There's so many replies here I couldn't possibly read them all, so I will probably repeat what others have said. This new system and Instant Match, too, have taken control of who we work with, and how we spend our money, out of our hands. As many have said, your preferences aren't specific enough nor can they be, because we are dealing with people and as people we want to respond to the needs of other people, especially in a field like mine (career coach). Pretending that your algorithm is capable of replacing that is ludicrous. And one set fee isn't how we do it because we have different offering and different packages which we cannot offer until we know more about what the client needs. The old system (when I first started 5 years ago?) worked well for me, this one doe not. I'm using Thumbtack much less, and not recommending it to colleagues, clients or connections like I was before. I know that I'm not alone.
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