This is the first in a series of profiles of the real people who do the amazing work on CrowdFlower jobs – B.R.
The Aspiring Roadie
Describe your hometown:
My town is more country than city. I live just down the road from rock stars, and I sometimes pass people on horseback on the way to Walmart. The Walmart is pretty much the highlight of town, but you’re almost always guaranteed to run into someone you know while you’re out running errands.
What made you interested in microtasking?
I guess I never really knew about these types of things until I signed up for some online earning websites. I found it quite interesting to see how much work goes into things like verifying business phone number directories, or gathering web page information, or creating in-text Wikipedia links. These are things I’ve always made use of, but never fully appreciated how much work went into creating them, so I like being a part of the behind-the-scenes group of people who help make this stuff possible.
What’s the single CrowdFlower task that you’ve enjoyed the most? And why?
My favorite CrowdFlower task is the one in which I’m given batches of words and I identify as many Wikipedia pages as I can that correspond with those given terms.
How did you find CrowdFlower and how do you like working with us?
I found CrowdFlower through InstaGC.com. I really enjoy working with CrowdFlower. I never have any problems with getting credit for tasks, like with a lot of other survey and task companies. I enjoy the work and I feel that the payment is very fair for the amount of work involved.
What advice would you give other people interested in working on microtasks?
I would tell that person to try out a little of everything. There are plenty of different tasks available to do, and once you find some you really enjoy doing, it will hardly even feel like you’re doing work.
What do you do for fun? (when you’re not microtasking, of course)
My life pretty much revolves around road trips and concerts. I like picking different parts of the country to go see concerts in, instead of just going to shows around the state where I live. I get a chance to experience new places and meet a lot of new people that way, as well as seeing a lot of this country.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
That’s a tricky question, because I want to go EVERYWHERE. I’ve never been outside the country, so I guess I’d start small, and pick somewhere like London. It would be nice to experience international travel while not having to adapt to a language barrier.
What is something that you have always dreamt of doing?
I’ve always wanted to work for a touring band. I wouldn’t mind being their merch girl, or a tour manager who deals with all the details of travel and coordinating things between the venues and the band, or a tech who makes sure there aren’t any problems with any instruments during the show. A job like that would combine my love for travel and music, so it would be perfect.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself?
My friends are in a band that got some pretty heavy radio play a few years back, and they made a pretty good name for themselves. My mom and I have traveled all over the country to see them play shows. We’ve each seen them perform over 100 times. I don’t think there are a lot of people who can say that about many bands 🙂