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Celebrating the innovation, resilience and perseverance of small business owners is what Small Business Week is all about — this year more than ever. Faced with crushing challenges as a result of the pandemic, small businesses had to reinvent themselves almost overnight.

Just about every Thumbtack pro we’ve talked to in the last few months had to ask themselves the same question: how do I make sure my business survives so I don’t have to work for anybody else again? Here’s how three pros answered that question.

Create new product offerings and services
After leaving her corporate job at a rooftop bar a year ago, Tannaz Kalhor took a leap of faith and started a luxury mobile bartending service, Curly Bartender LLC. What started as a one-woman operation quickly grew to 15 on-call bartenders and servers with a packed calendar of events scheduled. …

Meckell Barlow