Thumbtack

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JFGLN, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's like paying to be on craigslist. When the buyer is going for the lowest bidder out of 34(mostly illegal operations) "companies"...maybe it's different in different areas of the country, but in a highly populated area...it is not worth my time. Sure, if you were one of 4 or 5 quotes...but 34...lol...what a joke. The guys getting jobs are unlicensed, and we(me) pay their taxes for them. I call it "craigslist plus"...not because it is better, but because you get to pay.
     
  2. JonLawn

    JonLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    This thread inspired me to put in a Thumbtack request for a CPA to do my taxes. It's been 24 hours and NO bids. Where are the lowballers now?!
     
  3. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol, nice one. The guys getting most of the work, from that site, in my area wouldn't need that service, as they don't pay taxes.
     
  4. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    I think Thumbtack has a limit on the number of businesses allowed to bid per request now. It's like three or maybe five something like that.

    I got a lead today and it said 1,000-5,000 square feet yard and called it medium size. If it's really that size then it's a tiny yard. I think most people submitting for bids on there have no clue the size of their lawn. That makes it very difficult to make an accurate estimate with no idea what the customer's actual address is or actual size of lawn is.

    I really want to use this service b/c I've been using it for my girlfriend's cleaning business over the winter and gotten a lot of leads, but it seems very difficult to be able to get and actual solid estimate and know where the property actually is!!
     
  5. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    Just looked at Thumbtack, and here is how they word it for the potential customer...

    How big is the lawn?
    Small (less than 1,000 sq ft)
    Medium (1,000-5,000 sq ft)
    Large (5,000-10,000 sq ft)
    Very large (10,000+ sq ft)

    So they consider a quarter acre lawn "very large"? Seems a bit silly to me.
     
  6. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    Plus, the way that's worded many customers will just think well my yard is about average for around here so it must be considered a medium sized yard...then they'll simply click that even if their yard is actually a half acre.
     
  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,090

    All you guys have to do is ask for address. It's not hard.
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  8. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
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    You "must" pay before you receive the address. The question will be returned to you if you ask any specifics. I even had a question rejected by dumbtack just for asking the exact size of the yard.
     
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Right you pay and ask. If they don't answer you get the credit back
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  10. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    Yes, under the need more info button. But that's not the exact same thing as submitting a quote. They could give you an answer that was not inline with what they selected going in, then you may not want to bid...therefore losing your money.
     

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