If you’re looking for a career change with six-figure possibilities, consider becoming a professional matchmaker. You’ll be providing a sought-after service for other professionals who don’t have time to meet new people. There are many differences between matchmaking and dating services, but are they worth the big bucks?
I could use the service, sure. It’s hard to meet people outside of work. Unfortunately, it’s a little pricey. A matchmaking service based in my home state of New Jersey, MChatfield, has this to say about their fees:
We charge an interview fee of $100, which can be applied to any type of contract. Our fees range from $1,800 (junior contract) to up to $30,000 (personal executive search/ with success bonus).
The company founder, Maureen Chatfield, majored in art in college, with a minor in theater. Not a bad gig for an artsy chick.
This MSN Money article includes an interview with Bonnie Winston, who charges “only” $1,000 for her services. That’s a far cry from Orly, who works out of Beverly Hills. She charges up to $200,000.
If you’re considering doing business with Orly, there is at least one person on the internet who wants to warn potential customers about an outstanding lawsuit.
There seems to be a lot of money in this industry if you can attract an affluent clientele. If you have a knack for setting people up, why not give it a try?
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Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published March 28, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.