When it comes to working as an escort, whether you are male or female, gay or straight, you can decide to work for an escort agency, or join the ranks of the independent escorts, or indies. Which you should choose is very much a personal matter, but you need to consider the pros and cons of each thoroughly prior to starting work.
If you are new to the business then it might be a good idea to work for an agency, at least for a while, so that you can understand the ins and outs of the escort business. This will also give you the chance to talk to other escorts employed by the agency, and learn from sharing their experiences.
The Benefits of Working for an Agency
There is more to working as an escort than many people assume when they initially begin, and it can be helpful to have someone else to take care of some things for you, while you are getting comfortable. For example, the agency will handle the advertising, will screen potential clients, will manage your diary for you, and will handle booking hotel rooms and organising transport, when necessary.
Perhaps most importantly for many escorts, the agency implements a safety net as they know where you are and what you are doing at all times, and the client is very aware of this. This provides you with a notable degree of protection, and with a backup team to call on if you run into trouble.
Speaking of trouble, the law also plays an important part in many escort’s lives, and the degree to which it affects you will hinge on where you are working, and how you are exceuting your business. Many escort agencies have been around for a while, and are very accustomed to what you and cannot do. This again can be enough to stop you inadvertently running into problems.
The Disadvantages of Working for an Agency
An escort agency is the same as any other business, and some are very well run while others are poorly run, and may even simply exploit their escorts without a care for anything other than the profit the business can make. For this reason, you need to do your research and make sure you know exactly what sort of agency you are joining.
While an agency will handle much of the background work for you, such as advertising, client screening and arranging appointments, they will also ask certain things from you in return. For example, they may ask you to be free for work between particular hours each day, and determine how much time off you can have each week. They may also dictate where you must be when you are not working, perhaps letting you go home, as long as they can get you on the phone, or requiring you to be available in the agency’s office.
The agency is also in the business of making money and does this generally by taking a cut of the fees paid by the client for providing him or her with an escort. Fees can be large, especially in major cities where it is not unusual for clients to pay several hundred dollars an hour for an escort. You will have to look carefully at the financial arrangements sought after by different agencies and select what is, and what is not, acceptable to you.
The Benefits of Working as an Independent Escort
Private escorts are very much their own bosses, deciding for themselves when they work, who they accept as clients, and what they are comfortable to do. In effect you are entertaining all of the benefits, including the financial benefits, of being self employed and, for many people, these benefits often outweigh any disadvantages.
The Disadvantages of Working as an Independent Escort
Working for yourself means that you will have to take care of everything yourself, including such things as advertising, checking out prospective clients, booking hotel rooms, arranging for transport, and indeed dealing with anything else that comes up. This can be a lot of work at first, but much of this day to day work becomes simpler as time goes on. One thing that you have to take on board though, and which will never go away, are the risks that come hand in hand with escort work.
Like it or not, escort work can certainly be very dangerous, and you must not only be constantly careful, but must take positive steps to protect yourself. The list of precautions you need to take is far too extensive to explain them all here, but will include such things as certifying that any room you use with a client has an emergency exit that you can use, and making sure that someone knows where you are, and that the client is aware of this fact. Convincing yourself that this is a safe enough area and that nothing is going to happen to you does not work, and safety needs to be the main concern on the list of things to think about for independent escorts.
As with any job there are both good and bad sides to being an escort, and this is deifnitely one job that you need to go into with a careful mindset. That said, independent escorts can enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle if they get it right, and the job can be good fun if you have the fitting personality for it, take the time to learn what you are doing, and set your business up properly.