Freelance arena: CrowdSpring.com

Just discovered CrowdSpring.com thanks to Forbes magazine, which I was not reading, but my people’s summed up the article. Looks like a pretty cool idea for a freelance website… More so if you’re the one posting a project.  In which case, you post the price,  what you want, and then a bunch of people upload their versions of what you’re asking. For example, take a look at all the “creatives” submitted for this logo project. Granted, logos don’t take that much time, but you can see there are a lot of people doing a lot of work on speculation. The site says on average they get 68 entries per project, so thats a lot of piranhas in the tank.  And if you’re the job poster you get to be king for a day and banish a’plenty. 

And for those who don’t know, this type of job-awarding is contrary to a freelance site like Elance.com where the bidders are competing based on their previous portfolio work, NOT work on the actual job.

Here’s what I like…

-The same person can submit multiple versions. And they are probably counting each version as a different entry, so that might level off the playing field slightly.

-On their How It Works page, it says 25 entries or your money back. So that makes me think job posters have ALREADY paid. Since the site is asking for so much work on spec, they are at least making sure the poster is good for the money, and MUST choose someone’s work (unless there are less than 25 entries) 

-The money looks good. A lot of logos are selling for $500 or more. 

– And if you can deal with the PTSD of doing many jobs for zero pay, then this is a great place to hone your skills in an environment where getting paid is at least a possibility. And heck, if you see a job closing in 3 hours, and you’ve got 3 episodes of Big Love on the DVR, listen to the show, glance up occasionally, and try to make some money while you’d normally be doing nothing. 


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3 thoughts on “Freelance arena: CrowdSpring.com

  1. It’s a disgrace to the freelance community. By posting a project on this site, people are saying “designers are worth nothing”, and by posting design work to it, you are agreeing with them.

  2. Justin says:

    Okay! Now we’re talking. I published this article before including “Here’s what I don’t like…” because I didn’t want to comment negatively on CrowdSpring without actually signing up for the site and being a part of it first. Which I don’t have any plans to because I’m just not into doing work on spec. But I get exactly what Luminousnerd is saying. And I think CrowdSpring is going to piss off more designers than please them in the end. Maybe not at first, but after the 10th or 20th project someone has worked on without getting paid, its gotta be infuriating.

    Plus I’ve looked at some of the public threads on these projects, and it seems like one designer might do something that comes really close to what the client wants, (the client can comment mid-project by the way, and give design notes), so I wonder what’s to stop a designer from swooping in at the last minute with a very similar design based on the work of someone else that already did a few versions for the client. Not cool right.

  3. jegcreations says:

    This is similar to another site I found called ’99 Designs’. It seems there are definitely two schools of thought in posting on these sites…

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