How I Made $310 From Craigslist Gigs in One Week

Sometimes, you just want to increase your income without doing too much work. Craigslist gigs can do the trick. When your salary falls short of your financial goals and you don’t have time for a second job, these low-commitment tasks can help!

Making money on Craigslist is easier than finding a job because the standards are different. However, it takes the same proactive attitude. You have to aggressively look for listings that fit your skill set and apply. There is a part you can’t control and that is, waiting to hear from your prospective clients. But you can maximize your chances by applying to as many gigs as possible because making money on Craigslist is a numbers game.

It’s no surprise that a lot of people hate it. On top of competing with other job seekers, you have to screen the ads for potential scams. The saying, “Practice makes perfect” applies to making money on Craigslist. The more you do it, the better you get at it.

I’m always looking for easy ways to supplement my income and Craigslist is my go-to site for scoring work quickly. I made $310 this week from the platform. It’s not a huge sum of money, but hey, it covers a bill or four. I documented all of it:

Gig #1 Survey Writing – $110

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Task: Write a 12-question survey testing how members feel about the potential sale of their club.

Time: 1 hour

The only reason I got paid so much is because the client really needed help. I was apparently the only person who responded to his ad and it was a time sensitive project. This was a pretty sweet deal.

Gig #2 Proofreading – $200

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Task: Edit a 2-page article

Time: 3-4 hours

I found the posting while browsing the “writing/editing” section under jobs. I’m always on the lookout for these opportunities, so when they don’t appear under gigs, I find them in other places.

Regardless of your personal feelings, Craigslist is a legitimate platform to make money on the side. It’s not the most user-friendly site and the interface is updated, but once you get past the hurdles, it can lead to some real business opportunities. I will walk you through the process.

Once you go on the website (it automatically defaults to your location), click on the “Gigs” section at the bottom right of the page. You can select a specific category, but I usually click on the full list because I don’t think they efficiently filter out unwanted offers. Once you click on “Gigs”, it will look like this:

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On the top left section, I like to deselect domestic and labor gigs because they aren’t what I’m looking for. But you can adjust it based on your own preferences. I then click on the “Paid” and “Posted today” sections to choose from the most recent postings. Applying these filters reduces the number of listings and makes it easier to find what I’m looking for. It then looks like this:

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I then scan the column and apply to my listings of interest. Because I’ve been doing this for a while, I know how to spot potential scams. Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Spelling or grammatical mistakes
  • Level of details/transparency (The more specific, the better)
  • Contact information (For accountability)
  • Reasonable compensation (If you think it’s too good to be true, it likely is)

These factors can help you determine whether or not a gig is legitimate, but there is no guarantee. Ultimately, you should always go with your gut. If something doesn’t sound right, follow your intuition.

There isn’t much you can do once you send your application, but making money on Craigslist is a numbers game. Apply to as many gigs as possible and the right people will eventually get back to you.

How do you make money on the side? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Diversify Your Income

If your goal is to be financially independent, you should diversify your income. Making a living from just one 9 to 5 is risky. Jobs aren’t as secure as they used to be so having different income streams is strategic. Whether it’s to increase your savings, pay off debt or achieve other financial goals, multiple revenue streams create a safety net. Who doesn’t like a little extra cash on top of their steady paycheck?
Once you identify your services, you’re ready to diversify your income. There’s this common misconception that you just sit back and passively earn after setting up these different income streams. In truth, nothing about making money on the side is passive. Whether you have a side hustle or do freelance work, you have to constantly perfect your craft and market yourself for more opportunities.

I started freelancing a few months ago and I already made around $1,200 from side gigs . I am still figuring out how to strategically market myself and grow my client base. But here are 3 ways that have worked for me so far:

Post an ad on Craigslist

I know the thought of Craigslist makes a lot of people cringe – and that’s understandable – but believe me, it works! Just like any other marketplace, you’re likely to come across scammers but you’ll also also meet well-meaning people.

You don’t get charged to post if you’re promoting a service, but there’s a limit on the number of ads you can have running. Each ad runs for seven days, but you can renew them as many times as you’d like. Below is an example of an ad that converted into two clients for me:

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I was surprised by the number of inquiries I received from this ad, but things worked out with about 20% of people who responded. You shouldn’t place all your hopes on this one method, but it is a legitimate way to diversify your income.

It sounds easy, but in reality, finding clients takes time. You might have to renew your ads a few times before people start showing interest, but as long as you’re consistent, the opportunities will find their way to you. Whether you respond to an ad or publish one, Craigslist remains a legitimate way to find work and diversify your income.

Join a Facebook group

Marck Zuckeberg is genius for allowing users to create groups on Facebook. These specific niches can answer all your questions and connect you with a supportive network of like-minded professionals. When you join a Facebook group, be sure to actively participate and add value. Administrators go as far as removing spammers from their group so don’t become one of them.

I recently landed a writing gig by responding to a post in one of the groups. A startup was looking to pay contributors and I reached out to the founders directly using the email in the announcement. I’ve been working with them for a month and it’s turning into a reliable income stream.

You may not diversify your income from simply joining a Facebook group, but if you become an active member, it can put you in touch with prospective clients.

These are some groups I’m actively involved in:

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If you have some recommendations or would like to find out about more groups, please let me know in the comments!

Send a warm outreach email

Sometimes, landing gigs is a matter of asking. You’ll rarely find opportunities by passively waiting so don’t hesitate to reach out directly to the people who can offer them to you.

No one likes a generic message so make sure you personalize your pitch. Figure out why you’d like to work for that person or company and determine how you can help them meet their goals. Research some common grounds (maybe you went to the same high school or you have some mutual friends) and craft your email around that. If you don’t have anything in common, just express your interest and articulate what you can contribute to them.

Here’s an email I wrote for my graphic designer friend that got her an interview:

Hi X,

I’m a huge fan of your brand and I’ve been an email subscriber for over a year. You recently announced that you’re looking for a freelance graphic designer and I wanted to express my interest in being considered.

I have 3 years of experience designing logos and other marketing materials for small business owners and I am looking to learn from a more established brand. You can find my website here: _ 

I’d love to chat more. I hope to hear from you soon.

Cheers,

Y

Be clear and concise. Make it easy for them to say yes or no.

Related: 5 Steps to Diversifying Your Income and Making More Money

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Extra Income Report: How I Made $500 Last Month

You all loved when I wrote about how I made $700 from my side gigs in July. I decided to turn the idea into a monthly extra income report to show you how you can monetize your skills and earn side income (because let’s be honest, who doesn’t wanna make more money?)

You can earn extra income in several ways:

a. Getting a raise at your job

b. Starting a business

c. Doing freelance work

d. Growing a side hustle

Option a doesn’t happen as often as we’d like and depends on factors outside our control. Option b (aka entrepreneurship) isn’t for everyone. I like options c and d because they give me direct control over how much I make. I think of freelancing as doing work for other people on your own time. Having a side hustle is different in that you’re typically your own boss. You follow a course of action that creates the opportunities. Your earning potential is limitless and it correlates with the amount of work you put in. If you’re skilled in many areas and you’re up for the challenge, follow these 5 steps to diversify your income.

Here’s a breakdown of how I made an extra $500 this month:

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.

I met this client in June at a sample sale and we started working together in August. She has a handbag company and she reached out to me for help with social media photography, copywriting and posting. If you spend a lot of time on social media and came to develop a great understanding of how each platform works, do not take it for granted! You can find clients that will pay you to teach them how to use the platforms or how to grow their following on them. Research gigs on sites such as Fiverr, Elance or Craigslist and check out 10 More Great Sites to Find Gigs and Part-Time Work

Writing – $100

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.

Great writers will always be on demand. This is because writing is at the basis of most business communications. You don’t need a degree in English to know how to write. If you can clearly articulate your thoughts and know a lot about a particular topic, consider offering writing services to startups that are looking to build thought leadership or to popular blogs. There are a lot of great online resources for aspiring writers. If you’re one of them, check out The Write Life.

Event Discovery – $50

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.

You wouldn’t imagine the things people are willing to pay for! If you’re good at finding things to do, you have your side business idea. People don’t always have time to look for plans or places worth visiting so by either having a discovery website or posting reviews, you could bring that value to them. I recently started working with this fashion business owner and I get paid $50 a week for helping her find networking events for her business. You can too, if that’s your thing of course.

There’s a lot of money waiting to be made! Go as far as your skills and creativity take you.

How do you generate extra income? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Uncommon Ways I Tried to Make Money As a Kid

I was a young hustler. I must have always liked making money. From middle school to high school, I probably started 2-3 small businesses.  Back home, there wasn’t really a way to make money at that age aside from collecting your parents’ allowances. One had to be resourceful. And resourceful I was! Here are just a few ways I made money as a kid:

Mobile candy store
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We weren’t allowed to sell at school. The cafeteria didn’t want any competitors. My reason for starting to sell candies was, “If you’re gonna be a monopoly in something, be so good at it no one will want to try to do it better.” As you probably guessed by now, my school failed at showing variety. Everyone grew bored of their options and I took advantage of it.

I started selling gum, lollipops, chocolates, cookies…you name it. I would buy them in bulk for really cheap abroad and sell the unit at a price that guaranteed profit. It was all clandestine as getting caught could result in being suspended. I got away with it for some time and I quickly became the go-to person for people with a sweet tooth.

Juice stand
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I randomly came up with the idea when I was bored at home one day and noticed how well-stocked our refrigerator was. We had way too many fruits and vegetables: lemons, carrots, grapefruits, passion fruits, oranges etc. Naturally, I made different juices and set up a small stand in front of my house. My parents didn’t know but they were my suppliers so my business came with relatively no cost. As you would imagine, this venture didn’t last long and I was grounded for some time (but with my savings on point though haha).

Jewelry shop
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I can’t think of something I didn’t try to sell. Whenever I noticed a need in the market, I tried to fill that void. Going to an all-girl school was very strategic in that sense as beauty products were always in demand.

I’ve grown a lot since my early entrepreneurial days. One thing that’s stayed consistent however is my adaptability. As a multipotentialite, you develop a wide range of interests and learning how to leverage them to either acquire new knowledge or skills (and become more competitive) or earn extra income will benefit you in the long run. 

What were some of your early side hustles? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Actionable Tips to Leverage Being a Jack of All Trades and Land More Gigs

Being good at a lot of things (aka a Jack of all trades)1 can be confusing. You don’t have a clear sense of direction and you aren’t always sure which position to apply to when you’re looking at jobs.

The consensus on being a Jack of all trades is still unclear. Some people praise its benefits (i.e. it makes you adaptable, expands your knowledge etc.) while others argue it’s the worst personal brand. I sit somewhere in the middle.

There are situations when being a Jack of all trades is favorable (i.e. when you’re trying to diversify your income) and others where it sends a confusing message about your brand (i.e. listing all your skills when applying for a specific job). Nevertheless, having a diverse skill set increases your chances of getting hired. This is particularly true for freelancers. From my experience, clients look for people who can provide different services. It makes sense from a business standpoint because the cost of hiring someone who can “do it all” tends to be lower than that of hiring a whole team.

So if, like me, you’re sometimes unclear about your message because you can do a lot – fret not. Congratulations, actually! You are in a strategic position to increase your income from side hustles or freelance work. Here are some tactics that will help you leverage that “Jack of all trades” quality and land more opportunities:

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Have more than one resume

Getting a job or doing what you love shouldn’t be about downplaying your potential, but customizing your previous experience to fill a specific void. Curating your past jobs can achieve that.

I’ve done a lot during college (internships, freelance gigs, part-time work) so I have experience in various fields. I created a resume for jobs in marketing or social media, editorial writing, and public relations. I even have a resume for bartending and event assistance gigs (don’t judge a girl’s hustle!). This allows me to tailor my application to a specific job and do more without confusing prospective employers/clients.

Get involved in online groups

Social media groups are great because they bring like-minded people together. Instead of having to narrow your focus, you can spread your interests across different groups and pursue them simultaneously.

Take advantage of these niche networks. Whether you like real-estate crowdfunding, songwriting and comic books, you’ll find a happy home online for each of these interests.

Groups give you exclusive access to insights from industry leaders or people with similar goals. You have a space to ask questions, learn about resources to hone your skills or opportunities to advance your career. Be sure to actively participate, share interesting articles and connect with other people.

Meet people in real life

The Internet is awesome, but nothing beats a real-life connection! Put on your best attire and go connect with people in real time. Take genuine interest in their background, ask thoughtful questions and share your passions. Your drive will naturally manifest itself and it’ll resonate with a lot of people. Network with intention and give out business cards. Be sure to follow-up with everyone and cultivate long-term relationships. The benefits may not be immediate, but they are worth the investment. 

Can you relate to being a Jack (or Jill) of all trades? How do you navigate that? Share some tips in the comments!

How I Got My Start in Freelancing

I always thought freelancing was cool until I started doing it and realized the amount of work it takes. It’s definitely not for everyone because it’s highly uncertain. Your income varies from project to project and it can fluctuate for a long time at the beginning. You also have to put yourself out there and actively network because your salary depends on landing clients.

Freelancing is hard. It provides more flexibility than a regular job because you usually set your own hours, but you will miss the stability of a fixed paycheck. If you do it well and remain consistent however, it can become a secure income stream.

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I randomly fell into it after being laid off from a startup I had been working at for a year. My layoff happened a few weeks before graduation and I was already being questioned about my post-grad plans. The pressure to get another full-time job had never been greater. Then began my job search and it turned out to be a longer process than I thought. I was actively networking and applying to positions online, but hiring managers would take a while to get back to me. I needed to find a way to sharpen my skills and make money while I was waiting.

The answer came to me when I consulted one of my mentors. He suggested that I make a list of things that I’m good at. Writing, career coaching, social media branding, video editing, fashion styling. Following his advice, I started reaching out directly to people in my network (old classmates, colleagues or managers) to ask if they had a need for any of these services or knew people who did. Although I didn’t immediately acquire any client from this strategy, I would recommend that as a first step to anyone looking for freelance gigs because it works in the long run.

I then started researching websites for freelancers. My first gig came from Craigslist after I posted a few ads there. Someone needed my help with resume and cover letter writing. This turned into a regular gig because the person was satisfied with my work. I then secured another freelance gig as a Stylist, helping someone make shopping decisions and dress for special occasions. This client turned into a long-term relationship and she recommended me to other people. Word of mouth is the best type of marketing when you’re a freelancer. It’s free and it only asks that you do your job well.

If you’d like to get started on freelancing, I wrote a detailed post about the process so you can check it out here. Below are some additional resources for you!

Resources:

https://www.freelancersunion.org/

https://www.themuse.com/tags/freelancing

Are you currently looking for freelance work? Or have you freelanced in the past? What tips do you have or websites would you recommend for aspiring freelancers? Let me know in the comments!

5 Steps to Diversifying Your Income And Making More Money

“I don’t need more money.” said no one ever. This is particularly true for New Yorkers on whom the pressure to spend has never been greater. Having extra income serves as a safety net and may help you reach your financial goals sooner.

If you’d like to get started on diversifying your income, consider these five steps:

Identify your skills

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What are you good at? Do you braid your friends’ hair for fun? Maybe it’s time to start charging! Do you like bringing people together and organizing meetups? There goes your event planning business! Do people come to you for career advice or help with their writing? You could be a tutor, career coach, freelance editor and more. People will always need help. This much we know is true. Write down things you enjoy doing and things you’re good at. Somewhere in the middle you’ll find a new source of income.

Let your immediate network know

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Your immediate network refers to your family, friends, old classmates, colleagues and even supervisors. These are the people in your direct surroundings with whom you’ve already established a relationship with. Once you clearly assess your skills, you can reach out to them and let them know about the service(s) you can provide.

Here’s a sample outreach email:

“Hi __,

I hope you’re doing well! I wanted to let you know I’m currently offering X (hairstyling, personal shopping, accounting etc.) services. If you or somebody you know could use them, feel free to get in touch or pass this email along. I’m happy to help!

Thanks so much,

Your Name”

This strategy didn’t help me find clients initially, but it helped spread the word. Don’t fret if this happens to you too. You’ll be on top of mind when an opportunity eventually comes their way. Don’t hesitate to follow up if necessary.

Lastly, don’t underestimate your weak ties. That gives you an opportunity to further connect with them.

Pick a platform

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How will you advertise your skills? Time to get creative! You can either start a podcast, blog or make videos. After choosing your medium, be sure to include a social media component in your marketing strategy.

If your product (read: service) is visual (i.e. hairstyling, jewelry making, crocheting etc.), consider Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat or YouTube. Twitter and LinkedIn are great options for text-oriented services such as resume consulting, journalism, social media management etc. Facebook is where everything goes and it’s considered the most popular and effective advertising platform because of their targeted ads.

Promote your work

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As a freelancer (or side hustler), you are your own cheerleader. Work on perfecting your craft then promote it. No one will believe in you unless you do. You have to put yourself out there in order to land gigs. Keep creating and document your process. Collect evidence. You photographed your mom’s friend’s baby shower? Start building a portfolio. You styled your sister’s best friend? Snap a few pictures and share it on your platform. Go to networking events and tell strangers about your services. The quality of your work will speak for itself, but you have to go the extra mile and sell yourself to the right people.

Build an online presence

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If you’re not making social media a part of your marketing, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to expand your reach and get more clients. Growing a social following takes time and requires consistency. It’s made even more difficult by the fact that the benefits aren’t immediate. Nonetheless, it’s necessary as consumers connect more with brands than with products nowadays. Besides, you wouldn’t want to limit the size of your audience.

Earning extra income is all about monetizing your skills or building valuable products. If you have a job, someone is clearly paying for your skill set so it goes without saying that you’ll find other people willing to do the same. You just have to strategically position yourself to receive that compensation.

What service can you offer? How do you plan on monetizing your skills? Let me know in the comments!

Check out: 6 Ideas to Diversify Your Income Streams

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I Added $700 to My Income Last Month. You Can Too. Here’s How.

I love finding creative ways to make money. I developed the habit of building different income streams after I got laid off from a job I really enjoyed. The startup was failing and they had to let go of most of their employees. It wasn’t personal. These things happen and this is why you shouldn’t rely on only one source of income. In today’s economy, it’s highly recommended to diversify your income as job security is no longer guaranteed. Luckily, I had some savings and my family support to fall back on but I needed to find other ways.

Let’s be real, we can all use some extra cash.  Whether it’s to support our travel plans, buy a new apartment or increase our savings, generating side income is often a lifesaver.

This past month, I added $700 to my income from different gigs. I hope you get some ideas on how you can increase your earnings.

Tutoring – $560

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As you can see, tutoring was the bulk of my extra income. I made this amount by having four weekly tutoring sessions at $35/hour after work. I signed up for a program at my school that connects students with parents who need help with babysitting, dog walking or tutoring in the area.

Now you may be thinking you’re not an expert in any subject so you can’t tutor, but that extends to anything you know how to do well. You can certainly monetize any service you can provide because people always need help. They are willing to pay for things they either cannot do themselves or are too lazy to attempt. Whether you’re a web developer, graphic designer, video producer or tutor, offer your services to your immediate network and you’d be surprised how you can fill certain voids.

Translating – $90

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Because I speak four languages, I quickly realized I could be of service to people or companies who need help interpreting or translating documents. I made $90 from translating documents from English to French for about two hours. How did I land that gig? I went to a meetup for French learners and connected with an art curator who needed help because she didn’t speak the language well enough. It might have been a chance encounter but there are agencies who look for native speakers of various languages.

Translation services cost a lot (up to $65/hour depending on your expertise) so if you speak more than one language – and if they happen to be popular like Spanish or Chinese – you have a competitive advantage and an automatic moneymaking tool. If you don’t, you can also learn from many free online resources.

Personal Shopping – $50

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Shopping can be tedious and energy consuming.  Not everyone likes to spend hours browsing aisles for groceries, clothes or furniture. If you enjoy it however, you can get paid to do it. All it takes is a combination of good taste and a penchant for all things visual and pretty.

I landed this gig via Craigslist and it’s now turned into occasional freelance work. I never considered styling or personal shopping until I started making fashion videos on YouTube. This comes to show that you can develop many skills once you decide to focus on a project. From video blogging, I learned how to film and edit videos, capture and retouch photos, market content on social media and more. You know that travel business you plan to start or these guitar lessons you’ve always wanted to give? You can’t begin to imagine how much you’ll learn from it. The simple act of practicing a skill can attract job opportunities. So let these creative juices flow and go prosper!

Remember: diversify, diversify, diversify. It’s key to making more money. Assess your skills and start putting yourself out there. Network your way to landing gigs and take classes if necessary. If you have any questions on how you can monetize your skills or where to find gigs, let me know!

Check out: 29 Smart Ways to Make Money on the Side in 2016

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