I swear there is nothing more annoying than a client who takes EIGHTY-SEVEN YEARS to leave at the end of a booking.
At the start, clients seem to speed-shower. They are so fast at ripping their clothes off and jumping into the shower that I get concerned they will slip and break a hip. I wonder if they even have time to use soap because I’m pretty sure the water is only running for a total for ten seconds.
Yet, at the end of the booking, they seem to DWADLE like they think World War III is starting outside and they don’t want to leave in case they are drafted into battle the moment they step outside my apartment.
Okay, I’m being dramatic. But you don’t know frustration until you have experienced a client who starts telling a new story just after they finish putting their shoes on.
That’s enough whinging from me for one day. Here are my top tips for keeping bookings running on time.
If a client is running late, I am always very clear about whether I will be able to go overtime and honour the original booking length. If I am unable to run overtime to accommodate the missed time, I will always say this BEFORE they arrive so that there is no expectation that the booking with go overtime.
I prefer to wear a watch rather than having a larger clock in the bedroom because it allows ME to be in control of the time, rather than the client.
At the start of the booking, I pay attention to how much time the client takes in the bathroom. If they take a long time to get undressed, I make a mental note. Then, I wrap up the intimacy part of the booking a bit earlier than usual, to allow time for the client to get redressed at the end. If they are super speedy, then I don’t worry as much.
As the booking is wrapping up, I gently prompt the client to get up and hop in the shower. This might be by saying something like “Would you like to jump in the shower before you go?” or “We have a few minutes left if you’d like to have a shower quickly?” Most clients will get the hint and make their way to the bathroom.
My general rule is to allow about 10 minutes at the end of the booking for the client to shower, dress and say goodbye. If I feel the client might want to extend, this is when I would ask that (e.g., “It seems like you’re really enjoying yourself, but unfortunately we’re almost out of time. Would you like to extend?”)
If it is an outcall, I’ll say something similar, but in relation to myself (e.g., “Do you mind if I quickly freshen up in the bathroom before I leave?”)
If the client doesn’t get the idea, I will then stand up, move away from the bed and put a robe on. This signals that the ‘fun’ is over. In my experience, the vast majority of clients will then move to the bathroom.
If I have my robe on and they STILL haven’t gotten the hint, I will use an excuse to hurry them along. This might be something like “Oh, I’m so sorry, I don’t mean to be rude, but I have a doctor appointment, and I don’t want to be late!” or “My roommate will be home soon, and it would be super awkward for us all, do you mind getting dressed quickly?”
If for whatever reason my client is totally socially inept, I’ll bring out the big guns and be direct (e.g., “I’m really sorry, but unfortunately we’re out of time”). I try not to do this unless it’s absolutely necessary because clients can have very delicate egos. Luckily, I find that if I employ the above steps, I rarely need to directly ask clients to leave.
If you have a client who is a chronic overstayer, make sure you have a chat with them before their next booking. For example, you could say something like, “I’ve noticed that we always get lost in the moment during our time together and an hour doesn’t seem like enough. I’m wondering if it would be better for us to spend 1.5 hours together instead, so we don’t feel so rushed. My rate would be $X for 1.5 hours. What do you think?”
If the client declines, this is your opportunity to set a clear boundary that all future bookings will need to stick to the booked time.
Depending on your personal situation and business plan, you might consider overtime as a business strategy to retain clients.
For example, I have some friends who have very high rates. When a client books 1 hour, they always set aside 1.5 hours, and are not bothered if the client stays ‘over’ the 1 hour booking time. This way, the client feels as though they are getting special treatment, even though the escort has set their rates so they feel adequately compensated if the booking goes for 1.5 hours.
I personally do not employ this tactic, but I can see the benefit in it. If you use this tactic, make sure YOU are the one in control, rather than having a client manipulate you into giving time that you are not adequately compensated for.
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