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An online marketplace where you turn your skills into money

An online marketplace where you turn your skills into money
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The Internet has completely changed the job market, for the better. Years ago, your best bet for finding a job was looking through the Help Wanted section of your local newspaper.

Now, you can search for jobs online and set up email alerts to let you know when the job you're looking for becomes available. The Internet has also opened up opportunities for entrepreneurial-minded people to find work, get paid and be their own boss.

One site where you can do that is Thumbtack, a website and iPhone app that matches job seekers with people looking to hire you. Thumbtack describes itself as an online marketplace for local professionals, like painters, roofers, pet sitters, writers and many others. The way it works is similar to other sites where you can earn money.

People post tasks that they need done. Those can range from DJing a party, to remodeling their home, to editing a manuscript. To make money, you bid on jobs through the site. If you get the job, the person who hires you pays you through Thumbtack.

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