Get More Done with Less

Posted on: June 1st, 2016

Dreaming up new ideas that captivate an audience is never easy. It can be challenging to successfully market any organization. Creating a stream of new content that provides insight into your industry, business or profession is even more difficult.

One approach we’ve taken to overcoming these challenges is crowdsourcing (or enlisting the services of a number of people via the Internet). If you have never used a crowdsourcing site before, these services can provide a low-budget resource for getting the work done efficiently and effectively.

Continuing Education at Columbus State University discovered crowdsourcing years ago. We needed a way to generate some fresh ideas that would effectively reach our target audiences without breaking the bank. The solution we found to this dilemma was a crowdsourcing site called CrowdSPRING.

CrowdSPRING allowed us to tap into the collective intelligence of designers across the globe to generate catalog covers that brought a fresh quality to our literature.

Here are 5 popular sites that can help fill your professional service gaps at a low cost through crowdsourcing:

1) fiverr – From copywriting and advertising, to market research and business plans, fiverr offers more than 5,000 services. You’ll have to take a look for yourself to see everything this
site has to offer.

2) CrowdFlower –Give your data meaning with human intelligence. This is a crowdsourcing site that provides data support. How cool is that? Here’s what they do:

  • Data Collection & Enhancement
  • Data Categorization
  • Content Moderation
  • Search Relevance Tuning
  • Sentiment Analysis

3) freelancer – Turn big ideas into great products. Whether you need a website or a new robot for your space station, follow a simple 3-step process to get competitive quotes for any of the
following jobs you need done:

  • Design & Web Development
  • Graphic Design & Illustration
  • Logo Design
  • Mobile App Design
  • Software Development
  • WordPress Websites
  • Product Design
  • 3-D Renderings
  • SEO & Marketing

4) getacoder – Fast and simple job outsourcing. This freelance website was initially launched as a place where companies can hire computer coders. Now they feature freelance programmers, web designers and freelance writers.

  • Hire experts in the following areas:
  • Web Design & Development
  • Database Development
  • Writing
  • Computer Platforms
  • Engineering
  • Testing / Quality Assurance
  • Project Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Training
  • Programming
  • Graphics / Multimedia
  • Marketing / Promotion
  • Gaming
  • Security
  • Administrative Support
  • Legal

5) upwork – Find freelancers to tackle any job, any size, any time. Get quality results from a talented professional or a team of skilled experts. Anything that can be done on a computer, can be done via upwork.

You will find:

  • Web Developers
  •  Mobile Developers
  • Designers & Creatives
  •  Writers
  •  Virtual Assistants
  •  Customer Service Agents
  •  Sales & Marketing Experts
  •  Accountants & Consultants

These sites are just a few of the crowdsourcing options available online. You can also find crowdsourcing sites for real estate investing, funding business projects (crowdfunding), video production and even daily tasks. Check out TaskRabbit.

Crowdsourcing can be a great way to generate new ideas, information, funding sources, or to get work done, but not all sites are created equal. Do the research to be sure you find the best resource for your specific need. Examine the site specifics such as payment terms, customer recommendations and rights/ownership of the final project before you invest in a crowdsourcing solution.