Craigslist Business – How to Get Your Business Started Online
As the job market continues to look bleak the entrepreneurs are coming out in droves to help those who are losing a job or those looking for a way to supplement their current position. What these entrepreneurs are showing us is how to make our own money on our own terms. So if there is money to be made on the internet how can a person start a Craigslist business?
If you’re a savvy shopper and a bit handy, you can make a business on Craigslist. First you must have an item or service to sell. If you want to invest you simply find a product that you can get at no cost or limited expense, fix it up, and re-sell it through another local venue. This technique takes practice but is well worth it if you can easily fix something torn or slightly worn to look newer and serviceable.
There is a free or give away section on Craigslist that should be checked daily in the early morning to obtain the best deals. One trick that many people have learned is to call the cell phone number of the person offering the item and arrange a time for pick-up. Once the item is picked, you do a little work, and list it for sale.
You can market your business through your community, on forums and using classifieds. All of these are free services offered through Craigslist with a few simple rules; no spamming or repeated ads. Simply set up a free account, place your ad in the appropriate group then add in your text. Make certain that the text is catchy, truthful, reasonably priced, and regional. The best received ads are those that are to the point and contacting the owner is easy. A quick transaction makes for a quicker profit.
One entrepreneurial minded person I know straight out of college took one hundred dollars as an investment and turned it into a thousand in less than eight days. If you can spend a couple of hours in the morning surfing for the best bargains you can get great results as well.
As ads run from newest to older, you will want to update your ad frequently, possibly twice a day if the item hasn’t sold or the response is weak. In order to update your ad you will need to delete the older post and write a new one. One thing that Craigslister’s will catch quickly is a duplicated ad. Craigslist business, is a great way to make fast and effective cash online.
If you don’t like to buy, sell, or trade items to make a profit then you may be more interested in the ‘telecommute’ section on the site. This is a list of jobs that are available in your area offering different work from home opportunities.
Another way to work a business on the Craigslist site is to offer your own business as a merchant. Start an online store and sell your products first on Craigslist and then direct potential customers to your ecommerce site which will in turn build repeat customers for you.