Seeking sources who’ve freelanced through crowdsourcing sites like Helium, 99designs, and crowdSPRING

March 14th, 2010

Hello, happy freelancers! I’m writing an article for about the pros, cons, and WTFs of throwing your hat into the crowdsourcing ring on sites like Helium, 99designs, crowdSPRING, iStockphoto, and Threadless – and I’m interested in interviewing freelancers who’ve participated in the design contests, writing contests, or other crowdsourcing cattle calls on one of these sites.

Note: I’m not going to delve into project bidding sites like Elance, oDesk, and Guru in this article, just sites that feature content contests or otherwise require freelancers to create work on spec before money even enters into the equation. So please only respond if you have experience with these on-spec/contest sites.

Any takers? I’d like to hear about your experience trying to land work, clients, or money through these sites, be it good, bad, or downright fugly. I’d prefer to talk to you on the record, but I don’t necessarily have to say which site you’ve used if you’d rather keep that detail quiet and I don’t need your clients’ names. My deadline is Friday, 3/19. If you’d like to be interviewed, leave me a note in the comments or email me. Thanks so much!

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Web Developer  |  January 23rd, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Sorry I missed your deadline but would like to point out that most freelance websites i have come across (for web development) tend to be from India – offering the complete package for $200.

    That tends to be my experience in the UK, I would just like to make the point that you get what you pay for.

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