Crowdsourcing – Exploit Your Opportunities
Crowdsourcing has been on the wave the last decade and not without a reason. As you will take a peak and will look deeper, you will see that many small business, start-ups, original and content rich ideas has become reality because of this original worldwide project created to support those, who are looking for support deserved.
What Is Crowsourcing?
If you are still wondering what we are talking about, let us give you a quick heads up. Crowdsourcing is a kind of process that helps people collecting online fundings from a crowd of people who are ready to help the best ideas persist. This is a great way not only to contribute to the public good but also to improve the personal skills of those contributed people. So the benefits are two-sided and can fulfill both participants of the process. This is one of the reasons why crowdsourcing is becoming more popular than ever and it is still not clear to which level it might grow on.
What Do You Need to Know?
However, there are at least five types of crowdsourcing and different ideas/projects require different implementation measures. So as to hit the top ten while choosing, everyone should know what kind of support one can get from one or another source.
Crowdfunding – Social Media Activities
This is probably one of the most popular types of crowdsourcing. If you are wondering how it works – believe it’s easy. If you are using social media (which of course you do), you have totally seen these kind of projects. While crowdfunding engages social networks to raise money – one, who is looking for the support needed, can place a request on the Internet platform and recruit the crowd to donate. Usually those kinds of projects are held to support non-profit organistaions, artistic endevours or even companies that want to raise their equity. For example, a group on Facebook called CrowdFunding Pro invites any project or idea to be noticed. If you have one, then why not to try?
Crowdcontests – For a Good Employee
Now if you are not looking for material resources but contrarily, you have a lack of human resources, then try Crowdcontests. These ones are held while creating a task and promising some kind of remuneration for the winner. While checking the tasks done by your crowd, you will be able to distinguish the most professional and suitable person for you. Isn’t that cool? No CVs, no job interviews – you see what your future employee can straight away.
Self-organized crowds – Sponsoring
This type of crowdsourcing usually helds a challenge on the internet that recruits a crowd to work on that challenge. Those who show the best results are compensated richly. The aim of it is to create new products or services and to contribute to the public good. Let’s take Host1Plus sponsorship program as an example. We sponsor original and bright ideas – the best ones gets hosting support from us and we feel that we contributed to the society’s good.
Microtasks – From Big to Small
If you are running some kind of project that is large in scale and you need some more hands on it, microtasks will solve your problem. This type of crowdsourcing will divide your big activity into small units and while promoting it on the internet you will find people who will agree to help you. However, these kinds of activities usually have to be paid. For example, Wikipedia is a large worldwide project, but its content is written by thousands of people, who take responsibilities by their own.
Macrotasks – For One-Time Tasks
Even though it sounds pretty the same, macrotasks stands for other things. They enable the crowd to get a specific skill for a job or project. If you need a one-time task to be done – this crowdsourcing type is completely for you. While communicating the task through the Internet, you will be able to get a worker who will assist you with the task and after the work is done he must to be paid but there are no liabilities to employ him for a longer period of time.
Nevertheless all of these types works in a different way and supports different groups of projects, one thing is common for all of them. You can be sure that any kind of crowdsourcing will allow you to select the best results and best people from a sea of public crowd and to complete your tasks much quicker than with traditional methods.
Have you already tried crowdsourcing? Have you succeed? What kind of problems did you encounter? Share your opinion!