By Rebecca Cooley
A nursery worker has ditched her job in childcare for a £55,000 salary selling nude photos from her bedroom on OnlyFans.
Aimee Higher, 20, started her OnlyFans account in February 2020 and began building her social media following and creating content on the side of her day job as a nursery worker.
After a year of juggling both and consistently making more from OnlyFans she quit her job with kids to go full time as an erotic content creator in January this year, and now earns £55,000 (£100,000 AUD) a year.
Aimee, from Australia, said: “I was working a nine-to-five at the time in childcare and I did love it but working five days a week drained me so much.
“I knew there was more to life and wanted to be my own boss and have financial freedom.
“I started my OnlyFans account on the side of my job and made £640 ($900 USD) in the first month and then £1,400 ($2,000 USD) most months after that for a year.
“I would go home on my lunch break to create new content and message my wonderful subscribers back.
“As soon as I went full time that jumped to £7,000+ ($10,000+ USD) a month and last month I had my best month yet – earning over £16,000 ($23,000 USD or $30,000 AUD).
“I used to earn £1,400 ($2,600 AUD) a month so that’s more than ten times the income.
“I’ll chill naked in my room and my subscribers will get to see that – I think the body is art and there should be no shame in sharing it freely.”
The Aussie teen started off with only 400 followers on Instagram and now has over 20,000 followers on the app as well as on TikTok where she promotes her OnlyFans account.
Her 150 subscribers quickly turned into 1,300 fans who each pay £10.08 ($14.14 USD) a month to view her content, including nude and lingerie photos as well as intimate content on request.
Aimee first broke into OnlyFans after leaving a four-year-long toxic relationship and getting new found freedom.
Selling nude photos to online fans helped boost her confidence after years of childhood bullying and being controlled by a boyfriend in her teen years – despite never sending a nude photo before.
Aimee said: “I was quite badly bullied in high school for having a flat chest by both boys and girls saying I look like a boy but now those same boys pay to see them.
“As a teen I was in a really toxic relationship where if I posted a photo of myself in any form online I would be told I was disgusting – it absolutely crushed me.
“When I told my friends I’d started OnlyFans they were really shocked but proud of me because growing up I was the shy girl and had no confidence.
“I didn’t see any beauty in myself and didn’t feel like a woman but now I’m proud of who I am – I know I’m beautiful and peoples’ nasty words don’t have any power over me anymore.”
Aimee kept her new job a secret from her parents at first until she realised it was something she wanted to do seriously.
She now uses the platform to challenge societal stigmas and work towards normalising sex work.
She also hopes to encourage others to have self-confidence and express themselves freely.
Aimee said: “I knew there would be some negative connotations because of the society we’re in so I didn’t tell my family at first.
“They’re still learning to navigate around the shame instilled by social conditioning, plus it’s a different generation, but they love and support me.
“The type of content I post is a reflection of me and an insight into my life just with a lot less clothes than Instagram would allow.
“I’m now investing my OnlyFans income into cryptocurrency, saving to buy property one day and looking into buying a van to travel Australia in, which is my absolute dream.
“I love OnlyFans and as long as it’s around I’ll be doing it.”