BASED IN: NEW YORK
Agape Match is a boutique matchmaking service based out of New York City that curates a one of a kind dating experience through personalized matchmaking. We provide quality introductions for busy professionals seeking a serious relationship.
Agape, meaning love in Greek, is the ultimate goal and our measure of success to our clients.
Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? How / when did you decide to start your own business?
I don't know if I always *knew* I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but looking back, I can see that I was entrepreneurial. I was always involved in some sort of scheme as a kid. I decided to start my first business at 19, and I started my current business at 23.
Do you think that as an entrepreneur you need to work 24/7 or do you have to force yourself to take breaks and step away from the business?
I think people that are entrepreneurial take a lot of joy in being problem solvers and/or visionaries. As a result, "work" is no longer black and white. You put time into something you believe in or want to succeed. However, everyone needs a break. For me, I like to dedicate time to personal endeavors and family on weekends instead of my business. Weekends are sacred!
How did you go about structuring your business? Was it an ongoing process of shifting and changing the business around?
I feel like I am constantly re-structuring my business, learning what works and what doesn't based on metrics and feedback. When I started my business, I consulted with someone from my local SBA, which was great! They helped me form an LLC and cleaned up my business plan.
How do you know that you are choosing the best matchmaker?
If someone is looking to hire a matchmaker, you should hire the one that you think will attract the kind of person you're looking for and is a business set up to provide a service oriented product. A matchmaker is only as good as his/her networks' reach and his/her date coordination practices.
What advice can you offer to other entrepreneurs out there?
1) Just launch already. It's never going to be perfect because "perfect" is dynamic
2) Network and befriend other entrepreneurs just starting out or whatever growth stage level you are at. They'll be your lifeline whenever you feel no one understands what you're going through, especially when you're starting out
3) If you are at a networking or industry related event, and there is a person you want to speak to, pick up their next drink and just be personable. You can always connect about work later, after you exchange business cards