Thumbtack: What and How
Thumbtack is an online resource for freelancers to provide a service to the public, and it has been one of the best resources that I have had since graduation. By using credits (which can be purchased when you give a quote) you are able to send quotes for your services to people that are looking to hire for various jobs. These can range from simple services like Dog Walking, to Photographers, all depending on what the future client needs.
I am listed as a photographer, and my specialities range from private Boudoir shoots to Weddings/Graduation parties. Because I have the skills for all different types of jobs I am able to list and receive a wider variety of requests. But just because I am able to do all of these types of shoots doesn't mean that every customer hires me. It is all about having work that shows your strengths, as well as the price that you quote.
I have a system for pricing my own work, but that doesn't mean that someone new to the business will, so here is a few tips for pricing on thumbtack.
- What experience do you have? Is it schooling or did you start out as an amateur? These will factor into your total price. Having an education based background will allow you to raise your base ideal price by at least 15%, because of the hours you put into learning more complicated techniques and lighting styles.
- How long have you been shooting? The time you have put into your work, as well as the images produced will help you gauge your prices.
- How far are you willing to travel? If the request is far away from your location, there may be the need to rise the price, due to travel expenses.
- What is their budget and does it fit into your? Depending on the length of the event, as well as the work involved, you have to guarantee that it will cover costs as well as give you some profit.
There may be a few more bits of information you will want to include when you are making your pricing, but this is just what I use. Because I come from an educated background and I have a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography, I charge a usual base price of $100 an hour. Combine that with the fact that I am new to the freelance photography world I tend to keep my pricing steady. But much like most professional, the longer I freelance for and the more gigs I work, my price will eventually end up rising.
My favorite thing about the thumbtack service, is the fact that I don't have to spend hours searching for people who want to hire me, they send the requests straight to my inbox. Regular updates on my phone help remind me that there are people out there who may want to hire me and that keeps me applying for work.
I am not at the point where I can only do photo shoots and events as my only source of income, but having a service like Thumbtack helps me continue to work towards being a full time freelancer.