We are a manufacturer and vendor of valve positioners - a type of precision instrument - for industrial plants. In order to expand our overseas sales channels we used Workshift freelancers in 12 countries to research and list up potential distributors of our product. Compared to using conventional research companies we were able to make significant cost savings. Moreover, we thought the research results reflected good overall cost performance. In addition, the freelancer evaluation function, escrow function (not paying until the job is completed) and other features reduced our concerns about using the service. We plan to use the service again when we have similar market research needs in the future.
TSUNAGU is a web-media company that provides travel and lifestyle information about Japan to foreign visitors. In the past we used one of the large US based crowdsourcing companies but we heard that a new Japanese crowdsourcing company called Workshift had many foreign freelancers so we decided to try them. Many freelancers at Workshift are familiar with the customs and culture of Japan. Moreover, compared to the large US crowdsourcing firms the quality is high and we are very satisfied. The fact that we can use Japanese and make payments in yen are additional satisfaction factors.
Job Category：Market Research and Surveys
Project Budget (tax included)： 3,000 yen to 10,000 yen
Project Budget (tax included)： 10,000 yen to 50,000 yen
Job Category：Other Writing
Project Budget (tax included)： 10,000 yen to 50,000 yen
Project Budget (tax included)： 3,000 yen to 10,000 yen
Hello everyone! I'm Oleksandra from the Ukraine. I am a dynamic, creative writer with a passionate attitude toward my job. After graduating from university with a masters degree in journalism spent few years working at printed and internet media, TV and PR. I traveled a lot around the world and had a few internships abroad (USA, India) which enabled me to become an experienced translator. I am a bilingual Russian and Ukrainian speaker, and also speak fluent English. I passed the Level 3 Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Thailand. I wish to continue using crowdsourcing for my translation services. Finally, I always meet my deadlines.
Hi everyone. My name is Merche Moreno and I am a freelance illustrator living in Barcelona, Spain, but I love to work worldwide. After graduating from college, I worked on animation movies, advertisement companies and even worked at a children's book store. Surrounded by books I decided to illustrate my own book and post-graduated in Illustration for Children and Young Books. My favorite quote is "A creative adult is a child who survived". I love dogs, animation films and dark chocolate. Also, I have been trying to learn Japanese for years and I have not give up yet!
Hi! I'm Sakura, a Japanese-Indonesian designer with a BA in design from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. My main focus was on interior design, but I am open to any kind of design from space, visual graphics and short movie clips to editorial works. I have found Workshift to be a bridge for designers and clients around the world to share their abilities, opportunities, and needs on a bigger scale and in a harmonious relationship. Workshift exposes the designer's ability, yet still allows them flexibility to choose which project interests them. As it is online, it gives greater access to more people. I look forward to working online with everyone using crowdsourcing.
Introducing Liang, a versatile and talented freelancer from Malaysia. Liang graduated from Multimedia University then went on to get a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is experienced in conducting formal business research as well as taking on Information Technology (IT) projects. He is proficient in Chinese, English, Malay, and able to understand simple Japanese language as well (acquired JLPT N4). In addition he has strong interest in drawing, design, research, web surfing and online trading.
Workshift is an online workplace where you can place job orders, receive job orders and settle payments all on one site - this is called crowdsourcing. Essentially, it means you can do all your outsourcing online from anywhere, in less time, and at less cost. For freelancers around the world, Workshift offers easy access to Japan's large economy, a market which due to geography and language is otherwise difficult for non-Japanese to penetrate. In fact, Workshift is the first crowdsourcing service in Japan to offer Japanese clients a truly global network in the form of access to non-Japanese overseas based freelancers. Moreover, user registration is free so if you have a skill to sell we invite you to join us by registering today.
|2015/10/05||海外ビジネスExpo2015に出展します（10月27日）。Workshift will be in "Foreign Business Expo2015" as a specialist.|
|2015/10/02||中小機構（SWBS）「外国人観光客をつかみ、世界へ発信」に登壇します。Workshift will make a presentation at SME World Business Support.|
|2015/09/27||Facebookの「いいね！」が80,000件を超えました！Workshift "Likes" on FB has reached over 80,000!!|
|2015/09/08||（プレスリリース）『外国人登録者92カ国20,000人突破！優秀な外国人ワーカーにWEB上で直接依頼することで人材不足を解消する『ワークシフト』』。(Press Release) More than 20,000 users in 92 countries.|
|2015/08/17||AERA（朝日新聞出版）にて、「日本を動かすベンチャー１００」として選ばれました。Workshift is recognized as a leading venture company by AERA.|
|2015/03/30||『産経新聞』に掲載されました～主なクラウドソーシング４企業 Workshift is reported in "Sankei News Paper".|
|2015/02/19||かわさき起業家優秀賞を獲得しました！ Workshift get Kawasaki entrepreneur award of excellence!|
|2014/10/17||総務省のHPで、主な国内クラウドソーシング事業者として紹介されました。Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications lists Workshift among top 10 crowdsourcing firms in Japan.|
What is crowdsourcing?
Crowdsourcing is a web service on the internet where companies with a job to be done and freelancers looking for work can meet. The word crowdsourcing comes from "crowd" as in a crowd of people and "outsourcing" which means to farm out work. Crowdsourcing is a new outsourcing method using the internet which allows you to post a job anytime you need to, with people who have skills you need. Traditionally outsourcing was an act of contacting a specialist and placing an order for work to be done. Today, however, with the widespread diffusion of the internet you can contact a large number of people (freelancers) some of who will apply for the work (job) that you need to be done. This is called crowdsourcing. It is said that the use of crowdsourcing can cut both product development and new business start up costs and time in half. The costs of market research and translation requirements when expanding business into Asia can be reduced through the use of crowdsourcing and these cost savings would directly lead to improvement in the firm's competitiveness versus rivals. There are many talented freelancers in Asia who have registered with Workshift Solutions. For that reason companies in Japan looking to expand into Asia can make significant cost savings using freelancers in Asia on the Workshift crowdsourcing platform.
Jobs that are outsourced through crowdsourcing services.
Jobs that are outsourced using a crowdsourcing service are typically in fields requiring a professional skill such as overseas market research work, translation, design projects (logos, posters etc.), and web development related jobs. A big reason for this is that crowdsourcing is conducted online and the output of each of the above professional fields is in a digital format that is easily transferred over the internet. Besides the professional fields mentioned above Workshift, because of its unique position as a Japanese global crowdsourcing platform, it is a preferred site for writing projects, videography, and software development in multiple foreign languages. Workshift is a site not only for jobs requiring a special skill but it is also an easy to use site for jobs that do not require a particular professional skill. Crowdsourcing jobs usually require a short time - several hours - to complete. Consequently, crowdsourcing jobs typically take only one or two days to complete. Through the use of crowdsourcing, overseas market research and translation costs can be reduced. These cost savings help lower the hurdle for Japanese companies wishing to expand overseas.
Three social issues that Workshift can help solve.
1. Workshift can support Japanese firms aiming to expand their business overseas. By implementing a crowdsourcing service Workshift can offer Japanese firms easy and direct access to overseas professionals who can help them with their overseas expansion plans. By using local overseas professionals Japanese firms can make considerable cost savings. Workshift has developed an easy-to-use platform, for users to use at a very low cost, enabling clients to farm out overseas market research tasks and translation work faster and for less cost than traditional sources.
2. Workshift helps Japan fill the shortage of young skilled IT engineers. With a continuously dropping birthrate and population decline Japan is experiencing a shortage of IT engineers in their 20s and 30s. This can be alleviated by using crowdsourcing to access 20 and 30 year old IT engineers overseas. Going forward Japanese firms will use crowdsourcing more and more to access quality IT workers in Asia.
3. Workshift is dedicated to providing both Japanese companies and individuals in Japan a better opportunity to expand and succeed in overseas markets. It is also expected that overseas firms will be showing greater interest in Japan as we approach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Workshift can assist small and medium size companies in Japan gain access to projects from overseas firms by providing a crowdsourcing platform on which Japanese firms can easily participate in the bidding process. It used to be difficult for Japanese firms to participate in international projects but with crowdsourcing this is no longer true. Moreover, Workshift can be a portal through which Cool Japan, such as anime, manga and illustrations are, exhibited for sale to the rest of the world.
Workshift, the worldwide crowdsourcing company from Japan
Workshift has developed a worldwide network of skilled freelancers to whom anyone can hire for short-term work over the internet. This global network consists of over 13,000 registered freelancers, of which over 90% have acquired knowledge and learned professional skills from international academic institutions. They are available conveniently online to fulfil job assignments in the fields of overseas market research, translation, onsite interpretation, and local design. What is more, for inbound opportunities please use Workshift to help you find business partners in Japan. A large portion of Workshift talented freelancers are in Asia or South America. For Japanese firms keen on doing business in Asia, South America, India, the Middle East or other geographies Workshift offers access to local talented professionals who can provide business support in those countries. Many freelancers registered with Workshift are multilingual. Because Workshift is based in Japan and sources most of it clients from Japan, many Japanese speaking professionals living overseas tend to register as freelancers with Workshift, especially in Asia. Workshift is the only Japan-based crowdsourcing firm with a trilingual platform (Japanese, English and French). It also features an embedded translation tool. All of which promotes a swift and convenient way for Japanese firms to post a job. Another feature for accommodating Japanese customers is the use of Japanese yen for all transactions. When posting a job for overseas market research, translation, onsite interpretation, design, or IT programming and other digital related work Workshift provides 150 job categories to choose from. By outsourcing jobs to a local professional, Japanese companies expanding to Asia or any other region can make considerable cost savings using Workshift, a crowdsourcing company.
Useful information about crowdsourcing