crowdSPRING Review: Web Design By Committee

If there’s anything the Internet’s good at, it’s bringing people together. Sometimes, this doesn’t always work out for the best – I’m looking at you, failed relationships of Match.com – but sometimes it can be downright inspiring.

Of course, we’re not talking about personal relationships here, we’re talking business. And, in the case of crowdSPRING, we’re talking design: web design, graphic design, creative design – you name it. If you’re a creative type and you need work done or simply need work, crowdSPRING should raise an eyebrow or two.
A simple browsing of the currently-posted projects (as you’ll see in our screenshot below) will tell you: some of the projects posted on crowdSPRING can be serious work.

crowdSPRING uses crowd sourcing to bring people together - and does it well.

But before we get ahead of ourselves and our pupils glaze over into dollar sign shapes, we should worry about two things: what crowdSPRING does and how well it does it. And for that, we’ll need a little bit more information. Let’s dive into the mosh pit.

If Two Minds Are Better Than One…

It wouldn’t be a very good Crowdspring review without a description of the service, so if you’ve never heard of Crowdspring, so let’s assume you need to know a little bit more about the site itself.

crowdSPRING.com is set up like a freelance site – heck, it is a freelance site – but with an interesting twist. If you have a project, you post the details of the project (including how much you’ll pay for its successful completion), but then you sit back and watch people complete the project for you. That’s right: people will design your logos, make mockups of your website, and generally handle all of the dirty work while you review all of your favorite ones and award the project to your favorite designs.

Wait a second. Doesn’t that sound like a ripoff to the people who are working on the other end, the ones who endure hard labor only to see themselves lose out on project after project?

Evidently not, as crowdSPRING has become a veritable treasure trove of elite talent all competing with each other to win the big bucks. If you’ve ever considered breaking out into freelance design, crowdSPRING can be a great launching point: a way for you to find out how to design things in the real world. Want to win? You’d better put out more than satisfying work.

The concept obviously works, as crowdSPRING has become a hot bed of both job makers and job seekers. It’s a great way to get a quick turnaround if you need design done and it’s also a perfect way to build up your own portfolio while actually making some money.

But now that you know how crowdSPRING works, it’s time to find out if it really works out all that well.

Does Crowdspring Deliver?

According to Crowdspring’s own statistics, Crowdspring is a perfect place to post your own project.

Consider: if you post a project on crowdSPRING for someone else to complete, you’re looking at an average of 110 entries into the contest of winning your money. After using the service, 96% of the buyers would recommend using crowdSPRING. There’s also a quick response time from customers, with 97% of them receiving a response in one hour.

It doesn’t get much better than that if you’re looking for some quick (and quality) work completed. Anyone with a fairly large budget can have easy work completed within a day, depending on the size and scope of the project. If your boss needs you to complete a giant project that includes design or creative work, it can be an interesting way to outsource and hit your deadline. Heck, if you’re an entrepreneur who needs a new company logo, why go to one company when you can choose from the designs of over a hundred different companies and freelancers?

It’s really a no-brainer from the customer’s standpoint, as long as you have the budget to create a project people will want to bid on.

From the other end of the spectrum – the work provider, the creative freelancer – the crowdSPRING service can seem a little dicier. You have to, after all, compete with other professionals for some work, and oftentimes this means competing against not only dozens of other creative types, but hundreds of them. It’s a lot of pressure and there’s no guarantee your designs will be selected to win the project.

Because of this, we can really only recommend that people who want to expand their portfolio and maybe take a chance at earning some money on the side try out crowdSPRING. If you’re already a successful freelancer, you might want to consider crowdSPRING as a place to occasionally try your luck. If you can really deliver the goods, there are some nice rewards waiting for you. If you can’t, it’s at least a good place to hone your skills and add some quality material to that portfolio of yours.

Is the Price Right?

To post a project on crowdSPRING, you’ll have to comply with some basic pricing requirements. You have to be able to put up enough money to make the project worth the designers’ while. Logo design projects, for example, will put you out a minimum $200. There’s no cheap outsourcing at crowdSPRING: you’ll get quality, so you should expect to pay for it. (Small website designs run you at least $600, in case you were wondering).

Let’s look at some of the other minimum project budgets:

  • Print design: $300
  • Logo and stationary: $300
  • Company naming: $200

This isn’t a problem for many people who would have a big budget for some of these items anyway. Some businesses put aside thousands of dollars for a quality website – for them, crowdSPRING can be a real treasure.

Conclusions

crowdSPRING is a great place to cut your teeth in the freelance world and really step it up against some of the world’s best competition. After all, you won’t get any work unless you can prove beforehand that you can deliver the goods. On the flip side, if you need a design or creative project completed, there are fewer better places on the Internet to be. We recommend you give the crowd a try.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Rating

www.crowdspring.com

Dan Kenitz

Dan Kenitz is a former professional Search Engine Optimization specialist and current freelance writer, commentator, and all-around entrepreneur.

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