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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 handyman, Sergey Shikhalev.

  Sergey Shikhalev is a Top Pro handyman in San Francisco who has been hired 500+ times. Here’s what he told us about building his business, in his own words.   My wife always wanted to live in San Francisco. Three years ago, I gave i... Read more
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Meet ballet teacher, Silken Kelly.

Silken Kelly is a professionally-trained dancer and ballet instructor in New York City. Here’s why she’s passionate about the work she does, in her own words. It’s a beautiful thing to pass on what you’ve trained your whole life to d... Read more
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Meet musician and teacher, Matt Kass.

Matt Kass is a musician and teacher based in Nashville, Tennessee. Here’s how he rebuilt his business after moving across the country, as told to Thumbtack.   I’ve been teaching music for around 13 years and I come from a long line of... Read more
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Meet outdoor landscaper, Reid Somloi.

Reid Somloi is a Thumbtack Top Pro and owner of the Somloi Landscape Services in Huntersville, North Carolina. Here’s what it felt like starting his own business, as told to Thumbtack. Starting a business was a domino effect for me. ... Read more
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Choosing Thumbtack for Success

While many businesses start over time, ours was realized on a "chance" with Thumbtack.  While out of work unexpectedly, I recalled hearing about Thumbtack as a way to bid on jobs for prospective clients.  I started a profile, and out o... Read more
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Business marketing

Thumbtack rocks!!!! It's helped me grow and market my service to the community in a amazing way. I'm learning everyday as a new business and soaking in all the information as possible.
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Meet roofer, Sarah Smith.

Sarah Smith is runs a roofing company in Omaha, Nebraska. Here’s how she went from her nine-to-five corporate job to running a small business that gives back, as told to Thumbtack.   Some professionals in our industry don’t want to ta... Read more
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Meet certified accountant, Mac Reed.

Mac Reed runs Mac Reed and Associates in Houston, Texas. Here’s how he built his business, as told to Thumbtack. I owned a couple of restaurants when I decided to get my Masters in accounting. While I was still in school, my friends s... Read more
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Meet mother and daughter florists, Christina and M...

Christina and Mei Yan are co-owners of Bellevue Floral Co. in Burlingame, California. Here’s what the Top Pro mother and daughter have learned about running their florist business, as told to Thumbtack by Christina.   When this event ... Read more
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Meet photo booth owner, Patricia Nguyen.

 Patricia Nguyen decided to open her photo booth business, Just the Little Things Photos, after leaving her job in politics. Here’s how the Top Pro built her business, as told to Thumbtack. I decided to start this business after helpi... Read more
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