If you run a small or medium-sized business, you may not have the people power or time to complete every important detail that arises through the course of business. Such work like sorting, researching, writing product descriptions and translation work can be done through the Crowd.
The concept is simple, you register for sites like Amazon Mechanical Turk or Clickworker and submit what type of work you`d like completed. The proposal is floated out the the Crowd (members of the community) and your work is finished by a competent professional with a background or skill set related to your project.
For example, let`s say you`re looking for someone to write a product description for an Account Software Add-on that your company is about to release, simply go to one of the above sites and register your company and statement of work and voila, its finished.
The good thing about these sites is that members are prescreened and qualified through resumes, qualifications and even testing modules to see if the person can really do what he or she claims she can do.
I haven`t used the sites myself, but, it seems like a growing trend and on a path to disintermediation of not having to use only a select number of companies to get the work done.