I agree with the other responders that the current bidding system is too expensive. I began using Thumbtack when buying 20 credits used to cost $30. I was able to find guitar students from time to time. This year, I also began advertising as a performer for various kinds of gigs (weddings, parties, etc.) Bidding on gigs from the get-go was more expensive, starting about $5.01, and now I'm getting leads that are costing up to $25. I responded to a lot of gig leads this year and wasn't hired for any of them. That was over $150 spent with no return. I now don't respond to gig leads pretty much ever but occasionally do for guitar lesson requests. I also stopped using the Thumbtack app because way too many dead-end gig requests come in during the day. Thumbtack also needs to create a category for "Guitar" on their performance leads. Currently, it uses "Strings" which could mean violin, string quartet, etc. It's hard to tell if people want a guitarist for their event or a violinist. I pay for membership on websites like GigMasters, GigSalad, WeddingWire, and the Knot. All of those sites allow people to view your storefront very easily after doing a google search. With Thumbtack that isn't the case, and users have to fill out a form first to get to your profile. Even when I advertise guitar lessons on Groupon, my ad is easily seen by anone wanting to purchase it. If someone googles "Guitar lessons Portland Maine", they get a "Best of" list from Thumbtack that doesn't include me or any Portland guitar teachers. In fact, one of the teachers had Central Time zone working hours listed. All of these facts make it hard for me to rationalize spending more money on Thumbtack job leads.
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