I know that Thumbtack is trying to accommodate everyone and is always changing, which change can be good. However, when you are constantly changing things it makes it confusing and hard to keep up sometimes. I honestly think over the last few years the best, most affordable, direct way was when you would buy quotes. When each job was a few credits that ranged from a few dollars up to $10 or so. As a caterer, the reviews customers have left and putting me in the spotlight helps. However, when a job cost $60 that is a big chunk of my income. Even setting a lower budget to $40-50 weekly and potentially getting one or two jobs, adds up to $150 or more a month spent with no guarantee. Caterers have a lot more expenses than other businesses. Overhead cost/rent, employee cost, ideal food cost is 33%, the standard 20% service charge we have covers supplies like plates, napkins silverware, overall operating expenses. Hope this all makes sense, as I would like to continue to grow my business, but with pricing like this it makes it difficult. The reason I chose Thumbtack 3 years ago when I first started, was because it was easy and straightforward and less expensive than the competition.
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