Money-Grubbing PSOs (Or Compalints About Phone Sex Payment Options)

Sooner or later nearly every independent phone sex operator starts to chafe at the limits and restrictions platform sites place upon PSOs in terms of the ways the PSO is allowed to make money. NF, for example, won’t let you sell your time in chat or instant messaging; MPS currently is the only one which allows you to sell tangible items (such as panties, physical signed copies of photos, etc.). Often there are also complaints about how much money is “taken” by the platform or affiliate site. And so a phone sex operator will look around, trying to see where and how she might be able to expand her business, offer more services and, therefore, make a little more money. This is natural enough. But here are a few points to consider when shopping around:

#1 The average percentage “taken” for each phone sex call or transaction is about 1/3 of the price the client pays. Considering all this covers (secure, anonymous phone lines; payment processing; credit card charges, including chargebacks; a web presence; etc.), with no upfront investment from you, the PSO (who is allowed to pay as she goes; i.e. pays only when she is paid for using the services), and what those services cost the platform or affiliate company (no matter who is or isn’t using the services at the moment), the fees “taken” or paid are not some big rip-off.

Consider these services a baseline level for comparison. Any company taking less, especially in an adult business where credit card costs are much higher, ought to be considered in terms of what they are actually providing you; any company taking more should be offering you much more.

#2 Is your plan to increase and expand your business, or to replace the platform company entirely? Some companies have restrictions which will force you into a “Them or us?” situation. NF, for example, will only allow you to link to your blog or website (an external site not hosted by NF) if your blog or website is free of links to “you” at other places or competing sites. The only exception is for links to “you” at sites which offer services NF does not offer. As in the site offers no services NF does. Reasonable; but then starting at another platform site means another blog or website, another advertising budget, or at least more marketing to do to find clients at the second(ary) site. Is that what you wanted?

Some phone sex sites, platform companies, or adult service providers will have non-compete clauses, restricting even the use of your professional phone sex name. Think I’m kidding? Read what Miss Maggie Mayhem has to say about MyGirlFund. (While MyGirlFund markets itself as a webcam site, you are not forced to appear on cam and so this applies directly, not merely theoretically, to PSOs who want to offer chatting services.) That means you’ll have a whole other “you” to market and manage.

Lots of PSOs have multiple characters, so that new “you” to mange isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when you are building your business, it can be incredibly complicated, exhausting, and risky. It’s best to have some idea of a business model that you are replicating before you try it. And even then it’s complicated and exhausting juggling all that. (It can be financially rewarding too! But you should know what you are choosing to do before you step into it — and really step in it.)

#3 There is no quick easy money fix. Not in phone sex; not anywhere. Phone sex can be quicker to profit from than most things; at least it has a low barrier of entry (including all those things provided for you via the 30% fee slice!). But being a professional phone sex operator still involves work.

#4 Shopping around is more than fine; it’s wise. But don’t lose focus, or your head. And remember, some of the things you want… Lower rates, an easier way to earn money, a faster way to make money… An easier way to take money from pay piggies… These options don’t readily exist for reasons. See #3. But also know that we’re talking about money here, and such transactions have restrictions for consumer protection. And at the end of the day, you are a consumer too.

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