I charge clients up to $2,500 a month to ghostwrite their dating profiles and connect with potential matches. Here's my advice for perfecting your dating profile, and why I never message people on the weekends.
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Meredith Golden, 45, is a dating app profile ghostwriter who spends 12 to 14 hours a day helping clients put their best foot forward on Bumble, Hinge, Match, Coffee Meets Bagel, OK Cupid, and more.
People pay Golden anywhere from $300 to create their perfect dating profile to $2,500 for a month of her pretending to be them online and liking, swiping, and chatting with potential matches.
Golden says getting a match usually comes down to a great first photo and recommends online daters avoid using apps after 5 p.m. on weekends if they're looking for a genuine connection.
This is what her job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers.
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From professional hair blowouts to chef-prepared cuisine delivered to your door to enlisting dog walkers, people outsource everything these days. Why should finding a match on a dating app be any different?
Since I launched Spoon Meet Spoon in 2015, interest in my dating app ghostwriting and coaching services has steadily grown. It makes sense if you think about it. Not everyone has the time, patience, or even the know-how needed in today's fast-paced digital world to do the legwork it takes to make an authentic connection.
Let's say you're in your 20s, your dating profile is getting lost in the sea of profiles, and you need a little something to make yours stand out.
Maybe you find yourself getting ghosted a lot and don't know why. Perhaps you're a working parent, and the last thing you want to dedicate your precious downtime to is swiping. You may be newly divorced and upon reentering the dating scene, you're finding that a lot has changed. You might even be a concerned parent looking to give your adult son or daughter a helpful nudge into the world of online dating.
That's where I come in.
I've always been a 'connector,' whether it's suggesting a terrific restaurant, vouching for a great babysitter, recommending a job, or setting two people up on a date. Up until five years ago, I did this type of thing for sport, and never thought it could lead to a career path.
In 2015, I sent a group text to about ten friends asking them what type of work they could see me doing.
After referencing a bunch of instances where I had connected them or someone they knew with friends, jobs, and even partners, the general consensus was I should be a matchmaker. Initially, I thought of how old-fashioned the job of matchmaker seemed, then I recalled how I always enjoyed taking over the digital reins on my friends online dating profiles. For the first time, I thought 'maybe there is something more here.'
In an effort to test drive the dating app market and determine if I wanted to commit to moving ahead with this as a business, I connected with five people, all friends of friends, and offered my services for three months at no charge.
It didn't take long before I was convinced this was the right move for me, so after having a website created, I posted a link on Facebook announcing Spoon Meet Spoon to my network. Word got out and within days my site had thousands of hits.
I soon realized that while most people have the best intentions, even really smart people can make poor choices when it comes to dating.
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Since starting my business, I've learned that your first photo is what gets you a match.