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Six-Figure Yentl

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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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avatar Becky

Hmmm, professional matchmaking. Services like this just give me the creeps, although I’m sure there are a ton of readers out there who’ve had success with Match.com and the like.

Of course, I’m horrible at pairing the right shoes at 6:00 am (I have worn two left shoes at one point!) so maybe this isn’t the career for me. ;)

avatar Darren R. Sussman

I would imagine that the reason that services like this are so expensive is because of the time involved in making a personal match for someone. It’s the sort of thing where you can only handle so many clients simultaneously, so given that and whatever overhead might be involved, it’s necessary to charge high rates in order to make the living you’re expecting to make off of it.

Now, where you could really score with a service like this is finding a way to offer it at a more affordable price, thereby servicing the younger, eHarmony-type crowd. Alternatively, you could target senior citizens, especially with so many aging baby-boomers…