When she started Profile Polish in August 2013, she initially charged per profile, but prices crept up along with the demand.
Now, she offers three packages, which range from for a "Tinder special" with photo insight and editing help, to a profile analysis, to 8 for the "whole shebang." (She said prices will go up slightly next month). Rather than saying, "I love food," talk about the time you ate a five-course meal and finished every morsel." Hoehn declined to comment on Profile Polish's revenue but said the business is growing rapidly and has a "backlog of clients waiting for help." The popularity of online dating even has some traditional dating coaches -- who typically take on high-profile clients -- moving into the online market.
(Service will begin in the next few months.) The founders say they've already seen "a lot" of interest from major online dating sites that want to integrate their offerings.
"Traditionally, dating coaching was considered a luxury of sorts," said Greco.
"I try to get to the core of who they are," said Hoehn, a former journalist who is writing an dating self-help book due out next year. Live Dating launched this month with 0,000 in funding from the founding team, friends and family.
"People say, 'I'm smart, I'm outgoing.' Not only is this unoriginal and boring, but you're not physically there to back it up," said Hoehn, who is based in Queens, N. The founders -- dating coaches Hunt Ethridge, Antonia Greco and Israel Irensteing -- plan to make dating assistants virtually accessible to the masses.
But what if people in the military could visit their families in a virtual space rather than through webcam?
What if we could make things safer for single people to meet with strangers and feel out their personality before jumping right into a date?
Those are some of the questions virtual reality developers and innovators are asking as they continue to refine the technology, expanding on the different ways it can be harnessed to provide people with new means of communication and interaction with others.
"Tinder is more invasive, you have to be on it all day," said Valdez.
The average customer spends ,000 and usually meets someone within three and half months, said Valdez, who added that it usually takes 12 first dates to meet someone.
"People in general on dating sites need a lot of help." Singles post mirror selfies as profile pics. Or they simply don't put in the time and effort necessary to get results.
Valdez, 30, was an active and Plenty of Fish user himself. "It took a lot of patience to figure out what people responded to," said Valdez, who was working for a startup in Atlanta at the time.