Yes, Thumbtack is okay and much of my work comes from there. I DO have a BIG issue with them! We cleaners do not make a ton of money but many of our customers DO. Why on earth are the low-paid cleaners required to PAY for following up leads??? Why not the potential customer? I cannot tell you how much money I have wasted sending quotes to people who apparently are not truly interested in hiring anyone. Its disheartening. Many of mu current customers have incomes WAY about $150,000/year. I, being a single employee company, make about 25,00 a year. But I am the one who foots the bill for trying to get new work. I know I am whining. Bear with me. Its been a LONG week!
I added neighboring towns a long time ago, and it has helped a lot. I am lucky right now because almost all my work is in MY town. But I am willing to travel up to maybe 25 miles, though I dont want to.
I, too, set my prices a bit lower, and what happens is people hire me because of this, then when they see the quality of my work, almost all of them give me a "raise." They dont want to lose me!
One thing about me: I strive