I am on the "musician side" of your website; in our line of work, the hours of gig time are critical to our bidding. However, I notice clients are super-sloppy about this; they will put 9 hours for their wedding event. We don't need to know when the first photographer shows up to take brunch photos; we need to know the actual time you want US on the gig to play music for the ceremony, or cocktail hour, or dinner hour, or dancing afterwards. What happens is that when they throw down that ridiculous amount of hours, it makes Thumbtack charge $50 just to bid! JUST TO BID! Now, I am grateful that a "no" response doesn't ding us. But I have to say that leaving the credits system and moving to the money-per-bid system has gotten not only more expensive, but I am now doing zero gigs. I already left gigmaster.com for Thumbtack; they had a hefty yearly fee and took a minimum $20 per gig as a booking fee. I didn't like that; I do like more of a pay-as-you-go model, but clearly for the musicians I see this isn't working. I can't tell you how many gigs I get offered that I see that no one is bidding on. That means people will stop coming to Thumbtack to look for musicians, and the gigs offered will dry up altogether. Something has to be fixed; maybe it's going back to credits. I was somehow able to make that work.
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