Today, we released our fifth annual Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey. 12,169 U.S. small business owners participated in the 2016 study, collectively grading 35 states and 78 cities on the government policies that affect their businesses. The skilled professionals we surveyed operate in a variety of industries, including as electricians, music teachers, wedding planners, wellness professionals, and more.
With U.S. Entrepreneurship in Crisis, Skilled Professionals Can Reverse the Tide
In a period of declining business startups nationwide, the study offers critical insights about what governments can do to support entrepreneurship and develop their local economies.
Skilled professionals on Thumbtack report that when government regulations complicate obtaining licenses and permits, hiring employees, and paying taxes, it is harder to start and grow a business. They say friendly governments make regulations that are easy to comply with and consistently enforced, while also investing in helpful training programs and government websites.
The opinions of skilled professionals matter more than ever: As traditional work is increasingly automated or outsourced, skilled professionals will resist these broader economic trends because they offer specialized, nonroutine skills that can’t be easily replaced by machines. They’ll even thrive in this environment as their trades become increasingly valued, leading to better job prospects and higher incomes. They are the future of the middle class.
About the Study
Since 2012, the Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey has surveyed thousands of entrepreneurs on the state and local public policies that affect their ability to start, operate, and grow a business. It is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the United States.
To mark the survey’s fifth year, Thumbtack released a special report highlighting the top policy concerns for skilled professionals, with in-depth case studies of five cities from five different regions that performed across the grade spectrum: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.
Find Results for Your State and Local Government
For more information, visit https://www.thumbtack.com/survey to read our special report. To locate your state or city’s results, click your location on the interactive map.
The survey methodology can be found here.