@StevenCee you hit the nail on the head with this one. Exactly what I have been struggling with in the short time that I have been a member of Thumbtack. Never before in my 10 years of professional photography experience have I had to pay for a lead. Like yourself, I don't have any issues with paying a fee to Thumbtack if I have actually won the job. But paying out money every week each time a "potential" client contacts me, is just throwing money away. So many variables to consider here. Client can contact us, we pay fee to Thumbtack for the p rivilege of getting a lead, we provide our rates to the client and then for whatever reason they turn us down. Not having a guarantee that the job is actually ours has kinda turned me off from using this service. Unless Thumbtack changes the business model, I'm not sure I want to use this.
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