Booking requirement for free members
We are happy to allow members to use GigSalad for free in certain markets or if a paid membership lapses, but we do require that free and expired members pay a fee for each gig booked from a lead received through our platform. These are leads that would not have been received otherwise so it's fair that we would collect a service fee when they result in a booking, especially since it's in lieu of a membership fee.
There are a few ways that you can officially book your leads through our website and pay the fee, and there are also a number of benefits to doing so.
Benefits of booking onsite
Booking your gigs through our website increases your chances for more leads and future gigs on GigSalad among other benefits like guaranteed payments, scam detection, and fast payout options.
85% of the leads on GigSalad are sent as general requests, which are distributed via our syndication process. To decide which vendors receive these leads, we take into account a number of things, including verified bookings and verified reviews. Verified bookings and reviews can only be acquired from booking through the platform or marking gigs as booked.
We also designate members who have met certain criteria, such as verified bookings, with Top Performer status. Receiving Top Performer status provides you with higher priority in the search results and a badge on your profile that will set you apart from the competition.
How to book onsite
The primary way to book your gigs on GigSalad is by sending a quote and having the client book it through the platform. When you send a quote on GigSalad, you enable the option for clients to pay through our site. We'll then deduct your service fee when we send you their payment. However, if that option doesn't work for some clients, you can also simply mark the lead as booked and pay the fee directly to us.
To send a quote:
Select your cancellation policy and expiration time
To mark a gig as booked:
- Log in to your control panel and go to the Inbox
- Choose the lead that you booked off of the site
- Select the option at the top of the thread that says "I already booked this gig with the client directly," then click Continue
- Enter the booking details (the total fee and deposit you collected directly for the gig)
- The service fee for the gig will appear at the top of the credit card form – enter your card information or use a saved card to submit payment for the booking
- Click Mark as Booked