Anyone who has ever worked in customer services will appreciate just how grating rude customers can be.
24-year-old Alexia Grace, who used to work as a flight attendant for Jet2 and also as a barista for Costa Coffee, decided that she didn't fancy this line of work anymore and instead opted for OnlyFans and now makes more money than she ever dreamed of.
Grace quit Costa in March 2021 and joined OnlyFans. Her salary immediately skyrocketed from £600-a-week to £25,000-a-month and she only has to work eight hours a day.
Alexia said she is now looking to buy her first home with a budget of around 200k and has enjoyed travelling with her new earnings - spending six months in Dubai last year and two months in Mexico this year.
In total she's made a whopping £270k on OnlyFans since starting in June 2020 and has even treated herself to a new car - Mercedes-Benz A250 AMG Line, worth £25k - last month.
Alexia, who lives in Matlock, Derbyshire, said: "I really, really enjoy it. The social media side of things is my favourite part of it - I love TikTok and Instagram and that I can make that my job.
"I love the freedom too. I spent six months in Dubai last year and two months travelling across Mexico this year, so I like the freedom of working where I want.
"I bought myself a new car two weeks ago as well - it's a Mercedes-Benz A250 AMG Line.
"I was worried about what other people would think but you soon get over that.
"A lot of people think it's easy money but it's not, you really have to put the time in.
"It's being able to afford to have a full fridge now and being able to fill my family's fridges. That's the most pleasing thing about it, because some people can't even afford to eat right now.
"I know for a fact that if I wasn't doing OnlyFans, I wouldn't be able to be renting a house, I'd be living with my parents."
Alexia worked as a cabin crew member for Jet2 and then as a barista at Costa but was disheartened by the small amount of money she was making during her long shifts.
Living at her boyfriend's parents' home, she dreamt of buying her own place and decided to start an OnlyFans page in June 2020 with the goal of saving enough for a mortgage.
She said: "Cabin crew for Jet2 was really hard work and long hours - you would be working well over 12-hour shifts.
"You don't get paid nearly as much as you should for the work you do.
"Customers could be extremely rude and the pay was only around £1,300 a month.
"Passengers would moan about food or drinks being out of stock - we're in the sky, we can't exactly pop to Tesco.
"I then worked at a Costa Coffee in a service station for a year and a half, but I was making less than £300 a week as a barista.
"I left Costa Coffee because I wanted to put more time into OnlyFans. I felt like I had to leave so I could make it on OnlyFans.
"I just wanted a job where I had that freedom of being my own boss and actually make some good money from it."
Her progress on the site was slow to begin with, and by December 2020, she was only bringing in £500 a month through OnlyFans.
Determined to make a good living like her fellow content creators, Alexia decided to quit her job at Costa Coffee in March 2021 and pursue a career on OnlyFans full time.
Her family, boyfriend Ryan, 24, and friends have been supportive of her new career and Alexia is still loving the freedom that comes with being her own boss.
She is now looking forward to buying a house outright in the future with a budget of around £200k and hopes to buy more houses after that to rent out.
She said: "I'm going to be buying a house upfront with cash rather than a mortgage now, but it's a case of I don't know when or where. I'm renting a house now so I'm not in a rush.
"I made £1,500 in my first month which was good, but I think it was a lot of nosy people at the start, and by December, it had dropped down to £500.
"I never thought about quitting, and I think that's why I've been so successful in it. I genuinely enjoy what I do.
"It was disheartening making only £500 because obviously other people are making a killing, but I carried on with it and I'm so glad I did.
"In July 2021, I made £2k, and then in August, I made £10k. It was me coming to the realisation that you've got to put everything you've got into it.
"I realised you need to post on social media as much as you possibly can, like making TikToks and firing it out as quickly as I could.
"I've got people who work for me now, but back then, I'd be working eight hours a day - I'd put in night shifts speaking to people and doing those long hours got me where I am now.
"A lot of people think it's easy money but it's not, you really have to put the time in. Luckily, I really, really enjoy it."
SWNS reporting by Charlotte Penketh-King.
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