I've been a Thumbtack Top Pro since January 2018 and I've been on Thumbtack for 1.5 years. I am a Professional Organizer and the owner of PHL Organizer, an organizing company based in Philadelphia, PA.
Hey Fellow Thumbtack Pros! I suspect I may not be alone here in the Thumbtack Community of Pros when sharing that I am a Top Pro/ successful business owner with ADHD. I am a Professional Organizer and ADHD Consultant (or Coach) and I am proud say that I believe that ADHD (when properly treated) has made me a better all-around business owner!
One of the reasons I suspect I am not alone here in the Thumbtack Community is because neurodivergent people, or those with brain differences such as ADHD, often have a harder time working for other people or working in environments that are not necessarily suitable for them (think typical schooling settings or inflexible corporate work environments). These difficulties don't happen for us because we're not as "smart", not capable, or defiant in nature, (often quite the contrary) it's mostly because we want to be passionate about what we do, we have the drive to be more efficient in what we actually do (which can be hard in corporate environments), and unfortunately, we are misunderstood in the average workplace. All of these things can lead to negative interactions and misunderstandings among bosses and co-workers which can sometimes result in us "going out on our own" as our own boss. This has been my personal experience but I'm so thankful that I never got too comfortable in any previous job I had, which basically FORCED me to start my own business (the best thing that ever happened to me!)
Did you know, it is now extremely common to be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult? Many adults I've talked to personally have even been diagnosed after they started their own businesses, even when they couldn't figure out why they had such a hard time in school and/or multiple workplaces. As research began to include females and people of color in studies over the years we now have a much different understanding of the various presentations of ADHD symptoms as opposed to what was previously thought or shared... leading to common misconceptions continuing to be shared or talked about, hence why we still very much need an ADHD AWARENESS MONTH.
Here's the best part, people with ADHD are known to EXCEL as business owners, CEOs, athletes, actors, and other diverse areas of work or study. Since we're all so diverse, there is no one path to success for any of us, but some notable people with ADHD are: Bill Gates, Will i am, Richard Branson, Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA founder and chairman), Jim Carrey, Justin Timberlake, Howie Mandel, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Adam Levine, Solange Knowles, Terry Bradshaw, Adam Levine, Justin Bieber, David Blaine, Audra McDonald, Michele Rodriguez, and Shane Victorino.
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People with ADHD are often creative (think outside the box), resourceful, work hard, and can easily "hyperfocus" on the things or subjects they love/are passionate about which results in them getting massive amounts of things done in a short amount of time. These are all HUGE ASSETS for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and CEOs. >>>For more on that, check out this cool article about it: CLICK HERE.
On the other hand, ADHD symptoms are not always fun or an asset. You may picture the hyperactive boy in school when thinking about ADHD but symptoms of ADHD vary and every symptom presents differently in everyone. Girls and women are more often known to try to hide their own ADHD symptoms due to the fear that it would hinder their own succcess, which can feel like self-sabatoge (boy have I been there!). These are all general examples of why ADHD is still so misunderstood by the public, especially since there is no right treatment, option, answer, look, personality, or direction for any of us.
To me, all of the examples above are exactly why neurodiversity within the workplace and among small business owners should be celebrated and shared. America is a diverse place in general and if there is a need, we have capable and AMAZING people to fill the need for the public, and that is EXACTLY what we do every day as Thumbtack Pros! *****If you suspect you have ADHD, check out CHADD and ADDITUDE Magazine. Both are great resources for people from all walks of life who are looking for support or for those who suspect they may have ADHD. Thanks for reading and I hope I shed some light on ADHD Awareness for you!
If you are a Thumbtack Pro with ADHD PLEASE share your story! I'd love to hear it.
Regards, Laura Brooke Owner of PHL Organizer
Philadelphia, PA TackMaster
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Unfortunately, this is a cost of doing business. I require payment upfront from all of my clients to avoid this exact situation. If they are worried about that (which rarely happens) I direct them to view my 5-Star VERIFIED Thumbtack reviews... works like a charm 🙂
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I have a contract that is signed before any services are completed. It is mainly for liability (I go into client's homes or provide consulting/advice at times) but the contract also outlines the guidelines for proper cancellation policies and also what happens if either party needs to reschedule in cases of emergency. I'm very open about all of it and my clients appreciate that for the most part. In my case, I am providing a service that can easily be rescheduled (unlike specific party dates), but I do not give refunds for my services and my clients pay upfront for any hours booked with me. The contract has helped me a lot but of course, I treat all situations on a case-by-case basis.
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@CordeliaH Suggestions: 1) I wish we could customize Thumbtack more (in every area, but we're discussing services). Even if their had to be approval for it, I'd love to be able to add my own "services" because in my industry what pros offer (Professional Organizers) varies GREATLY. This also would help customers searching for organizers to know if we're the right fit before charging me for a lead to "get more info". This would help save both parties time 2) The map or service areas is NOT user-friendly for those of us that don't necessarily use a radius. For instance, in a major city (like Philadelphia) there are some areas that are a major hassle to get to that aren't "that far" away that is easier to just avoid all-together and let other organizers take care of that are on that side of town, etc. I know it's customizable BUT it also takes FOREVER and half the time doesn't even work. An easier upgrade for service areas/radius that functions properly would be great. 3) There are coaching services I offer that are not available on here. Things I'd like Thumbtack to add (already submitted before but doesn't hurt to add again, here): ADHD Coaching, Clutter Coaching, Virtual Organizing (all online). Hope these help! Thanks.
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@Kameron If that's the case, that is not working for me. 2 people that I've been speaking to recently I see have reviewed another pro and I was not notified at all about it and was continuing to contact them (without me being in the loop). I'll PM you the 2 names if you want to check it out. Laura
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