Complaint / review text:
I get 90% of my business from Thumbtack - mostly weddings. My marketing person tells me that what I'm paying for Thumbtack is well below the average for advertising/marketing.
BUT I'm probably making about 1/4 to 1/2 of what other photographers - with my level of professional experience - make. I've shot for 20 years, but mostly on the side with only 4-5 weddings per year. Doing it full time now, so I'm taking everything that comes to me (except requests with very low budgets and very high needs).
For long-term, financial stability, I'll need to start bidding only on requests with much higher budgets. Otherwise, I need to increase efforts to find other avenues for attracting clients.
Another boon though, are the repeat customers (usually for birthday party shoots, which guarantee at least one job per year) and referrals from Thumbtack clients.