As I work on building my consulting business, I've been looking for ways to get my name out there, gaining clients, and begin working on projects. In this day of technology, that shouldn't be too hard, except that there are SO many options. Between online services and more traditional marketing strategies, it can seem overwhelming to try to generate new clients and work. Lately, though, I've been leaning on an app called Thumbtack, and today I chose to highlight it as my #FridayFavorites.
There are two Thumbtack apps, one for "pros" and one for those seeking a pro. Thumbtack Pro bases its model on bids. As a pro, you sign up for the job preferences you would like to be contacted about. For me, that list looks something like this:
- Logo Design
- Print Design
- Marketing Strategy Consulting
- Social Media Marketing
- Writing Services
- Web Content Writing
- Public Relations
- Direct Mail Marketing
- Web Development
Thumbtack can be used for anything from services like these to administrative assistance, lawn care, house cleaning, video production, wedding photography, and more. As a pro, you purchase credits for a maximum price of $1.67 (the price changes based on how many you purchase at a time - and PRO TIP: they're more expensive if you purchase them in the app from iTunes or Android).
Once you setup your pro profile, you'll begin getting potential jobs. You have 24 hours to respond with a bid, and there are only five spots per job, so it pays to be quick. Literally :)
From there you can chat with the client, setup calls or in-person consultations, and more. You can also save your bid templates, which is super handy when you're trying to send a quick bid.
For me, I've found it helpful just to do things based on an hourly rate, and then give the potential client a range of how long their project will probably take. As far as payment is concerned, there is a way to have clients pay through Thumbtack, but I have opted to use my business's payment methods because that is easier for my business accounting procedures.
They say that for every 10 bids you send, you're likely to get one job. I have definitely found that to be true, and I would highly recommend this app to anyone looking to gain more clients or do some freelance work.
If you would like to sign up as a Thumbtack Pro and get some free credits from my referral, click here.
The other app, regular Thumbtack, is used if you're looking to hire a pro. We've been in the preliminary stages of a significant home renovation (be on the lookout for updates on that soon), and it's been so nice to be able to find professional services that are reputable (you can read reviews) on an app. As a client, the app and service the app provides is free, and you work out with the pro what the cost of their services are.
Just last night we had an architect come out to look at what we'd like done for our renovation and give us a quote on drawing up the plans. It was so easy to find him, book him, and read reviews.
In the past I've found professional services on Facebook groups, Craigslist, or on Yelp. While those are all great methods, Thumbtack means that the professional has something invested because they are spending their credits to bid on your request. I like the idea that they have a reason to keep their prices fair because they know that they're competing against other professionals for the same job.