Prepare to Work from Home

These days, most phone sex operators take their calls out of their homes. Call centers are mostly a thing of the past because of their high overhead. Due to technological advances, it is far cheaper for companies to route calls to operators at their homes than to have to pay for office space. Also, this way phone sex companies can often hire their operators as independent contractors and avoid payroll taxes. The upshot is, if you want to be a phone sex operator, you should expect to work from home. This means you will need to minimize any noise distractions (for example, children under foot or friends who visit during the day) and have a place where you can speak freely and candidly without worrying about others who might get offended listening in. If your current living situation does not lend itself to these requirements, you will find that opportunities to be a phone sex operator are severely limited.

Get the Right Equipment

If you are planning to work from home, make sure you have the proper equipment necessary to do the job. Some companies require that you have special features on your phone, like three-way calling. Others insist that you get a personal 800 number. Most companies prefer that you do not have call waiting on your phone, as callers are able to hear a “click” or “beep” when a second call rings through. Almost all companies require that you use a land line, not a cell phone. You should make sure that your land line phone is of high quality, with a good microphone. You may also want to have a headset for your phone so that you will be able to get comfortable for extended conversations.

Know Your “Shock Factor”

Are you easily shocked? Are you turned off by certain fantasies that a phone sex customer might request? A good PSO is educated about the wide realm of potential sexual fantasies he/she might encounter and will not be shocked by them. It's okay to have certain subjects that are off-limits, as long as you are up front with the employer about your boundaries, but if you are too squeamish, then perhaps this job is not for you.

To Troll or Not to Troll

Some companies require that you have membership with an online service like America Online so that you can “troll” in chat rooms for customers. You need to determine up front if this is something you are willing to do. If not, go with a dispatch service. Dispatch services allow the customer to make payment arrangements in advance and only send calls to their employees after payment has been made.

A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way

As a phone sex operator, you will be required to react to callers' intimate fantasies with imagination and interest. A little preparation in this area can go a long way to not only getting you a job as a PSO, but to ensure that your customers stay on the line once you begin working. You might want to read erotic stories, peruse adult magazines, or research fetishes on the Internet. It can also be helpful to write some sample dialogues for various distinct fantasies, so that you will have replies ready at hand when the need arises.

Safety Tips for Phone Sex Operators

Every job carries risks. There are some unique risks for phone sex operators, though, that you can take some common-sense steps to mitigate. For example, don't give out your telephone number or personal information to customers. Don't reveal your real name, the name of the town you live in, or any other identifying information while on the phone with a customer. Stay away from drinking and drugs while on the job. Don't ever be tempted to meet a customer in person. This is a job, not a dating service.