For those who like to tackle puzzles and problems like a pro, they can cash in on that brainpower with a whole new trend in the business world.
It's called crowdsourcing. Companies put out calls to the masses to help solve a problem or come up with an idea. You have a good idea. You get paid.
An Illinois chemist won $20,000 for finding a solution to ongoing clean up issues from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has also just posted a problem to help increase ridership in public transportation as a way to curb green house gas emissions. Lance Pressl says it's part of the Chamber's Innovate Now initiatve. The winner of the $5,000 prize will be announced at the Innovate Now Summit in April.