Crowdsourcing is the Future
Each year the world gets smaller and smaller. The distance between the US and Philippines is but a Skype chat away. I use Philippines because my designer lives there. For folks not familiar with crowdsourcing, it is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people or community (a “crowd”), through an open call.
Sites like RedBeacon (local services), 99designs (design projects), TaskRabbit (neighbors helping neighbors) and Elance (web development) are changing the way the world operates. Starting a website or web business is cheaper than ever and these sites are contributing to that. I paid $350 to my designer for my Rain Rain Go Away app (launching in 3 weeks). That’s amazingly cheap, and to him it was a good enough payday.
Critics of crowdsourcing say it is another form of slave labor, but I believe that’s just American arrogance/ignorance. Who’s to say what a dollar is really worth. Did I get a fantastic design? YES! Did the designer get a good payout? YES! If I’m not mistaken, there’s always a loser in slave labor, so how is this slave labor when both sides win?
Crowdsourcing democratizes the global web and puts us all on equal ground. It’s so wonderful.