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Working for CrowdSource

Updated on July 16, 2016
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Michael has been an online freelancer and writer for many years and loves discovering and sharing about new experiences and opportunities.

Working for CrowdSource was a very interesting idea for me when I first started looking at online work. Indeed, CrowdSource was one of the first sites that I signed up on. I was originally drawn to the idea of doing something other than pure content creation and copywriting, and CrowdSource’s platform looked very appealing. My first round of research initially led me to Amazon Mechanical Turk, which looked like a fantastic site to get a lot of small, minimized assignments done, but I was quickly put off by the fact that I would struggle to get my earnings in my hands because I live outside of the US.

For those of you who have no idea what Amazon Mechanical Turk or CrowdSource is, it is a micro-task site that splits up large projects and assigns the much smaller parts to its online community. The community then completes these tiny tasks, called Human Intelligence Tests (or HITs), and get paid in cents. CrowdSource, however, allows easier access to its platform from outside of the US and pays daily through PayPal. All of the work I have done thus far has been immediately transferred into my PayPal account—and I wasn’t even charged a transfer fee.

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The Platform

The CrowdSource platform worried me a bit at first because it requires that you login through your PayPal account, but I do believe that this is secure now. There are several micro-task sites out there that pay you to put yourself in danger by registering on sites, downloading files and following links—which some people actually do in desperation—but I have not found that at all on CrowdSource yet. Most of the tasks I’ve done are on site and require human intelligence to fulfill. So it definitely is one of the better ones.

The only problems that I found on this site are those relating to location and worker support. CrowdSource is also integrated into Amazon Mechanical Turk and when I go on that site to view HITs, which you can do without an account, I often see that tasks are US-based—which means I’m outta luck. This results in very little work available.

Morover, I also waited a long time to hear the results of my writing and editing assessments. This is an area where CrowdSource let me down. They stated that results would be released in 4-5 business days but it took much longer than that for me. And the three update requests that I made on a separate support site, which you need to strangely sign up for as well, didn’t really solve my problem at all. And since that time, CrowdSource has rebranded itself as OneSpace, a name suggested by a worker who received $5,000 for the idea.

While I don’t necessarily like the idea of doing hundreds of tiny tasks to make a few dollars, which is common to sites like CrowdSource/OneSpace, there is potential to earn some additional income with sites like this. My advice, though, after working for many different types of online sites, would be to look for other ways to make use of your skill sets. Are you multilingual? Can you type audio at a very fast rate? Do you prefer researching and writing original content? If you answer yes to any of these questions, I would reconsider doing HITs for pennies. As long as your heart is into what you do, you will find ways to make your endeavors more profitable.

It’s important to remember though that working online is not always as enjoyable as it may seem. There are sometimes disappointing barriers in place, including geographical ones, and hearing back from sites that you have applied for can strain your time and energy. It's also important to remember that making money online is not a sure-fire thing. Even if you are partly successful online, the income you make will not be able to replace a full-time monthly salary unless you put in a huge amount of your effort and focus. Even then, the work is not consistent enough to be dependable. Yet, saying that, there is plenty of proof online of people doing the impossible and making thousands of dollars per month online. The only thing stopping you is you.

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