How to Make Money on OnlyFans (Beginner Tips)

[Warning: this article mentions the adult entertainment industry. Reader discretion is advised].

If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering how to make money on OnlyFans. 

OnlyFans has become the primary source of income for many people, allowing them to leave their day jobs.

The site was designed with making money in mind, which makes sense for side hustlers and business-minded folks.

The main thing you need to know is this: OnlyFans won’t necessarily send you business.

So to make money on OnlyFans, it’s best to first build a personal brand and then transition those fans over to the OnlyFans platform.

OnlyFans Features That Creators Can Enjoy - how to make money on onlyfans

OnlyFans is a subscription-based software that allows members to charge their followers for access to photos and videos.

Keep in mind that OnlyFans will take 20% of your revenues, leaving the author with the remaining 80%.

Some get frustrated at this but think of the business model.

They’ve built the platform for you to get fans and customers.

At any time, we can build our own platform and keep 100%!

Ok, let’s cover a big question that I know you have.

Is OnlyFans meant only for porn? 

Okay, let’s start with the most critical question. Yes, there is plenty of porn on OnlyFans, just as there is on a number of sites.

Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry. I mean, 3 of the top 20 sites worldwide are adult sites.

But OnlyFans isn’t merely a pornographic website. 

New York Times wrote this interesting piece on the company.

Many people make money on the platform through other means as well (even selling feet pictures!).

You hear so much about OnlyFans porn because the site doesn’t follow the same content guidelines as other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

The platform’s proprietors are okay with you selling porn on OnlyFans if you want to make money. While OnlyFans is less restricted than other social media, it, like its creators, is nonetheless bound by the law.

In order to earn money on OnlyFans, you must prove that you are at least 18 years old.

OnlyFan’s most successful non-pornography accounts appear to belong to persons who initially made a name for themselves on another site.

You may produce content to share and sell to your followers on OnlyFans once you’ve developed a following on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, or even in the real world.

The name of the platform reveals the key to OnlyFans’ success. It’s a platform where successful individuals can collaborate with their fans.

If you’re looking for other side hustle ideas as well, I’ll share 5 additional ideas in this video (or you can watch below…)

Are There Any Other Ways To Make Money on OnlyFans? 

OnlyFans has successful creators who make money in a variety of disciplines, from music to sports.

Although it has to be said that the adult industry attracts the public’s attention, many people succeed in other areas.

Fitness Coaching, DIY, gaming, cookery, influencer VLOGs, musicians, travel, beauty, and modeling are just a few of the subjects where people have created successful and lucrative OnlyFans accounts.

Even selling feet pics, ha!

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You might even make money selling hilarious videos if you’ve built up an audience.

Successful TikTok performers are currently able to generate money by selling longer versions of their 15-second videos on the platform.

You may either charge individuals for special content pieces or charge them for memberships to your OnlyFans page.

The majority of the greatest OnlyFans creators have a Tips option that specifies what they will provide in exchange for tips of a specific size.

OnlyFans has an exciting function in that it can send out price-locked PPV messages.

Only your admirers who pay the fee you specify will be able to see the messages. 

For those that choose to sell pornographic stuff, this is ideal. They send a PPV mail that includes a blurry preview picture (although clear enough to make it obvious what the message contains).

If you think you have to sell pornography on the site, there are plenty of other ways to make money out there.

OnlyFans Allows You To Monetize Your Established Fame 

OnlyFans allows you to monetize your fame if you have made a name for yourself on another social platform.

Many of the people who sell material on OnlyFans also have popular social media accounts on other platforms. 

OnlyFans Allows You To Monetize Your Established Fame 

Many are Instagram, YouTube, and other social media stars who were looking for a way to supplement their income.

Makayla Samountry, for example, has 100K+ subscribers on her YouTube account. According to her bio, she uploads vlogs, experience and advice videos, travel diaries, and other creative material about her life to YouTube regularly. It’s in her memo to encourage viewers to join her OnlyFans page.

Indeed, she has a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching others how to utilize OnlyFans. She now makes over $30,000 each month, according to reports.

OnlyFans’ referral program provides her with two-thirds of her money, which she earns by assisting other ladies in setting up their accounts.

OnlyFans Features That Creators Can Enjoy 

You should see the following tabs once you’ve created a Creator profile on OnlyFans:

  • Photos 
  • Audio 
  • Videos 
  • Fans 
  • Likes 
  • Posts 

From their summary page, creators can quickly publish and distribute content. You may submit a basic status update from this website, just like any other social account. 

Different forms of material, such as photographs and movies, can be attached. You may even record and publish your voice as an audio track.

Several OnlyFans producers use a multiple-choice interface to construct polls, in which they ask their supporters for their thoughts on various topics.

OnlyFans has a great function that allows you to schedule material from within the app, making it more like a social media manager.

Not only can you plan when a post will show on your feed, but you can also schedule when it will disappear, giving you a lot of flexibility when it comes to providing time-limited offers to your fans.

Most significantly, you may set a fee for specific articles as long as they include media content and your membership price is set to zero.

It’s crucial to know that you may only charge per post or a subscription at the same time.

Many OnlyFans creators like performing in front of a live audience. After you’ve set up, advertised, and recorded a live stream, you may save a copy and post it like any other video.

OnlyFans, like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, offer Stories. You may post photos and movies that are only accessible for a limited time, much like these.

How To Set Up an OnlyFans Account The Right Way

If you want to make money on OnlyFans, it’s a good idea to plan ahead of time. You’ll need to make a solid choice on whether to charge a membership or charge for individual pieces of content.

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You’ll need to establish a username and a display name, just as you would with any other social media account.

If you have a name that you use on other social media networks, use it here as well.

This makes it easier for people to recognize you and be confident that they follow the proper person.

The username differs from the display name in that the username shows in your URL after the @ sign.

It can’t have any spaces in it.

Please note that your display name is the name that appears above your username.

Choose a Profile Image

Providing both a cover image and a profile photo may make your profile appear more appealing. This is when your forethought comes into play.

You’re not going to create an OnlyFans account only to make random posts in the hopes of attracting some attention.

And, unlike Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms, you’re unlikely to use OnlyFans to keep up with your pals.

You’ll have created your account for a specific purpose, which is generally to generate money in some way.

And in order to do so, you must first figure out how you will accomplish it, as well as the area in which you will specialize.

This phase is simple if you have previously established yourself in a niche on another site.

You’ll submit photos that are similar to what you have on the social media platform where you’ve previously had some success.

If you’re recognized for your YouTube make-up tutorials, for example, you could put makeup-related photos here.

Image Strategy

Similarly, suppose you want to use OnlyFans for adult purposes. In that case, you should add photos of yourself – but nothing too revealing, because anybody may view your profile page for free (and full nudity is banned in your banner and display pictures.)

Make sure your bio is clear and that visitors understand what they will get if they subscribe to your page.

Make sure your niche is crystal obvious in your bio once more.

You don’t want someone to be dissatisfied with their membership because they don’t comprehend what you’re giving.

Remember to notify potential subscribers of how frequently you plan to post, so they know when new content will be available.

You’ll need to establish a bank account before you can set up any subscriptions or pricing so that OnlyFans can send funds to you.

In actuality, you won’t be able to link your bank account until OnlyFans has verified your personal information and proof of age.

If you need bank suggestions, these are the ones I suggest for freelancers.

Go in and submit your bank account information after they’ve done so. Direct transfer via VISA Direct is the usual payment method, although alternative choices include Direct Transfer (OCT) and International Bank Transfer (SWIFT).

Set Up Realistic Subscription Plans For Your Fans 

Even if you don’t plan to charge anything, you must select a membership fee for your OnlyFans account (in which case your subscription rate is the default “Free”). If you charge anything at all, the minimum you may charge is $4.99.

You might want to play around with different membership fees to see what your followers like.

It would also be prudent of you to look at what others in your niche charge and set competitive pricing.

The lower your subscription fee, the more subscribers you might be able to get.

But remember, this isn’t always better – it might make better sense to have premium prices with fewer subscribers.

You should be able to charge a higher membership cost if you share a lot of material and make it evident in your advertising.

If you charge individuals to access material on your OnlyFans page, keep in mind that you must provide value in exchange.

You must give them a reason to pay you and, ideally, return each month.

Schedule Your Content 

Make your material ahead of time and schedule it to show on your stream later.

This helps to keep your feed active, especially when you’re too busy to submit fresh material.

Scheduling content is also more efficient since you may spend hours or even days generating new material, then plan it to show on your feed over some time, such as a week.

You may utilize that free time while your planned material is being uploaded to your feed to generate new content to schedule, allowing you to work less while keeping your feed lively.

Photos, movies, music, and updates may all be scheduled.

Here’s a bit more info on the adult content side of the platform.

It is Possible To Make A Lot of Money on OnlyFans With Uncensored Activities

Not like other social media networks, OnlyFans allows sexually explicit content on its platform.

Performers can charge for their photographs and videos in the same way that live users on other sites charge for theirs. 

They may live-stream on that platform as well. Pay-per-view material is available for tipping and purchase.

To see the content, they generally have to pay a membership fee.

On OnlyFans, unlike other adult sites, the performers have control. They can decide who has access to their data.

Sex workers have full control over who sees their bodies. They can generate money securely and define the limits and boundaries of what they will do for money. 

OnlyFans subscribers may communicate and connect with the performers, unlike a content library site like Pornhub.

There’s no need to tolerate abuse since if any viewers get too annoying, the performer may block them from seeing their site.

OnlyFans provides free legal assistance to its content creators, making it easy to know what to do if explicit material escapes to other non-paying sites like Pornhub.

OnlyFans has given a place for ‘ethical porn’ since creators/performers have the ability to select the content they share, who they sell to, and how much they charge. 

The majority of the money from pornography is no longer taken by pimps and other intermediaries.

Final Thoughts 

If you have exclusive content to give your followers, OnlyFans might be a good way to make money online.

To keep your subscriber count up, be sure to publish regularly and connect with your fans.

I hope you found this tutorial useful. Please feel free to share it with anybody you know who has an OnlyFans account or wants to create one.

Additional Info: I personally don’t agree with (or support) pornography or the sex industry. But I’m not blind to the fact that it’s a multi-billion dollar industry that isn’t going away. I’m also aware that many are a part of the industry as a way to survive or may even be forced into the industry. Please find additional info and resources here, here, and here if you want to get more educated or know someone that might need help. And if you know of other helpful organizations for people to look into, reach out to me!

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Brooks is an entrepreneur, father, husband, & follower of the golden rule. He has over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur after graduating with a Finance degree from Auburn University. Addicted to starting new business projects, he believes in creating multiple income streams and a life of flexibility. Business should work around your life, not the other way around. He creates content on his website, sharing his projects to help other hustlers in marketing, personal finance, and online business.