Kate Harrington

Kate Harrington

Founder, Thumbtack Austin

Kate Harrington is a writer based out of Austin, Texas, with a background in business reporting. During her time as a reporter for the Austin Business Journal, she covered the health care industry, economic development, transportation, and commercial real estate. In 2010 she launched Thumbtack Communications, providing writing and marketing services to Austin-area businesses. She has had articles published in Austin Monthly, USA Today, the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, McCombs Today, and is a regular contributor to the ChooseWhat.com STARTicles. She lives in Austin with her husband, son, dog, and two grumpy cats.

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December Small Business Events

January Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

What To Look For When Hiring a PR Firm

Whether it’s handling publicity around a specific product or more generally sharing a company’s story, many business owners and managers reach a point at which they decide to seek outside … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create Basic Marketing Materials / Promote With Social Media

When should a Startup outsource?

The hectic first days – or years – of a startup can be a stressful time, with tight budgets and time and a drive to get a service or product … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Small Business Conferences August 2018

December Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

What Business Owners Need to Know about Health Benefits in 2018

Whether or not you follow healthcare policy, it’s been hard to miss the headlines over the past year about proposed changes to federal guidelines, executive orders, and rising premiums. Now … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Get Group Health Insurance
December Small Business Events

November: Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Entrepreneurialism in the heart of Texas – Austin Startup Week

Austin Startup Week, now in its seventh year, will take place this year from October 9 – 13. From educational panels to meetups and workshops, it’s a great opportunity to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
December Small Business Events

October Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Best Tips for Freelancers to Network Effectively

Networking is an important and valuable part of growing a business. Networking as a freelancer or sole entrepreneur, however, can be less than straightforward. Many “solopreneurs” wonder how to find … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

What Business Owners Need to Know About Potential Changes to Overtime Pay

In the summer of 2015, the Department of Labor under then-President Obama started the process of changing overtime pay rules with updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
December Small Business Events

September Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Can You Run Your Business on the New iPad Pro?

With a public beta release of its new iOS 11 (the final version comes out this fall) and a new version of the iPad Pro, Apple is hoping to convince … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Basic Business Software / Management / Select the Best Small Business Computer
Small Business Conferences August 2018

August Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
June 2018 Small Business Events and Conferences

July Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Freshbooks Invoicing Software

Which Businesses Are FreshBooks Best For?

FreshBooks is a popular tool that bills itself as accounting software for small businesses. While it has many devoted users, we wondered for which businesses it’s the best fit. Should … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up the Books
Small Business Events June 2017

June Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
May 2017 Small Business Events

May Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
ChooseWhat small business events April 2017

April Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

March 2017 Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Marketing on Reddit

What Businesses Need to Know About Using Reddit

Most marketers understand the power of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. But to reach a wider online audience, there’s also an argument to be made that businesses … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create Basic Marketing Materials / Promote With Social Media