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

A plant with many different kinds of succulents in the garden

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

Taste for the Senses Post Card with Photos

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


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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Fighting for Small Businesses: Thumbtack’s First Presidential Town Hall

Marco Zappacosta and Jeb Bush

Yesterday, Thumbtack hosted Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and current candidate in the Republican presidential primary, for a town hall discussion at our Headquarters in San Francisco. For those of you following the news, this week began with the 2016 campaign calling attention to the effects of 21st century technology on the workforce, with a Presidential candidate raising questions ...

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Featured Pro: Beatrice Berger, Voice Instructor


Story by Beatrice Berger The music industry found me. I've been singing professionally for almost 30 years and teaching for 25. Since I was eight years old I was singing publicly, was on my first recording by age 10 and teaching at 18. While I made a bit of money then, I didn’t start really singing professionally full-time until I finished my degree in vocal performance. But since then I’ve ...

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From scuba diving to sign language lessons, what’s your state learning?


Thumbtack gets hundreds of thousands of requests for lessons each year. It’s been pretty interesting to see that what people are looking to learn varies widely state-by-state. Here’s a snapshot: Tennis, anyone? - California ranks significantly higher than the national average for physical activity, with nearly twice as many lessons requests in active categories like tennis, swimming, and ...

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Featured Pro: Jessica Campbell, Personal Training & Yoga Lessons

Male yoga teacher improving one his students' alignment.

Story by Jessica Campbell I fell face-first into fitness. In college, I started as a zoology major. In order to not gain the Freshman 15, I started taking group fitness and yoga classes. I had never done yoga before and I was so scared on the first day. To be honest, that first class didn't go so well. I was the girl in the back with the terrible downward dog who didn't know any of the ...

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How to Budget for Summer Lessons


Even if it’s been awhile since your last summer vacation, there’s something about several months of sunny days that never fails to invite possibility. Whether you’re an adult or a kid, it’s a great season to learn new things or increase your skills in familiar disciplines. But apart from the time you’ll need to dedicate to getting schooled this summer, you’re likely wondering how much can you ...

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How To Hire a Wedding Officiant


You’ve thought about the dress, the dinner, the cake, and the photographer to capture all these beautifully-crafted details. But have you thought about the ceremony? Because it can be one of the toughest parts of the wedding planning process, people often leave hiring a wedding officiant until the last minute. Let’s face it, deciding how to best profess your love and commitment is overwhelming. ...

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