Beginner guide to Thumbtack

For freelancers like Linda Carroll, finding clients is not always an easy task. We’re sure you can agree that sometimes word of mouth just doesn’t cut it and so as creative freelancers we turn to sites that filter the clients for us. A lot of people invest into Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a popular platform, especially for photographers, like Carroll. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do research before investing into Thumbtack though.

Meet Linda Carroll

We had a chance to sit down with Carroll to talk about her success on Thumbtack. She has had over 40 clients in total conjunction of meeting through the app and referrals from clients. She has some tips to help you also succeed the competitive market of Thumbtack and other similar sites.

Being successful on Thumbtack takes time

You aren’t going to be a one hit wonder on Thumbtack, that’s just not how it works. Be prepared to spend long hours sending proposals, getting rejected, filtering through scams, and fighting for a client with others interested (not literally, just over digital).

Carroll checks her Thumbtack feed about an hour each day all together. So when she has a chance, she’s checking. Who’s to stop you from doing more though? Be patient as you’re checking look for key points in order to select a client.

Key points to look for in project listings

Look at the timestamp of the project. If it was recently posted you’d have a better chance of landing it but other factors go into it to. Get your speedy fingers to work on getting that early as as possible. They do say the early bird gets the worm.

Check how many people have applied within the time of posting. Obviously the more people that applied means more competition for you. Though, we’re not here to discourage if you think you’re up to challenge against those who already submitted, then by all means. Our suggestion is to let it go, find a more recent one with less proposals placed.

The point is to just look for projects that have a bigger potential of NOT wasting your time. You’ll be wasting your Thumbtack credits on projects that are a risk of bouncing back.

Be selective

Carroll suggests to be very selective in your price range. Don’t sell yourself short to any project. Also be

Graduation Photo by Linda Carroll

selective in what type of project it is such as if it’s a photography niche, look for specific clients: birthday parties, special events, weddings, etc. instead of searching in a pool of photography opportunities.

Since you’re paying to submit proposals, don’t spend all your money in one place.

It’s all about presentation & service

You do realize you’re selling, right? As a freelancer, you have to tap into that inner business person. You are still selling a product, which is your service, so make it good.

Word your proposals boldy and kindly. Express some type of compassion in follow up emails to show you care for the person’s event or business, which you should. It’s a part of being selective and doing work for people you see that aligns with what you want to do as the creative.

Provide customer service. Pick up if they call, be aware of your emails if you know you applied to a gig. Be timely in answering and provide assistance where you can. Business owners can usually see when you’re just leeching for the check.

Be positive when working even if the client isn’t the best to work with. Be a road of guidance to your clients in choosing the better piece, better design, or any other complications that come up. It will make you more memorable.

Good luck creatives!

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