Hands down, the best way to make money on Craigslist is to find a job or a gig. If you are in desperate need of money and more than just a few extra dollars, this is the approach you must take.
If you are unemployed, your goal is to find a full-time job. If you are just looking to make some extra cash, your goal is to find a part-time or a paid gig. You can find all of these on Craigslist, enabling to you to make money.
Craigslist Tip #1 – Post in the Services Offered
First and foremost, post a services offered listing in Craigslist’s services section.
Even if you want a full-time job, this is a way to make some extra cash in the meantime. Any hobby or small amount of experience you have can be used to make money. Offer your lawn mowing services, your computer repair services, or your babysitting services.
But wait! Why do you need to do this AND search for a job or gig? Because some Craigslist users are lazy. Why spend time searching when all they can do is post an “I need a” ad and get many replies?
Craigslist Tip #2 – Search All of Craigslist
There are benefits to being able to search all of Craigslist when looking for a job or a paid gig. Many paid gigs (like freelance writing) are internet based, meaning you can work for someone clear across the country. As for a good job, you might be willing to relocate. Having the ability to search all of Craigslist gives you better results.
But wait! How can you search all of Craigslist? A number of websites and software programs enable you to search all of Craigslist and thousands of other websites at once. Download one of these programs or do a free search on a classified searching website.
Craigslist Tip #3 – Choosing Your Search Words or Phrases
There are three good ways to search for jobs on Craigslist. They include:
• Search with the job title: office manager, writer, secretary, construction worker, bartender, and so forth. This is your best option.
• Search with the job duties: typing, writing, remodeling, customer service, and so forth. This is less successful, but ideal when the hiring manager doesn’t have a set title for the job.
• Search with the company name: Burger King, Microsoft, and so forth. This approach more hit or miss. Not many large companies use Craigslist, mostly the smaller businesses do. Moreover, many leave out the company name.
Craigslist Tip #4 – Do Not Headline Browse
Normally, I recommend headline browsing. After all, why click to see a size medium leather jacket when you need a size large? Jobs and gigs are different. Rarely does someone post the salary info in the job post at all, let alone in the headline. From that one line the job may look like crap, but it may turn out to be the best paying job you had in years! Click and then skim.