Wow,..... Thanks and congrats! I'm an encouraged 2 time retrenchee with a career change into IT working for a startup that i deeply believed in until i was let go due to lack of project funding. I decided to save myself the repeat heartache of unemployment. I concentracted on my long time Architectural/ construction career under TT and work towards unlimited success. Anyways....thats a long story just to say thanks for your encouragement.
I was inspired by the business my Grandfather started. He built his business to the point where the majority of his existing client base provided him referals. Thumbtack referals continues the tradition of client base trusted referals and is a fantastic referal partner. Measuring the success of landed business from both Thumbtack direct referals and the refereals you receive from those clients are exceptional. In the past five years our annual revenue grew 28% just from Thumbtack referal business alone. It works!
What an amazing story Dusty! I had no idea you went through that, and I know what you mean, family is also my biggest motivator!
When we first started to develop our "brand" and website I was hesitant to put our story out there for the fear of being judged by customers who may not agree with us or not take me seriously for being a women in a non-traditional trade. As time went on I realized how ridiculous that was because our stories really are what draws people to us and their ability to relate to you and not just a company name. After we embraced our uniqueness and our story and started sharing it with the world we've been overwhelmed with the positive response. We've learned that people really like working with people they can relate to and really care about making sure their experience is a great one. It is so rewarding to be able to do something you love and have fun doing it! To me just hearing all of the other pros out there who have overcome obstacles to follow their dreams is incredibly inspirational.
Everyone has to start somewhere and its important to always remember that success doesn't happen overnight, but anything is possible when you put your mind and heart to it, and most importantly when you stay true to yourself! Don't listen to the nay sayers or debbie downers, usually those are the ones too scared to take a risk to do what you're doing.