Crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.
Exist nowadays inumerous “crowdsourcing” platforms, this, count with collective manpower and knowledge to develop solutions and even product creation, promoting a wide range share of knowledge and resources.
This usually work in a very simple way:
The crowdsourcer (customer/company/others) posts to the community the problem and sets up the price or reward (in some platforms already predefined in a product/service table).
The crowdworkers (people and/or companies within the community) do proposals or solutions and submit their work, the best is chosen and get’s the reward, simple!
However, this solutions could be submitted both from professionals with low or no experience, “curious” people, or even from highly experienced professionals, there are no filters to crowdworkers. To collaborate and/or participate in this projects you only have to accept the challenge.
Crowdsourcing is an opportunity either for crowdsourcers as for crowdworkers, whatever their knowledge area may be.
This platforms have advantages for both parties, the crowdworker has the advantage of gaining competencies, proper training, compete with experienced professionals in their area, develop personal skills, show their work to a wide community, recognition, portfolio creation and even career boost besides the income.
The crowdsourcers can get the work done by a fraction of it’s price, have not only one, but multiple results/proposals from very different professionals, reducing substantially the response time and cost for their projects.
Caution and prudence is required using this platforms. In much cases manpower exploration and rules breaking occur. All offers should always be analysed to verify if the value is good for both parties. Ethics is always required from both ends.
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