In the corporate world, it’s called brainstorming. In sports, it’s called teamwork. In the music industry, it’s called collaboration. On the web, it’s called crowd-sourcing.
Crowd-sourcing for the layman is basically to ask participants to give their two cents on an issue or to solve a problem. It lets you leverage the “talents of the crowd”.
It could be anything like web design, article writing services, logo creation or even some help with administrative services.
Ultimately, the solution to the problem comes from the crowd of contributors –thus the term, crowd sourcing.
Here is a list of some of the best crowdsourcing sites you can find around the web:
1. Odesk – Employers post their job requirement and members apply for the job. It’s just like your typical matchmaking service without the mixed signals and the requirement for dinner and flowers.
2. Pickydomains – It’s not easy to think of a domain name that embodies your business to a T in 8 characters or less. Business owners post their requirements and contributors get to create a name for that business. It’s a name game, except you don’t sing “bananapana”. You can if you wanted to, though.
3. CloudCrowd – Members also apply for projects but with a referral program that makes it twice more fun. Here you can make more money when your referral completes a task. Sounds like something people do out on the streets, right? Only, this is done in the comfort of your home.
4. Poptent – Use this for advertising requirements. This is where you will find the next James Cameron. Ok, maybe not. But, you will find a lot of talent here.
5. Amazon Mechanical Turk – It is here because the list is not complete without it. Emblazoned on the banner are the words “Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work”. There you go! Many have been said about this site, both positive and negative. You be the judge.
If you feel like crowd-sourcing might work for you and your business, visit these sites. There are a lot more that are just as awesome (or even more so) as these sites.
Which ones have you tried? I’d love to know about your crowd-sourcing experiences in the comments below.