Craiglist has been around for more than 25 years, and while some of its services have been copied by Facebook Marketplace and other community pages, Craigslist is still a very active site and can be a great place to buy and sell items. Here are some ways to make quick money on Craigslist.
Declutter and Sell
Unless you’ve been really great about using the Marie Kondo method? Your home contains some items in your house not being used. While some of them might not be worth selling, take a hard look at some of your items. Things that tend to sell well are appliances, children’s items, pet supplies, and even furniture.
This method also has the advantage of clearing out space in your house.
If you check out Craiglist, you will notice a large free section. Basically, people have things that they just want to get rid of, and for whatever reason, they aren’t able to take it somewhere to donate it, so they’re looking to give it away to someone willing to show up and take it off their hands. These are as-is items. They may require some work.
Take some time to scroll through that free list and see if there’s anything you think you can flip. If you can get it for free, all you’re out is some time and energy. But it’s possible that you can find some furniture that just needs a coat of paint or some kid’s items that just need to be cleaned up a bit, and you can then resell them on Craiglist. You can also pick up items at garage sales, thrift stores, or even purchase them on Craigslist, but then you are taking a bigger financial risk. With a little work, there are a lot of ways to make quick money on Craigslist.
Make Great Ads
Whatever you’re selling on Craigslist, make sure your ad is great. Use proper grammar and punctuation. Take quality pictures of your item. Make sure that it looks like something you would want to buy. Make sure all photos are well lit. Do not overly filter them. One trick many sellers use is blurring out the background so there is nothing to distract from the item you’re selling. If your ad looks great, you’re likely to get more attention and quick offers to your items.
Make sure your ad is accurate. Describe the item, including any flaws that it has. People are much more comfortable with buying if they are aware of the positives and negatives. If something is listed as perfect or flawless, you’re going to find a lot of suspicion from potential buyers and the alleged perfection might actually turn them off.
Sell Your Services
Do you have some extra time? Do you have tasks you enjoy doing? Offer your services. Heavily skilled labor? Not required. You can offer to do things like pull weeds or rake leaves for a set hourly rate. And of course, if you do have a skill, such as editing or graphic design, you can offer those on Craigslist as well. Just make sure that you are comfortable with the rate that you’re making. You definitely don’t want to offer your services for too cheap, unless you find great joy in pulling weeds and accept any income that might come with it as a bonus.
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Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.