In the old days there was a clear distinction between independents and agency escorts but now things have become fuzzy. Many independents have someone managing their web sites, posting their ads, deciding their rates, providing transportation, getting their email (sometimes answering them), or even handling their voicemail. Independent entrepreneurs need to pay for support services but in many cases it is difficult to figure out who is the employer and who is the employee. Can we come up with a definition or a test for a real independent? For example: an escort who communicates directly with clients and sets her own fees, irrespective of whether other supporting services are provided by a third party.