If you ARE promoting your profile: What do you like most about it? What’s working? I am definitely getting contacted more. I am seeing a big upward trend in visits to my personal website. I find that if I am contacted I can usually book the lead, providing they ever respond. What could be better? It would be better to be charged not based on who contacts us but whether we take the lead or choose to decline it. I have to be picky about the size of event I take and getting charged for ones that are too small or I’m not available for is beyond frustrating. The choice to respond should be the point where Pros are charged. I find also that I will get “conversation starter” leads and they don’t respond to me or they never meant to hire in the first place. What convinced you to try it? (e.g., rank boost, 20% discount, time savings?) Mostly the Rank boost. I am a top pro and hate the idea that I would be ranked under someone who isn’t just because they chose to promote. I have earned top pro through hard work and that +plus reviews should be more important than whether or not I choose to play into Thumbtacks algorithms. How did you learn to be successful when promoting your profile? Trial and error. Post lots of pictures, ask everyone for a review. Stay on top of leads. Other thoughts/ideas to share? Over all I am pleased with the amount of work I get from thumbtack. I would just prefer if there was more Pro control on what we get charged for now that we can’t filter out unrealistic leads.
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Last year my husband and I were staring down bankruptcy. I had to leave a chef position because it was unsafe and the owner was physically abusive. I was broke, broken, and tired. I decided to open a thumbtack pro account to see if I could pick up a private chef gig here and there. I sent my first quote and heard back right away. I booked that gig the same day! Then I quoted again, and again booked. This has continued happening for a solid year and because of thumbtack I have a licensed catering company! I hired on a full time employee, rented a kitchen space, and this month passed the 100k in sales mark. Thumbtack has change not just my business, but also my life. I love the people I have met through events booked on here and I am grateful for the support offered to top pros. I made top pro in my first 6 months and I look forward to many more years of success! Thanks thumbtack!
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