5 Reasons Why Americans are Choosing to Start Independent Businesses

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Before Tamara Paylor was a graphic designer, she worked in sales. While she had been doing a little freelance work on the side, the money at her day job was good and that’s just what people do, right? They spend 40 hours a week working for someone else as their passion projects simmer on the back burner. “It got to the point where I sat in my car or stayed home, figuring out ways not to do my ...

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Where are same-sex couples getting married in the U.S.?


In light of today's Supreme Court ruling, our economic research team wanted to investigate where same-sex couples have been getting married in the United States. Over the years, wedding officiating has been one of the most-requested professional services on Thumbtack, and we’ve helped thousands of couples in every state find someone to preside over their wedding ceremonies. We looked at ...

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Fun Father’s Day Crafts: This PTA Program Made it Happen

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Elizabeth Slocum is a parent at a San Marino, California middle school. She co-chairs the PTA post Noontime Fun, which provides bi-monthly structured activities for the kids at lunchtime. At the beginning of the school year Elizabeth and her Noontime co-chair Illona published a calendar of events. They planned on organizing fourteen activities throughout the year - activities like cookie ...

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Revising our “Suggest a Question” Feature

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We’ve been improving request forms for many Thumbtack categories. As a result, we’ve seen a significant drop in both the number of suggested questions submitted by professionals and the number of questions submitted to a customer. As of June 29, 2015, we will now send all suggested questions directly to our Category Management team rather than to individual customers. History of “Suggest a ...

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Christmas in July: Where is Santa Claus This Summer?

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Tutors, photographers and event professionals usually see bumps in business during summertime months. But some professionals - think writers, designers and dog walkers - might experience the dreaded summer slump, a drop off that happens when families take vacations and businesses push back their goals. The same goes for our beloved Santa Claus. What’s more seasonal than a St. Nick ...

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Thumbtack Connect: Seattle Recap


Last month, 115 Thumbtack professionals got together in gorgeous Seattle to talk shop. And we're still buzzing from it. We knew you guys were great. We knew you had a lot to share - with us and each other - but we could never have imagined the magic that happened on May 27th. (For those of you who couldn’t make it or don’t live in the area, don’t worry, we’re definitely doing more of these ...

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Homeowners Spend More Than $9,000 Per Year in Hidden Costs & Maintenance Expenses


Owning and maintaining a house is much more than paying down a home loan. However, all too often buyers, especially first-time buyers, focus primarily on the sticker price of a house when determining how much they can afford, and don’t budget for all the other expenses associated with homeownership. To help buyers better plan for the expenses associated with homeownership, we partnered with ...

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16 Creative Father’s Day Gift Ideas You’ve Never Thought Of (and that don’t involve a tie)


Sure, you could get Dad a tie. Or socks. Or tools for his grill. Yes, I know, these gifts are easy and stress free, but I promise all Dad really wants is to know you care. This is why we’re fans of more experiential gifts, the ones that show you know who your dad really is deep down, whether it’s giving him his time back or taking him to fulfill his greatest dream. And no matter your budget ...

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How Jordan Reid Used Thumbtack to Perfect Her New Home


Thumbtack’s Lifestyle Expert, Jordan Reid, just hit the West Coast! After her cross country road trip, Jordan moved into her new home this past weekend and was so thrilled with the improvements that were already complete. Jordan used Thumbtack pros for some pre-move work including the flooring and painting. We think it looks great — love the grey flooring! Check it out for yourself in the video ...

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Featured Pro: Gary Orlin, Math Tutor

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With summer just around the corner, kids tumbling out of school, it’s time to start thinking about lessons, whether your son was a little behind in class or you’re eager to give your daughter a head start on her big test. We spoke to Thumbtack pro Gary Orlin - a math tutor for twenty years - about his business, connecting with students and the art of teaching. As a student - from high school ...

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