How I Made $310 From Craigslist Gigs in One Week

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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

making from craigslist - survey writing

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

making money on Craigslist - copywriting

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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    • Hey Jessica, you can find short-term gigs like the ones I described in a variety of ways. They could come from social media (LinkedIn and Facebook groups in particular), online marketplaces like Craigslist or through your network. Good luck and I’m glad you like the article 🙂

  1. I had totally forgotten about CL. I need to look into that for the holidays!

  2. Aaah, I’m always nervous about Craigslist because of the horror stories. But, maybe people just don’t share their good experiences often enough! Thanks for sharing your positive (and $$$ making!) experience. I’m way more open to the idea now!

    XO –

    • You’re right. I’m glad I was able to change your perspective a bit. If you end up using it, let me know how it goes. Good luck! 🙂

  3. Hi Shelcy,

    Would you mind linking to my original article on how I earned $655 from Craig’s List? You’re posting to my guest post on Making Sense of Cents (which is great!), but I was hoping to get some quality backlinks.

    Thanks for considering.

    • Hey Jeffro, I had already linked to it when I was writing the post. It’s all the way at the bottom under the “Related” section.

    • It was definitely a miracle week haha. I don’t normally make this much from just Craigslist, but it’s possible to make even more 🙂

  4. This is awesome! I just came back from Study Abroad in Spain so I could definitely use some side gigs. Thanks for the useful info.

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