Making a Dollar on Dishing Dating Advice
(Entrepreneur) — Sipping a whiskey on the rocks, Thomas Edwards, 26, listens intently to a man across the bar in Manhattan’s bustling Union Square area. “I have no idea where to meet or even talk to new people,” confesses the man, who arranged this private meeting with Edwards. “I’m desperate. I need help figuring this dating thing out.” Dating is something Edwards knows a thing or two about. In 2009, the Boston native ditched his day job as a hotel manager and put his social prowess to work to launch The Professional Wingman, a dating-consultation service. Edwards’ clients pay him an average hourly rate of $150 — and up to $3,000 for a six-month program — to accompany them to social events and provide advice about how they can reach their social goals.