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One app to find a local professional to help you accomplish just about any task

You’ve got a to-do list a mile long. Or you’ve stuck one on the fridge for your spouse — they’ll get it done, right?Wrong. If you’re like most people, you put together your list of chores with every intention of getting each project completed, whether you need to tear up the carpeting, paint the kids’ bathroom, haul out trash, pull weeds, plan a wedding, get a massage or get motivated to workout with a personal trainer.Yet, invariably, most of your to-do list goes undone. You’ll get to it next week.We’ve got a solution. There are loads of professionals who are ready to tackle your tasks for you, which is where the app for Apple and Android comes in. Its called Thumbtack.Bonus: Keep reading if you’d like to make money doing other people’s chores.Thumbtack pros tackle 30,000 tasks for people just like you every day. Right now, there are about 250,000 Thumbtack pros who you can hire and, get this, they send out millions of cost estimates for large jobs and quick tasks each year.How to hire a pro on ThumbtackIt’s pretty straightforward. You tap the app and select one of the categories shown, including photographer, handyman, house cleaner, pet sitter and many others.Thumbtack takes it from there. They’ll send your request to the professionals who’ve signed up to do those tasks.Those contractors will contact you with bids to get your job done. You can read reviews that people have written about them right on the app, where you can also compare the pros and hire one.How much will you pay for a pro?The jobs vary in cost, depending on what you need done. Thumbtack provides cost estimates, based on national averages.You might expect to pay $700 for a photographer, for example, $30 for a pet sitter or $120 for an exterminator. You’ll pay around $50 for a handyman or $150 to have a home theater installed.Prices vary. You submit your job request and professionals who can handle the task will reply.

Get hired

Are you looking for quick cash, a steady stream of income or are you building a business? Thumbtack can help.You sign up on the Pro Center page. There, you’ll create your profile, then submit quotes or contact people looking for your help.You will pay Thumbtack fees. Here’s how it works.You can either pay $5 for each quote you send out, or you can pay $10 for each contact you make — so, you might pay $50 to send 10 quotes or $40 if you contact four people.You can also create a budget. That way, you won’t spend more than you can afford.

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