- “Ellie Paige” has created a side hustle of men who enjoy being financially dominated by women.
- She has been moonlighting as a “findomme” since the pandemic hit to increase her savings.
- Here’s how to get started and the risks to consider before getting started as a findomme.
Ellie Paige (pseudonym) has built a side hustle out of “pay pigs” — mostly men who like to be financially dominated — to earn extra cash during the pandemic. She came across “findom”, or financial dominance, on Twitter.
“The world of discovery has seeped into the usual Twitter timeline,” she said.
Ellie has since moonlighted on and off as a “findomme” – a dominant woman – but has been posting steadily since June.
She says it’s crucial to do your research and know what to expect before embarking on this job. It’s considered by many to be a subset of BDSM and a form of sex work, she says, even though findommes don’t typically share sexual content.
Ellie advises pinning a “verification video” of yourself saying your username on your Twitter profile. It’s a good way to establish yourself as a real profile.
Some findommes watermark their images they post to deter people who may steal their photos and try to pass them off as their own.
Findommes post a link to their preferred payment method like Paypal or Cash App in their Twitter bio. It is important to use a pseudonym on your profile as well as on payment applications to protect your personal information.
It’s common to have a “tribute fee” and amount in your bio too so paying pigs can send money to findommes before they choose to respond to their direct messages. Ellie set her tribute fee at $25.
“It’s important to get the money first,” she said. “It’s pretty easy to figure out who’s there to waste your time.”
Findommes can then post their images on Twitter using hashtags such as paypig and findom.
There are a number of risks to consider before deciding to commit. Your friends, family or employer might find it and you might also be abused online by trolls.
“It’s a risk I have to take and I’ll cross that bridge if I have to, but you have to be okay with that possibility.”
People may not be prepared or comfortable with what the discovery may actually entail, Ellie says, because she received nude photos, threatening or overly sexual messages.
“Some people put my face on their phone background and sent it to me,” she said. “You need to be comfortable not knowing how your content is being used.”
There’s also the risk that you don’t know who you’re talking to, because most of the time paid pigs stay anonymous, while you’re exposed.
Ellie says it involves a considerable amount of work – usually around four hours a day – coming up with content ideas, preparing shots, taking photos and communicating with the pigs.
It’s hard to stand out, she says, because there are so many people doing the same thing, making it a saturated market. That means you need to consistently post high-quality content to get noticed, she says.
Paying pigs come and go and usually don’t stick around too long, so it can be difficult to have a consistent income. Ellie recently received $300 in one day, verified by Insider via screenshots.
She keeps track of her finances by monitoring payments from her four payment methods to her bank account.
Ellie says people need to have a high level of confidence to be a successful findomme and it helps to be witty, quick-witted and creative. “I encourage anyone to do this if they’re interested, passionate, and willing to commit the time.”