls bring to our respective work, and from what I’ve seen the girls who don’t get that flounder. Being an independent skype camgirl has an emphasis on the ‘individual’ part…camgirls who don’t get that aren’t cut out for this work. Being an entreupreneur is essentially about doing one’s own thing. I love seeing my peers succeed, particularly new independent cam girls who have decided to take a risk and venture out on their own but at the same time I find it sad when intelligent, creative women doubt their own abilities and don’t extend their careers beyond what’s already been done, who simply mimic others because they don’t have the confidence to do their own thing. I find it sad because these independent cam girls are missing out on the amazing freedom that comes with being able to completely express ourselves, and I find it sad because it means that they aren’t contributing to this niche in a manner that will excite our shared customer base in new and meaningful ways.

I really can’t stress this enough, to succeed independent skype cam girls need to bring our unique individuality to our work. Do something crazy, do something completely organic to who you are, that separates you from every other cam girl. Those who don’t understand this are missing out on a shit ton of creative fun, and from what I’ve seen, end up returning to the cam sites.

 

To Newly Independent Cam Girls

A small favor to ask. I think it’s amazing whenever I see camgirls getting into this niche, and I appreciate that the process of learning about becoming an independent webcam girl can be a slightly overwhelming process initially. That said, if you have specific questions I can answer for you I’m happy to do so, just please email me at jesse@quinn69.com. Please do not contact me on yahoo messenger. When I’m online I’m either working at my computer or I’m on skype doing a cam show, I don’t have the luxury of dropping everything to have a conversation whenever I wish.
Also bear in mind that while I’m happy to answer specific questions if I can, a salient feature of being independent is doing your own research and using your own creativity. I won’t write you a blueprint on how to become an independent webcam girl because there is no ‘one’ way to do things. I’ve received a lot of questions and messages lately from webcam girls new to skype cam sex so I just wanted to explain where I’m coming from.
Thanks for your consideration and happy camming.

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How To Give Wicked Webcam Sex

 

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What is Amazing Webcam Sex?

In the past I’ve written some tips for the guys on how to have amazing webcam sex, but based on a question I stumbled upon recently I figured I should write one for camgirls as well, particularly those who are new entrants to the field of skype cam sex.  Much of what I have to say applies equally to both camgirls the webcam sex fans who visit us, but I think as skype camgirls it’s far more important that we understand what we’re doing, as we’re the ones essentially running the show, so to speak

So what is webcam sex all about? Simply put, amazing webcam sex is a wholly unique and symbiotic interaction between people, between individuals. As skype camgirls essentially our webcam sex shows are about us, not about any specific act we can demonstrate. I see alot of new camgirls enter the field of webcam sex assuming that they need to do outrageous and extreme sex acts in order to be successful, but really nothing could be further from the truth. Don’t get me wrong, some camgirls do amazingly well providing ‘extreme’ webcam sex experiences, but they choose to do those extreme types of webcam sex shows because they truly enjoy doing them. NO camgirl can be successful long term doing something she truly dislikes, as taking that path is a surefire recipe for burnout and dissatisfaction. What makes being a camgirl so amazing is that there is no one way to do things, and all of the successful camgirls I know (myself included) bring our unique personalities and creative ideas into our webcam sex play. Trying to copy another camgirl’s style will never work because each of us are individual: the key to being an amazing camgirl and giving kick ass webcam sex shows is to do things that no other camgirls offer, or at least not exactly how they offer them.

 

The Difference Between Live Webcam Sex and Video Recordings

I really believe the defining feature of great webcam sex lies in the difference between live cam shows and video recordings. We all know that pirated webcam sex recordings exist on the internet and any guy that wants to find em can easily do so (I hope those that do so get horrible computer viruses!!). Why do guys visit us then? Why do they pay for webcam sex shows when they can find free porn all over the net? The reason they do is because we offer something no video could ever provide: unique, individualized webcam sex experiences that are interactive. In my time as a camgirl I’ve seen a ton of girls come and go, and the ones that last understand this. Those that simply go through the motions, offering the same rote ‘performance’ to each playmate tend to be low end earners who don’t have alot of fun on cam, and it shows. To give great webcam sex experiences you need to interact with your playmates, explore different fantasies and ideas, laugh together when you stumble into something that ends up being ridiculous. Be energetic, creative, do your own thing and you’ll make amazing money giving kick-ass webcam sex shows and have hella fun doing so. Never be afraid to look silly or explore something you’ve always wanted to try, pay attention to what your playmates want and lead them into things that will truly blow their minds. That’s wicked webcam sex, and it’s why camgirls have the best job in the world 🙂

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Skype Camgirls: Some Tips

 

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What Does it Mean To Be a Skype Camgirl?

I get this question a lot. A lot. Probably the first thing to keep in mind is that successful independent skype camgirls by definition do their own thing, so even if any one of us laid out a blueprint it wouldn’t mean much…each one of us is unique and operates our business in an entirely individual manner. Truth is this is a tough niche to break into, and I only know a handful of women aside from myself who have built an entirely independent camgirl business without relying upon the network cam sites as a stable source of income. If you want to take the independent camgirl route be prepared to work hard, research constantly and wear all hats. If you run your business you run your business. Those who ask for a step-by-step guide won’t last.

Probably the best advice I could share with new skype camgirls is to create your own customer base. Unlike the major network cam sex sites, we don’t have a ton of affiliates drawing traffic to our websites and the pool of existing skype cam sex customers is relatively small. That’s part of the reason why I started this site; I want cam sex customers out there to know about this amazing part of the camgirl sex biz. Over the years I’ve introduced a ton of amazing guys to this niche and I have every intention of continuing that mission. I hope you join me, to the betterment of us all who are actually prepared to invest what it takes into our chosen niche of skype cam sex.

 

How Do I Get Skype Cam Sex Customers?

While I’d never advocate actively stealing traffic from the network sites you continue to work, make it easy for your customers to find you! Use the same name across cam sites, your twitter, your own site, so that when your network cam sex regulars google your name they can find you easily. As more and more skype camgirls test out (and depart) from this niche the existing customer base narrows, so those of us who believe in this niche and actually care about it need to get the word out there. Who better to market to than your own customers? As a primary marketing step always inform the guys who already adore you google you so that they can find out that you offer independent skype cam sex. They’ll be delighted to see you on full-screen without all the bullshit of the camsites, so once you introduce them to this niche you’ll have a convert, as both of you will benefit from the transition away from network cam sex. While managing boundaries is huge aspect of running your own business that I’ll probably explore in-depth in a later post, in general you’ll benefit when your customers become your own.

In order to greet your existing customers on your own site, set yourself up with some payment processing or join a company that will do so for you (you can read more about skype camgirl payment processing options here) and from there promote your site as you see fit, depending upon which niche(s) you target.

 

Join the Community of Skype Camgirls

To be an independent skype camgirl is to swim against the tide and do your own thing when everyone else paying homage to the status quo. Fuck that. Do your own thing, take control of your own career and join the independent skype camgirls community.  No cultish metaphor intended here; there’s no solemn dildo sacrifices or rights of passage…I just think that those of us who do encompass the dedicated core have a really wicked thing going here and I love that each of us has used our own creativity and work ethic to build something amazing. If you want to join us, dive in and prepared to work your ass off. There is no easy money in independent skype cam sex, but the $$$$ is wicked if you’re prepared to put in the time and effort. In short, we embody the entrepreneurial spirit, so you can see why those seeking a ‘how-to’ manual probably should stick to the cam sites.

 

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Independent Skype Camgirls and Directories

 

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I know alot of independent skype camgirls check out my blog, so I wanted to write about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately, namely, the importance of critical thinking and actually reading the contracts we sign with independent camgirl listing directories.

 

Independent Skype Camgirls Must Be Business Women

One of the wicked things about being independent skype camgirls is that it’s possible to craft a successful business without a background in business, using only our intelligence and creativity. Hell, while I have my share of degrees I certainly don’t have a degree in business, everything I’ve learned I picked up through trial and error through the years. That said, as independent skype camgirls we are in business, and it’s vitally important that we treat our work as such. This is particularly the case when it comes to the skype camgirl listing directories that offer payment processing.

 

The Role of Skype Camgirl Listing Directories

Listing directories don’t just offer traffic, they offer payment processing, and most sites that offer processing insist that you use it. There’s nothing wrong with that, and even though I have my own processing on my own sites I do have great working relationships with several skype camgirl listing services. Independent cam sex is a small niche, and I believe ultimately we all work together in that the stronger this niche is the faster it will grow. That benefits all of us.

 

Independent Skype Camgirls: Read Your Contracts

That being said, I’m often surprised by the lack of scrutiny with which some independent skype camgirls approach financial partnerships with listing directories. To new independent skype camgirls in particular, recognize that each time you sign up to a listing directory site that offers payment processing you are entering into a business relationship that directly impacts upon both your money and your established web presence. As such, before even deciding whether to join any given site you must read your model contract. Of particular concern are clauses that relate to who owns your cam name and content and how payment processing operates.

On the former point, it’s common for skype camgirl listing directory model contacts to include a passage referring to non-exclusive use of your image and camgirl name, it is NOT standard for contracts to grant the site exclusive use of your name or content. Non-exclusive use clauses are necessary so that the site can advertise you and the site but you still retain the right to use your name and images elsewhere. Each are still your property to use as you see fit. In contrast, exclusive use contracts mean that you forfeit any right to use your cam name and images off the site in question, as both now belong to the cam site.

Regarding payment processing, the main question to ask is what happens to your funds if the site shuts down. Contrary to the opinions of many aspiring site owners there is not a lot of money in doing payment processing for independent skype camgirls, in that the most successful independent camgirls tend to use their own processing for their own customers. I can think of 5 sites in the past year that have either ceased operations or ceased payment processing, and as sites pop up to replace the ones that have closed it’s important to pay attention to how your funds will be handled should the sites in which you’re interested in joining struggle financially.

The safest site system is always one which uses a CCBill or Zombaio sub-account system, in that your funds will be sent to you directly from the processor rather than to the cam site and then to you, but there are several sites that use private processing and act as a middle-man between you and your funds. Here, your judgement and discretion is vital. Ask yourself how long the site has been active, does the site have a history of prompt payments, is their business plan sound? How long do I have to wait to receive my funds?

 

Not Trying To Sound Like The Queen of Doom Here

Like I wrote earlier, I use skype camgirl listing services, they aren’t inherently a bad thing at all, and are of particular benefit to those independent skype camgirls who are just gaining their footing in this niche. Even for established skype camgirls listing directories can play a valuable role. That said, we all have to be smart about the sites with which we choose to do business. Read your contracts, research the history and business plans of the sites and contact the sites to find answers to any questions you may have. Don’t blindly jump on board any new project that pops up. This is your money you’re dealing with, so be smart and do your research.

Happy camming and wishing ya tons of $$$$

 

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