Ever wanted to learn how to make money on Craigslist?
I know what you’re thinking …
“Aren’t there better alternatives to sell stuff online?”
But, according to their fact sheet, Craigslist gets 50 billion pages views per month. Not only that, but with 60 million users on their site, you’ve got the potential to make some serious income.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be one of those people to make money — and still make money — off of Craigslist when I really needed to. And today, I’m going to show you how to make money on Craigslist too.
What Do People Buy On Craigslist?
There are 2 ways in which a person can earn a living through Craigslist. They either:
- Provide a service someone wants.
- Sell something that someone wants.
Doesn’t matter what it is either. Because there’ll always be a buyer for what you’re offering.
For example, this is something I found that one buyer is looking for:
So if you had a membership to Goodlife and wanted to get out of it, this buyer would be willing to take on your membership.
Here’s a service that one person is selling to business professionals:
Not bad. Especially for all that’s included:
Do you really see the potential of selling on Craigslist?
And there’s thousands of people in your area itching to take out their wallets and buy what you have to offer.
Sounds like something you want to do?
Keep reading … it get’s better.
The 3-Step Process to Learn How to Make Money on Craigslist (and Get Money in Your Pocket This Weekend)
There are 3 steps to make money on Craigslist.
Step #1: Find something to sell
Step #2: Create a click-worthy ad
Step #3: Rince & repeat
But as simple as it may appear, there’s a lot of work that goes into the first two steps in order to really make a profit.
Let me show you each step in more detail…
Step#1: Find Something Unique to Sell
You have two choices here.
The first choice is to sell a physical product that someone is offering for free on Craigslist.
You read that right.
People just give away their goods. All you need to do is find these free products — and then sell them.
By taking advantage of the free category in the “For Sale” section:
Where truthfully, you’ll find a lot of junk. But every so often, you’ll find someone offering some interesting stuff:
And all you would need to do is pick it up, find a buyer and bring in the profits. 🙂
Now, the second choice is to sell a product/service you already have.
You might be wondering:
“What if I don’t have products that are good enough to sell?”
You can take full advantage of discounted items and still make a decent profit.
Let me explain …
If your city/town has a thrift store, you could easily purchase items from there for cheap and sell them for more than the price that you paid for it.
A.J. Hakami, from The Flipping Ninja, does this exact same thing. In this post, he shares a case study where he purchased this TV for $7.99 …
… and sold it for $180.
Not too shabby.
Now, once you have your items to sell, it’s time for step #2:
Step #2: Create an Ad that Will Inspire Clicks (and Drive Responses)
This is the bread-and-butter of the entire process.
Because in order to sell whatever it is you’re selling, you need to:
- Come up with a headline that attracts attention
- Include lots of clear images
- Write a thorough description
Here’s a breakdown of each task:
Task 1 – Create an Attention Grabbing Headline
Headlines are important.
Especially if you creating an ad — because you want it to be short, but to the point.
More importantly, you want make sure you don’t do these two thing:
- Use all caps – When you see something in all caps, most of the time you completely ignore it, don’t you? And if you have your headline all caps, there’s going to be little chance users will actually click on it.
- Put too much information in the title – You don’t want to drive people away with too much information. The plan is to hook them to click your headline — then you can go into further detail in the description.
So, if you’re selling a fridge, this headline:
Will draw more interest than this headline:
Task 2 – Include Images
Images are key when trying to not only convey your message but sell something on Craigslist.
In fact, this is probably the most important part of the ad because they not only help you sell the item, but sell you as reputable person to purchase from.
That’s why you never want to use stock photos like this in your ads. Here’s a picture in an ad I found of someone selling a queen sized bed:
Looks too fake. right?
The images you use conveys a lot about you as a person. That’s why you want to make sure it’s as natural as possible — without having a lot of clutter around.
Here’s another example I found or someone else selling a bed:
See the difference?
Bottom line:Always include pictures in your listings.
Task 3 – Write a Detailed Description
Sometimes, an ad will do very well while only having a few words there. But for the most part, you need to give as much details as you could to help sell your products.
This doesn’t mean that you need to blatently lie, but you also don’t need to point out every flaw in the product.
For example, when A.J. Hakami, from The Flipping Ninja, was selling a couch he got from a thrift store, this is the ad that he wrote:
The details (and the pictures) are what allowed him to sell it for $200 in less than 20 minutes from posting it.
What’s the bottom line?
Focus on the positives of what you’re selling.
- Does it look/sound/perform great?
- How many times has it been used?
- Is it in the original packaging?
- How well have you taken care of it?
Even the littlest details count 🙂
But what about price?
Of course your entire mentaliy should be to buy low and sell high, but here’s something you need to be aware of when setting your prices:
Step #3: Rince and Repeat
Your last step is to rince and repeat the process over and over again.
At this point, you want to set up a regular routine that consists of:
- Collecting items you’re going to sell
- Staging it to take quality pictures
- Listing it
- Setting up the payment process
You can even take it a level up and do some research on the product before you actually sell it. This way, with proper research, you’ll be able to add in little tidbits in the description, or even the title, to give you the greatest chance of a successful deal.
And — bada bing, bada boom — you’re set.
Now You Try It
I hope you can see the potential here.
Once you learn the ins and outs of how to make money on Craigslist, you’ll start to see how profitable (and easy) it really is to sell stuff on there.
Now that you’ve read this guide, it’s time to actually implement it.
But first …
Leave a comment to let me know what you think.