I think the pricing is fair -finally.
I'm getting much less jobs now that more pros are allowed to quote, so l obviously don't like that.
Losing much more business in Thumbtack, but paying less for quotes.
I think bringing back budget is important. I see you may be doing that. I don't waste my time/$ on someone with a low budget.
Thanks for caring about the pros. For a while I didnt think you did.
I think the cost for bidding headshot photography is too high. Many times, these clients in our area don't want to pay more than $100 for a 30 minute session. I've stopped sending quotes for this service because I haven't seen a financial benefit that's worth what I'll lose if I don't get the job. Also, I can answer several questions when a client contacts me and I appreciate the fact that Thumbtack isn't charging us for a "no thank you" response, but I really can't afford to have more than a few quotes out there if I'm going to have to pay to answer questions and then not get the job. I think a better way would be to have us pay when we're hired. One other thing is that I feel that events and wedding photography should be separated and should not be lumped into one service. Some of these events are birthday parties and people don't want to pay more than $250 for that service in this area. We shouldn't be charged as much for that service as we are for a $1500 wedding. Thank you for asking for our input. I hope to see changes that allows both the photographer and Thumbtack to be prosperous.
There is no rhyme or reason to the breakdown of pricing whatsoever.
What we get charged should NEVER be an afterthought, where it's too late for us to say "You know what, Nah, getting this job isn't worth the sometimes $30, sometimes $40, I'm going to get charged, etc..."
As a Musician & Entertainer, to get charged JUST for an email is ludicrous. If I got charged a Booking Agent's Fee for every Club I TRIED to get booked at, I'd have to be a Millionaire just to attempt to Tour or play a show.
If Thumbtack wants to take a 10%-20% Booking Fee AFTER the job is booked, Ihave no problem with that whatsoever. BUT, knowing that in advance would also alter how much I charge my customer because I am essentially paying another employee now.
The company wants us to provide them with an alotted amount of money that they can take from our accounts every week, but they don't want to give us an a guarantee of ANY kind in return.
It's almost like a ponzi scheme.
And for the amount of money being taken, the services should be a lot better than they are.
The filters serve no purpose as 90% of the opportunities that end up in my inbox are for Genres and Styles of Music and Performances that I CLEARLY don't provide. Then I'm penalized in my rating if I don't answer quickly?
I booked one gig through this website and stopped trying. The gig was great. But the process I had to go through and the money I had to spend to get there was NOT worth the time and hassle.
I wish I had known about this site when people say it was only a few dollars per lead, I could have done great business back then.
I am not questioning the prices you feel to charge, but what I was questioning this.... You said that when a customer responds to a quote, and they respond with hiring me, then that seems fair.. But, and I repeat "But", If I send a quote, and they in return send me with a response that they have already chosen, and hired a DJ, "OR'' We are sorry, but we have decided to cancel the event, and are no longer in need of a DJ ??? Or, I've have a client come back on another site I list with, and she told me that they are just getting prices, and have not yet planned an event. ? So, I ask you, why should I be charged for clients sending me back respones as such, and that I feel is not resonable, or fair. That is what I have to question you about your pricing arrangement. I don't like paying for leads unless the client hires me.
I guess what is confusing is that there are so many different variable you use when chargeing me for a contact that I do not know how you come up with the price. It almost seems like it is whatever you feel like charging me at any given time. I don't know how many other pros send quotes, and I don't know what their pricing is compared to mine so I don't know what value you place on my services compared to other pros to determine what I get charged. Why not charge me a set fee like $5 per hundred dollars that I charge the client? That would work out to just about what you have been charging me. Or $15 up to a $300 job, or a set fee for private and birthday parties, and another fee for coorporate or company events? Maybe a set % like other agents charge.
Just my thoughts