Thumbtack’s Best of 2015: the customers have spoken

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Congratulations to the winners of the Thumbtack Best of 2015 award! Seven years ago, we set out to make it dramatically easier to hire services while at the same time empowering independent professionals to grow their businesses. We're now humbled to have more than 150,000 active professionals on Thumbtack who help customers accomplish 5.4 million projects each year. Today we’re honored ...

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How local governments are helping – and hurting – small businesses

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Earlier today Thumbtack released our 2015 Small Business Friendliness Survey. Based on nearly 18,000 responses from Thumbtack pros across the country, the study asks respondents to rate their state and city governments across a broad range of policy factors. We use those responses to grade 36 states and 95 cities for their friendliness towards small business. This is the largest survey of ...

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Featured Pro: John Guglielmelli, Gardener

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Story by John Guglielmelli Both my parents were from farming families and became avid gardeners. As a kid, my practical dad planted plum and peach trees for us. Mom grew all kinds of flowers and I helped her tend to our 50 rose bushes. I learned most of what I know about gardening from my parents. I’m also a painter and photographer and that sense of balance and composition serve me well ...

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Thumbtack Connect: San Diego

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Last month marked our second official Thumbtack Connect in America’s Finest City, San Diego. Ten Thumbtack team members flew down to San Diego for the event to connect with professionals, collect feedback and answer questions. The format was similar to our Seattle event, with a keynote from our President, Jonathan Swanson, who shared the story about how Thumbtack started as well as our ...

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Featured Pro: Jason Creel, Lawn Care

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Story by Jason Creel I’ve had too many jobs I didn’t enjoy. By 2007 I realized I needed a change and considered three vastly different career paths: joining the military, becoming a missionary, or starting a business. I chose business. I’ve worked desk jobs before, but they were never was a good fit. I would rather be outside sweating in the heat than inside at a desk. Since I was a ...

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Small Business Leadership Summit Recap

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Small business owners often get paid lip service by our policymakers, but rarely are their voices truly heard.  From taxes to licensing, regulation to healthcare--policies crafted in Washington and in state houses across the country are often far from ideal. If I’ve learned anything at Thumbtack it’s that business owners feel the effects of these policy choices more than anyone else. Whether ...

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Featured Pro: Kristi Dawn, Music Teacher

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Story by Kristi Dawn I found myself teaching piano, voice, and guitar lessons after a friend asked me to teach their son. That was 22 years ago during the summer of 1993. I love this work because I get to help people be better at something they love, whether it’s for fun or part of their career. I help people reach their dreams, soothe their soul, and have the courage to challenge ...

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6 Drought Tolerant Landscaping Tips from the Pros

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You might have heard, but many parts of the country are experiencing severe drought, enough to cause wildfires. We all need to do our part to conserve as much water as possible, but what about that gorgeous garden you spent so much time and money perfecting? Luckily, we talked to a few Thumbtack professionals who have a few tricks up their sleeves to keep your garden gorgeous, even during water ...

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Featured Pro: Arturo Vargas, Chef

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Story by Arturo Vargas As a native of Acapulco, Mexico, I grew up learning to cook from my mother in the cocina. I was formally trained in the culinary arts in Oaxaca and have since worked in some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants while also teaching healthy cooking classes throughout Northern California. For over 30 years now I’ve been a chef. Fifteen years ago I started my own ...

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Pro Tip: How to Write a Great Moving Quote

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It’s the height of moving season and Thumbtack is getting thousands of customers each week who are looking to hire a great local movers. The business is there for the quoting, but how can you translate would-be customers into actual hires? Let’s start with the first impression your potential customer has of you: your quote. We know that our top pros write great quote — and get hired 1.5X ...

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