This is a sponsored post from our partnership with Thumbtack
Remember that big old yellow book of ads and phone numbers you used to get on your driveway or porch? Nowadays the internet has truly taken over the Yellow Pages and what they had to offer. But like most things internet…there’s too much information out there that gets lost. If you want to become the handyman or painter or house cleaner that people may seek, it’s time to look at Thumbtack!
Thumbtack, which is found on any device (don’t make me list them all), gives you the potential to find and get quotes on pretty much any project. Oh yeah, we used Thumbtack to find our Wedding DJ. And that A/C problem that our landlord didn’t fix…we found a reputable one on Thumbtack to fix it the same day.
Although you may feel like a person that can wear many hats, the general public typically needs to find help from someone, somewhere.
Thumbtack isn’t just another Angie’s List or HomeAdvisor. Because you can seamlessly add your Pro profile and get leads fairly quickly, you’ll essentially be adding your name in the modern Yellow Pages. People will be referring Thumbtack for its wide range of projects…not just roofing issues.
There are projects-a-plenty
We did the research and 400,000+ jobs are posted on Thumbtack every month! Yeah…that’s a lot of potential right there.
Let’s face it, there’s a ton of competition in your space. Heck, you feel like you’re the only gel washing roofer in town, but the internet knows no limits. With Thumbtack you’ll get the insights you need to understand your competition, when and how win jobs and how they price. Get weekly emails that tell you how you’re doing compared to other professionals in your area.
What we think you’ll need to be successful
For Thumbtack, coming from an actual customer like myself, you’ll need excellent photos of your work, better pricing, and even better reviews!
About those photos
Having solid photos from work you completed gives a customer an understanding of your work. They don’t have to be from a DSLR or iPhone 99 but picture yourself as the customer. You’ll want to show before and after shots, and maybe a photo of yourself doing the work so they know they aren’t getting Catfished.
Your profile photo should also be somewhat genuine as this is what the prospective customer will initially see. Take a look at your competition and simply do it better!
About your pricing
While it’s true that people aren’t made of money, your work should also speak for itself. Don’t reduce or give quotes based on what the customer may like, but rather the quality of work. Chef Ramsay isn’t charging $1 for a burger, he’s charging $20+. If you are looking to gather reviews and initial clients, you could still be honest in saying you are new and show off your previous credentials or if you have an established website that is even better!
About the reviews!
So many sites really capitalized on the power of reviews. Yelp.com being the obvious one. Because they made reviews the top priority and user function, it gathered and overcame guys like Foursquare (did I just hit you with nostalgia?).
So, you need reviews. And they need to be genuine and positive. I’ve learned that giving reviews is a natural supplement to overall good service. Really, just be likable and do an amazing job and you’ll get a great review.
Take your time after you give an hourly quote without showing hustle or kindness and you are on your way to becoming the Amy’s Baking Company review.
Ok so I convinced you to sign up as a Pro
Now that you are ready to join, there are a few things you need to do to get started.
Setting your profile
Adding your information including your profile picture, website and social media, and previous works completed are essential in getting your profile started. Again, you’ll need to include some solid pictures of what you have done in the past to show people that you are a real and an established pro.
You can add typical pricing for tasks you have done in the past too, but every project is different and you’ll be able to tackle this once the quotes come in!
Oh, and finally you’ll need an introduction. This means you’ll need one-two sentences explaining who you are, what you do, and why you’re a fit for a potential customer. Perhaps something as simple as this can work:
Introduction: I am thorough and precise. With over 35 years experience, I can identify issues others might miss. Many of my clients are repeats over decades.
How much is it to use Thumbtack as a Pro?
You can certainly sign up, list your profession and get your profile rumbling all for the cost of air.
You will, however, need to understand how you do get charged. I mean, Thumbtack has to eat too.
Don’t worry it’s not expensive, and there’s a solid reason why it’s not. You only pay when a customer contacts you.
It’s time to wear the suit and tie and do your best sales pitching. I’m joking of course, but there are a few tips you’ll need so that you can convince a prospective customer to choose you over Joe Schmoe.
Empathy (picture yourself in their shoes and position)
Be personable (ask them how the weather is, and all that stuff)
Provide proof of works completed (show off your talents)
Provide a reasonable quote that works for you and the customer
You’re a Pro so let’s GO!
Get started using Thumbtack today and earn additional clients and revenue for your business, because if you aren’t you’re losing out on potential business!