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4 Dating Jobs You Can Do in the Popular World of Online Dating

Dating has gone digital.

The budding trend became the undisputed norm as the pandemic pushed most folks indoors and slowed down in-person activities where you might organically meet another single person. (How quaint.)

Throughout the pandemic, the popularity of dating apps like Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, Hinge and Tinder has skyrocketed, according to the New York Times.

And that popularity is only expected to grow, as it’s peak “cuffing season,” the coldest part of the year where singles want to pair up. Each year the season culminates with “Dating Sunday,” the first Sunday of the New Year when activity on dating apps explodes.

“Online dating is the mainstream way to meet and start dating,” said Dawoon Kang, the CEO of  Coffee Meets Bagel.

That shift has come swiftly. For many, the anxiety of dating is amplified by the fear of committing a digital faux pas. (We matched! Should I message first or wait for them? It’s been five minutes. OK, I’m just going to go for it. Wait — what should I say?)

Even seasoned online daters are going through a bit of burnout. Throw in scores of new dating apps and new pandemic etiquette, and it can be hard to keep up. To help people navigate the ever-changing world of romance, dating-adjacent jobs — yes, actual jobs — are cropping up.

“Singles are exhausted with today’s swipe-based culture. Some may be looking for guidance, reassurance, or just a standout profile,” Kang said.

4 Dating Jobs Fueled by the Popularity of Apps

Here are four legit ways people are making money in the flourishing world of online dating.

1. Dating Profile Consultants

Move over, Yente from Fiddler on the Roof.

Virtual dating assistants — think of them as modern-day matchmakers — typically start with a pulsecheck on their clients’ dating profiles, making sure their bios and profile pictures are up to par.

“Ten years ago, my profession wouldn’t have even been an option,” Meredith Golden, a professional matchmaker aka the “Tinder Whisperer,” told The Penny Hoarder.

After a career in psychotherapy, Golden started a dating service in 2016 dubbed SpoonMeetSpoon, which offers dating services ranging from a one-time payment of $300 to a subscription service that costs $2,000 per month. For lower-end services, Golden will create or jazz up a dating profile and impart a few conversation starters. For “The Whole Shebang,” she does all the work. Swiping. Messaging. Setting up the date.

This type of work is in demand. Dating can feel like a full-time job, especially when juggling multiple conversations across multiple apps. Within three days of launching her business, Golden received 8,700 hits.

If launching a consulting business of your own sounds a little too high stakes, start smaller by freelancing on websites like Fiverr and Upwork.

Dating app assistance is especially trendy on Fiverr. Freelancers list their services between $5 and $125, offering services like ghostwriting and full-on profile management.

Here’s what you need to know to get started on the top freelancing websites.

2. Dating Profile Photographers

What good is a dating profile without several high-quality photos? While some people use whatever pictures they have floating around social media, others let the pros work their magic.

It’s similar to using professional headshots for LinkedIn. Singles want to put their best photo forward. Demand for dating-profile photography has driven the success of Hey Saturday and Tinder Photography, two businesses that shoot only dating-profile photos.

Cashing in on that demand requires a bit of leg work, and starting a photography gig is no easy feat. So why limit yourself to dating profile photos? Well, you don’t have to. But in a field as oversaturated as photography, finding a niche can help you stand out from your competition.

Pro Tip

Dating apps themselves act as client referrals. What better way to get a sense of who has grainy profile pics than to use the dating apps that match you with people in your area?

Another way to find clients is to sign up to photography networks. Dating-service company Vida Select contracts photographers and stylists across the U.S. to spruce up people’s profiles. Snapr, an on-demand photography marketplace, likewise connects photographers with clients seeking high-quality dating-profile photos.

3. Catfish Private Investigators

Private investigators are nothing new. The profession has been around for nearly two centuries, but online dating culture has created a shift in the work private eyes do.

According to the FTC, online romance scams are on the rise. The practice is referred to as “catfishing,” when someone misrepresents themselves online to earn the trust of someone else, usually in a romantic context.

Instead of tracking down missing persons or nailing insurance fraudsters in traditional cases, private eyes increasingly use their skills to find who exactly is behind a dating profile. Is it really a multimillionaire model who owns a private island in the Carribean? Or is that person catfishing? The International Counterintelligence Service, a private investigation firm founded in 1967, dedicates several pages of its website to highlight how catfish investigations work.

FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM

Private eyes may be an age-old job, but they’re not going away any time soon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 8% by 2029 ― much faster than the average profession. And P.I. salaries clock in at just over $50,000.

4. Date-Night Host on Airbnb Experiences

Planning a romantic evening is tough work. Some daters are opting to let others do it for them.

Airbnb Experiences is a ripe platform to attract dating couples with tailor-made date nights. Airbnb launched the Experiences feature in 2016. Trends in date-night listings are newer still.

If you’re not familiar with Experiences, it’s a way to make money by hosting a unique activity. Think guided meditation on the beach or a craft beer pub crawl that showcases your town’s microbrews.

Or your listing could be a curated date-night that features hands-on cooking with local cuisine. Lucia Celi, a chef in San Diego, overtly targets couples and daters with her listing titled “Date Night Cooking Class.” In her Experience, she hosts a two-hour Italian cooking class where couples prepare their own pasta dishes and tiramisu from scratch. She charges $60 per person — 20% of which goes to Airbnb.

Want to learn how to make a successful listing? Two Airbnb Experiences Hosts shared their moneymaking secrets with us.

Experiences should broadly fit into one of these categories: art and culture, entertainment, food and drink, nature, sports or wellness. Once you’ve got a good idea (that adheres to CDC social-distancing guidelines), submit it to Airbnb for approval.

As online dating continues to popularize, Kang of Coffee Meets Bagel expects dating-related jobs will too.

“A lot of us learn to connect with others behind our phones and can find it hard to build connections in real life… Get[ting] to know each other initially over a digital device can be hard,” she said. “And yes, more singles will be open to getting help.”

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Home Cashflow Shortcut Review. Is it is a Scam?

If you are looking for a good review of Home Cashflow Shortcut and want to know if it is a scam, you will absolutely find it here because I have personal experience with what it leads to and let me tell you, my opinions are mixed.

I’m going to explain everything about this program, in this review, and how it works, but I will also be be recommending a different program that I personally get results from that in my opinion is FAR better than Home Cashflow Shortcut and you’ll see why shortly…

Home Cashflow Shortcut, the quick review:

Price: $37 but there will be upsells afterwards that vary and possibly rise as high as $10,000+.home cashflow shortcut review

Creator: A woman named Ace. 

What does this program teach you? It literally directs you to a program called Super Affiliate Network, of which I have been a member of.

I assume Ace is one of Super Affiliate Network’s top promoters and this program in general teaches you about affiliate marketing and getting started with it and I did get some good value from my time with this program.

But I did leave because I felt another program which taught this material offered me more, for less (Wealthy Affiliate).

I have a personal review of Super Affiliate Network and my experiences with it, and overall, besides teaching you affiliate marketing, it also teaches you how to promote the Super Affiliate Network and make big commissions from that.

However, I am going to be going into the reasons why I didn’t stay with this program for too long shortly. So let me give you my score of Home Cashflow Shortcut, give you my 3 personal reasons for not joining it, and what I think is better for learning affiliate marketing, that personally get’s my results…

Overall score: 3 out of 10 stars.

I’ll explain why this score was given out shortly, and get into more details on the program below, but first…

Let me show you what I recommend over Home Cashflow Shortcut:

home cashflow shortcut alternative

Getting into details about Home Cashflow Shortcut and how it works:

As I said before, you learn about affiliate marketing, which is something I have done for many years. If you would like a fully disclosed and free explanation of affiliate marketing, how it works and all of that info, you can see my $1 million earnings report on affiliate marketing there.

I can tell you in my subjective opinion that it will explain more than Home Cashflow Shortcut’s sales video did.

Since the program takes you into Super Affiliate Network, which I said I was a member of before, let me share what I remember learning from it…

1) There was an inexpensive trial I was a part of and it gave me access to videos broadly explaining affiliate marketing and giving me positive testimonials about Super Affiliate Network.

2) You also get a lot of hours of testimonial videos talking about how good Super Affiliate Network is.

3) You will also get hours worth of training videos on affiliate marketing and how to start it.

My personal experiences with Super Affiliate Network explained…

While some of the training videos were good in quality, a large part of the members section consisted of the testimonials and the requirement to upgrade if I wanted to see more and that involved talking to a coach and while my experiences with the coach were not very positive, I did have the opportunity to speak with Misha, the creator of Super Affiliate Network and I did find out from him that in his program, you are offered higher tier upsells, that can get into $10,000+ offers.

I have to mention that while my experience with the coach was negative, my email conversations with Misha were pretty positive and he was very polite to me.

4 reasons I did not join Home Cashflow Shortcut:

1) Since it led into Super Affiliate Network, which I tried before, there was no added value of me joining it again.

2) I was already a member of Super Affiliate Network and left.

3) A big reason why I left was because to go further into the membership, I’d likely have to pay way more but beforehand would need to speak to a coach and that exchange is not one I want to talk about in detail (generally speaking, I found the dude to be pretty rude and standoffish because I didn’t want to spend more).

That’s all I’m going to say. But to be fair again, Misha on the other hand was nice to me.

4) I already do well with affiliate marketing so I have a different perspective of how to succeed with it and through the Wealthy Affiliate program, while it took time, I managed to succeed with affiliate marketing without needing to spend the crazy sums of money to learn it.

Things I liked and didn’t like about Home Cashflow Shortcut:

So this is basically a pros and cons to this review…

First the positives:

1) It appears the testimonials on this page are from Super Affiliate Network directly, and I do believe they are authentic. 

2) There is a disclaimer on the sales page that this program is not for people looking for get rich quick schemes.

Then the negatives:

1) Despite the sales page mentioning this is not a get rich quick scheme, the name of this program itself and the testimonials, at least in my mind give me a different, contradictory picture. Let me know if you have the same or different viewpoint on that.

2) I know what investment is going to be pitched inside Super Affiliate Network eventually and I honestly do NOT like to recommend anything that is ever of this high ticket magnitude. I know people can learn affiliate marketing without paying so much! 

Final Rating: Home Cashflow Shortcut.

Yellow Flag.

3 out of 10 stars: I have mixed views on Super Affiliate Network overall, but do not think it is a scam.

I did enjoy some parts of it, and others, which required a lot of investment, I stayed away from because I personally never had to spend that much to get results personally (proof coming up) and don’t feel it’s right to recommend that to people when I know of better ways to get started (Wealthy Affiliate).

With regards to Home Cashflow Shortcut specifically, what I do have issues with is the sometimes contradictory messages I saw on the sales page, which on one hand give you a disclaimer that it isn’t a get rich quick scheme (which is honest), but on the other (if you watch the video) makes it seem like it could be. 

This is why despite Home Cashflow Shortcut literally being a redirect into Super Affiliate Network and that program getting a pretty decent score, I am rating the other one lower.

If anything, joining Super Affiliate Network directly would be better because it’s more upfront.

My final thoughts:

The honest truth about affiliate marketing is that it is indeed NOT a get rich scheme. I believe if you get started with it, while you have potential to make it work (and I personally did), you will need to really work hard and spend a lot of time on it. 

This is something that will be true whether you join Super Affiliate Network or whether you join Wealthy Affiliate and kudos to Home Cashflow Shortcut for adding that disclaimer in.

The big difference however, is that with Wealthy Affiliate, I guarantee you that you will spend far less and likely learn far more, and because I have experiences with both programs and know about affiliate marketing very well, I can say that with confidence.

Learn more about Wealthy Affiliate here and it is free to try with an upsell later on that is only $49 a month (no $1,000+ high ticket stuff).

Thanks for reading my review of Home Cashflow Shortcut.

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