The Internet has brought numerous wonders and has linked people across the world. One of the benefits that the World Wide Web has brought to its users, specifically business oriented people, is crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is simply getting what you need from a pool of suppliers. Many crowdsourcing websites have sprung up, each designed for a specific target of people. You will come across a lot of websites who use crowdsourcing for their needs. Here you will find hundreds if not millions of people who can offer their services. Crowdsourcing can become a great way to get what you want done.
Here are some of the benefits of crowd sourcing:
- Affordable. Since crowd sourcing can be related to bidding, you can always get the job done for the cheapest, best price available. In crowd sourcing you just post what you need on the website and state your price. Of course, at times, there will always be some negotiations, but you are assured that the best price is guaranteed in crowd sourcing.
- Gives the best value for your money. With heaps of choices to choose from you are sure to get the most out of your buck. Crowd sourcing provides you with multitudes of options. And even if you don’t get to pick the first project that you have asked for, it can always be the brainchild for future projects to come.
- Convenience at its best. Crowd sourcing really equates to hassle free transactions. Since almost everything is done through the internet, everything can be done by just literally sitting down at your computer. The so called “employer” or the person in need of a certain task does not need to maintain an employee. After the task is done, everyone can just go their separate ways. The “employer” does not necessarily have to maintain a contract with the people who provide him his projects. As long as an assignment is done, and the payment is transferred, the deal is done.
- No need to look for people who will work for you, they will be the ones who will come looking for you. When hiring employees for a regular job posting. Employers have to work their way out and find that perfect person for the job. It can take a long time, especially if the employer is keen on finding that particular talent. In crowd sourcing, there is always a pool of people with extraordinary talent which will come running to you once you have posted it on their website. Employers can also make this a tool to find and hire great people. Head hunters usually look at crowd sourcing websites in order to find great talent.
- Training ground. Crowd sourcing is not only beneficial for employers, but it is also beneficial for people who want to find a job. When you join these types of websites, you can be trained to do lots of things, usually with tight deadlines. All of these can help you gain experience and later on find a real stable job.
Crowd sourcing may be beneficial to many, but big disasters can also result from crowd sourcing. Here are some of the disadvantages of crowd sourcing:
- Copyright. The main issue in crowd sourcing is claiming rights over a certain project. Usually after a project is finished and the employer pays the talent, ties are broken and the employer gets hold of the project as his own. Copyright issues can arise on rare occasions, as a talent might not honor the agreement to hand the work over to you completely.
- No assurance of quality projects. It is true that talents at crowd sourcing websites do not ask for steep payments in exchange for their work. But you don’t have any assurance of getting the best work too. Most of the time, since professionals demand high prices for their services, business people rely on crowd sourcing to get the best out of their buck. But most of the time, in the end the employers also loose, because talents at crowd sourcing give a very good first impression but don’t really uphold that.
The best tip is to just be careful. Weigh your options, and see where you will gain more.