Nearly 40 percent of all businesses in the U.S. are owned and operated by women. On Thumbtack, these businesses are growing fast with women making their presence known in fields traditionally dominated by men. From plumbers and electricians to personal trainers and lawyers, the women of Thumbtack are breaking stereotypes and making millions in the process.
Women Are Earning More
On average, female pros on Thumbtack make around 10 percent more than men — earning top wages and doing so in occupations that the U.S. government expects to grow in years to come, including wellness and home improvement. An added bonus: beyond paying well, these occupations also tend to offer a higher level of job security for the women in them.
Women Love What They Do
In a survey of 100,000 female pros, nearly 65 percent run their Thumbtack business full-time. The majority of these pros opened their business to pursue their passion or become their own boss. For these reasons, female pros tend to be a happy crowd, with some 87 percent of pros reporting that they love their jobs. Outside of Thumbtack, that number is as low as 48 percent.
Women Are All Over The Map
Women pros are building businesses all around the country, from Montana and the Dakota’s where female-owned businesses are growing fastest, to California, Nevada, and on. And they’re in it for the long-haul. Over half of female pros on Thumbtack have been running their own business for over three years, and 31 percent have been operating for five years or more.
Stories of Inspiration
Owning a small business isn’t easy, but the women on Thumbtack continue to prove that with grit and determination, it’s absolutely possible.
Jennifer Kasmer rebuilt her client base on Thumbtack after she moved her personal training company, Everlasting Changes, across the country (along with her husband and kids). Today, Jennifer’s studio is thriving — and she employs her husband as her lead trainer.
“Thumbtack is a more credible resource for customers looking for qualified professionals,” she explains. “That’s why we’ve been successful, we’ve found a way to actually connect with interested customers.”