This week will be the last for my amazing assistant Joe.
A bittersweet end to a wonderful professional relationship, our Joe is moving overseas and I will miss him dearly.
Joe joined Available Angels early 2016 when I poached him from another role he had in my personal life. He was a young, tall, British, soccer ball toting uni student who was a nanny for my rambunctious son.
I had to let go of our first assistant and as business was climbing, I needed someone fast but I needed someone good.
Joe is smart.
And I saw this straight up.
I was impressed at his presence and maturity beyond his years that I plucked up the courage and confessed the nature of my business. I hoped he'd understand and not run for the hills.
He is a quick witted and a youthful ball of fun, yet calm and respectful so I knew he would make a fabulous assistant for this highly sensitive and protected business. So I propositioned him.
Thankfully he accepted my offer and accepted this industry treating it like any other job.
He remained courteous and professional to all of my customers and advertisers. And whatever your wish, was Joe's command.
Often I had to leave my business in Joe's hands and he treated it like his own. I could step away completely confident that Available Angels was in safe hands when I needed to work in my personal life.
There was a time when things got very difficult for me financially and emotionally due to loss & family rejection. It was Joe that carried this business on without a hitch.
Some of you had the pleasure of meeting him in person at our industry events, and many often asked if he's single. Sorry ladies, he has a wonderful long term girlfriend.
He has now finished university and is moving away with the love of his life to start a new career in the UK.
I can't even begin to thank him enough for all the wonderful work he's done and the exceptional professionalism he's maintained for the last three years.
Now for someone who has interviewed many an angel, it's now your turn to be on the receiving end of the questions Joe!
You came to us not knowing much about the adult industry or even that its legal. What surprised you the most about this industry?
Honestly, how unbelievably normal escorts are. When you've never dipped a toe into this industry you truly do have such a warped opinion on what it's like, wether it actually exists and of course how impractical it is. Within one week of working with you I realised just how wrong I was. Unlike all other socially recognised industries the adult industry is chugging along without any positive marketing, except within itself. It holds no social merits, although its benefits are phenomenal. It is stigmatised beyond belief, but still manages to sustain itself and grow ever more positive.
With that said I, I have to say what surprised me most when I started working for you was the normality of the whole thing. Everyday people with incredibly positive, healthy lifestyles. Now what surprises me most is the tenacious resilience of yourself and all other dedicated sex workers, you truly are a great example of how people should live and work within our society.
Ok a cheeky one: who's profile made you linger on longer than what you should have?
That's easy. Ava Arlo.
What's been your favourite part about co piloting the creation and management of AA?
That's not so easy, I have loved so many different things. I have to say collectively all the things I've learnt, from SEO content writing to general website admin it was all new to me but they're skills that I know will prove invaluable in my life. I've also loved the philosophy you instil, to have such a non bias, open minded boss has been incredibly good for my personal development.
What's the worst thing about working for me? Go on spill, I can take it.
Hmmmm, probably the fact that we never had a central work space - I loved working from home but I'm quite social and I regret not spending more time working together on things, obviously it couldn't be helped but I think that would be the only tiny downside.
Im suprised you didnt give me a good roasting there about how I change my mind a million times or get you to fix everything I stuff up. lol
You've had to look at boobs, bums and (best not mentioned) bits for the last 3 years. Are you all nuded out?
Do you know what, I have never been bothered by it on screen. I've always been able to just kind of shut off and get on with it partly because I never met the escorts so looking at their images was standard exercise.
What skill do you have that you didn't expect to gain?
Well, there are hundreds. From simple online accounting skills, content writing and personable email skills I have learned so many useful things. I think the best skill I've managed to pick up has been from watching you market things online, beautiful & clean imagery goes a long way in the online world and I'll never forget that.
What will you miss most about Australia?
You joking? The weather! I'll be going back to getting dressed whilst I'm still in bed because it's so cold.
What's the first thing you and Ms Joe are going to do when you get to the UK?
Boil the kettle, I haven't had a good cuppa in 4 years!
Second task is to buy 2 piglets and 12 chickens. We're moving to some acreage and I've always had pigs / poultry in Scotland so we'll be kicking off our enterprise with a few farm animals to promote sustainable living.
Thanks for the lols Joe.
I hope you kick ass at your new business.
I hope and wish upon you all the best things the world can offer. And I hope you make a bunch of babies!
You're an absolute gem of a man and I feel so privileged to have had you in my life.
Thank you endlessly.
My family and I love you.
Xx Boss (thanks for that nickname)