Honestly, I'm going to turn off my notifications about quote requests and just use Thumbtack as a basic place to feature a profile. I teach voice and piano lessons. I tried the Match service two times with no success. The service doesn't match me with the right prospects. I often encountered requests from students in my zip code or nearby zip codes that never were matched with me. Instead, I got matched with students who were 5-10 miles away from me - prospects that would most likely never contact me because of the distance. The boilerplate quotes I am forced to generate do not allow me to respond accurately to prospective students about what I can offer regarding their needs with music lessons. Music lessons are highly individualized and subjective. The Match system does not work for my business. I greatly preferred the way Thumbtack did quotes several years ago. I liked paying a per quote fee. It was straightforward, allowed for greater customization of quotes, and much more effective communication about what I offer. It also allowed me to pick the requests with the highest chance of response based on location, lesson pricing needs, and musical interests of the student. When Match was instituted, I had a noticable drop in the number of prospects I quoted and cannot remember the last time I actually had a new piano student through Thumbtack. I am unable to return to the old way of quoting, and consider my piano quoting to be effectively unusable at this point. I refuse to switch my voice lesson service over to Match in order to try to preserve some effectiveness with Thumbtack, but I no longer recommend Thumbtack to anyone - students or professionals, and now focus on using a different site which I now recommend to anyone serking a music instructor. Thumbtack is no longer effective for me in generating new students and it has had a large negative impact on my business. If it isn't broke, don't fix it - my golden rule. I wish Thumbtack hadn't tried to reinvent the wheel. This is no longer a good service.
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