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Make Money With Craigslist In One Day

Updated on October 23, 2009
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Example of a Craigslist homepage.Circled "For Sale" and "Barter" sections.Circled "Jobs" section.Circled "Gigs", "Services", "Resumes" and "Part-Time Jobs" sections.
Example of a Craigslist homepage.
Example of a Craigslist homepage.
Circled "For Sale" and "Barter" sections.
Circled "For Sale" and "Barter" sections.
Circled "Jobs" section.
Circled "Jobs" section.
Circled "Gigs", "Services", "Resumes" and "Part-Time Jobs" sections.
Circled "Gigs", "Services", "Resumes" and "Part-Time Jobs" sections.

10 Craigslist Income Streams

If you're like me, you need to find ways to make extra money to make ends meet. It's hard being a college student while the economy is going through this long recession. I turned to Craigslist to look for jobs and I discovered many other ways to make extra income by accident. I have used every single method described. This isn't a get-rich-quick scheme but a true way to make some extra money on Craigslist. I've made at least $100 a week and up to $600 a week (during school breaks) using the 10 Steps below. The extra income you make all depends on how much you are willing to do.

Here are the 10 Craigslist Income Streams:

1a. Create New Email Account - I would avoid using your day-to-day email account and create a free account at Gmail or Yahoo. This serves many purposes but mainly to shield you from spammers on your real email account. A lot of spammers use Craigslist and it gets annoying if these messages are mixed with your day-to-day email. Use this free email account to register with Craigslist.

1b. Sell Your Stuff (click on the 2nd thumbnail for location) - This is definitely the most basic use of Craigslist. You can make extra money with things laying around your house, garage, apartment or dorm room. The great thing about this is that most categories don't cost anything to post an item to sell. There are many categories to sell your items under such as appliances, books, toys, video games, cds/dvds/vhs, cell phones, furniture, electronics, household items, clothes, health/beauty, jewelry and the list goes on.

To make sure you get the most out for your items, use these steps to improve your chances of selling:

  • Write compelling headlines. As annoying as it might be, use ALL CAPS to attract attention. Also, post the price of the item as this will cause people to respond who are serious in purchasing your product.
  • Use pictures. If you have a digital camera or cell phone that takes pictures, take pictures of your items and post them in your Craigslist ad. You can put up to 4 pictures in each post. I can tell you that an item that has a picture sells way better than items that don't.
  • Travel anywhere. Mention in your ad that you're willing to deliver the item anywhere in your area. This will help seal a lot of deals.
  • Offer PayPal. If you have a PayPal account, offer the buyer to pay in cash or use PayPal. PayPal as seen by most people as a safer way to make purchases.
  • Respond to buyers emails fast. If they emailed you, then they are very interested in making a purchase. Don't let them change their mind!

2. Free Stuff Section (click on the 2nd thumbnail for location) - There is a sub-category on Craigslist, under their "for sale" category, that says "free." This is a very important sub-category if you want to continue selling things on Craigslist or even eBay. This is where people post things that they are giving away for free! You don't have to do anything but be able to pick it up. And there are always some great deals in there every single day.

The items posted in this category varies but there are always great things being given away for free. Items I have seen are TVs, countless furniture, household items (some unused), clothes, food (unopened), books, phones, baby items, firewood and I've even seen RVs and campers given away for free. Some of the electronic items don't work and need minor repairs. If you are good at fixing broken TVs, radios and any other electronic devices, this is a gold mine for you!

I would bookmark the free section on Craigslist and refresh it as often as you can. These free items go fast and the people offering the items usually give it in order of the emails they receive. Most will tell you if you are 2nd or 3rd on the list. Others just post that the items are sitting on the curb and to come by and get them.

You can easily make extra money but re-selling a lot of these free items.

3. Search Job Listings (click the 3rd thumbnail for location) - This is another basic feature of Craigslist that most people use. I would go through every category under "Jobs" two to three times a day so you don't miss anything. If you're willing to do manual labor (yard work, moving, etc.), bookmark the "general labor" sub-category under "Jobs" and refresh that multiple times a day. This is where I easily picked up $10/hour miscellaneous jobs such as helping people paint, pull weeds, move, etc.

There will be several job postings that seem to good to be true. This is where your new email account comes in handy. You can afford to respond to these and see what they are about. Most will try to sell you a program but there are some that were legit but took a training session that I couldn't take because of college. It doesn't hurt to see what these people do to make their money. But DO NOT give out your personal information unless it's in your resume and you know the person or company is legit.

4. Part-Time Listings (click on 4th thumbnail for location) - This is an easily missed category at the very bottom of the "Jobs" section. Click on this throughout the day and it updates all the part-time job listings in all categories! It's a quick reference so you don't have to click on every single job category.

5. Gigs Section (click on 4th thumbnail for location)- This section doesn't seem to be used much by people looking for jobs. I have found that responding to these job "gigs" has given me most of my random job offers. This is the section I go to first to find odd jobs. The 9 categories for these gigs are computer, creative, crew, domestic, event, labor, writing, talent and adult.

  • Computer gigs - This category is for people looking for computer-related jobs such as web design, programming, etc. I've seen a lot of people looking for MySpace and Twitter pages to be designed.
  • Creative gigs - This category is for people who are good at the creative side of life such as people that give massages, tattoo artists, graffiti artists, photographers, modeling, etc.
  • Crew gigs - This is mostly people looking for film or photography type people. They are looking for a "crew" for their filming/photography needs.
  • Domestic gigs - These gigs deal with any household related stuff such as housekeeper, tutors, lessons (yoga, karate, sports, etc.), babysitters, and the list goes on. There are always many opportunities for people that have skills in these areas.
  • Event gigs - These are postings looking for people to help with a specific event that is coming up such as races, fashion show, festivals, selling at big events, high school/college events, etc. Most of these jobs are just for a weekend but some are for longer periods.
  • Labor gigs - This category is for people looking for help with manual labor type things such as moving, painting, yard work, etc. This is also heavy on people looking for help repairing things such as cars and garage doors. If you are good at installing certain things, this is also a good place to look for random jobs.
  • Writing gigs - These can range from help with translations, blog writing, magazine writing, help with term papers, etc.
  • Talent gigs - If you're looking to be a model, actor or dancer, this is your category. There are countless talent gigs looking for talent.
  • Adult gigs - This category isn't my specialty but it seems to have anything you want under the sun if you're willing to do it for money.

6. Sell Yourself (click on 2nd thumbnail for location) - I don't mean go to the "adult gigs" section but what I have done (and I've received emails about 50% of the time) was to make a post in the "For Sale" section of Craigslist under the sub-categories general, household and farm/garden where I said I was looking for odd jobs. I have found this method very effective. State that you're looking to do most odd jobs and state you will do it for $10/hour (or whatever you would work for). Be friendly and mention that you are reliable and punctual.

7. Services Category (click on 4th thumbnail for location) - Do you have a service to offer? Can you babysit, walk dogs, give lessons, repair things, rebuild electronics, work on cars or landscape? Post what you can do in the Services section. The categories include beauty, computer, creative, event, financial, legal, lessons, pet, adult, automative, farm/garden, household, labor/move, skilled trade, real estate, small business, therapeutic, travel and writing/education.

Be creative. If you have a flatbed truck, offer your truck and yourself to help people move or clean up their yard. Look around you and see what you have that can benefit other people and create a service out of it!

8. Barter Items (click on 2nd thumbnail for location) - If you have items that you haven't been able to sell on Craigslist, then barter them for items that would sell. The "barter" category is under the "For Sale" section on Craigslist.

9. Post Your Resume (click on 4th thumbnail for location) - Again, having your new email account will come in handy. Under the "Gigs" section, you will find the easily missed "Resume" section. This is where people post their resume and sell themselves. I have used this and have gotten a lot of spammers trying to sell me their products. But I also got some legit job inquiries. It's hit or miss.

You don't have to post a full resume. Just give the basics, tell them what you're good at and what you've done. Sell yourself like you did earlier in the "for sale" section.

10. Affiliate Linking - This method to create extra income takes a little more knowledge and understanding but can be very lucrative. By using affiliate sites like, and, you can create affiliate links in Craigslist ads to generate revenue. This form of business can be it's own HubPage. You can join affiliate marketing sites like LinkShare for free and work with companies like iTunes and Best Buy to make money with affiliate marketing.

I'll be making other posts about income-generating sites and online practices as I continue to use them and tell you which one's work and which one's don't.

Please leave comments below!


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    • george2503 profile image

      george2503 14 months ago

      A very informative article. Thanks for it.

    • viking305 profile image

      L M Reid 2 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting article - well done

    • OregonWino profile image

      OregonWino 7 years ago

      Nice hub!!

    • DeeBee3 profile image

      DeeBee3 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting stuff,didn't realise until reading your hub that Craigslist offered so much. Thanks for letting us all know about it.

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      TMinut 8 years ago

      This is great and helps a lot. I've heard warnings about Craigslist and have only been to it once but I'm going to go check it out now.

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      kseniastone 8 years ago

      I like the personal ads section myself. hahaha

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      blbhhdcn 8 years ago

      I've come to know Craiglist from a friend who had sell a couch from craiglist. And I try to browse, sure thing there were tons and tons of stuff for sale very cheap! almost all stuff should I say.

      I like it bcoz the areas is by city or town. Great way to shop and sell.

      This is a site that we called; "One man's trash is another man's treasure"

      Most stuff are used but nice. Great hub!

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      Sabina Jamshed 8 years ago

      Finally I know the basics of Craiglist! Looking forward to your hubs!

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      akuchey 8 years ago

      great give me some light about Craiglist.I'm appreciate this.

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      Chin chin 8 years ago from Philippines

      I never really knew or understood what Craigslist is until now. Glad to have read this hub.