Thursday, December 9, 2010

18 Tasks You Can Crowdsource

A few weeks ago I wrote about what crowdsourcing is useful for, breaking it down into three main categories: Work, Input and Organizing. Crowdsourcing is a way of getting work done that can help you save time, money and free you up to get to other work at hand.

Here are some ideas for tasks that can be crowdsourced, and links to sites that can help you with those tasks. Note that some of the sites mentioned can be used for several different types of crowdsourcing, and not just the tasks mentioned here.


  • Translation. Need something translated, without having to rely on Google Translation to do the trick? Try MyGenGo.
  • Transcription. Have audio files that need transcribing, such as a podcast? TryCastingWords.
  • Photo tagging. Looking to get photographs tagged or classified and support a good cause? Try the nonprofit crowdsourced labor site Samasource.
  • Keyword optimization. Looking for SEO help? Try Trada.
  • Data verification. Have a long list of business information, like a contact list or URLs, and need that content verified? Try the CrowdFlower self-service site (CrowdFlower CEOLukas Biewald will be speaking about the future of work and crowdsourcing at ourNet:Work conference in San Francisco next month).
  • Website testing. Looking for usability testing for your site? Try
  • Beta testing software. Need some skilled beta testers to test your software or go through your code? Try TopCoder.
  • Article writing. Need some content for your website or blog? Try SquadHelp.


  • Logo design. Looking for a logo for your company? Try
  • Business card design. Need a new business card layout? Try Guerra-Creativa.
  • Print and online ads. Want a print ad or an online banner ad? Try 99designs.
  • Website design. Need a new website interface design? Try crowdSPRING.
  • Product development. Want to see if your cool product concept can become a real product? Try
  • Brand names and taglines. Looking for a new name for a company, product or service or a clever tagline? Try NamingForce.
  • Video. Need a video produced? Try Tongal.
  • Packaging. Need packaging for a new product? Try BootB.
  • Creative campaign. Running a campaign and need a winning idea? Try IdeaBounty.
  • Quick ideas. Need some fast, inexpensive input? Try IdeaOffer.

Whatever your need, crowdsourcing can help you get work done and tap into crowds of talented and skilled workers willing to perform work in new ways. Keep in mind that the work can vary in terms of quality. Most sites that charge for services have some kind of refund policy if you are not 100 percent satisfied, but read the fine print.

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