So far on this blog I have been talking about building your own business centered on creating your own website and/or blog and/or product. This remains my first choice for generating an income stream. However building a business this way often means that you have to work for months before you begin to receive any sales or commission payments. In contrast to this I have recently received some emails from a couple of my blog subscribers asking if I could recommend ways of getting money coming in NOW rather than in several months time. I will therefore take a short break from my usual Internet Marketing topics to chat about four Crowd Sourcing companies that I work for and explain how they allow you to get paid for work you do for them.
What Is Crowdsourcing?
Crowdsourcing is probably best explained by example. Imagine for a moment that you wish to start a Mail Order catalogue and have 1000 items that you wish to include in it. Assume that you have photographs of each item but need someone to write the description of each individual product so you can create your catalogue. How would you go about obtaining these 1000 product descriptions?
There are two main ways to outsource this task to workers. The first is assign the whole project to a single worker through an outsourcing company such as Freelancer. The second is to split the project into 1000 individual jobs and assign writing each individual product description to a separate worker using the services of a Crowd Sourcing company. Using a Crowd Sourcing company means that you will get the overall project completed in a fraction of the time it would take if you outsourced the whole project to a single Writer.
Looking at Crowdsourcing from a workers point of view it means that, if you pass certain tests (typically including an English Language test) then you have a wide range of small jobs you can choose from and do them from your own home, using your own computer, as and when you feel like it. The wide range of companies that outsource their projects to Crowdsourcing services also mean that, as a worker, you have a wide range of different types of job to choose from giving you variety and choice in the type of job you can choose to do thus maintaining your interest and minimising boredom.
What Crowdsourcing Companies Would I recommend?
I currently work for four Crowdsourcing companies: CloudCrowd, Clickworker, CrowdFlower and What Users Do. I will explain each of these companies separately in my next few posts on this blog. It is free to sign up as a worker to all of these Crowdsourcing companies so you can put your Credit Card back in your wallet as I am not selling anything; I am just going to share my experiences of working for these particular companies and my opinion of each of them.
How can I tell is an Crowd Sourcing company is genuine?
Genuine Crowd Sourcing companies earn commission from the employers who give them tasks to outsource. They DO NOT ask workers to pay. ALL the Crowd Sourcing companies I work for allow workers to sign up free of charge and the companies pay us workers for our work. That’s how it should be done by a genuine Crowd Sourcing company. If a company asks YOU to pay to join, or charges YOU for your work avoid it. The Crowd Sourcing company should pay you not you pay them!