@cranichik @Hankster as was mentioned, not all of the feedback we receive will result in a change being made (and that includes features being reinstated). “We have to figure out what the majority of our users are having problems with, and develop priorities from there.” The Community is not always a representative sample of pro feedback.
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Hey everyone! It’s Monday so that means it’s time for a new Resource of the week!
Today’s resource is a 101 on all things targeting preferences . Many of you will already be familiar with the concept the article covers, but it’s always good to have a solid foundation of the basics.
Check it out and use this thread to share any questions you may have. Also let me know if you have any ideas for new topics you would like to see covered on Thumbtack Help .
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I recently had a chance to chat with Carrie Grace , a motivational speaker whose client list ranges from Target to Jack Daniels. She has been featured in USA Today and Huffington Post, and has been a pro on Thumbtack for two years. She was kind enough to answer some questions specifically for the Thumbtack Community ranging from how she thinks about risk to the importance of community building for independent workers. Enjoy, and thanks again to @Carriegrace!
Q: You’re a motivational speaker… what inspired you to get into this line of work?
Carrie: I have always been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. I used to tell made up jokes to my family growing up, so I had a side of me that was a bit of a performer. And, I love inspiring people and watching them grow as humans. I have a background in teaching, which I went into in order to impact lives. So, I still get to impact lives, I’m just no longer in a classroom.
Q: A lack of confidence can be difficult to overcome when just starting out as a business owner. How did you gain the confidence to start and what keeps you going when things aren’t going your way?
Carrie: I always tell people to count their yeses. We get bogged down in all the things that didn’t go our way that we forget to celebrate the little wins. If you can start small and build up, you’ll get confidence along the way.
Example: ask for something you know will likely be a yes, and then work your way up to things that could possibly be no’s. If things aren’t going your way, keep your eyes on the end goal. Never lose sight of where you want to go, that’ll always keep you on the path there.
Q: Do you remember any early milestones that felt like exceptionally big wins to you?
Carrie: I’ve had a lot of wins along the way. I remember telling people that I was going to go into speaking full-time and I remember people telling me that it was about time! I was happy when I created my first website that was totally crappy, and thrilled when I got my first paid speaking gig. I try and celebrate every little win even to this day because you’ll always have setbacks along the way. I find as a business owner the more you can focus on the positive, the more room you leave open for more positive things to come your way.
Q: How do you think about risk?
Carrie: I view the world as an experiment which makes risk way less hard to stomach. It’s either a success OR a lesson I learned. This way I’m able to take fear out of the equation and grow as a human. I think taking risks are fun because they lead you to places you’d never dream of going.
Q: You host events for local entrepreneurs in your area. Why is it important to you to maintain a sense of Community while working independently? Does it give you a competitive advantage?
Carrie: I host two masterminds in my home for businesswomen to connect each month. I find that two heads are better than one. We all share tips, tricks, and ideas with one another. We also act as a support system for one another as we go through bumps along the way. I think it gives you a competitive advantage simply because you are tapping into a larger network, more resources, and supportive people.
Q: What is one thing you wish you would have known when you were just starting your business?
Carrie: I wish someone would've told me that things never turn out the way you plan for them, but to keep running anyways. Owning a business is a lot like a marathon instead of a sprint. It’s easy to look on social media and watch other people get opportunities. So, I wish someone would've told me that it’s way harder than it looks, but way more rewarding than you could ever dream of.
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Hey everyone, it’s Monday so that means it’s time for a new Resource of the week!
Today’s resource is a help article that walks you through the steps for reactivating your account. We’ve recently made the process easier than ever, so this link is your one-stop shop to get you back up and running on Thumbtack.
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happy to somehow be part of this successful company. I started not long ago and already have excellent customer reviews. Well, I would like to suggest something in our favor, as we have had huge losses which results in a great barrier to greater investments in this application. For customers it is very important to quote without spending, but we end up paying the bill. I believe it would be fairer to be charged only to the person to whom the customer closed the deal. It should be mandatory at some point for the client to validate with whom he closed the deal. so that all those who received only a hello were not actually charged. I stopped promoting myself because limiting proposal submissions was also a factor that discouraged me. so my suggestion is to charge the one who actually won the job ... thanks!
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We wanted to make sure you heard the news directly from us. Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised $150 million in additional funding!
While we appreciate the vote of confidence in our business, we’re most excited about what this means for our partnership with you. With this new influx of funding, we’re eager to double down on our work to be the partner you deserve, and we can’t wait to expand on our current efforts to find you new customers and more jobs.
As Marco said in our press release , “We’re focused on bringing more customers to the backbone of the American economy – small businesses. Today’s investment will allow us to accelerate our efforts to create the tools and infrastructure needed to empower small businesses to run and grow their businesses.”
At the end of the day, we know that our success is tied to your success. We can’t win unless you’re winning; we can’t grow unless you’re growing. Your business is our business. And now, with these additional resources, we’ll continue to make big strides on this journey together.
To stay up-to-date on what we’re working on - and to continue giving us feedback along the way - keep checking back here in the Community. This board in particular is the best place to stay informed of all our product news and updates.
Thank you for all that you do, and for your commitment to building our businesses, together.
Check out the full press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190722005414/en/Thumbtack-Secures-150-Million-Growth-Led-Sequoia
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