"Online matchmakers allow people to get to know each other from the inside out on their own time and at a price they won't regret." While most Internet dating services, such as Zipple.Com, offer free personals and generate their income through advertising, e-commerce and Web hosting, more traditional dating services usually ask for an upfront membership fee.
"From a sociological perspective, single people have a greater need today for some sort of formal intermediary in the dating process.
They get married later in life, so they don't have the thriving social network of the college campus or club scene available to them.
Matchmaking enterprises don't offer guarantees--just chances to meet Mr. "They go to dating services because they don't have access to the type of single people they hope to meet and date in their day-to-day lives.
Really, singles go to dating services to purchase access to other singles."Singles on the hunt look for particular characteristics in their prospective mates, so it helps to find a niche before starting a venture.
With chat rooms, bulletin boards, pictures, profiles and essays, a person can really do a good job at selecting someone appropriate for them.
It's better than being fixed up by your mother's friend who thinks every single Jewish boy in his late 20s or early 30s is `just adorable.'"While developing her site, Rozner outsourced much of the design work but kept herself involved in the process.
There must be a better way of meeting people than hanging out in a bar, thought Jose de Lasa, now 32, while attending Tulane Law School in New Orleans and doing just that.
The idea stayed in the back of his mind even after becoming a lawyer in 1996.
So much so that he quit his ,000-a-year job after a few months to start Group Encounters, a social organization, using the ,000 his father had given him to pay off school loans.