Small business blog

Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

Outlands_WomenonThumbtack (1).jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 2 455
Thumbtack Employee KellynB
Thumbtack Employee

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.

Read more
4 1 243
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

ProCommunity_Online_Gifts.jpg

Read more...

Read more
1 0 127
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

ProCommunity_Online_GiftClients.jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 2 230
Community Manager TaylorS
Community Manager

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

Charities_ProCommunity.jpg

Read more...

Read more
4 2 507
Community Manager TaylorS
Community Manager

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

HolidaySeason_ProCommunity.jpg

Read more...

Read more
1 3 432
Community Manager TaylorS
Community Manager

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

Vote_ProCommunity.jpg

Read more...

Read more
1 1 126
Community Manager TaylorS
Community Manager

You can still get something good out of it.

BadReviewV2 (1).jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 1 243
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

CreditCard.jpg

Read more...

Read more
0 1 715
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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

OverheadCosts.jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 1 164
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.  

How to hire new employees.jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 0 114
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

How do you stand out when you’re starting out?

how to look like a pro when you're first getting started.jpg

Read more...

Read more
3 5 475
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

Post 3 - How to post on social media.jpg

Read more...

Read more
6 3 1,016
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

Screen Shot 2018-09-18 at 11.36.03 AM.png

Read more...

Read more
0 1 1,083
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

 

Post 1 - How to create your SM strategy.jpg

Read more...

Read more
1 1 2,525
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

7 ways to inspire your employees to do great work.

THUMBTACK IMAGES_1081.jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 3 228
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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

 

THUMBTACK IMAGES_1092.jpg

Read more...

Read more
5 7 2,784
Thumbtack Writer PhilippaB
Thumbtack Writer

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.

STEP-7_IPHONE_.jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 0 92
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

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

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 12.36.25 PM.png

Read more...

Read more
1 0 145
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

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

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 12.27.51 PM.png

Read more...

Read more
0 0 136
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

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

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 12.07.41 PM.png

Read more...

Read more
2 0 128
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

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

Screen Shot 2018-07-24 at 4.45.36 PM.png

Read more...

Read more
3 1 1,736
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

Screen Shot 2018-07-24 at 2.17.27 PM.png

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

Read more...

Read more
8 8 2,281
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 8.07.02 AM.png

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

Read more...

Read more
16 29 4,906
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

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

Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 4.48.08 PM.png

Read more...

Read more
3 1 303
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

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

Screen Shot 2018-06-04 at 11.35.37 AM.png

Read more...

Read more
4 1 143
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

Here are five things to consider before meeting with the bank.

analytics-blur-close-up-590020 (1).jpg

Read more...

Read more
2 1 132
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

Summer is a great time to market your business. Here’s how to make the most of it.

action-2277292_1920 (1).jpg 

Read more...

Read more
10 4 2,741
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

An estimated 400,000 new businesses will start up in 2018. Here are the biggest trends.

Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 11.51.09 AM.png 

Read more...

Read more
2 0 104
Thumbtack Writer hannahL
Thumbtack Writer

Marketing is key to building a brand and finding customers — here’s where to start.

Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 11.39.01 AM.png

Read more...

Read more
5 0 171