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Pros and Cons of Matchmaking Services

If you're on this site, chances are you already know how difficult dating can be. You're a hard-working professional or business owner, you're over the club scene and tired of the bars.

When you're too busy to meet new people, online dating makes sense - but it's time consuming. Statistics show the average online dater spends about 12 hours a week sifting through profiles and sending messages. When your work week is north of 60 hours, that's a huge chunk of time you don't have.

Outsourcing your dating life makes sense, and it's a great investment - if you choose the right service.

But before diving in head first, you'll first want to consider the pros and cons of hiring your own personal matchmaker...

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Top 3 Complaints About Matchmakers (and How To Avoid Them)

Once you've made the decision to give matchmaking a shot at finding your ideal partner, you'll need to carefully select and team up with a matchmaker you can trust.

With over 2,000 matchmakers in North America alone, there's a massive range of options that runs from utterly awful scams to excellent services that truly work.

By understanding the risks at hand, you'll be better armed to weed out the money-hungry matchmakers who could care less if you actually find love and, instead, discover the perfect fit for you.

Here are three of the most common complaints about matchmakers, and some tips for how to avoid them...

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Matchmaking for Professionals: How it Works

There are lots of reasons why you might need a matchmaker, and you're probably wondering what to expect after hiring one. So how does the matchmaking process really work?

Although it may vary slightly depending on which service you choose, the basic process is the same...

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How Much Do Matchmakers Cost?

In recent years, dating services have exploded into an estimated $1 billion industry, with matchmaking services accounting for approximately half of that revenue. Reality shows like "Millionaire Matchmaker" give the industry free publicity while making it more mainstream.

The Matchmaking Institute estimates that there are over 2,000 professional matchmakers in the US, with new businesses starting up every day. And as an ex-matchmaker with over ten years in the industry, I can assure you - there's plenty of competition.

But that's good news for you, since it means there are plenty of options to choose from. And you'll notice prices vary tremendously from matchmaker to matchmaker, which leaves you asking, "What's a reasonable amount to pay?"

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How to Choose the Best Matchmaker

First, the good news - with thousands of professional matchmakers in the US and Canada, and 100+ new ones starting up each year, you have plenty of services to choose from.

Now, the bad news - it's a highly unregulated industry, and there's no official certification process matchmakers need to go through.

Oh, and one more thing - it's not cheap. Just the opposite. On average, you can expect to pay between $5,000 and $10,000 a year for a membership, with "Elite" matchmakers charge upwards of $20,000.

There are better deals out there (and I can help with that too), but the moral of the story is: You need to do your homework before you hire a matchmaker.

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