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How Contests Help You Get Stuff Done

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So you’re just about ready to launch your startup and only have a few more things to cover, like, say, your logo design and maybe your calling card layout. Yes, it will be pretty simple to log in to Freelancer.com and post a project, get it done, and print it out. Or, you can post a contest instead.

Contests are opportunities to crowdsource projects. This lets you access a wider spectrum of ideas and insights. It promotes friendly competition among freelancers as well. In simpler terms, you get more options for about the same costs as hiring a freelancer for a project.

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At the same time, if you need ideas for that next big thing, why not ask 13 million people for their thoughts on just about anything and everything?

We asked some of our users who love hosting and joining contests and here’s what they had to say:

“Contests are great because you have a bit of creative freedom to really test your skills,” said Danny who just won a contest for making a logo.

“Contests allow me to get options at the fraction of the cost,” said Ervin, after asking designers to create a mockup of his website. He continued “Had I spent the same amount of money on just one freelancer, I wouldn’t have had the option of being able to draw from the best aspects of each of the entries.”

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Achieving Success in a Crowdsourcing and Freelancing Economy

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Crowdsourcing and freelancing has quickly become a norm in business processes, which is why more and more entrepreneurs, businesses, and professionals are taking it up. As thousands upon thousands of skilled professionals enter into this type of work, it is important to know the difference between crowdsourcing and freelancing, as each practice has qualities that make it unique.

Crowdsourcing obtains services, ideas or solutions through contests or other online interactions. This allows project holders to gather a pool of ideas and award the best entry or entries.

Freelancing, on the other hand, is along the lines of self-employment or contractual work. Companies or businesses will work with a professional on a per-project basis or in whatever casual capacity, without permanently hiring the freelancer as part of their company.

Despite the different natures of crowdsourcing and freelancing, there are still little things you can do to make sure your experiences with both are a great success!

Here are 5 tips for winning contests and bids:

1. Carefully read the contest brief or project details.

It’s absolutely fine to be excited about getting started, but to be sure you’re hitting the bull’s-eye, take some time to read through the contest brief or project details. It’s important to understand the requirements so that you can produce something that will grab the contest holder or employer’s attention.

2. Clarify objectives with the contest holder or employer.

Use the messaging system to find out more information about the contest or project. Clarify the questions you have in mind – but make sure these are relevant questions and you’re not just bugging the contest holder or employer.

3. Copyright infringement is a big NO-NO.

Especially for design-related contests or projects, only use images which you own and have copyright over. Once the site has confirmed copyright infringement, this may result in immediate disqualification of the user from contests or being banned from the site all together.

4. Competence and professionalism is key.

Do some research so that you are well informed about what the contest holder or employer is looking for. The more you understand and know about the project, the higher your chance of nailing it. Have nothing substandard about your submissions; instead, be creative and original. Make sure you send the correct files to avoid hassle, delays or bad feedback.

5. Complete all requests on time.

When a project holder asks for revisions even before declaring a contest winner and you’ve agreed to submitting it on a certain date, meet that deadline submissions or you might lose your chance of winning the contest.

The same goes for projects. Fulfilling agreed submission dates for samples or demos is one way to impress an employer and show them that they can trust you with their project.

Now that you have read this blog, you can apply these techniques in your next contest or project!

Taking Crowdsourcing to the Next Level

Freelancer.com is changing the game by taking crowdsourcing to the next level. Our latest update to our contest feature redefines industry standards by allowing employers to host a contest for freelancers in ANY job category, not just for design work. Whether you need a freelancer for software development, slogan-writing, video production, or even architecture, you can get our freelancers creative juices flowing to submit ideas in any of the 580+ skill categories currently offered on Freelancer.com. To run a contest,… Read more