OnlyFans is a social media platform that enables users to sell and purchase original pornographic content. While the content does not necessarily have to be of this nature, that was what the app was designed for and is what the app is primarily used for. To access this content, users must pay a subscription fee of about $5.00 to $50.00 a month.
Content creators on OnlyFans come with a wide range of expertise. Some were already sex workers before OnlyFans was founded in 2016, while others are entirely new to sex work. The most successful sect of the creators are those with a large following on social media because they are able to direct their pre-existing fans to their OnlyFans page.
There are a few ways to make money on OnlyFans. The most obvious source of revenue is customers paying for subscriptions. Another popular way to boost income is essentially working on commissions. In exchange for providing specific content requested by one or more of their fans, OnlyFans creators can earn “tips.” OnlyFans creators can also request tips for other reasons, or for no reason at all other than a hope that their fans are feeling generous.
As an alternative to subscriptions for general content, OnlyFans creators can enable their fans to pay for each content item individually. With this system, fans only get the items that they purchase and do not gain access to all of a creator’s content with a single fee.
OnlyFans is a relatively easy way to make money, especially if you already have a decently sized following on social media. All it takes is posting some scandalous pictures, and you could make some extra cash without too much time or effort.
An OnlyFans account can also be used for more innocent purposes. Some celebrities like Cardi B. And Tyga saw OnlyFans as an opportunity to connect and open up dialogue with their fans. Cardi B. expressed that she did not intend to use OnlyFans to post nudes, instead using the app for Q&A’s with fans and to share personal tidbits about her life.
On the flip side, OnlyFans users run the risk of tainting their name and losing potential career opportunities.
TikTok user @lizzeswagmoney explains what she learned from her time on OnlyFans and warns others against using the app. “As someone who did OnlyFans for two years, freshly 18, and did make their own money off of it um I’m very sick to see people glamourizing OnlyFans like this,” @lizzeswagmoney said in response to a TikTok video. She went on to explain that those looking to post on OnlyFans would not be able to make good money posting bikini pictures and suggestive pictures in lingerie. “You are going to have to pop things open that you do not want to show,” she warned. Furthermore, @lizzeswagmoney cautioned that users would not be able to find success on OnlyFans without using their pre-existing following or “a” pre-existing following, suggesting that they would have to steal another’s identity if unwilling to openly post themselves.
Future job prospects are another big concern that @lizzeswagmoney touched on. She lamented about having difficulty finding jobs due to past employers being able to see that she made an income off of OnlyFans from her tax reports.
While OnlyFans might seem like an easy and positive option for making quick cash, there is a lot to consider before you get started. If you openly attach your name and face to your work, you have to assume that friends, family, and future employers will find you out. Of course, there are alternative uses for OnlyFans that don’t involve explicit or suggestive content — such as celebrities connecting with fans or musicians sharing original work.
Before getting involved on OnlyFans, consider your intent, possible long-term outcomes, and whether or not the risks are worth it to you.