If that’s not working out, you can vastly reduce your risk by finding the one big client you need to survive.
Are you considering starting your own consulting business? In fact, I left a very good job as a vice president in a market research firm to go out on my own as a planning and market research consultant, and, after some rocky months at the beginning, I made that work. Establish a social media presence as a consulting business.
Becoming a consultant was how I made a living for 12 years between leaving Creative Strategies International and creating the product business for Palo Alto Software. Stay mindful of the old adage about a consultant being somebody who is between jobs. Don’t let your clients or potential clients doubt you.
This will establish your reputation as a matchmaker and help your name spread through word of mouth if the matches are successful.
In the future you can charge a reasonable fee for making matches and grow from there.
Contact your local state commerce office to ask about licenses required to operate a dating service in your town or city, though it is likely that you will only need to register for a standard business license with your state (see "Resources" for a link to find your state's website).
Decide on the specific theme of your dating service business--interracial couples, millionaires with good looking men or women, divorced women with divorced men or busy business people.
If your client is disastrously late to pay, you have an unhappy client.
You’ve always had a knack for matchmaking at dinner parties, so why not offer your talent to a wider market by launching an online dating site?
It’s also easier to sell an engagement when it starts with just a first step, meaning less of a commitment. Expect scope creep—clients asking for more after they’ve agreed on deliverables and price—and deal with it delicately, suggesting the extra work needs extra fees.