Apr 12, 2009

Building a Cloudsourced Business

As I continue to expound on the cloudsource concept, I was thinking of demonstrating how to build a completely cloudsourced business. First, you have to determine all the different roles you would need for the business. Legal, accounting, technology, sales, operations, business development, marketing, creative, administrative. Those are the essential business roles that pop to my mind - I welcome other department recos as well as other virtual communities.

What I'd love to see is a site that allows you to consolidate all of these virtual components into one so you can run your entire business off of it. I could see a business management version of TweetDeck that lets you oversee your entire business without having to log in and out of each of the sites mentioned below.

This is a work in progress... Here goes:

All roles -
Guru.com - Web Design;Graphic Design / Presentations / Multimedia; Illustration / Cartooning / Painting / Sculpting; Marketing / Advertising / Sales / PR; Engineering / CAD / Architecture; Networking / Hardware / Telephone Systems; Legal; Fashion / Interior / Landscape / Set Design; ERP / CRM Implementation; Programming / Software / Database Development; Writing / Editing / Translation; Admin Support (Legal, Medical, & Accounting); Sales / Telemarketing (Front-end); Business Consulting; Photography / Videography; Finance and Accounting; Broadcasting.
Elance.com - Creative design/Multimedia; Web/Programming; Writing/Translation; Admin; Sales/Marketing; Finance/Mgmt; Legal; Engineering/Manufacturing.
oDesk.com - Outsourcing services from India, Russia, USA, etc.

Legal -
Legalzoom - Who wouldn't trust Robert Shapiro for legal representation ;-).
Gerson Lehrman Group - Intelligently connecting institutions with expertise.
HG.org - Worldwide legal directory.
ExpertLaw - Legal help, directories, articles & forums.

Accounting -
MyBizHomepage - an integrated series of online business tools includes a financial dashboard that works with QuickBooks.
Quickbooks - Small business accounting software.
Quicken - Personal accounting software.
Mint.com - Online accounting website.
Accountants Online Directory - Directory of Accountants, CPA's & bookkeepers.

Sales -
Amazon affiliate - sell your wares yourself online.
Ebay - another example of virtual storefronts.
Salesforce.com - CRM SaaS solutions.

Advertising -
AdReady - do it yourself advertising.
Adwords - Advertise via Google.

Creative -
Crowdspring - Global marketplace for creative services.
99Designs - Leading designer marketplace.

Web Design -
Dream Template - 4,000 web design templates to choose from.
Stock Icons - Stock web icons.

Marketing/Promotion -
Twitter.com - promote your business and develop leads.
Facebook.com - create a fan page for folks who support your business.

Consulting -
Expert Magnet - Expert freelance consulting.

Event Coordination -
Event Brite - Online event registration service.
Evite - Online invitations.

Administrative -
Tasks Everyday - Business & personal virtual assistants starting at $6.98/hr.
Hire Virtual Assistants - Virtual assistants starting at $4.03/hr.

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