What It's About
From frogs to princes—this woman helps men stand out!
Words of Wisdom
Here's a bonus lesson from Emma (#1 dating profile tip):
"One of the tips I always give is to be specific and to add in little anecdotes/stories. So many online dating profiles are really vague, and it's hard for people to relate or latch on to anything in the profile. It's as simple as listing three books you loved and why you loved them rather than saying 'I like science fiction.'"
Emma’s side hustle didn’t become a six-figure business, but it did lead to a new job. It also gave her the confidence that she needed to continue experimenting with her writing, and she now works for herself full-time.
Notes from Chris
Episode 443Something like 30% of long-term relationships now begin through online dating. But this world can be tough to navigate, and you need an edge. Or that’s what one Massachusetts woman thought when she started an unconventional and temporary side hustle. More than 50 million people in the U.S. alone have tried online dating. That means they have made an online dating profile. Emma Siemasko had recently met her boyfriend, who is now her husband, through online dating. As millions of people know, wading through a sea of thousands of profiles can be overwhelming. And if you’re a guy, in particular, you really need to stand out. Based on her experience, Emma had noticed—how to put this—that so many profiles, well, sucked. They would be boring, lame, or creepy… three qualities that did not inspire most women to respond. Her goal was to help men optimize their online dating profile so that they'd perform better in the crazy pool of competitors. She had been successful herself, meeting that boyfriend who would later become her husband. She’d helped out a few friends, showing them how to better describe themselves in a way that sounded attractive without being overconfident. And then one of those friends said, “This should be a business!” Listen: the business didn’t scale, it didn’t make a ton of money, it didn’t become her full-time work. But it did something else, perhaps something even greater than those things. Sometimes a small project can lead to something greater, and in this case, Emma can point to two big changes that came from saying, “OK, I’ll give that a try.” The first was landing a new job. Frog2Prince was the most impressive thing on her resume to the employer where she worked afterwards. She has she didn’t have as much experience as the role called for, but they were impressed by her ability to make things happen. They hired her because of her side hustle. The online dating profile service may have made just $800, but she traces her current status to that decision to try something new. That’s right, it all started with a Frog that became a prince… or at least got closer to princedom.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Frog2Prince: Go from a frog to a prince—check out Emma's website for profile tips and tricks!
- Stories By Emma: Learn more about Emma and the services she offers over on her website
- Writing Duo Makes a Vow To Improve Wedding Speeches: Two freelance writers use their wit with words to write wedding vows for tongue-tied brides, grooms, and sometimes even the best man
- Government Employee Becomes Flash Mob Marriage Proposal Consultant: After receiving a “lame” marriage proposal, this former contractor sets up shop helping others create memorable proposal stories. Last year, she made a lot of people happy… and she also made $450,000
- Telecom Manager Gets Paid to Write Resumes for LinkedIn Connections: After previous side hustle attempts ended in failure, a lifelong corporate employee studies his LinkedIn connections and finds a profitable idea
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