Exactly! My availability is plainly visible in my profile. 7 AM - 9 PM, seven days a week. If they ask, or better yet, don't tell me when THEY need my services (they leave it blank), I don't bother responding. I know it will be a waste of my money.
I am using the calendar. So when someone wants to see my availability, simply link them to my calandar when they click the button "Check John's Availability". If they do not like what they see there, they are less likely to ask me for information that they already know. And if they then ask for my availability..... YES! Disable that button! Or, send them to my calendar AGAIN! And again, and again!
Paying Thumbtack to answer redundant questions from customers is.... well, you know..... redundant. Send the customer to my calendar again, and again, and again....... and again.
I had thought that the calendar feature was in a way linked to "customer" requested date. But it's not. If it is, then we shouldn't be asked for our availability, and that button should be deleted.
Your suggestion is an excellent one and should be reviewed for implementation.
DJ Stevie 8-15-2019
@Hankster @DJStevie @GrampysMagic : In my experience, the job poster (customer) is not looking at our profiles beyond the first three lines. The calendar feature appears to be set up as a way of us communicating with Thumbtack. Why expect customers to view it? Thumbtack can "see" our availability and proceed thusly as to whether or not to send us leads in our inboxes or charge us as a promote lead.
The solution, therefore, is to change the message: rather than the click button saying "What's your availability?" Let it say " I want to book you for ____________ beginning ___/____/20___"
As it is now, the button is too ambiguous and uninspiring.
I know that "customers" do not read our profiles in their entirety. I've had recent clients tell me that. What attracted them to me were my reviews, and them finding my website via Google search.
But, As I said, I had thought that both the calendar feature and when "customer" asks for availability were linked. One would think that they would by synched. I'm more than welcome for a change, as I think that we all are. @Hankster has given excellent ideas as well as you and other pros. I know that not all suggestions will be implemented, or at least reviewed for implementation, but I think we all agree that something has to be done. I don't know about you, but being asked for availability then ghosted is becoming more than frustrating.
DJ Stevie 8-15-2019