@Godwithus2 if you're seeing jobs that aren't within your area I'd be sure to check your travel preferences and the Advanced Settings. There's currently a thread with some similar conversations and clarification HERE. Hope that helps!
I have read a lot of the feedback here and I very much agree with most of what I have read. I have stopped using Thumbtack and I have had success using Thumbtack in the past. Your Inconsistency with lead pricing and the fact that some of these request/leads cost $75 or more and we the pros most pay even if they call or contact us and are just price shopping. It makes no sense as a business to pay for leads like that. I have talked to Thumbtack about their pricing model and got nowhere.
Hopefully, you will figure your pricing model out and make it affordable and consistent for the pros that keep Thumbtack in business...
Let all know when you do, as I would come back if it made sense and I do agree with the statement that you should charge the potential clients/customers at least a small fee as they have no accountability and half are not serious about needing help, as they risk nothing....
I have been a pro since 2014, over 120 jobs won , Mostly 5 star reviews, and I wonder the direction of Thumbtack, at times. Will I have a job tomorow , is my question. Why do I have to stop what I am doing and review every operator at Thumbtack when I make a simple phone call to help desk. The operators at every company in the world are reviewed, and believe me they are not usually the problem the company faces. You want me to now stop, what I am doing and tell Marco what is up. OK! I worked for HOME ADVISOR also and they are struggling with the same issue. What is the market value of a lead to a pro. I realize its all in the numbers of leads you through out. It usually takes 2 - 5 leads a day to win one in my field of computer repair. It varies! But , I am not saying i will pay 12dollars for one lead. I talk alot to potential customers and they decide not to do it sometime., but I am billed for talking only. So billing is uneven! One price for one bid! You sell the bid to me and I do all the work after that. Dont bug my customers for reiviews, dont bid for me, dont do anything except background checks. I dont need the Thumbtack school of business. I need good ,solid leads one price!! It evens out because ya get the good with the bad and there is no CONFUSION! I dont think I have paid a bill yet, You dont need a collections department because the bids are sold at time of transaction. You dont need people changing company structure who dont know **bleep** about the effects of that change. Quit asking customers about how to run your company Marco. I thought about buying ity at one point if its for sale. Does Emily still work there! She was the smartest lady there!
I don't understand the idea that I have to pay if a potential client responds to my quote. Sometimes, their response is, "No thank you." So I just paid Thumbtack to have a client turn me down. I could understand if they hired me, then you could charge me, but charging for any response is unnecessary. I am considering leaving Thumbtack for this and other reasons...I also have a very specific company (t-shirt blankets), and my company can be found under quilting and crochet...I could understand being under the quilting, but why is crochet thrown in there!? Sorry...just venting now...
@Done-Wright thank you for sharing your thoughts on pricing with us. I want to clarify real quick that a "No thank you" will not be a contact that you're charged for. You can learn more about when and what you're currently charged for HERE.
I HAVE been charged for a "no thank you." That is why I mentioned it, I would not have if I hadn't been charged.
I am not even getting charged the amounts that others are, but each of my expenditures are important to me, no matter how big or small.