Update 3/14/14 – Cloud Crowd aka Servio was recently bought out by CrowdSource. They are no longer in operation.
Cloud Crowd is a short task site where you are paid for doing little “tasks.” These tasks might be anything from tagging images and video to writing short summaries, or even editing things. They offer all kinds of little jobs. Basically, companies pay Cloud Crowd to get other people to do some of their little jobs from home that require human intelligence and cannot be done with any automated system.
What about pay? Pay is per task, and it varies depending on the complexity of the task. Things that take longer pay more, while things that don’t take long at all pay less. Some things are just .01 per task, but you have to keep in mind that these might not take you more than a second (literally) to do. You can build up speed and increase your rate per hour. There are also some tasks that pay a couple of dollars each.
When and how do they pay? This is the most wonderful thing about Cloud Crowd. They pay you every day! Payment is made through Paypal for work completed and approved after 5 PM Pacific time by midnight of the next business day.
How hard is it to get hired? Anyone can do it. You just sign up and get to work although you will have to take tests to get credentials to accept various tasks. All the work is done through Facebook, which is quite handy for those of you who are on there all the time anyway.
Are they strict about the quality of the work? Yes. You need to read all the instructions carefully so you’ll know what you’re supposed to do. If you do a task incorrectly, it may be rejected, and you won’t get paid for that particular task. You are allowed to appeal tasks if you think one was graded unfairly, and they will reverse these if they agree with you.
Is this opportunity open to people outside the United States? Yes. Anyone can sign up to work for Cloud Crowd as long as they have a Paypal account since that is their only method of payment.
Do they have a referral program? They do! It goes down three levels. If your friends sign up you get 10% commission. You get 3% off second level referrals and 1.5% off third level referrals. When you sign up, you’ll get your own personal referral link to pass on to your friends. If they sign up by clicking your link, they’ll count as your referral, and you’ll earn off their work as well as your own.
Is Cloud Crowd recommended? Some people enjoy using it because of how fast you can get paid. However, there have been many complaints about being graded unfairly since they let other workers grade you. You would just have to try it out and see how your experience is. Everyone seems to feel differently about it.