I am a former Thumbtack Pro user. After taking nearly two years off to spend with my daughter, I decided to start advertising my services again. So I have a couple of questions:
1) In the past, after getting notified of a job opp, I would review the job details and then decide whether I wanted to pay the cost of sending a quote. Do Pros still have the option of using Thumbtack in this manner, or do we now *have* to set a budget for leads?
2) How is prepaying for leads that may or may not hire you different than paying to send a quote to a person/business that may or may not hire you?
I'm not sure I'm clear on the purpose of the leads vs. quotes... Any input would be most appreciated!
There are a couple of ways in which you can get connected to customers on Thumbtack. The first way is setting your targeting preferences. When you do that, customers whose job details match your preferences can reach out to you directly. You are charged when that customer reaches out to you and you will see these in the Leads section of your account.
When a customer reaches out to a pro, we want other pros to still have a shot at winning the job. So, we send that job to other pros Opportunities tab for other pros to quote on. When you send a quote through the Opportunities tab, you're charged when the customer responds.
Regardless of which way you're wanting to get connected to customers, you'll need to set a budget. If you have any questions that are specific to your account, we want to help. Be sure to give us a call at: 800-948-2034 and our customer support team would be more than happy to help you out.