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A mum was forced to make an OnlyFans account to feed her daughter after she and her husband got into debt during lockdown - and now she makes £5,000 ($6,900) a month.
Online content creator Brooke Schueneman, 25, from Minnesota, USA, started posting 'safe for work' content such as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) on her YouTube channel which took off in January 2019.
After having her daughter, Charlize, two, the family was barely making any money and as a result she and her husband Charles, 27, had built up $30,000 (£21,000) worth of debt due to making mistakes with credit cards by using them to pay the bills so they could get by and they even started to receive letters threatening to shut off their power.
After the pandemic hit in 2020, the family were struggling and they knew they had to act quick to earn some money before time ran out which was when Charles brought up the idea of OnlyFans.
In September 2020, Brooke finally bit the bullet and decided to start up her own channel as they desperately needed money to help feed their family.
Brooke began uploading foot content which was a hit with her subscribers and within one month, she had earned over $1,500 (£1,100). Due to her success, her OnlyFans has helped pay for her rent as well as being able to donate to families in need and Brooke believes it's one of the best decisions she's ever made.
As Brooke started making custom content for subscribers, her income started to grow which saw her monthly earnings sit at around $4,000 (£3,000) for YouTube and at around $50,000 (£36,000) per year overall by the end of 2020 across all of her social platforms.
Although she now doesn't post as often on OnlyFans, money still trickles in each month and Brooke believes starting up her channel was a blessing as she doesn't know how her family would've coped without it. She and her husband are thankful for the platform as it has changed their lives for the better.
Brooke said: "I had no concerns going into OnlyFans - especially as a mother - as I know some people out there may have their own opinions on this, but what I do for work doesn't impact my ability to parent and I know that I'm a great mum.
"I decided to go for it and in September 2020, I created my OnlyFans account. I started off by posting foot content which seemed to be a hit with my subscribers and after one month, I had made over one-thousand-five-hundred-dollars which was a blessing as it meant we were able to pay our rent."
Brooke also started posting foot-related content on her Instagram where she used to sell photos and over time, her income grew to the point where her online content became her main source of income.
She went on: "OnlyFans has been a blessing these last few months as it has changed my family's life for the better and I'm so thankful that I took the opportunity when I did. My husband was so supportive of me the whole entire way as he knew that I was doing something that I loved.
"I'm now focusing on teaching women how to make money online, such as by selling foot pictures with my own masterclass and course.
"My husband is so supportive of me and appreciates how hard I work on all of my platforms to help put food on the table which I'm so grateful for as his support has helped me get through this tough period."
She continued: "I think it's important to recognise how much is required of you to be in this line of work, whether it's respecting your clients and customers and making sure that you're constantly putting out content that's going to sell as well as recognising people's fetishes as 'normal' and not 'weird' or anything like that.
"My advice is to never be jealous and to always lift each other up - especially in this industry - and I know it's easier said than done, but you shouldn't care what anyone else thinks as it's your life and you should do whatever you want or need to do."
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