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.
In 2017, more than 13,000 U.S. small business owners participated in the study, collectively grading 50 states and 80 cities on the government policies that affect their businesses. These skilled professionals operate in a variety of industries, including as electricians, music teachers, wedding planners, wellness professionals, and more.
To mark the survey’s sixth year, Thumbtack released a report highlighting the top policy concerns for skilled professionals and the “best practices” for business friendliness. We also are publishing a full methodology report detailing how we administered our survey, assigned the grades, and derived our insights.