Crowdsource your life so you can get back to the whole living it thing.
Crowdsourcing has become one of the most powerful ways to get shit done, helping you squeeze as much out of your day as possible. Not only can it help you find solutions to problems, but save time, reduce expenses and expand your horizons.
Here are 11 ways crowdsourcing can make your life a whole lot easier:
1. Crowdsource your commute
Carma is a carpooling app that lets users share commuting costs with neighbors and work buddies headed in the same direction. Riders pay the standard rate per mile. Once the trip starts, a timer on the app keeps track of the trip distance and automatically pays the driver when the trip ends.
2. Crowdsource your business
There are some aspects of running a business, whether full-time or a side gig, that are a total pain in the tuchus. That being said, there are other business owners who love the things you don’t enjoy doing, and vice versa. Brand Gathering hooks you up with other business owners so you can barter each other’s strengths and preferences to get ahead together.
3. Crowdsource your decisions
You can ask for advice on just about anything: From what movie you should go and see to what stock you should invest in to finally getting that rash looked at, there’s someone out there in the world willing to help guide you. Tiinkk is an app you can use to canvas friends’ opinions on anything you want and get realtime feedback. You can even set a time limit for accepting responses, such as five minutes or ten days (perfect if you’re trying to lose a guy).
4. Crowdsource your health
Let’s be honest: There are times when your doctor’s just not helpful. Like, at all. With how inconvenient (and expensive) going from expert to expert can be, getting started on a site like CrowdMed might help you narrow down your search – or, correctly diagnose you. As of January 2014, 78 percent of the people who’ve used the site have reported the diagnoses they received turned out to be accurate. (Dayuuum.) Like with any advice you receive though, proceed with caution.
5. Crowdsource your dates
With how much time we spend in front of screens, it’s no wonder so many of us suck at dating. Ironically, it’s your screen to the rescue! Say Something is an app that allows men and women to practice their dating skills on each other in a safe virtual training mode while gaining honest feedback on their skills.
6. Crowdsource your closet
Open Attire is an upscale fashion swapping website for men and women. Their motto is “Love, wear, share, repeat.”
7. Crowdsource your job hunt
While the job market is (always) tough, thanks to social media and the Internet you can be proactive in building your dream career, whether that’s working for a company or working for yourself and seeking clients. Here’s all you need to know about crowdsourcing your job hunt.
8. Crowdsource your trip
If you’re going to travel to distant lands, you want as authentic an experience as possible while you’re visiting. You know, like “Eat Pray Love” authentic. By crowdsourcing your trip instead of going through the traditional channels, you’ll be able to save money and create a unique trip that’ll be way more fun than a cookie cutter one. Here’s a guide on crowdsourcing your next trip.
9. Crowdsource your dinner
One of the biggest reasons many of us don’t eat as healthy as we should is because of how crunched for time we are. Creating a “dinner co-op” or “supper swap” amongst your neighbors, friends, or nearby family is a great way to save time and eat healthier. You essentially alternate giving and receiving homemade dinners each weeknight, which will also help cut down on takeout bills. Here’s a fab article on how to setup your own supper swap.
10. Crowdsource your wedding photos
Crowdsourcing your wedding memories is now a thing thanks to apps like WedPics, GuestShots, and Capsule, that let you create a private social network that revolves around your wedding. The album’s viewable by the bride and groom, wedding guests and other invitees, where everyone can upload oodles of photos to reminisce about the big day.
11. Crowdsource your grocery shopping
I loathe grocery shopping with every fibre of my being. Between the traffic and the lines and the noise, I’m breaking out in hives just thinking about it. Instacart is an app that allows you to grocery shop and have crowdsourced personal shoppers drop off your groceries to you within the hour. Bam.
Are there aspects of your life you prefer to crowdsource?
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