CloudCrowd (www.CloudCrowd.com) is a new outsourcing, work at home agency that is taking a unique approach to freelance work. They provide their workers with small tasks, that are manageable in a short time frame and therefore easy to fit into almost any schedule, and they pay you the following day for the work you’ve completed.
Companies provide CloudCrowd with projects requiring a variety of services that range from language translation to writing and editing to online research, and more. CloudCrowd then takes these projects and breaks them into smaller, easier to manage tasks. They then list these tasks on their job pages.
When a member of CloudCrowd has time to work – say when your child is down for a nap – they simply sign on to their Facebook account and access their CloudCrowd application, looking for tasks they can complete in they time they have available. These tasks pay anywhere from $.01 to $14.95, depending on the length of time and expertise needed to complete the task.
All work that is completed by 5 pm Pacific Time will be paid by midnight the next day. In order to be paid, however, you must have a working PayPal account.
Is CloudCrowd a Scam?
On the contrary, actually. CloudCrowd is a respected crowdsourcing center that has been reviewed and praised by magazines such as BusinessWeek and Entrepreneur.
They respond to two different needs within the industry right now. First, companies that need to keep overhead down can do so by outsourcing major projects. Second, people who need work now can earn money by completing these projects for CloudCrowd on their own schedule.
CloudCrowd understands that certain tasks must be completed by humans – not computers – in order to be done well. So they have created an independent workforce of over 50,000 people and counting to do just that.
How You Can Be Successful with CloudCrowd
First, CloudCrowd rates its workers on a Credibility scale of 1-100. As a new employee, you are given a rating of 30 and you cannot exceed 50 until you have been an active employee for longer than one month. After the first month, your rating can go all the way to 100.
To raise your Credibility score, you must successfully complete your tasks in the correct way. This means following the instructions perfectly and providing the employer with the correct work they required. If you do the job incorrectly because you did not follow the instructions, or the work you provided was considered wrong or bad, it will lower your Credibility rating.
CloudCrowd also allows you to “Skip” a task after you’ve chosen it if you realize that you don’t know the answer or can’t complete it the way the employer needs. Choosing to Skip a task will not negatively affect your Credibility rating, but doing a task and failing it will. In addition, if you fail the task you are given, you will not be paid for it.
Also, CloudCrowd has certain tasks that anyone can do – like researching things online – or tasks that you must have “Credentials” to do. To get a Credential on CloudCrowd you must pass an online exam in that area. If you fail that exam, you will not be allowed to take it again, so make sure you are ready before you attempt it.
Overall, CloudCrowd is a great opportunity for those looking to fit some extra work into a busy schedule, or those who don’t have a full time job right and for whom every little bit helps.
Customer Responses, Reviews, or Complaints
This site's emails are going into the "spam folder".
This site is as goofy as it gets. Rude "reviewers" hanging around the forums deliberately posting misinformation.
Hint: They don't want you there taking their work. They desperately need every penny because earning actual $$$ is near impossible.
Tests are completely vague in their instructions. They demand clear and concise work for pennies, yet half of the text on their website is incomprehensible gibberish.
The editing test is just stupid. You are instructed to edit a document that reads as if it were written by a five year old. To properly edit it, you would have to rewrite the entire thing from scratch, otherwise it still looks like horse pucky when you are done.
You would be better off searching the web for blogs with a 'submit article' button. It would pay more per hour.
Cloudcrowd sounds like an absolute nightmare. Whoever came up with the bright idea of asking your "competitors" to review your work and thus decide whether or not you stand to earn any money?
I most certainly will not be wasting my time signing up!
The work is for everyone, believe me. You don't need a bachelor's degree or what. I invited many friends but quit on their first week. Man, you won't earn fast money on your first week and earnings will not be consistent because it is project based. Just be patient and you'll get hooked to working like it's your regular office job!
Additionally, it seems some of the people reviewing my Categorize Business tasks couldn't tell the difference between B2B and B2C businesses and repeatedly rejected businesses that I classified correctly as B2B. It seems a strange system that one person should be rewarded for incorrectly reviewing another's work. Who watches the watchers, I ask you?
I have yet to try any of the longer Writing or Editing tasks. But given my poor experience with the Categorize Business task I'm not sure it is worth investing longer periods of time only for incompetent people to deny me fair compensation.