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If you - or someone you know - needs health insurance, the time to act is now. Visit HealthCare.gov right now to enroll in coverage.

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Today Thumbtack released the results of the  2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking the best or worst cities and states in the country based answers from pros like you.

Over 5,000 Thumbtack pros in 49 states and 44 cities told us how well their state and local governments are supporting their business on elements like licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations.

After tabulating all the results, the winners are in. Arkansas, Virginia and Mississippi are the top states earning an A+ for small business friendliness in 2019. Austin, Fort Worth, and Oklahoma City are the top cities earning an A+ for small business friendliness this year. 

Among the many things we heard from pros in the survey:

  • An increasing share of pros say it is becoming harder to establish their business near the clients they serve. More than 30 percent of these small business owners travel between 30 to 60 minutes to perform work with 7 percent traveling more than 60 minutes. Frank from Atlanta agreed, saying that “Improvements to the transportation infrastructure could greatly improve my profession.”
  • Navigating the maze of government forms and compliance requirements can feel like a full time job. Alexander in Anaheim told us, “There are also far too many regulatory hoops one needs to jump through before starting a business or offering services. The overall feeling of trying to do business in Southern California is an uphill battle.”

  • Small businesses are struggling to afford rising health insurance costs. Only 79 percent of pros currently have health insurance and of those, 58 percent reported their monthly premium increased in the last year, with more than 30 percent of small business owners reporting premium increases of more than $100 per month in the last year. Paula from Durham shared, “Most people who are interested in working for or with me can't afford to do so due to the cost of private health insurance.”

We want to hear from you - what does your state or local government do to create a small business friendly environment?

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Thumbtack Writer RachelD
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Ahead of National Small Business Week, take a moment to reflect on where you are and what's next. 

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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Self-employed women are less likely to face the gender pay gap. And they’re paving the way for female entrepreneurs in male-dominated industries.

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Thumbtack Employee KellynB
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Today we are excited to announce a new pilot partnership between Thumbtack and Alia to provide portable benefits to house cleaners using Thumbtack in New York and California.

Eligible house cleaners will receive an email inviting them to sign up for Alia, and share their Alia profile with their customers. Alia makes it easy for customers to contribute to a pro’s benefits, and simple for pros to claim or purchase the benefits they need, like Paid Time Off, life insurance, disability insurance, critical illness insurance or accident insurance.

To kick off the program, each house cleaner who signs up for Alia will receive $25 in credit on us.

We know getting access to benefits is one of the biggest challenges when starting your own business. We are excited to pilot this program and find ways to expand access to benefits to more pros in the future. If you have questions about Alia, you can visit myalia.org and we’ll keep you updated as the program expands to more pros.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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One minute it’s Black Friday and the next, you’re scrambling to beat the holiday shipping cut off. What’s a busy business owner like yourself to do? To help, we put together a list of our most popular services given as gifts during the holiday season.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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Or is a handwritten card enough? Here are the do’s and don’ts of client gift-giving over the holidays — what to give, how much to spend and who to thank.

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Community Manager TaylorS
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Short answer: yes. There’s a lot of reasons why you should support charities — other than just generally feeling good about giving back.

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Community Manager TaylorS
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Whether business slows down or speeds up, here’s how to stay organized during the holiday season (and not lose your mind).

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Community Manager TaylorS
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Make time for the polls even if you’re on a tight schedule.

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Community Manager TaylorS
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You can still get something good out of it.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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They can improve your sales and cash flow. If you’re new to taking credit cards, here are four key questions to help you plan.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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How can you stick to a manageable budget while trying to grow? Here’s what pros had to say.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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Finding the right employees isn’t easy — especially when you’re used to serving every customer yourself. Here’s how to take it one step at a time.  

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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How do you stand out when you’re starting out?

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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You’ve got all of the basics down — now it’s time to start posting, get followers, and work towards your goals. Here are some social media best practices to keep in mind as you move forward.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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Going with the flow is fun in life, but less advisable in social media. Figure out your posting calendar to understand of how much time social media will take you. Then you can save time by scheduling posts.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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Social media marketing — if you do it properly — can improve brand loyalty, increase your web traffic and SEO rankings, and position you as an authority in your area of expertise. Plus, it’s not expensive to do, so there’s no reason not to start today. In this series, we’ll cover how to do social media marketing for your small business, starting from square one: how to create your social media strategy.

 

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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7 ways to inspire your employees to do great work.

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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Keep these tips in mind to provide the best customer service.

 

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Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
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A great headshot doesn’t have to cost a lot. Take a professional-looking headshot at home on your camera phone with these tips from Thumbtack’s very own head of photography.

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Thumbtack Writer hannahL
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Here’s what other small business pros are doing to connect with the clients their business needs.

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Here are seven common customer service mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Whether you’re new to social media marketing or a seasoned vet, here are a few pointers to help you stand out online.

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Thumbtack Writer hannahL
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Check out these 14 resources, websites and apps to help run your small business more efficiently.

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Thumbtack Writer hannahL
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Building customer loyalty should be a strategy for every small business — but how? Here’s where to start.

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Thumbtack Writer hannahL
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We caught up with professionals in all different industries to understand when they decided to raise their prices and why. 

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Who couldn't use a hand staying organized every now and then?

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Thumbtack Writer hannahL
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There are a lot of perks to working from home. Here's how to take full advantage of your newfound flexibility without losing productivity. 

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