I want to start escorting as an independent… but as you know, it can be hard to get the ball rolling if you’re new in the industry. Should I advertise myself on TER boards as a new escort? I’m worried that advertising myself as “new” will attract who will want to take advantage of my lack of experience. Also, I saw another post on your blog where a certain escort preferred not to have any reviews. If an escort chooses to go down that route, what other types of verification are available to show clients you are reliable and trustworthy?
Frankly, I wouldn’t advise you to advertise on TER at all; I never have, don’t now and never plan to. The site is just vile; it’s the apotheosis of the “bros before hos” mentality, and its rating system is insultingly reductive. There are plenty of other sites you can advertise on without supporting that model of review board. I don’t think it will hurt you to advertise as new, but I don’t really think it’s necessary either; it will be obvious that you’re new because of your lack of reviews and the fact that none of the “hobbyists” have seen you before. That in itself can be a draw, especially if you’re young and your prices are competitive; yes, you may attract some exploitative types, but since you know that may happen you’ll just have to keep your wits about you and firmly maintain your boundaries until you’re experienced enough to judge each client on a case-by-case basis. Re lack of reviews, there is no substitute for reputation; you will not yet have one to start, and that will hurt. Even without reviews you’ll slowly build up a client base and a reputation, but it may take longer in their absence. It may be better for you to research the boards with a more positive culture than to eschew reviews entirely, but in the end you’ll have to make that decision for yourself.