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20 Best Outsourcing and Crowdsourcing Websites To Save Your Startup Business Lots of Time




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Whether your the startup that doesn’t have an army of employees to do your dirty work or just someone who values their time, you can use these outsourcing and crowdsourcing websites to find others out there who are willing to do the work you don’t have the time or inclination to do.

1. BizReef

Focus: Web Design and Translation

BizReef allows customers to outsource projects in web design, programming, graphics, writing and translation to rated freelancers. It has a network of more than 25,000 freelancers who bid on projects. Visit www.bizreef.com

2. Casting Words

Focus: Transcription

CastingWords, founded in 2005 by Rachel Richard and Nathan McFarland, is a technology oriented transcription and web-sourcing firm located in Northern New Mexico with the aim of connecting online workers with work. Their main products are transciption services, primarily aimed at technologically savvy podcasters including expedited services.  Visit www.castingwords.com/

3. Code Lean

Focus: Software

CodeLean is a Danish-owned IT company, established in 2008, that focuses on Microsoft .NET technologies and makes full use of agile development methods and the SCRUM project management approach to deliver cost-effective solutions to the company’s clients. They handle everything including the recruitment and management of offshore resources.

Visit www.codelean.com/

4. Craigslist

Focus: Multi-Purpose

Craigslist, founded by Craig Newmark, has local classifieds and forums and can be used to outsource projects by simply placing an ad for the task to be completed. There is no cost for using this service and no real monitoring so one has to have one’s own due diligence when it comes to building working relationships. Visit www.craigslist.com/

5. Crowdflower

Focus: Data Verification and Classification

CrowdFlower offers Labor-on-Demand services by taking large, data-heavy projects and breaks them into small tasks that they distribute to an on-demand workforce around the world. Some ideal tasks include verifying information, categorizing images and text, assessing relevance and enhancing data records. Formerly known as Dolores Labs, CrowdFlower was founded by Lukas Biewald and Chris Van Pelt in 2007. Visit www.crowdflower.com/

6. CrowdSPRING

Focus: Design

CrowdSPRING, launched in 2008, is a marketplace for logo design, web design, and crowdsourced writing projects. Visit www.crowdspring.com

7. Elance

Focus: Multi-Purpose

Elance allows users to outsource to expert programmers, designers, writers, translators, marketers, researchers and admin contractors with tested skills. You can hire by the hour or by the project and then track progress in your “Workroom” where you can “View and manage work-in-progress online instead of on-site. Messages, screenshots, files and completed work are automatically saved here”. Visit www.elance.com

8. Freelancer

Focus: Software, Data Entry, Design

Freelancer.com is a outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business and tasks related to software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the sciences, sales and marketing, and accounting & legal services. It connects over 2,623,070 employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Visit www.freelancer.com

9. Guru

Focus: Multi-purpose

Guru.com is an online marketplace for freelance talent

whose proprietary Ranking System leverages performance data to make the freelancer selection process easy and reliable. Once connected, Employers can securely pay Freelancers through Guru.com’s SafePay system. Visit www.guru.com/

10. iFreelance

Focus: Web development, Design

iFreelance is a marketplace for jobs such as  website developing, graphic arts, writing, editing and software and script programming that are posted by clients and bid on by freelancers. Visit www.ifreelance.com/

11. Mechanical Turk

Focus: Multi-Purpose

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace  that enables computer programmers (known as Requesters) to co-ordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are unable to do yet. Visit www.mturk.com/

12. myGengo

Focus: Translation Services

myGengo is a Tokyo-based web application company specializing in translation services.

My Gengo gets native speaker to translate your documents for as little as $0.05/word. http://mygengo.com/

13. oDesk

Focus: Multi-Purpose

oDesk is a global marketplace that helps employers hire, manage, and pay remote freelancers or teams on a per hour basis. Odesk’s Team Room feature allows you to see each of team members activity levels (keyboard and mouse activity), and feedback (Work diary), as well as web cams and screenshots of their computer to make workers more accountable. Visit www.odesk.com/

14. Replace Myself

Focus: Multi-Purpose

Replace Myself is a membership based site that allows members to outsource their business work to the Phillipenes for starting as little as $2.50 an hour. Visit http://www.replacemyself.com/

15. Samasource

Focus: Digital Work

Samasource is a non-profit that provides It provides content moderation, data entry and other outsourcing services to clients by giving digital work to marginalized people around the world.  Visit www.samasource.org/

16. ScriptLance

Focus: Software

ScriptLance is a software outsourcing service that caters to small online businesses. Anyone can post a programming, design, writing or marketing project to receive free work quotes from freelancers worldwide. A winning bid is selected and the freelancer begins working. Visit http://www.scriptlance.com/

17. Squad Help

Focus: Multi-purpose

17. Squadhelp is a crowdsourcing platform which enables entrepreneurs and small businesses to obtain branding and marketing assistance. Clients can start a contest to post what they need, when they need it and how much they want to pay. Once posted, contestants from across the globe compete with each other and deliver results. The contest holder selects one winner at the end of contest, who is awarded the prize. Visit www.squadhelp.com/

18. Textbroker

Focus: Writing

Textbroker is a marketplace for customized content that provides unique and exclusive written articles created to your specifications. Visit http://www.textbroker.com/

19. Tongal

Focus: Video Content

Tongal allows businesses to activate a global community to procure and distribute a diverse selection of video content. Visit tongal.com/

20. vWorker

Focus: Multi-purpose

vWorker, formerly operating as Rent-a-coder, offers users access to virtual workers, or “people who work remotely, rather than in the office”. It is a dynamic online marketplace where 161,514 employers hire and manage 330,373 virtual workers to assist them in business and personal projects. Visit www.vworker.com/

Keep in mind that some of these sites offer data entry, verification and classification sort of services for as little as 5 cents per entry, hence their quality of work may not be 100% up to the mark. It’s your job to do your due diligence and implement measures to ensure that you get what you want out of these services. Sometimes this may mean getting three people to perform the same task and crosschecking that at least 2 of 3 responses match, at others it may mean describing the task in a manner that a 10 year old would be able to understand. But for the most part, these sites are extremely useful for virtually automating tasks that a computer can’t perform and that you don’t have the time or inclination to do.

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One Response to “20 Best Outsourcing and Crowdsourcing Websites To Save Your Startup Business Lots of Time”

  1. Scott Yates says:

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    I’d also humbly submit for addition to this list: Blogmutt. We are the only true crowdsourcing blog writing service: Each week is a crowdsourcing contest for the best blog post for each of our clients. We’ve been at it for a few months now and so far the customers are just delighted with the process and the product.

    Blogmutt: “We work like a dog to fill up your blog!”

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