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
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
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:
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:
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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