Can you feel the love tonight?
For most working women, the answer is probably no. When your 9-5 is really an 8-8, trying to find love, or even an established relationship, can be quite the challenge.
For starters, you just don’t have the energy like you used to when you were in your late teens and early 20s. You don’t have it in you to get up in the morning, make it through a grueling day of meetings and pitches and projects, and then head out with friends to a bar in the hope of meeting a partner. You probably barely have the energy to stop in at the grocery store on your way home from work — so the thought of being on guard and trying to make a good first impression can seem daunting.
And in an age of increased technological advancement, the act of finding a partner itself has evolved. You don’t necessarily stumble across people in cafes or bookstores. You don’t necessarily need to meet them at happy hour or at Saturday night party.
Finding a partner with whom you can share a few laughs over a drink at a bar, or a home cooked meal, can be tricky when the rest of your life is dominated by work. And even if you do have that free time and drive to go out looking to meet new people, sometimes your expectations just aren’t met. And that’s why dating websites are such a crucial resource. They break from the monotony and add a little variety to your daily routine.
What dating website is best for you? Take off that makeup, hop into bed, and start getting your profile ready. Here are the 15 best dating websites for working women.
The most widely used online date site, and the oldest on this list, Match.com aims to match its members with their equals. Their online matchmaking service takes your preferences, likes, dislikes, ambitions, and goals and matches them with other Match.com users. Its target audience is a bit older than that of some of the dating apps and websites out today, but that’s because its goal is to help its users, men and women alike, find love.
Try it out for free and get a basic working use of the website, or pay for a membership and get even more bonuses like sending messages, viewing profiles that have liked or looked at your profile, and more. Another reason this website is so great is that it does, in a way, make its users pay to use it, so you know the other party is as committed as you are in finding someone to be with.
A paid site, EliteSingles boasts that the majority of its members are successful, educated professionals between the ages of 30-55 who are truly committed to finding love. More than 80 percent of its members have a college degree. The app suggests 3-7 "suitable" matches every day taking into account your preferences, education, personality, location, and other factors.
The app also offers tips for improving your profile and finding other like-minded people.
This one isn’t a website, but actually a dating app on your smartphone or tablet—but don’t let that fool you. This is no joke. The League is an exclusive dating app for working professionals. Included in your profile is a brief survey about interests and ambitions, which the app then uses to match you with a select few people every day at happy hour (5pm). That’s after you get off the waitlist, of course, because this app isn’t playing around when it comes to love. The app markets itself as a dating app with standards, and it makes sure its members reach these standards every step of the way. It vets its members and uses information from your own input, and LinkedIn to match you with a professional just like yourself.
This elite and selective dating app takes itself very seriously, putting you in touch with a concierge that delivers your matches, along with a lengthy set of rules for conduct and decorum on the app. If you’re not playing around either, this is the perfect app for you.
This is another swiping platform, but with a new twist. If you've frequently said, "I wish I had said hi to that cute guy on the train," this is the app for you. The app curates profiles of people with whom you may have crossed paths at a given time and gives you a second chance to connect.
You'll see a timeline of the instances when you may have crossed paths with a given person, as well as the number of times it occurred. And you won't have to feel embarrassed about liking someone and letting them know — the app will only alert users of mutual interest.
Suitr is a simple app for people looking for real connections. One iTunes review called it "a more classy Tinder." The app identifies people with common interests using Facebook data, and you can customize your profile to showcase your best attributes.
The app is geared toward single professionals (i.e. you) who want to find a serious relationship.
Safety is key on Zoosk. The photo verification process prevents catfishing, and the algorithm pairs you with people who will likely be most compatible with you. You'll also receive a Dating Insights report about your profile and who's interested in getting to know you.
You can browse for free, but you'll need to pay to actually chat with other members.
HER not only offers a dating platform, but you can find news, events, a community and more on the website.
The app is for women only (men can't set up a profile) and geared to LGBTQ women looking to meet other women. HER-hosted events and other features make dating fun and easy.
The second oldest on the list and one of the most well-known dating websites out there is eHarmony. You’ve almost certainly seen the ads and watched the commercials—eHarmony is everywhere. It is responsible for millions of relationships around the world that it helped create with its patented Compatibility Matching System® which is a kind of personality test.
Geared towards an older crowd that is serious and willing to put money, time, and effort into finding a relationship, eHarmony has a great reputation for matching people based on their compatibility and not just based on similar, surface-level interests. The only downside to eHarmony is its pricing. It can get a bit expensive when you delve into its intricate plans, but love is worth it, right?
So technically, Bumble is another one of those “not really a website” options on the list, but what’s so great about it is its ability to give women almost all of the control. Like Tinder, Bumble has you create a profile with pictures, a quippy bio, and age/gender preferences. And like Tinder, you swipe right or left depending on whether the profiles you’re shown match what you’re looking for. This isn’t based on matched preferences and likes, but based on location.
But even then, it’s up to you to decide who you want to chat with. Once you match with someone, you have 24 hours to message them. If you don’t, the match disappears forever—so no worrying about seeing old, unwanted matches in your queue. The best part? Women have to message first! Which means no gross, unwanted comments flooding your inbox.
If you're looking to find someone looking for what's you're looking for, Coffee Meets Bagel may be the answer. You'll get one or more suggested matches every day at noon, curated based on CMB's matching algorithm. The app asks you to add icebreakers to prompt meaningful conversations that enable you to really get to know one another.
Profiles are in-depth but not overwhelming, meant to help you get to know one another without having to spend hours cultivating the perfect image. Authenticity is key.
Hinge is "designed to be deleted."
On the app, you'll like profiles, but without paying for the premium membership, you'll have a limited number each day. You can also see contenders who have liked you first. Profiles are detailed but still easy to create. Rather than endlessly swiping, you'll like a particular facet of a potential match's profile, such as his or her photo.
Looking for someone who loves the professional you?
BeLinked uses your LinkedIn account as a login rather than Facebook, so it's all about the professional angle right off the bat. This is the app for people who mean business — in all senses of the word. You can set preferences to identify your best matches and filter for occupations, schools, age, location and more.
You'll also see how potential matches are connected to your network and can personalize your profile beyond the data the app pulls from LinkedIn.
If you're spontaneous, fun-loving and ready for an (immediate) adventure, Bounce might be the app for you. You'll match and go out on a date the same night. No flaking out or rescheduling.
Find matches in real-time by checking into a location on the app and choosing where you want to go out. You'll view members and have a minute to decide whether you want to meet. If you both agree, Bounce picks the spot, and you'll take it from there.
Clover is Tinder meets Match, according to the company. Users arrange dates quickly and can set criteria to prevent unwanted interest. You'll specify your intentions upfront: "looking for people to chat with," "looking for new friends," "looking for dating" or "looking for long-term." Essentially, you'll know what you're getting into.
OkCupid is a dating app that walks the line of dating website and social networking app, and it’s a very popular choice for both younger women looking for more casual relationships, and older woman looking for more established and deeper connections. After signing up, you fill in your bio, then like a few profiles so the app can get a feel for what you like, and then the matches come flooding in.
The questions on OkCupid aren’t as in-depth or insightful as they are on eHarmony of Match.com, but there is some flexibility in the information you can upload yourself. OkCupid also has pricing options, allowing you to upgrade to a paid membership for perks like seeing profiles that have liked you, reading messages without notifying your match, and others. This is a great choice for women who want to have a little fun without the stigma of traditional dating apps.