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

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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

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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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Product Alert: Temporary Request Issue

You may be receiving fewer customer requests from Thumbtack. There is an issue related to the customer traffic that Thumbtack gets from Google and this issue is affecting many Thumbtack professionals. Our team is actively working through the appropriate channels at Google, and we have identified the problem and are working on a solution. They have not given us an exact timeline for when the issue ...

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How to Hire a DJ For Your Wedding

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You could set up an iPod with a wedding playlist, but how will that music be projected? How will the first dance be handled? If you want a fun and hassle-free dance floor, hiring a DJ who can play music your guests will love and keep the party going is essential. Tips for Hiring the Right Spin Doctor “First thing is to find somebody who’s going to show up,” says DJ Johnny Lightning. Look at ...

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Rules of Thumb: Taking out a loan? Here’s what you need to know

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So, you need some cash for a new truck or new camera? You’ve probably looked into a small business loan but have yet to take the plunge. It’s new to me too. There’s a lot of information out there — marketing gimmicks and sketchy “too good to be true” offers included — but the bottom line is that the capital you need to grow your business isn’t easy to get or afford. I talk with Thumbtack pros ...

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Rules of Thumb: Next time, make tax filing easier

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As you know, filing taxes isn’t always simple. Over one third of small business owners say they spend upwards of 80 hours on taxes each year. In fact, you’ve told us how tough it can be. In a survey we conducted last year, Thumbtack professionals  reported that complying with the state or local tax rules was one of the biggest problems they faced in their business. There’s a ton of tax ...

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SBA and Thumbtack Work to Help Service Entrepreneurs

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By Maria Contreras-Sweet and Marco Zappacosta Remodeling a kitchen, tutoring a child, and photographing a wedding are hard jobs. Some people can do these tasks themselves, but millions of Americans every day turn to skilled professionals for projects like these. America’s service professionals aren’t just passionate, skilled tradespeople; they are also small business owners. They are ...

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Why You Should Hire a Pressure Washer

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If you’re planning to sell your home, go take a walk out your front door. How does the exterior of your house look? Does it have a visible layer of dirt from recent storms? Is your driveway spotted with oil and clogged with leaves? Hiring a pressure washer will make everything sparkle before potential home buyers come to check out your digs. "Power washing" is a bit of a misnomer. “We do use ...

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Preparing to sell your home? Hire an interior decorator

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“Making sure your home is prepared for someone else to move in is key to increasing the value,” explains Tamara of the The Visual Merchandising Group. “Changes can vary from minor changes like de-cluttering and re-painting in neutral colors to major changes like installing new flooring or knocking down walls,” says Nicole of Nicole Marie Designs. “It's always difficult to definitively say what ...

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