Service can mean different things to different people. Just as submission is different depending on the person and dynamic, so is the type of service that submissive provides.
In the list below I have what I call the four types of service that are most common in D/s relationships. I've come across several different ways to describe service including what I'm going to be covering in a series of posts here on Submissive Guide. The types of service are:
Today I'm going to cover transactional service.
When I first think of transactional service I think of a business transaction. Someone pays you for a service and you provide that service. Transactional service for the submissive is very much the same. You do something for your Dominant and in return you get something. This could be fetching his iced tea and you get a 'good girl' in return. Another example is the submissive receives a flogging from their Dominant, who expects a good blow job in return. It doesn't have to be tangible payment. A caress could be the best payment for what you just did for your Dominant.
All of D/s is in an exchange format, so I feel that this type of service is a base for all service to come out of. It is also likely to be the first form of service a submissive may engage in. It's the easiest to accept when you are new. You do something and the Dominant repays somehow. As a submissive, you learn to accept this form of service as natural and acceptable. In fact, I have known a couple subs who thrive more on transactional service than any other form. Others might think they are attention whores, but I see them as transactional submissives. They need that payment for every service they provide.
I'd have to say a large part of what I do every day is transactional service. Not because I'm a novice but because it's what works best for me. I live for praise and my Dominant knows that. Each time I report what I have accomplished in a time frame he rewards me with a statement of praise. If I do not accomplish everything that he requires then I am disciplined.
What do you think of transactional service? Do you think it's something different? I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments of this post!