Thumbtack specializes in connecting local professionals looking for work with homeowners and businesses who need assistance. Small businesses can find help for everything from snow plowing to office painting. And local professionals can sign up for a profile and compete for jobs right in their local communities. This is one of the best ways for service providers to market their services or for individuals looking for work part time to find contract or freelance jobs as needed. Some of these connections may even turn into long term business relationships. But others may simply provide a way to earn some quick cash as needed. Thumbtack is free both for professionals and those looking for freelance help. The site earns money through Thumbtack Pro, which is essentially an advertising option. Service providers can create a profile and then show up higher in search results for jobs in their category. This is a perfect option for those looking to turn their freelance service into a full time gig.