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Inspiration - Tell us your story.

The most amazing part of my job? The stories I hear of other pros who have overcome great odds to find success. I started my cake business after my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and I realized I might have to be the one to ... Read more
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Meet the woman who trains “un-trainable” dogs, Ron...

  I started volunteering at my local shelter, Austin Pets Alive, which pulls dogs from other shelters that are at risk for euthanasia. I started just walking dogs and very quickly became the person that opened in the morning. They hir... Read more
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Turning a mess into business success.

This month, we’re celebrating the freshly-crowned Top Pro class of 2019, starting with Laura Brooke – a professional organizer from Philadelphia who transformed a career in corporate productivity into a successful solo venture.   Laur... Read more
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From furlough filler to full-on business.

We’re toasting the latest class of Top Pros on Thumbtack — the business owners who set the standard for responsiveness, quality work and client service. This week, electrical contractor Jordan Gilbert tells us how he unexpectedly turn... Read more
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The no regrets tour: Exec turned caretaker turned coach

Deb Goldstein left a successful career to take care of her mom. Then she had to figure out what came next. We are naturally comfortable with the “What” and “Where” of what we do. But it should start with the “Why”. For the past 10 yea... Read more
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Our pros never cease to amaze!

We are always working hard, with you, to make Thumbtack better. We are a team. Your successes are our successes and your struggles are our struggles. We are inspired by your stories of perseverance, lifted up by your positivity, motiva... Read more
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You’re stuck with me for life: How to start a business with your best friend

Before we started, we made a pact: We’re going to make this partnership work, no matter what life throws our way. We met in 8th grade. We’ve been best friends for over 15 years. We don’t call ourselves sisters — we call ourselves twi... Read more
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We thought in 6-8 weeks he'd be ok.

Faye (right) and daughter Sarah -- Air Necessity, Inc is a family business  The week my husband went into the hospital for cancer treatment was the week I got laid off. We thought in 6-8 weeks he’d be okay. He passed away in 3 months. ... Read more
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THANK YOU!

THANK YOU, Thumbtack, for all the opportunities you have created for my business and all the customers you have brought to my door! Thank you for being an incredible partner in marketing and creating a platform that is unsurpassable in... Read more
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Everything you wanted to know about tarot but were too afraid to ask (your spirit guide)

What are your readings like? I tap into that person’s energy field and let the energy guide where I lay the cards. I see and hear messages from spirit guides and get cues from that person’s past and future.  What I’m looking for is, A... Read more
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Too old to be a professor? Teach golf.

Kenneth Vaughn is a former restaurant industry executive turned academic who is now a full-time golf instructor. Learn how he’s hitting all his business shots at age 75. I graduated college at age 71 with a 4.0 and a PhD in American Po... Read more
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