Hello readers! Welcome to our Craigslist review!
As I’m sure most of you have heard of it, I’ll just say that Craigslist is a place where people can post classified advertisements regarding a variety of sections (jobs, items for sale, housing, community events, etc). It’s been around for about 20 years, but really took off over the last 5-10.
Now, there have been quite a bit of controversy and a slightly warranted ‘bad rap’ on Craigslist, but the truth of the matter is to always be safe and agree to meet anyone (regarding anything) in a public place first. The key is to simply be smart and safe and if done right can prove to be a work from homers best friend.
Another worthwhile idea would be to keep up on the latest scams posted. There are always going to be scams, that’s why you follow that guide and conduct business with a smart and safe mind.
If you are able to do that (and specifically if you live in a highly populated area) and see Craigslist for the advantages and opportunity it can bring, then you can begin your own Craigslist@Home business! Let’s get into the 5 main components of a solid Craigslist at Home business:
Selling Your Old (or New) Items
This one is a very simple and basic idea; putting up ads to sell your old items and see who is interested and going with the best offer. One of the many conveniences of Craigslist is the simplicity in use. Whether you use the website or the mobile app, you can create ads for your items for sale in a matter of minutes.
A couple general rules and tips regarding posting ads of items for sale:
— Be sure to include pictures in every ad you put up. People are very visual and would much prefer to see what the item looks like before considering buying it. Having clear, detailed pictures is a must and ironically enough puts you in front of a lot of people.
— Do some research on the item. If it generally goes for $50, mark it down to $40. Your goal is to get rid of items you no longer want or need and get some cash back for them. You want to beat the market and have the best price. So whether you’re on E-Bay or Craigslist, this is a good idea.
— As I mentioned before, ALWAYS meet with potential buyers in a safe location. If you feel comfortable with at your home, by all means, and if not, you can agree to meet in a crowded public location. There’s nothing wrong with being safe. Granted, if you decide to turn this into a garage sale it’s a different story.
— Be sure to post your ad in the correct category on Craigslist. This is almost a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised. By having your ad in the right spot, it ensures anyone looking for similar products will see your ad. Also, you want to make sure you include enough detailed information in your ad as well. Include a catchy, eye grabbing title. Give a very good (and accurate) description of what it is you’re selling.
Monthly Garage Sale
Another simple, yet unusually rarely done venture is having a Monthly Garage Sale. This can be done every month, with either items you no longer want or need, or with items you’ve gathered all month via the Craigslist Free section. You can setup a day every month to have the garage sale and let your neighborhood know about it. Put up flyers that it will be every month. When you have customers at your garage sale, be sure to let them know that you’re doing it once a month and that they can find similar bargains every month at your little shop.
The best part is that once you put up a few flyers around town, maybe some Craigslist Ads, you’ll see that you’ll have plenty of people coming to do some thrifty shopping every time you have your garage sale. Remember — be nice to the customers and make your prices fair; you want them to come back and specifically to tell others that you always have great deals!
One of the unsung heroes of making money on Craigslist, the gig section can be a very valuable section to frequent often. People will usually post various ‘gigs’ that they need help with. Gigs can range from someone needing help moving, to someone needing some painting done, or someone needing flyers passed out. There is no limit to the kind of small task gigs that will be posted in the Gigs section.
It is entirely advantageous to have the Craigslist App on your smart phone, so that you can receive notifications when new Gigs are posted. You’ll respond to them and put in your quote for the work that they need done. If the poster puts up “Need furniture moved 30 miles away for $10” it’s probably not worth it and conversely if someone puts up “Need furniture moved 30 miles away for $100” it’s definitely worth it and you should put in your bid for it. Be sure to include additional contact information in your message, as well as any relevant experience or references you might have from prior jobs. It’s obviously advisable to do a great job at any gig that way you CAN use them as a reference and build up a respectable portfolio of your work.
The name of the game on Gigs is to check it often and try to put in for Gigs as soon as you can. The more you put in for during the week, the better chances you have of pulling in a few, bringing in some good extra weekly income for you!
Selling Your Expertise
Many of us have gone through life and developed a proficient skill at something.
There is always something that we are particularly good at and sometimes we’re good at multiple things.
Whether you’re a great writer, a talented painter, a skilled carpenter, or looking to teach chess, you can utilize Craigslist to help sell your expertise.
It’s fairly simple — simply create your advertisements in the ‘Services’ section (in the correct category of course) and give a good explanation of your services that you offer. Try to be as descriptive as possible, include pictures of prior work if you can, and provide your potential customers with a couple ways to contact you. Some people prefer to get right to business and discuss the matter over the phone while others prefer to keep things strictly e-mail.
I don’t think I need to mention to be sure to advertise often and keep a list of happy clients as references. Maybe take it a step further and get business cards made. In some cases (like if you’re doing lawn care) you can have repeat business that always comes back to you for work to be done!
The Flipping Business
Ah, the art of Flipping.
One of my absolute favorite ways to make some quick extra cash.
Flipping is taking an item you either got for free or at a certain price and selling it for more. Obviously, your profit margin is much higher if you got the item for free, but you can still find that you can make really good money flipping items that you find at a low price for a higher price.
An example would be if you found a TV on Craigslist that is being sold for $50, but with a little research and a little clean up, you find out that you can sell it for $100. That’s a pretty good profit margin indeed, but the potential is even greater! Imagine finding a FREE TV on Craigslist. And honestly, people give them away all the time. All you’d have to do is go pick it up and bring it home, clean it up a little bit (Windex?), and then post an Ad for the TV for sale.
The beauty in this business is that you can almost ALWAYS do this. The other plus is that you don’t have to spend that much for your business. The only expenditures you’ll ever have is gas to pickup items, maybe some cleaning supplies to help buff it out and make it look great, and MAYBE the fee of buying the item (if you aren’t going the free route). A lot of people employ this tactic in a similar fashion at Thrift Stores. You go there, see what’s on sale for cheap, maybe look online at the prices of the item, and see if you can turn it into a profit.
Flipping is a truly handy business to get into simply because you always can do it to make some extra money and it doesn’t cost much to do. I very much recommend this specific business venture to all of you.
As you can see, there are many different ways to utilize Craigslist to make extra money from home. There are a few business ideas just off of Craigslist that can be used and can help someone to make a solid part time/additional income. If done right (and if you’re in a heavily populated area mixed with some luck) you can even turn these businesses into a full time at home business venture. It all depends on a few factors, but one of them being your eyes. Your eyes need to be able to see an opportunity to make even more money. If you browse the for sale section and see an opportunity, jump on it, because many others are looking to do the same.
It’s important to note that not every day will you find a Gig that matches something you can do and not every day will you find some free items you can sell. The key is to stay vigilant and to work on all areas of your Craigslist business. I can assure and promise you that if you take a considerable amount of time and effort into all 5 of these avenues on Craigslist, you absolutely will improve your finances and will have created (if nothing else) a solid secondary income for you and your family.
Which is the goal, after all: To make extra money from home, or as we say, bread from your bed!
Founder of BreadFromYourBed.com