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Crowdfunding Tip of the Week: Outsource Your Way to Success
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Crowdfunding Tip of the Week: Outsource Your Way to Success

Editor’s Note: Thinking about starting a crowdfunding campaign but don’t know where to begin? Check out the tip below from Rose Spinelli, a crowdfunding campaign consultant who runs The Crowdfundamentals. This is the latest in a series of tips, suggestions, and best practices Spinelli is writing exclusively for Crowdsourcing.org; you can find previous tips here.

Technology, that doubled-edged sword, has simplified our lives, but it has also drowned us in details, with an endless parade of tiny tasks needing our attention.

Crowdfunding is devilishly full of details that are too much to handle for the average human trying to go it alone. It’s the reason many people decide crowdfunding is not for them — who has the time?

Well, thanks to technology, it’s now easy to get an assistant to help manage the minutia!

Virtual assistants (VAs) are a cloud-based way to outsource those menial, repetitive, and rote tasks, leaving you to keep your crowdfunding goal on track, big-picture style — which is to say, to greater effect and much more efficiently.

VAs are not a new concept. In fact, they are being used more and more by busy professionals who want to work smarter, not harder. And very savvy crowdfunders have made use of them to great success, too. But not enough people are turning to this great resource in the cloud. I think the reason for that is a lack of understanding of what the process of hiring and working with virtual assistants entails.

So, here is a list of some reputable companies servicing clients who have crowdfunding-style needs with professional VAs that, when you take the long view, can help get you to the finish line practically and affordably.

Zirtual
- US-based workforce
- Membership is invitation only
- Monthly pricing fees with several plans to choose from

Amazon Mechanical Turk
- Global workforce
- You can hire several workers to complete Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) simultaneously
- Pay only for work performed to your satisfaction

TaskRabbit
- US-based workforce currently available in 17 cities
- Name your price and request bids, or let them choose for you
- Pay by task

oDesk
- Global workforce
- Offers hourly or fixed-priced projects
- “oDesk Guarantee” assures you only pay for hours worked

Fancy Hands
- US-based workforce who can work globally as long as English is spoken
Charges monthly, by number of requests
- “Team Work” is a service that gives anyone on your team access to assistants

Elance
- Global workforce
- Name your price and request bids
- Pay by task

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