The Daily Beast has investigated the community of budget “online dating consultants” who give affordable dating advice to singles.
Fiverr is an online marketplace which gives freelance entrepreneurs the chance to work for people from all around the world. A wide variety of services are offered, such as proof-reading, sound editing and graphic design, and prices start at just $5.
Searching for ‘Tinder’ on Fiverr returns over a hundred results for freelancers who will assist with profile creation, opening lines and photo-editing/selection.
The adverts are mainly targeted at men, with one claiming it will make the buyer’s profile “irresistible” and another promising to find the “dream woman”.
It is likely not a viable full-time job – the low prices and Fiverr’s 20% cut make it near impossible to achieve a living wage – but it is a handy way to make extra money for students.
Camila, a 22-year-old college student, told The Daily Beast: “If you told me two years ago I would make a grand this year off of telling guys what was wrong with their Tinders, I would have laughed in your face.
“I never thought that this was real or possible. I did not think this was an actual thing you could do for work.”
There are a selection of companies that give more bespoke advice to singles, however, and their professional employees make a comfortable living.
Matchsmith is an Australian matchmaking service which will take full control of a user’s dating profile, to do everything from swiping to setting up the first offline date. Further, VIDA Select is a “personal dating assistant” business which boasts a seven-figure turnover.
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