How to Make Money With Craigslist – 7 Tips

Learning key tips on how to use Craigslist to make money could earn you significantly more than you might think.Compared to the other big selling platforms including Amazon and eBay, Craigslist can be a great place to start making money. This is because there is an option to promote yourself on this site for $5 that lasts for 30 days.

Utilize the following 7 tips to maximize your money making potential:

Finding Job Leads for Your Current Business

Sell Your Old Phone

Market Your Current Skills

Sell Items by Flipping

Buy Cheap Items and Sell for Much More

Sell Machines and Appliances

Deliver Items

These are some of the best options for making money that have given many people a significant source of income.

Through this post I hope to show you how to make money with Craigslist and the great job opportunities that are available here.

Finding Job Leads for Your Current Business

Marketing your current business through this online resource is likely going to give you an added boost. If you have an established business and are looking to boost your current income, then advertising through Craigslist could give you potential clients for business.

If you practice being decent to people that you work with, then there is a greater chance of you standing out in your specific niche.

Craigslist is filled with individuals trying to make a quick buck and many of these people are not likely to give good service.

So if you can establish yourself as someone who does give out good service, then you will be able to increase your chance of attracting customers toward your business.

Tips for Success:

  1. Provide Good Service
  2. Stand Out From Competitors
  3. Add Different Skills and Services to Your Business

Look at the competitors for your business that are advertising on Craigslist and determine what you can do that they aren’t doing.

Maybe you can offer a service that others aren’t offering or have greater availability then others that allows you to attract more potential customers.

This is now a place where there are many competitors trying to make money so finding a way to stand out is key.

Focus on adding services that others are not and you are likely going to expand your business and make more money.

Cell Phone
Sell Your Old Phone

Sell Your Old Phone

An easy way to make some money is by selling your old phone for cash.

Use specific tools for determining the actual value of your phone, such as Movaluate, so that you can create a price that is enticing for buyers.

Many people are always on the lookout for the newest phone and are willing to pay a lot for that new phone. If you can activate your old phone, you can sell it for more than you might think.

Tips for Success

Use to help figure out the exact value of your old phone and this resource will use tons of data that has been acquired over many years in the reselling of older phone’s business.

Movaluate uses data from millions of past transactions involving selling cell phones second hand. This resource helps sort out all the information that comes with each unique phone to give you an accurate estimate for the value of your phone.

When advertising the picture of your phone, be as detailed as possible with close up, high quality images of the phone as well as including any important details that could help the phone standout from other phones.

You could say that there are no scratches or cracks on the phone or that you recently replaced the battery for this phone. Adding these descriptions to your post will let whoever’s interested in this phone know that they will not have to worry about replacing any important parts of the phone.

Movaluate is a great resource to help give you some helpful information about how to calculate what your phone’s value really is. Movaluate then helps give you tips on how to add this information into your Craigslist post.

Unlock The Phone

Make sure to unlock your phone because this is something that most buyers will be looking for so that they can add their current SIM card to this new phone.

Take the time to call your service provider to get your phone unlocked, which is usually a free service, so that you can be ready to sell your old phone faster.

Market Your Current Skills or Resources that You Have

Advertising your current skills could land you with a surprising amount of job opportunities. If you have skills that are unique, then you could advertise them on Craigslist for free or even do an advertisement that lasts 30 days for $5.

I remember advertising my services before for a variety of jobs and was pleasantly surprised at how much interest I was able to get from people.

Craigslist has a large amount of people that are searching this site, from many walks of life, and you can tap into that big network of people.

If you are handy at fixing some things or if you have experience operating a chainsaw, then either of these skills could help you get some work.

Also, if you have a resource that could potentially help make you money, then this could turn into a potential source of income for you.

Small truck
Use a Truck for Delivery Jobs

A couple of examples of resources that could turn into a source of income include the following:

Have A Truck

You will probably be surprised at how much potential work you get from offering up your services as a person who could move large items such as a washing machine or couch.

Many people are simply looking for some quick help to move stuff and if you are quick to respond and have the right vehicle for the job, then you could find yourself with some work.

The key for this kind of work would be efficient with your response time and be clear about your availability to work.

Tips for Success

Pick your unique skills that stand out the most to give yourself a chance to be as hireable as possible.

But if you want to pick up some work and make more money, then advertise any skills that you have that are in demand right now such as a driver, handyman or whatever is popular now.

Branch out a little and experiment with your current skills and try to add an addition service to your skills that separates you from other competitors.

Sell Items by Flipping

Craigslist is one of the best places to flip items for a profit and actually get good money from it. There can be items that are already in good shape and just need to be marketed better and then there are items that need some fixing up.

Whether you focus on items on Craigslist or other selling areas, you are likely to find a ton of potential stuff to buy that you can resell for more money.

Bigger items will often give you the most potential for money but I would start with some smaller items to get the feel for buying and reselling on this site.

Search for advertisements that are not well put together because this generally means that the person selling this item is mostly interested in getting rid of it.

Never be afraid to bargain for each item because a lot of the time the seller will be open to going a little lower for the item, especially if it is one of the less appealing advertisements.

If you do want to seriously make money flipping items, then focusing on selling cars could lead to the most money because there is a lot of range for what people are willing to pay for a vehicle.

There are examples of people paying very little for a car and having it lasts for 15 years.

Then we all know of people who spent $8,000 on a used car that had a lot of customized parts in it but it broke down once a week and turned out to be very unreliable.

If you are knowledgeable about cars, then I would try out buying and selling cars.

If you are not as knowledgeable or you don’t have enough money to get started in this, then you can focus on buying and selling other smaller items for surprisingly good profit.

Tips for Success

  • Take Really Good Pictures

Take really good pictures to market your item well because this will give you a much better chance of getting good interest in your item and good money for your item.

Many very valuable items are simply not advertised well because they do not have a visually appealing picture displayed.

If you can create a significantly stronger quality picture in your advertisement for the same item, then you will have a better chance at reselling that item.

Flipping items can take some time to get the hang of but if you are looking for a way to pick up some money, then flipping items could be great for you.

You also could simply try and sell items that you already have in your possession that you want to get rid of but would like to make some money from them too.

Stack of Books
Buy Cheap Items and Sell for Much More

Buy Cheap Items and Sell for Much More

Finding cheap items and marketing them better could help you land a significant amount of money.

Being able to go to thrift stores, garage sales, GoodWill stores and find valuable items for cheap prices and market them better through some key ways will likely make you money.

I have had a little success selling small items to people with a little TLC for each item. This could be an area where you could really make a good amount of profit if you focus on certain items to buy cheap and sell for significantly more.

Decorated Wreath
Sell Christmas Decorations During High Season for Potential Profit

Popular items that are relatively easy to sell are the following:

  1. Seasonal Items(Christmas or Halloween Decorations)
  2. Books

Some great items for profit are seasonal items such as Christmas stuff that could be sold in December or Halloween decorations that everyone will want in October but nobody will really want in June.

These items can require patience before you can sell them but if you are willing to wait until the right moment then you could sell these items for a great profit.

Used books can be bought for very cheap and then can be sold for a nice profit if you find the right places to sell them. Use the Cash4Books app and BookScounter to sell your books easily for a profit.

Cash4Books is great because you simply scan the book you are interested in selling and it calculates what the price is that you could get for that book.

If you agree to sell the book for this price, then Cash4Books will send you a shipping label for free.

You will get paid by either a check in the mail or through PayPal, which helps make this a great option to make money, especially if you have any extra books.

Tips for Success

  • Get As Much Storage Space as Possible

Get as much storage space as you can so that you can buy certain items and save them for a time when they will be in higher demand.

The more space that you have the more likely it will be that you can make a ton of money due to the fact that you can hold on to the items until they are needed by people.

Washer Machines
Sell Machines and Appliances

Sell Machines and Appliances

Familiarizing yourself with each appliance and all the details involved in fixing or installing could allow you to start generating some money.

Brand new appliances and machines are going to be very expensive which is why it is natural for many people to look at Craigslist for less expensive options for similar products.

Work on being fast at selling a product to someone and get it to them efficiently to help keep competitors from coming in.

Taking the time to clean the specific machines and appliances in the proper ways using the right tools will not only make them look better but keep them functioning properly.

Tips for Success

  • Get As Familiar As Possible With Each Machine/Appliance

Get as familiar as you can at all the details involved with a specific machine or appliance. Doing this will allow you to have a much better chance at getting more money because you will have more needed knowledge and skills.

You could focus on selling washing machines and at first focus on making sure that the machine is functioning properly and is in good condition.

Then as time goes on you could start adding the service to deliver it and then eventually the service to install the machine too.

Adding additional services for each machine and appliance will likely get you significantly more money making opportunities.

This is because of how convenient it will be for you to do it as opposed to another person being hired to do the additional service.

Deliver Items

Focusing solely on delivery and all the details involved with this service will likely allow you to pick up work and eventually make consistent money from this service.

If you have a truck or vehicle that could be good for delivering big items, then focus on delivery and you will likely get a good of potential customers.

Pair of Work Gloves
Use Work Gloves to Protect Yourself

Buy the following 4 resources to aid you in delivery:

  • Hand Cart and Gloves
  • Ropes and Tie Down Material
  • Tarps
  • Simple Tools

These resources will help you stand out and give you a chance to get more business and protect yourself and your vehicle from damage.

The hand cart will allow you to protect your back, the gloves will protect your hands and the ropes will keep items contained to the back of your truck or vehicle.

The tarp could help keep things from flying out of the vehicle but also could be used to help prevent your vehicle from getting scratched or scrapped up.

The simple tools, such as a screwdriver, are going to help you feel more prepared if something needs to be unscrewed or re screwed.

Tip for Success

  • Get Involved Now

Get involved now because there is only going to be more and more money making opportunities as the delivery business continues to take off.

I think this delivery area is only going to become more in demand as other delivery services such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash and GrubHub are becoming more popular.

This will probably always be a job that is in demand on Craigslist.

But right now could be a particularly great time to get started as a delivery person in this business because of how popular the delivery business as a whole has become.

Use Your Current Skills and Market Them Well On This Resource

Use your current skills and pick the option or multiple options above that best works well with your skills.

Some of these options are very easy to implement and start making money with while others could take some time to get used to.

Branch out and try different ways of making money on this list and learn about a new way of making money that you never knew existed and that could be lucrative.

I hope that you liked this post and learned some helpful tips on how to make money with Craigslist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below and I will answer them as best as I can.

14 Replies to “How to Make Money With Craigslist – 7 Tips”

  1. Wow! I had no idea you could do so much on Craigslist! I thought it was just for finding roommates or selling vehicles. Thank you for posting this. I’m going to have to make an account now and see if I can sell some of my unwanted books!

  2. These are some great ideas for making money on craigslist. I had never heard of Cash4Books. I will have to try that out since I have some books I would like to get rid of.

    One of the ways I learned how to write product descriptions was posting my kid’s baby stuff on craigslist and the facebook market place. It’s a great way to learn how to write sales copy as well as ecommerce.

    Craigslist has really evolved over the years. Thanks for the info.!

    1. You are welcome!
      Craigslist has definitely changed over the years and there are a lot of opportunities to make money using this resource.
      I’m happy that you liked this post!

  3. Wow! I didnt know one can do so much with craigs list. Thats alot of useful information that i am glad i bumped into. I was a die hard Blackberry fan and have a number of them. Will definitely check out and see how much i can make for them. Thanks alot for sharing.

  4. Good ideas on making money on Craigslist. I especially like the delivery angle as you could do that for households and for businesses. Did you find free ads better or the paid $5 ads better for drumming up sales for your products and services?

  5. Wow this was very helpful. I have never used Craigslist before, but I have heard of it. I would love a place to shop that has more deals than Amazon, but is more reliable than Ebay. I recently upgraded phones so I will definitely be checking out to figure out the value. Thanks so much for providing this info!

  6. I gotta admit: you’ve done a wonderful job with this article.
    So many helpful tips gathered in one place – I’m sure that your audience will appreciate it!
    Personally, I already knew about some of the methods you’re mentioning.
    But I had no idea that Craigslist is also a place where you can sell items by flipping.
    Thanks for letting me know about that!
    And thanks for sharing this post.

  7. Thanks Jesse, this is a fantastic article! I gained a lot of insight on how to use Craigslist to make money. I had no idea you could do so much. Keep up the good work!

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