I totally agree with you. I'm a voice acting coach, ranked as a Top Pro, and all of my clients are spread around the country, so I work remotley as you do. Until a couple of weeks ago I was receiving 5 to 7 inquiries a week. Because of the "within 150 miles" filter, I've barely received any. I signed up for "promote" which resulted in one inquirey. It's a joke. I engaged in an on line "chat" with a clueless representative of Thumbtack who stonewalled me about the mileage filter. I'm in a very competitive business and Thumbtack doesn't realize that not all of us are vendors, or subs, or tradesmen who work in an area close to home -- we work nationally, and even internationally in my case. Luckily I have other avenues to advertise my business and I'm getting very close to dropping Thumbtack unless they come to their senses and stop being greedy.
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