To maintain a healthy brain and lifestyle, sometimes it’s necessary to get out of your comfort zone and shake up the accepted formula. I'm not about to go running down the street in a dress and top hat for the sake of novelty, unfortunately, but I can eschew the standard format just once to provide a series of shorter reviews, instead of one big one. And conveniently enough, my next three platform reviews push the traditional workplace out of the realm we consider universally accepted, and introduce it to the wild world of microtasking and creative collaboration.
Article Contributed by Seth Weinstein from Tiny Work
A new platform, still in beta, picks up on a trend that I’ve noticed a lot recently and really taken a shine to: I dub them “online quest boards” because they remind me of the old-school ones you may see in role-playing games. The concept, while simple, is catalyzed by the accessibility of the internet. People with enough money but not enough time can post jobs, tasks, projects, or proposals to this online marketplace to attract the attention of the various experts, workers, and sellers browsing. The workers pick the ones that seem the most interesting or lucrative, complete them to the buyer’s liking, and consequently get paid.
It’s the bells and whistles that really set Workio apart, though; their payments system, arguably the heart of a platform like this, is extremely flexible to fit the preferences of everyone involved. Plus there are nice features like the ability to collaborate with other workers on a task, progress bars that show how much of the task has been completed, and ways to trick out your profile to find more relevant or high-paying work.
The platform is not yet open to the public, but curious workers and managers can sign up for early access on their website, and get a better feel for the system by perusing the blog section. What would you like to buy or sell through Workio?