You’re probably talking about 2 different things. As for your business expenses (assuming you have such a business), you definitely need to keep those subject to a few qualifications. If you are referring to individual itemized expenses, you may be better of taking the standard deduction that went up to 24,000 or more for 2018 and beyond. If you don’t have a mortgage, this is probably the best route. However, a lot of what you are talking about has a lot of subjective possibilities which is better off being discussed with a CPA that is more familiar with your situation and can provide some qualitative input.
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Looking through the postings or at least the first 9 pages I finally got tired of reading all the negatives. There might have been one positive. However, that being said it appears obvious that the pricing is the top concern. While I considered using the “do it for me option” when it first came out, I’m now glad I didn’t based on the responses. I know how much advertising dollars I’m willing to spend per month and wouldn’t be happy getting charged some unknown amount for what appears to be an unqualified lead that may or may not result in real business. In my business, I find it difficult to bid on something without knowing what I’m getting in return. I know that this is part of the advertising/marketing game and I’m OK with that as long as the downside is quantified as it was when I bought credits at a predefined price ($1.67) and could spend $50 or $500 in monthly advertising and could guarantee I’d get 20-30% of the work quoted. I know there are decent margins in what I do (as an accountant/tax preparer/whatever the business owner doesn’t want to do guy) but being able to set a budget of $X in advertising is important in any business model. What concerns me most about the Thumbtack pricing model is that there are too many unknowns. I need to know that the amount I’m paying is fixed and there aren’t any unjustified fluctuations. While some of my work is seasonal and only comes around once a year, a number of the jobs are recurring monthly and there is real value in that. Another thing that may be more like an annoyance is that Thumbtack sends me leads that are so far out of my area or not what I participate in and I’m forced to pass on these.
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