Are you thinking about working as a escort in New Zealand, but unsure how to get started?
The process may seem daunting, but it’s actually very easy to work as an escort in New Zealand thanks to our very sensible and progressive laws around prostitution. The key points to note are that you must be at least 18 years old and either be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
The following are a few simple steps to help you quickly get started working as an escort.
Contact the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC) for Advice
Your first step should be to get in touch with the wonderful people at the NZPC: http://www.nzpc.org.nz. You’re not legally required to do so, but it’s strongly recommended.
The NZPC is a community-based organisation that support the rights, health and well-being of all sex workers. If you are serious about working as a escort, the NZPC can give you sound, appropriate, and objective advice about the ins and outs of the New Zealand sex industry.
Incidentally, if you are already an escort and want help getting out of the sex industry, the NZPC is also there to help.
Get an Email Address and Phone Number for Work
For your privacy and security, we suggest you get an email address and phone number to use for work. If you use your personal contact details, you run the risk of exposing your real identity. Generally, it’s a good idea to try to eliminate this risk.
For a free email address, get one from Gmail: https://www.gmail.com.
Mobile phones are preferable as they also allow you to communicate via text messaging. If you already own a mobile phone, you can get a new number by buying a new SIM card (usually around just $5). Then just top that up with a $20 credit and you’re good to go.
To Be Independent or Not to Be
When working as a escort, you have the option to either work independently or under an agency / brothel. Both options have their pros and cons.
As an independent, you get to keep all the money you charge for bookings. However, you have to pay for all your marketing (photos, videos, write ups, advertising, etc.) and incall premise (if offering incalls). You’ll also be responsible for handling communications with potential clients, which can be very frustrating and exhausting at times. Security will also be your responsibility.
When working for an agency / brothel, you take less money per booking. However, the agency / brothel will typically cover or subsidise the cost of marketing, provide an incall premise, handle client communications, and provide security. The offerings of agencies / brothels vary, so shop around and do your homework before deciding which one to join.
WARNING: Be cautious of agencies / brothels that promise an exorbitant amount of money. This is a recruitment tactic often used by unscrupulous operators. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Price Yourself Accordingly
Escorting is a business. And as with any business, you must set the price of your products or services according to what the market will tolerate. Charge too low and you won’t make a profit; charge to high and you may not get any business. The key is to find the right balance.
Do some market research to determine a fair price for your services. See what the competition is charging and use that as a baseline. Adjust according to your goals and what you have to offer.Agencies / brothels will often set the prices of their workers according to their internal policies and target market. Having an idea what you feel is fair for your services will help you decide which agency / brothel to join.
In order to get work, you’ll need to advertise your services.
If you’ve decided to work independently, then you’ll need to put together your own advertising materials. This means producing your own write-ups, photos (invest in professional glamour photos, if possible), and possibly even videos. Remember, the better your marketing materials are, the better you’ll do in your business.
Once you have your advertising materials ready, start advertising! Escort directories like SexWorkers.co.nz are a great place to start. If you join an agency / brothel, they’ll usually handle the advertising for you. Make sure they advertise you honestly and according to your comfort level.
Did we miss anything in our list? If so, let us know in the comments and we’ll update this blog post as necessary.