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Exactly What to Do When You Don’t Have a Partner

Whether you’re a Dom without a sub, or a sub without a Dom, having no partner can be a hard situation to deal with.  And starting an online BDSM relationship when you’re single can be very scary.  Want to know how to find a Dominant or submissive, or maybe you have a partner already but you wish they were kinkier?  Here’s your surefire plan to start taking action, and soon you’ll begin enjoying the lifestyle you always wanted.

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Know you’re not alone if you don’t have a partner

A recent Dom Sub Living online survey found that 33% of readers are not currently playing but would like to.  That’s a lot.  So don’t feel bad if you’re new and haven’t started enjoying a BDSM lifestyle yet.  There’s actually lots of reasons why someone may be without a BDSM partner or otherwise feel lonely:

  • Just starting out and haven’t met the right person yet
  • Being in-between relationships
  • Choosing to take a break
  • Being in a vanilla relationship where your partner isn’t into BDSM
  • Being in a Dom/sub relationship but feeling like your partner isn’t living up to their role

The solution to all of these situations is the same: Don’t give up!  Don’t think you’ll always be single or never have the lifestyle you want.  Instead of worrying and stressing about how things seem to be, take action and make a plan.

**If you want to help your current partner be more dominant, submissive, or kinky, be sure to check out my online, new workshop.**

Review past relationships

While you’re single, now’s a good time to look back at past relationships and figure out what worked and what didn’t.  Whether they were vanilla, kinky, online, or offline, assessing past relationships can help you to not repeat the same mistakes twice.  A good place to start is by journaling the answers to these questions:

  1. What didn’t I get in those relationships that I needed?
  2. What role did I play in the ending of the relationships?
  3. What did I like about my past partners?
  4. What didn’t I like about my past partners?
  5. What did I do right in those relationships?
  6. What can I do differently in my next relationship?
  7. Would I want myself as a partner, and why?
  8. What do I want for myself that doesn’t involve having a partner?

These questions may be tough but it’s necessary for your growth to take the time to journal and be honest.  So reflect on your answers, make the changes, and give yourself time to heal.

Make a wish list to help you find a BDSM partner

Now that you’ve worked out the issues of your past, it’s time to start looking to the future.  Make a list of all the qualities you want in your prospective partner.  This will act as a type of agreement with yourself, so you can keep your senses and say ‘no’ when your heart and hormones may convince you to settle.  Things to put in your list might be:

  • Age range
  • How long they’ve been in the BDSM Lifestyle
  • View towards a polyamorous relationship
  • Their feelings about pain play, punishments, and training
  • Physical attributes
  • What they’re willing to do sexually
  • Are long-distance or online relationships OK?
  • Personality qualities
  • Any “deal-breakers”

You could even make a list of questions to ask your new perspective Dom or sub partner.  Above all, stand firm for your needs and values, and don’t accept anything less.  Be willing to say no to someone who doesn’t meet your standards.  You deserve it.

Keep yourself prepared while you’re single

This is the perfect time to get yourself ready for your future partner.  What does this mean?  First of all, make sure you already have the basics out of the way.  Write up a contract between you and your perspective partner.  Make sure you know your limits before you enter a relationship, even a short-term one.

I believe a true Dominant or submissive is who they are at all times, even when they have no partner, a vanilla partner, or a BDSM partner who isn’t fulfilling their role.  So work on improving yourself now.  You can read more about the two roles here:

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Dominant »

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Submissive »

Remember, right now you are your future partner’s Dom or sub.

When you’re ready to find a Dominant or submissive

Only after you’ve given yourself time and have considered everything above should you begin to think of getting a new partner.  I know it can be a real struggle to find a legitimate Dom or sub.  That’s why in Lesson 3 of my training course I share the exact process in detail to find a genuine, long-term partner.  It’s worked for hundreds of members.

Being without a partner, or having a partner who’s not giving you what you need out of BDSM, can be a frustrating situation.  So use this as an opportunity for self-reflection and a chance to better yourself.  Focus on doing what you can, and the time will pass much more quickly.  I have confidence that if you do these things, soon you will attract the type of partner that you deserve.  🖤

What are your thoughts on being single without a Dom or sub?  Let me know in the comments.

Keep reading: How to go from vanilla to kink »

42 thoughts on “Exactly What to Do When You Don’t Have a Partner”

  1. I can understand how it can be scary to wonder if you’ll ever find someone else but I’m sure you will. If you know your current relationship isn’t going to last and that he has a family, then it is probably better to end it before you or anyone else gets hurt. You can read this article for what to look for in a new Dom.

    1. Does anyone have any experience with Dom/sub relationships based primarily through email or other correspondence/long distance relationship? Finding a sub is difficult in a small town.

      1. Hi Edward,

        Finding the right person to practice with when you’re in a small town can be challenging, but you’re not alone!  A long distance relationship is definitely an option.  I share that way and other tips in detail for finding a sub in Lesson 3 of Dom Sub Training.

        And make sure you’re also focusing on what to do now, while you don’t have a partner. I wish you the best!

  2. Hello, I must thank you first of all because your page has helped me a lot in many ways; not only it has given me confidence in things I was unsure or even scared of as a sub, but also has taught me a lot about the importance of also comprehending your partner, even though I’m just starting and I don’t have a partner…

    In general, I’ve spend quite a lot of time reading here and I’m very happy I did, thank you for all your effort.

  3. Hey, love the content. Been working on setting up a routine and contract for when I find my next sub. Last one went well but was only meant to be short-term. Will use this site for training regimen for my future submissive.

  4. I’m sorry this happened to you, Rox. Be sure to communicate your thoughts and feelings with her, and listen to hers. You can ask her to write about it in a journal entry too if that’s easier for her. Keep the lines of communication open with her and it’s sure to get better.

  5. Hi Glenn!  That’s a great question.  I’ve actually helped quite a few members in my Dom Sub Training course find that “unicorn”. So I’ve seen lots of long-term, romantic FLR that are monogamous and are 24/7 TPE. I hope to have you join us!

  6. Hi Brian! Thank you for your comment.

    “Dom Sub Living” strives to be gender & sexual orientation neutral.

    Sometimes I have to use the typical pronouns like “he” and “she”, or else it can sound very confusing.  But whether you’re a male or female, gay or straight, the blog can still definitely help you. ????

  7. Just got out of a relationship that was not-so-nice, the so-called ‘Dom’ took things to the dark side. I’m enjoying being single but it’s still lonely. I have the interest of a Master Dom who is to the extreme, but I would much rather be single and partnerless for a bit to ensure I’m ready for what this Dom offers… sooo on 1 hand: it blows being Partnerless but on the other hand: I would like to be more prepared for what this Dom or any other Dom can dish out .

    1. I’ve had similar troubles, but mine was a fake Daddy Dom. It really sucked and he wasn’t at all what he seemed to be in the beginning

    2. I’m so sorry you had a bad experience with a “dom”, Amelia! You’re completely right that being partnerless can be lonely at times, but remember that it’s better than settling. Use this time to understand yourself more and prepare your submission, because you deserve an amazing Dom! ????

  8. Keep looking, there are men out there like myself that are looking for a relationship and not 24/7 slave. You will find one eventually.

  9. I’m new to D/s so everything is new. Deep down I’ve always wanted to have a Dom that understands me but that hasn’t really happened yet and I don’t think many people understand what it’s all about. Hopefully I’ll find my Dom.

  10. Im a single mum, finding it hard to find someone to be in a dom /sub relationship with, its bad enough finding any relationship when you are a mum, never mind one that will satisfy me. I’ve resigned myself to finding someone when they grow up but its heartbreaking. Hate being on my own. Hate vanilla sex.

  11. I’m new to the lifestyle and trying to find a Dom in my area. Spoken with a few Dommes online from a few sites, but they have all asked me to pay a commitment or buy training kits before meeting in person. This feels suspicious, but again wanted to double check if this is a standard practice!

  12. As a single Dom on the lQQK out, it is frustrating being without a sub. Yeah, these days it has become even more difficult to allow yourself to trust.
    To add to it. . .I have spent a bit over a year not actively searching for a sub, so that i could give myself enough landscape between relationships. I didn’t want to carry issues from past to future. Developing “interview” questions may sound insincer, although it really does subtract from the “get to know you” time. . . . Always, ensuring the subs i do talk to . . . That i am full of passion and romance as well. . . Where are all the good girls hiding anyways?. . LoL. . . Thanks Dom sub Living for giving A/all of U/us a voice! ????

  13. I’ve recently got out of a very long term vanilla relationship because my wife was not at all interested in my proclivities. Not her fault, when we met I didn’t know anything about BDSM apart from porn and that was unrealistic. So I’m now single and looking for a sub. I’ve been chatting to subs and was trying to build something with one that was perfect but she was diagnosed with liver cancer and thst has since become terminal. As such her priorities have changed. I’m still optimistic but one thing I know, I can’t go back. If I never find the right sub and I end up alone in a hovel I’ll still believe I’ve done the right thing. You must always shoot for thr moon even though you might miss.

  14. I am a Dom missing a sub and the last relationship I had I just wasnt getting satisfied and the woman (vanilla) I was seeing hates sex in every aspect of the word, said it makes her feel cheap and she doent like to make herself pretty, hates lingerie, or pretty colthing, baggy jeans and baggy t, and so call granny panties is all she would wear. I tried to open her up to better nicer choices, dresses, nice blouses slacks, but she wasnt having it. and when it came to Dom/sub she was domineering, controlling, and a total B .

    I end up meeting a sub woman for a short time snd was everything I could ask for but now back single. gave me time to write a contract up and revise it the more i think. and the info here helps just really wish I could find another great sub for life.

    ty for the info gave me more to think on. I hope I can find a good sub to train and be exactly what I hope she can be. if not I will remain single I just cant do vanilla anymore.

  15. I’m a newly single experienced Dom it’s a struggle to find new partners given the current state of dating, I have all this wealth and knowledge and nobody to enjoy it with it can be frustrating.
    But I’m here in the UK searching for my one

  16. I feel your frustration as I am a sub bi-male and I find it difficult to find Doms or Dommes . Just have to keep searching I guess.

  17. I am an older woman who in recent years have figured out that I am a submissive and not having a Dominant in my life is what has been missing. I have no idea how or where to find one, but have been enjoying reading and learning more about myself through the articles on this website. Thank you for taking the time to write them and make them available. Now if I could only find the right Dom. …

  18. Hi , I’m New to this Lifestyle and I have been searching for information for months on switch….

    I really believe that’s where I fit in but how do you find a relationship as a SWITCH.. especially like me if you want both and are bi curious- bisexual & 40 & just now coming out????

  19. Hello
    Reading all of the comments and replies has definitely given me some food for thought and also a good look at myself. Thank you for this interesting insight into what I thought was just my fantasies

  20. Im still new to this dang bdsm thing, but I’ve learned that im just vanilla with a tad of kinkiness. I just love being sexually degraded, but loved? Can’t explain it, im so confused but i think it makes sense.

  21. I used to have an ex whom I separated from and it was everything all wrapped in one……sex, chemistry, and love all in one…..she was my one and only real sex slave and sub….we lived it the feeling she gave me when she submitted to my commands and the look in her eyes to conform and give me the power to keep me as confident as I am ……its a special thing it’s just connection u either have it or no… cantbe forced

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