I received a "congratulations" from Thumbtack for getting 16 jobs. What they were calling jobs were no more than worthless contacts. In fact, I had only 4 actual jobs that amounted to not much. The others went nowhere, but I certainly got nailed for the fees. So far, based on 100%, about 65% of income become paid in fees. I got charged 19.00 for a question just a few weeks ago. I had a possible job pop up about two weeks ago for 10-15 product photos. The potential charge would have been about $150-175.00. The fee would have been 39.00. You do the math, thats why I dropped it like a hot potato. Apparently, 20-25% is considered the appropriate fee now. Thumbtack "contacts" literally mean nothing. Their "variation" of charging is baseless. There is no algorithm that can correctly interpret this type of work or how it is categorized. The only correct way to charge is if the pro actually lands the job, then charge a "fair" fee, and $20-40.00 is not a fair fee when the job paid $125.00. These potential (but most likely not) customers dont realize or care that by contacting a pro (or pros) to simply say, " oh, I meant 15 photos, not 5", that the pro is getting nailed for $20-40+. This occurs more frequently than anyone actually knows, but they dont care, nor do they have any interest in curbing the revenue stream.
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