From my past experience, paying for leads didn't turn out a well-organized process through a service that only provides leads and doesn't include payment system. In my experience clients are much more likely to follow through with a job when they are commited as much as freelancers are, including financial responsibility. Otherwise, quite often, I ended up paying for leads that walked me around the loop and ended up not getting a project started. Personally, I like the idea of getting certain number of credits per month with a free account, with an option to buy more credits and credit roll-over once I register for a paid premium freelancer's account. Considering that freelancers and Thumbtack would be working under a % split basis. I am pretty sure many would agree that in freelance based auditorium, talent would rather pay for a completed project, rather than one that never happened.
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