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Work3.0 Featured on Crowdsourcing.org!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Seth Weinstein

crowdsoucing.orgThree cheers for recognition! The article I posted last week about Automan and Amazon Mechanical Turk was picked up as an editorial feature on Crowdsourcing.org, the leading site for news and discussion regarding crowdsourcing, crowd funding, cloud labor, and distributed knowledge.

Professionals in the field would be wise to check out the content on Crowdsourcing.org with some degree of regularity. Their articles are well-sorted, submitted from a variety of sources, and will be seen by bright minds from a multitude of distinct industries. When I reported for Tiny Work, many of my news leads could be traced back to Crowdsourcing.org, and the attention my articles received on the site was instrumental in getting me where I am today.

Thank you, Crowdsourcing.org, and I hope we continue to have a mutually beneficial relationship with each other.

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Why Microsoft Office?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by Seth Weinstein

 

There really isn’t any other service like Ziptask that focuses exclusively on Microsoft Office for the majority of its work. Many other freelancing and task-outsourcing networks prefer to focus broadly, offering their customers a litany of services, options, and types of work. But Ziptask eschews this method. Why? What makes MS Office special, worthy of an entire service dedicated to the platform? Well, I’m glad you (hypothetically) asked!

Ubiquity

When you started reading this, you probably didn’t have to play catch-up by looking up what MS Office is. You wouldn’t be alone; MS Office is installed on over one billion desktops worldwide, and doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. Tutorials are available on YouTube for free, making it an extremely easy-to-use suite o programs. And it’s not limited to specific demographics; students make presentations in PowerPoint, professionals track data with Excel and create press releases with Word and Publisher, and your mom might even email your great aunt through Outlook. Even Apple computers have MS office available for them; no other suite of office software has come anywhere close to the impact and reach of Microsoft’s Swiss army knife of tools.

Data Handling

In addition to Office being well-known and easy-to-use, businesses can take advantage of built-in features to measure metrics and learn a little more about the work done by their employees. The software suite is very good at silently compiling data about your documents as you create them, which makes it easy for anyone who needs to retrieve it later en masse. Word documents, for example, can produce counts of individual words, exposing new SEO terms and making sure the established ones are getting their proper exposure. The capabilities of the suite by no means end there; indeed, any interested supervisor or executive could retrieve a huge number of statistics on their employees’ work. The possibilities are really only limited by what data you want to find.

Transfer-Ready

In a business that lives and dies by sending files from one party to another, transferability is crucial, and MS Office delivers. It’s far too common to hear a horror story of one person sending another a file to have it end up as a mass of strange characters or jumbled formatting. Office circumvents this problem and others by making it extremely easy to transfer part of, or entire, files. Need a bunch of data moved into Excel? Write a macro, plug in the file, and your work is done. Bits of Word documents can be pasted into spreadsheets and vice-versa with nothing more than a glorified copy-paste feature. And you can rest easy knowing that the file you sent out will look exactly the same on your contractor’s screen as it did on yours.

You probably already use Microsoft Office for a number of things around your workplace. Ziptask recognizes this, and that’s why we’ve billed ourselves as your one-stop-shop for any assignment on this platform. We cater exclusively to this program, meaning that we don’t get distracted by trying to learn fifty others at the same time. We’re confident that our team can handle anything MS Office can throw at us, and we want to do it for your business too. You’ve probably worked with some less-than-competent people in your lifetime; wouldn’t it be nice to hand off work to a company that actually knows what it’s doing?

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