Craigslist is a fantastic resource for all sort of needs, from finding a job to selling goods to finding hidden treasures. We’ve showed you a variety of tips on how to make the most out of Craigslist before, but today we’re going to take an all-out approach and look at a huge list of ways you can start using Craigslist to make money.
Some of these will be basic and some are pretty out there, meaning there’s something for everyone to try. You likely won’t make a living wage using any of these techniques, but utilizing Craigslist is a great way to make a little extra money on the side and have some fun while doing it!
Sell Your Junk
Let’s get an obvious one out of the way — sell the stuff you already have sitting around to make some cash! Chances are you have items all over your house that you don’t need, so selling them on Craigslist is a chance to kill to birds with one stone — you’ll reduce clutter and make some money to boot.
No matter if it’s video games, clothes, or furniture, your trash could be just what someone else is looking for. Just take a look at the craziest stuff ever on Craigslist for proof that anything can sell.
Flip Items for Profit
Maybe you like the idea of selling random stuff on Craigslist, but don’t have extra goods around your house or want to make it a more active practice. Why not go out to local thrift stores where you can buy nice clothes, toys, or other items for super cheap and sell them back (“flip” them) at a profit? You’ll need to know a bit about the value of the items you sell, of course, but if there’s a market you’re skilled in, this is a great opportunity.
If you have an eye for style and can pick up trendy clothes and sell them cheaply, you might earn yourself a little following on Craigslist!
Craigslist has a Gigs section where you can find short-term work to make a quick buck. If you’ve got computer or programming know-how, hold a special talent, or can just help someone set up for an event, you can make some money quickly.
This will depend somewhat on your area, but if you’ve got a spare Saturday to pick up a few odd jobs, there are a lot of worse things you could be doing.
Become a Delivery Person
Do you have a pickup truck or van? Lots of people don’t, and you can take advantage of this to make a profit. Put out some ads that you’ll deliver anything within a certain range, and you can help out people who want to buy large items like a fridge or furniture but can’t move them alone.
Days like these are exactly why I wish I had a truck
— Haven Higgins (@Havenhiggins) May 27, 2016
By charging a standard fee plus mileage, you make a fair profit and get to help people out. What’s not to love?
Get a Full-Time Job
If you’re not currently working, maybe you want to go beyond temporary work and find a full-time job on Craigslist. Take a look at the many categories of job postings on the site and see if anything strikes your fancy.
Don’t forget that branching outside your local area is a good idea too — Craigslist is divided into different pages based on area, so if you’re open to moving it’s worth checking out other locations’ pages.
Be Someone’s Friend For a Day
This one could be awkward, but it’s a unique idea. So many people are lonely, and the presence of pages like Missed Connections on Craigslist shows that lots of people have issues connecting with others. For a small fee, you could offer to just listen to someone, go get a meal with them, or do other fun activities.
While this might seem strange at first, after the initial meeting, you might discover you made a new friend and could greatly impact their life forever.
Buying new items when something breaks is expensive, and sometimes the fix is simple. However, lots of people don’t have the time to look for a problem or the experience to fix something when it breaks — they just toss it and buy a new one.
Offer to fix broken tools, electronics, or restore items in poor condition (like antiques or cars) according to your abilities and you could both save someone a lot of money and make a profit for yourself. If you already know how to fix items to save yourself money, put the skills to use and make some extra cash!
Grab Some Free Stuff
The majority of items that change hands via Craigslist are for sale, but there’s also a section where people give things away. Consulting this section a couple of times a day could net you some decent items at no cost, which you can then sell to someone else and make a profit.
Just had an idea: Browse the 'free' section of craigslist and then flip the items for a small profit.
— ray (@dontask4myhandl) April 24, 2013
You’ll have to sift through a lot of junk, but when your cost is $0, anything you sell it for is profit!
People want to learn, and they’d probably rather get an education from someone personally than to take an online course. Chances are you have some knowledge and can help others learn the basics of a language, basic computer skills, a school subject, or other basic know-how.
someone teach me how to curl my hair
— kin (@KinleeCobel_) May 28, 2016
Obviously you don’t have to be a college professor to teach — just showing others how to change the oil in their car could be a valuable lesson for someone. Think about what you know well and how you could show it to others.
Perform Online or Remote Work
Don’t get bogged down into thinking only locally when looking for opportunities. Does someone across the country need a website designed, a résumé proofread, or a tutorial on something you can provide? Using free tools like TeamViewer or Appear.in means you can chat with people remotely, and of course you can share documents using Google Drive or similar tools.
Take a look at all different pockets of the country for needs on Craigslist that you can fill, and you might find a lot of opportunities for short-term contracts or ways you can make a little extra cash.
Offer Yourself as a Personal Assistant
This is another strange one, but there’s definitely a need for this kind of work. Perhaps someone just got back from a hospital stay and needs help performing daily activities for a while; you could be their helper for a time. Or maybe someone just needs some help cleaning or gardening around the house.
I need a personal assistant to live my life for me and report back on the number of awkward conversations I would have had on a daily basis
— Niki Albon (@NikiAlbon) May 20, 2016
You could fill that need (being flexible to do whatever they want you to do) and charge a nice price for the convenience of your position!
Rent Out Your Belongings
While this requires a bit of trust, there’s definitely a need for it. Do you have a spare TV for when the Super Bowl or other big sports events are happening? Could you rent movies or books to someone else? What about tools or cleaning equipment?
If you do this, you’ll want to be sure you get adequate collateral so you don’t end up screwed if someone decides to ruin your stuff or not return it. However, at the right times, you could come out ahead by letting people use your items for a short time.
Become a Researcher
Maybe there’s someone out there who wants to find the phone number of their ex-lover or some other crazy information you think you could find. You could be hired to track down hard-to-find info if someone else can’t be bothered to.
I just googled my neurologist to find her phone number and I found her mug shot
— abbey tobin (@abbeyrosetobin) May 24, 2016
You’d probably have to offer a guarantee on this one though, since it can be pretty tough to find people online. It’s worth a shot to put out an ad and see if anyone is interested, though.
Buying nice photos from a gallery can be amazingly expensive, but decorating a home with great pictures is something a lot of people want to do. Pick up some basic photography knowledge, grab some inexpensive or free (but still nice-looking) frames from Craigslist, and sell some of your framed photos!
If you garner some interest, you could start taking requests and build a little following, especially if people are interested in photographs of the local area.
Find Out What People Need
When all else fails, see what people are selling elsewhere that’s popular and try to capitalize on that success locally. Check sites like Fiverr, where people can buy and sell any service for just $5, and look for the people who are most popular.
What do they provide? Why are they popular? How can you take what they do and turn it into a business on Craigslist? Answering these questions can help you come up with a service people want to buy instead of trying to fish for things that nobody is interested in. Give it a shot if you’re out of ideas!
Time to Make Some Money
You probably won’t be able to implement all of these ideas, but surely you’ll be able to give a few of them a try! Think about whatever goods or skills you have and how other people might want to take advantage of them — chances are you’ll be able to turn that into an opportunity for profit. No matter how you choose to make money using it, be sure to avoid Craigslist scams and stay safe.
Not interested in using Craigslist? Check out similar sites where you can buy and sell used goods.
What creative methods have you used to make money with Craigslist? Add your ideas and let’s make this list even better!