Just want to let you guys know about a cool website you may have seen
advertised on different web forums, like Facebook, etc. It's called
Thumbtack and I signed up about a year ago and it's been pretty good to
me so far.
Basically, the way the site works is you register as a service provider,
fill out your profile, the services you provide, your travel range, and
then you get leads for jobs from customers. You pay a small amount to
submit a quote to the client.
Consumers submit service requests that are sent out to providers in
their area. Only 5 professionals can send quotes (bids).
There are a fair amount of "tire kickers" and window shoppers, but
you'll get to know the red flags of those types of requests and not bid
them. Thumbtack has also been pretty good about giving me free credits
(used to pay for quotes) when I feel like I got a tire kicker (they can
check to see if the job was actually hired out).
I'm running about 25% on quotes I submit that I get hired for. Of those
clients, I have about 90% who say they'll hire me again or recommend me
to their friends/colleagues. Of those, I'm running 60% repeat
(multiple) or referred business.
I'm also getting hired at a higher rate than when I started because of
all the great reviews I have and the fact that I'm getting better at
weeding out the tire kickers.
Usually I hate when people do this, but I have a link you can use to
sign up if you're interested. If you sign up and actually bid on a job,
I will get 12 free credits for referring you. Please believe me when I
say that is not why I'm posting this. I know there are others in this
group who take pride in their work and get pleasure out of doing a job
right and pleasing their clients who could benefit from this website.
It's not the website that is making the process successful for me. Like
others in this group, it's the high quality of service I provide and the
professional, respectful demeanor with which I provide it that is the
reason for the success.
Here's the link for my referral if you want to check it out and give it try.
If you don't like me and don't want me to benefit from the referral,
check out site anyway. If you end up getting work from it, I expect a
high-five in here. :-)
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