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.

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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.

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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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