So there are a variety of different kinds of sex work, some legal, some not... I just wanted to spew out some options. If you've been thinking about trying sex work, these different areas might be able to help you make a decision.
This is not the most common form of sex work, but it is both the most commonly thought of form of sex work, and also has the most openly available propaganda. Hookers don't really work on the streets anymore, so this isn't anything like Pretty Woman, and not everyone who works in this arena is a pimped out, trafficked, drug addict...
They charge less and yet somehow make more... Not every rub girl is a Chinese immigrate, just like not every prostitute is addicted to heroin. This form involves using your body to pleasure someone else, but not having penetrative sex. A lot of FS providers that I know like this form of sex work when they're struggling because it's less emotionally draining tha FS.
3) Strippers/Exotic dancers
Dancing in a club or bar setting for tips. I've never been a stripper, but I have so much respect. It couldn't be harder, or more physically demanding than it already is, and I swear I've never seen a stripper sweat. Ever.
4) Webcam models/Cam girls
Sexy ladies (or gents) who masturbate, strip, or have sex on camera live for tips. I've worked on Chaturbate.com before. It was pretty solid work, but I was plugging in 8 hours at a time and making about $200 a day (which I know isn't bad money, but now I make $300 in an hour).
5) Sex phone operators
Like having cyber sex, but you need a good telephone voice. I've never done this form of sex work. So any additional info would be appreciated.
6) Fetish Model
A model who does fetish requests or photo shoots. There can be so many sub-categories: independent (selling her own stuff on clips4sale), freelance (completely requests from clients for cash), agency (doing videos or photo shoots as a model for a company), and so many more...
7) Porn star
Selling sex videos for cash and earning royalties. This is not illegal because you aren't getting paid to have sex, you're getting paid to make a product. I have published 3 porn videos independently and I earn about $50 a month from their sales on clips4sale.
8) Panty selling
Girls who sell their panties online for anywhere from $80-$200. Different people request different things: from asking you to wear them and masturbate, to having sex in them and letting the sex goop dry on the material, or peeing in them... Typically a video or photographic proof makes the panties worth more money.
I know of a couple of other sex work options: snapchatting, financial domination, skypeing, and now a lot of escorts are using Instagram to find interested parties.
Independent girls work for themselves. They get their own space to work out of, advertise for themselves, screen clients, take their own photos, and they figure out their own security protocols. They also keep 100% of their own money.
Agency girls have an agency that looks after almost everything for them (some things aren't taken care of, like rape prevention or STI screenings). They give you a place to work out of, they make your appointments for you, and before or after the appointment they take a set and discussed amount of money out of your pay. Agencies have a bad reputation because they typically only care about how much money they can take from you. I make $300 an hour and I do everything for myself. If I worked at an agency, I might leave with $60 of that $300.
Some agencies also don't vet, checked, or otherwise monitor who it is you're going to be seeing either.
Some agency madams have been known to sell out providers and clients alike to get lighter sentences when they get busted by LE.
I've bounced around from one line of sex work to another. I started with web camming, then I went to fetish modeling and video production, and now I'm a provider. I have made more money providing in the last year than I ever have in my entire life, and if I need $10,000 by the end of the month, I know I could earn it, but it isn't not legal and I know that and accept the potential consequences if I get caught.
Your first concern when you start should be putting away $1,000 for your bail money, and another $1,000 away for a good attorney.