What Is An Independent PSO?

An independent phone sex operator is one who doesn’t work for a phone sex company; she works for herself.

Generally speaking, a phone sex line business is easier to set up than most entrepreneurial efforts or home businesses; there are no license, certification, or permit mandates. Like many self-employed people, they may invest deeply in their business and work completely on their own. Or they may invest a bit more and have others work for them. Or they may invest very little and make a little less profit per sale/call, paying for the existing services already available to them.

Completely Independent Phone Sex Business: There’s some investment, in phone lines etc., but services such as Pay Per Call make them less expensive than most start-ups — and cheaper and easier than starting from scratch. And you have the option of hiring others to work the phone sex lines for or with you. If you can’t make money off that investment and percent of the take, why invest greater time and money in more equipment, re-inventing the wheel yourself?

Affiliated But Independent Phone Sex Business: Another option is to affiliate with a phone sex company which supplies the phone number, call routing, and, often, the payment processing for you. Their fees and percentages are based on the amount of work they do for you.

Companies such as Talk Sugar, Nite Flirt, and My Phone Site are, for the sake of keeping things simple, in this category too — although I prefer to think of these phone sex companies are service platforms rather than affiliate companies. (More on them later.)

But in any case, these phone sex affiliate options are rather like being an independent Avon representative or any self employed person following a turn-key, out-of-the-box system: There’s less initial investment, less risk, but the cost of following the formula means more rules and a somewhat more limited income potential. The adage, “The more you risk, the greater the potential rewards,” certainly holds true in phone sex work.

In all of the above scenarios, the phone sex operator is no longer an employee and must file their own taxes accordingly. This also means that the PSO is no longer guaranteed any sort of wage at all; even 100% of zero calls leaves you with zero income, no matter how much effort or money you’ve put into it.

And there is a lot to put into it.

Independent phone sex providers have greater freedom; but, as with all things, the greater the freedom, the greater responsibility.

Independent PSOs are free to define their own rules and terms of service, to set their own rates, etc. That alone is a lot of work in a competitive marketplace. But then there’s the marketing, advertising, payment processing, age verification, client management, selection of equipment and providers for things such as phone lines and websites (and the necessity to understand the terms of services in such agreements), tax and financial record keeping, and, if they opt to hire or contract others to work for them, there’s the management of those PSOs.

And, using the 100% of zero calls math again, all of this is equity out (both financial and sweat equity), leaves the independent with the risk of so much work with nothing but money owed to show for it.

This is why it is advisable to work for a phone sex company, or related industry, prior to striking out as an independent.

5 thoughts on “What Is An Independent PSO?

  1. Audree

    The most succinct article I have read about becoming and independent PSO. Your website is incredibly informational. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with others.

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