I just feel like it never feels anything other than random. Back when I bought credits it quickly became not worth it to bid on bartending jobs because so many people wanted them and it was hard to get the bid in on time and it turned out many of the jobs were fake. Then when it became pay upon response, it also made me pay for people who just come on thumbtack to pump bartenders for drink recipes and amounts to purchase for their parties. I have disabled that profile because it just became a way for supposed clients to rob me. I've gotten three days of work that I paid definitely almost that entire amount of money into the system for over time. Thumbtack is fired for trying to get party jobs.
For my petsitting services I do get real clients and the price I've paid for the jobs I get seems worth it. Paying $8 for a person who corresponds once and never hires me feels like a ripoff. It never won't feel like that. I don't know how to fix this. I have turned off autoquote because of the lack of control of the money going out for jobs I don't want to take or on days I can't do.
Two words: SUBSCRIPTION MODEL.
Thumbtack's userbase would grow exponentially if they utilized a yearly subscription model where freelancers can pay a one time fee to apply to an unlimited number of jobs. Websites like StaffMeUp.com use this system and it works flawlessly.
Instead of jobs "costing credits" ... the jobs are all essentially open to the public to apply to. If you've signed up for a subscription, you're then allowed to submit a cover letter, and "boost" your application (something that users who haven't purchased a subscription are not permitted to do).
You're then showed what you rank, and whether or not your application has been viewed/flagged/etc.
Many of us here on Thumbtack would be much more willing to pay, say, $150 for a year of unlimited job applications then for a handful of credits that may or may not lead to a customer reply. Please get rid of the credit system and replace it with a subscription model. Thanks!
I think you have gotten enough negative responses to this question that you know you're doing something wrong.
The general consensus is to lower the price per quote. Make it consistant and fair based on the job to be done (7.5 to 10% of the quote). Lower the number of pros who can respond (get rid of "Instant Match"). Allow Bids to be meaningful. Bring back TEMPLATES!
If you make a few simple changes, the customer knows this vendor is available for their date and the quote specifics at a glance. Don't make them or the vendor have to click on anything to get the quote details!
Vendor Name is available for you project!
(See profile and reviews) (I)
Total Price $$
Base Price $$
Sharing sample scripts
Be present at rehearsal $
Date and Time
Fri, June 8, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Your City, VA
I want to introduce myself to the customer, so using the templates (quickly and easily) allows me to send a introduction message to each potential customer when I send the quote (not after). This should be changed regardless of any other changes you make.
Figure out a way to charge the vendor based on legitimate interest from the customer. Get rid of the misleading contacts from customers (Pre-filled "Contact your Pro" responses). If every Thumbtack customer has to provide a verified e-mail and phone number to request bids then providing that information to the vendor when making a request for services is a possible indication of the customer's true interest.
Hello Vendor please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at verified phone number between resonable times during the day or evening.
I would look forward to paying for a lead like that!
So far, TT has removed two of my posts (see below).
They simultaneously thank me for my contribution and delete my post. Hmm...
Anyhow, I have offered suggestions, voiced my frustration, and pointed out what most everyone else has in this conversation - overwhelming dissatisfaction with the service we are paying for. How about letting us be frustrated and not deleting posts? I certainly didn’t bash on anyone here. I am merely making what I feel is a productive suggestion and focusing on a solution.
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Similar to those that have posted before... I used to use Thumbtack consistently and was a TopPro. I went from booking 10-25% of my quotes to 2-5%, making it cost probitive. I had noticed, and complained before leaving Thumbtack that there were too many requests that were not serious inquiries or individuals that posted numerous quote requests.
There has to be some sort of tiered system, where initial inquiries cost significantly less, and if a job is verified as booked (confirmed by both the client and professional) then there is an additional job.
I don't mind paying for inquiries, but not if it costs the same as the person who ends up getting the gig.
Magic mike at...
Good suggestion however, I can’t/won’t bid on a project unless I have a solid understanding of its parameters and the clients budget. I’m quit flexible and can generally work within a realistic cost schedule.
It is unreasonable to tell us AFTER we have quoted what the price will be. No one goes out and buys something only to learn after it was purchased what the price was. But that is exactly what you are asking the pros to do. I loved Thumbtack when you used credits....90% of my wedding officiant services came from Thumbtack and I quickly become a Top Pro. Not anymore! I refuse to use a system that 1. has no set price and 2. tells me the price only after I have quoted. I now advertise with a competitor and 90% of my business comes from them. Basically, you have lost my business due to this pricing system. I responded to someone who indicated they were hiring me, it cost me $19.20 and then they decided to "go in another direction"...I suspect it was a competitor trying to find out what the competition was charging on Thumbtack. Absurd!!!! Under the old system it only cost me a few dollars when a competitor did that.
Thanks but no thanks....until this system gets fixed, I am not participating.