“I was also online dating but didn’t have time for it.
Both businesses provide dating consultants who pump clients for crucial information about who they are and what they’re looking for, then spend hours scouring various online dating sites on the client’s behalf.
The number of matches — and the nature of the services — depends on the fee you pay (which can range from $147 a match to $1,200 a month for the full dating monty).
Dating consultants will create your online dating profile, surf the sites for potential dates, handle all communication with people you want to pursue (e-mails are approved beforehand) and even plan the date, down to the clothes you wear and the place you go for dinner.
Singles have their choice of a number of Internet services through apps and websites that range from totally free to very costly.
There are also online dating coaches, like Kimberly Koehler.
She charges 0 for her online class teaching dating strategies.
She also offers one-on-one dating coaching for 5.
The pictures, the preferences, the interminable lists of hobbies and favorite childhood memories – it’s no secret that sifting and sorting through hundreds of online dating profiles can be exhausting work.
“I’ve done it three different times and it just becomes overwhelming,” says Marilyn Heywood Paige, a 40-year-old marketing consultant from Philadelphia.
“It’s like a part-time job trying to filter and write and call and meet.” Thanks to the arrival of online “dating concierges,” though, overly tasked singles can now hand that job over to a third party, who — for a fee — will gladly do that heavy lifting.
“I was working crazy hours as a marketing executive, usually over 70 hours a week,” says Scott Valdez, 25-year-old CEO of Virtual Dating Assistants, which functions a bit like an electronic yenta.