But what about the worker? Since crowdsourcing is making such a visible impact on the way work is done, how can professionals and creatives benefit from the crowdsourcing model? Here are 18 ideas for participating on crowdsourcing sites for perks, prizes, and, yes, even income.
1. Work for Money
Before you start as a Clickworker, you have to qualify for the task you’ve chosen to work on including a base assessment and a project assessment. Some scoring to assess your skills will happen automatically while others will require manual review from the company.
Facebook account to work for them and a PayPal account to get paid.
2. Pitch to Win Business
3. Contribute Ideas
4. Enter a Design Contest
You can also enter a t-shirt slogan contest for a $500 prize, as well as design-specific challenges.
5. Enter a Multimedia Contest
6. Get Perks
Regardless of which site you use to do crowdwork, make sure you understand what you’re getting into and note if the site is asking you to provide spec work via contests with no guarantee of payment or if you get paid for work rendered. Make sure to check with your tax advisor on how to handle money received through crowd contests and crowdwork.
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