Philip Van Nostrand, a 37-year-old photographer from New York City, uses Tinder and Bumble to meet new women, but after a few dates these romantic encounters increasingly lead to new business opportunities. “I start talking about jobs I’m doing,” he said. “People always know other people who could use one and they’re willing to recommend me.”
One of his most recent matches led to photographing a couple’s wedding next year, which will rein in between $5,000 to $10,000 alone. Over the last four years, he estimates he’s gotten 10 jobs through dating apps. Often times, matches approach him first for a gig. Within a 6-minute span recently, two Bumble matches reached out over Instagram for headshots.
Using dating apps like Match.com, Tinder and OKCupid and websites to network — and in some cases even land a job — may be an unconventional approach, but it’s slowly becoming more common. Dating sites make their money off people looking for love, but at least some users hope that their dates will end not with kisses, but with job offers or business propositions.