Using your local design shop, programmer or assistant for work is fine.
We work best with those we know and feel comfortable with. However, you
never know how better (in price or in delivery) you might be able to
get your next project unless you use a new vendor.
Finding a vendor is not always easy. Do you get a referral? Do
you look through the yellow pages? Pour over pages of Google search
Fortunately there are marketplaces to help you find vendors for just about every service you might need. BuyerZone, Craigslist, Elance, Crowdspring and others all provide one form or other other of marketplaces to help you find businesses providing the services you need.
I interviewed Crowdspring executives to get a better sense of their
services and help guide us into how (or how not) to use competing
Often times small businesses (well all businesses) need help
and/or expertise. They can ask friends for referrals or turn to
services like crowdSPRING. Tell us a little about what crowdSPRING is
and how it works.
crowdSPRING is a marketplace for creative services. Businesses
looking for a new logo, website, marketing materials or anything else
creative can simply post what they need, when they need it and how much
they want to pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world will
submit actual work – not bids or proposals – for the buyer to review.
As the submissions come in, buyers are able to review, sort, rate,
provide feedback and collaborate with creatives until they find the
Simply put, crowdSPRING was founded on three core principles: offer
buyers choice, give creatives a level playing field, and protect
intellectual property for all. The crowdSPRING model takes the risk out
of buying creative services by offering buyers choice up front – actual
designs to choose from, instead of bids or proposals. The crowdSPRING
marketplace empowers an underground, underdog creative community and
levels the playing field by allowing creatives – whether established
professional or talented newcomer – to compete solely on the basis of
their talent. And crowdSPRING also protects the intellectual property
of all parties by offering completely free, customized written legal
agreements for every transaction.
What projects might not be best suited for an online marketplace and what services are better suited for it.
While some marketplaces try to be everything to everyone,
crowdSPRING is a marketplace dedicated solely to creative services.
Right now, we cover all kinds of graphic design categories (logo,
business cards, print design, etc.), web design (web pages, ad banners,
etc.), illustration and even photography. In the very near future,
we’ll also be branching out into areas like copywriting, audio, video
and maybe even animation.
So, any project that needs something creative would be a great fit
for us. We have thousands upon thousands of designers spread all around
the world just standing by and waiting!
What are the differences between crowdSPRING and Elance? Should small businesses use both services for their projects?