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Old 08-25-2010, 10:53 AM
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Chanel: The MOD is right, summer months are traditionally slower due to family vacations, etc. as indicated above. It's got nothing to do with you personally.

There is no science for predicting when you'll be busy, but you can probably be rest assured that after Labour Day, you will see things start to pick up if you continue to advertise your availability. If you're not available every day, it's important to still maintain an on-board presence by advertising your services for when you are available. Having a week-ahead schedule helps. I find that advertising for same day or even next day appointments don't always yield the best results.

Like Cleo suggested, when you're new, you will get more calls in the beginning. After that, you have to work at it a little bit more creatively to attract clients and that also includes advertising in more than one place.

That is something you might want to discuss with other SPs off-line. From what I know of you, you are smart and savvy and you'll find your own groove. Just hang in there.
I know the mod is right; and I know how many times you have told me in the last few weeks. In another thread I posted:


Ok lets put this into prospective with a trend toward any generic business:
  • Business is slow at some times of the year but not in others.
  • Customer service and satisfaction should be of the utmost importance.
  • Staff get ill, have lives and family emergencies.
  • Customers get ill, have lives and family emergencies.
  • Some companies have better reputations than others.
  • As a consumer you can always vote with your feet, and should do so if the business is not to your satisfaction.
  • Any company still reserves the right to refuse service in this country.
  • No customer should be harangued by staff.
  • No staff should be harangued by customers.
  • Some companies are final sale.
How is this any different than this business?
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Angela I really thought it was funny that you said "From what I know of you...". It took you 30 years?? :idea: :D

This thread is allowing me to see things from all sides. For a person who's glass is always usually 3/4 full, this is a good thing.

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Old 08-25-2010, 11:40 AM
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[QUOTE=AngelaofOttawa;153706]Also, bear in mind the word "busy" doesn't mean the same to everyone. le.

A busy day for one, might be 2 clients a day, for another, less than 5 is not busy enough.


You're so right Angela, I only book 1 or 2 clients per day and I'm busy and booked up.
I always allow myself one day off per week to run errands/do chores/be available for friends and family, and one day to relax/refresh. This leaves me available 5 days a week and due to my 1 or 2 per day rule daytime only visits (11am-7pm), I'm almost always booked ahead for a 2 week period. This has it's downside as some clients want to book immediately and would rather not wait a week or two, but it doesn't seem to deter many of my regulars. Also I think it depends on the age of the provider, the age of clients you attract and the area you live. The majority of my clients are near my age or older and not affected by "back to school" or x-mas approaching. These months are usually the busiest for me.
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Mods understanding of a business slow times is fairly accurate specially in the sex trade biz. I would like to add a few professional tips here too. I own business for 15 yrs and yes downturns can be expected but they can also come when you're not expecting them. Plan for a 3 month income strategy, what you make today is your income in 3 months, yes it takes some savings but in the long run any downturns in business can be easily adjusted and you have 3 months to find new business before all hell brakes loose.

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Mods understanding of a business slow times is fairly accurate specially in the sex trade biz. I would like to add a few professional tips here too. I own business for 15 yrs and yes downturns can be expected but they can also come when you're not expecting them. Plan for a 3 month income strategy, what you make today is your income in 3 months, yes it takes some savings but in the long run any downturns in business can be easily adjusted and you have 3 months to find new business before all hell brakes loose.
I can certainly relate to this and agree 100%. This "business" is no different than any other and a back up plan should always be in place!
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Mods understanding of a business slow times is fairly accurate specially in the sex trade biz. I would like to add a few professional tips here too. I own business for 15 yrs and yes downturns can be expected but they can also come when you're not expecting them. Plan for a 3 month income strategy, what you make today is your income in 3 months, yes it takes some savings but in the long run any downturns in business can be easily adjusted and you have 3 months to find new business before all hell brakes loose.
Thank you. THIS is exactly what I needed to hear as my life is about to seriously change (for the better) and my options are not wide open, but rather limited. So I have to be a littlemore business savvy.

And my preference is to only see 3-4 clients a week.

Im already planning for the future as in; take a month off in August and go camping, and take Feb off for a sunny destination. :D
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I have only been in this business for a short 6 months and find this one of the most informative threads..thanks

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While I agree with most of what's been said here, I would only like to add that here at home, we have been noticing a steady increase in our costs of living. Our hydro bills are outrageous, despite stringent efforts to cut back on electricity use and purchasing energy efficient devices. Our gasoline prices are inching back up there again. We normally set a budget of $1000/year for home heating, and this is the first year we ever went over. We only went over by $20-30, but when you consider that we paid an extra $80 in HST this year, it's not difficult to see what pushed us over.

There may be no rhyme or reason to slow periods, but I think it's true that almost all of us these days are finding our costs of living higher. Too, jobs are scarcer. I know a number of people who lost their jobs two years ago, and today either haven't found employment or haven't found a job paying anywhere near what their old one paid. Many young people we know are finding full-time jobs hard to come by, and jobs with benefits even rarer.

Those of us who were around in the late 90s/early 00s see an enormous difference. Back then, I had friends who were happy to take 6, 8, or 10 appointments a day who had no trouble getting them! And at pretty much the same rates we're seeing now.

So what's changed over the past ten years or so? Large, national and multinational corporations are sitting on more cash than ever, and their top executives are raking in salaries and bonuses that, until only recently, would have seemed unimaginable. Meanwhile, for those of us not blessed to be in that rarefied set are finding the basic necessities of life more expensive, incomes more insecure and depressed, a sharp increase in our tax burden, and less money in our pockets to live... well, shall we say, in the manner to which we've become accustomed.

Who's at fault? Some will insist to us that it's government workers (our clients, ladies) or union workers (again, our clients), pensioners (ditto), or beneficiaries of "entitlement" programs. But I say, follow the money. Most of us haven't been doing well by the way our provinces and country have been managed in recent years, but others are doing fabulously. Maybe if our governments gave us the same breaks they give them, we'd all be doing better too! Or maybe if our governments simply expected them to pay their fair shares, thereby distributing the load a bit more evenly, we wouldn't be in a state of endless economic crisis.

How much more of this are we gonna take?

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I would like to add, that when I see a post from an escort to the effect of "Things are so slow, I'm offering a discount!" or "Things are so slow I'm quitting, maybe I'll come back later in the year." I run like hell. Why are things slow for her? Why don't guys like her? It's a warning to me.

When I see things like, "Hey guys, I"m here as usual....come get me!" and I don't get an answer when I call, or her voicemail is full or I don't get a PM for a couple of days, I know she's hot and in demand and that makes me want her too! :wink:

You know what I never would even of thought that. I used to always offer discounts ( sometimes when it was slow. Usually I'm pretty busy or steady . I never thought that you guys would look at that like that. I won't be posting that anymore. I also notice that this year has been quite slower then usual not dead but slow in the prairies. it could also be bevcause of all of the flooding. alot of people lost thier homes , buisneses, farms are under water. alot of my clients ( exspecially when I tour in sask , are farmers.
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This has happened to me! Believe me, Ladies, you're not the only one disappointed when this can happen!!!
Just recently happened to me, sort of Had a planned encounter with a lady (off EC) I was really looking forward to meeting. Then about three weeks before the encounter (and hotel reserved, everything set) get this call, family member flying in, staying for the weekend, and off/on again throughout the week
I will make it up to her though. She was a good sport when I told her. And I have rebooked. Our original encounter was for two hours, to make it up, I did what I don't normally do on with a first encounter, book three hours with her
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Just my 2 cents

I never have found communication strained in Ottawa, in fact I been finding the communication excellent! Furthermore, someone needs to slap me, because I don't know what direction to take or who to see :)

There has and is such a huge influx of beautiful women available in Ottawa.It just makes me horny the thoughts of who to see next :)
But happy hobbying though!! and hope your responses are swift and fast:aol_rideit:



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Hello,

Well from a hobbyist standpoint who has been a hobbyist in other spots in north america, I find the communications in Ottawa a little strained. I find the responses from some of the ladies very quick (those who have come from business professions in the past) and some others are spotty to say the least.

Most (thinking) hobbists realize and appreciate the fact that these lovely ladies are working (very hard) for a living. So to me this does not tarnish the thoughts. The experience begins when the door opens....if it is mechanical or business then....that to me is the larger problem.

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