How To Make Money with Craigslist | 50 Side Hustles to Launch Your Next Business
How to Make Money with Craigslist – 50 Side Hustles to Jump Start Your Very Own Business!
Can you really make money by posting ads on Craigslist? Absolutely! If you are self-motivated and you have a skill set that you are willing to outsource, then yes! You can offer your services and find people who will pay you for something you are really good at – or simply for something they don’t want to do!
Here are 50 great ideas for starting your next Craigslist Business. But don’t worry, if you don’t want to utilize Craigslist, you can always print flyers and go door to door – hustling is just part of the game and if you’re a people person, you can make doing ANYTHING – literally! Are you ready to jump start your next business? Here are 50 ideas to get you started + marketing and advertising tips!
Are You a Pet Person or Animal Whisperer?
1. Dog walking
Try targeting dogs (or other walk-able pets) owned by the elderly or people who work during the day and don’t want to leave their pet in a kennel!
2. Picking up Poop
Yep! People will pay you if you’re willing to clean up their yard. Someone’s got to do it! There’s a whole service truck that goes around my neighborhood offering to clean up after your animals.
3. Pet Boarding
I have 2 sons that have actually made good money (they are 8 & 10) by placing ads on Craigslist as a pet boarder. We keep well-mannered pets at our house so people can go on those weekend vacations!
4. Pet Grooming
If you can wash and dry a dog, then you can start a good business! I know I hate giving my dog a bath (that’s why my kids do it), but if you’re a pet whisperer, then this might be a great job for you!
Get creative with your ads! Don’t just place them on Craigslist, but hang up flyers at your local pet shops, vet offices, and community boards in your town!
Do You Own a Car?
5. Grocery Shopper
Offer to pick up groceries for people for a fee. (You already to go there anyway, why not make some extra cash by picking up other people’s items and then delivering them?)
6. Teach a Driver’s Ed Course
If you’re willing to let teenagers drive your car and get in the practice they need to pass their driver’s test, then you can make a lot of money! This is especially powerful with parents to who don’t own their own vehicle – and advertise within your local foster care community and youth programs.
I fostered a teenage girl but didn’t want her driving my huge van, so we outsourced her practice to someone with a smaller car.
*Make sure to double check your insurance plans first!
7. Give People Rides Locally
There are always elderly or disabled people who need rides to places within the community – the library, grocery store, work, etc.… You can always go with a program like Uber too (if your car meets the requirements needed)
8. Take People to the Airport
Offer to give people rides to the airport so they don’t have to pay the daily parking fee.
9. Haul Away Junk
This might require a truck. You can always start small and earn your way to a bigger vehicle if you need to, but offering to take loads of things to the dump for people is a service I would use (and sometimes do!)
Do You Have Skills? Use them!
If you’re skilled at Math, Science, or ANY other subject, offer your services. Hang flyers at your local library and ask the permission from the schools in your area if you can leave business cards for them to hand out!
11. Teach English
I live in a diverse neighborhood and we often have families where the parents don’t speak English (or at least not very good.) Offer to teach the parents, or even the kids how to communicate effectively within your community!
12. Private Lessons
If you are talented in a sport or musical instrument, offer to teach lessons either privately or in group sessions. This is a great way to make money doing something you love!
13. Edit and Proof-Read Papers
If you have a knack for the English language you might enjoy this!
Do You Have Style?
14. Make-up Artist
If you rock at applying make-up, then offer your services. You can target High Schoolers (especially around Prom and Homecoming season) but also for weddings and other special events. Get creative – offering ‘First Date’ Make-up tutorials is just ONE route you could go!
15. Hair Stylist
Same thing applies here. You could offer BOTH Make-up AND hair services and charge extra!
16. Wardrobe Stylist
Offer to shop for people who need their wardrobe updated or who just need the latest fashion tips! (Because we ALL know someone who could use THAT service!)
17. Lifestyle Coach
If you can motivate people and offer sound advice, you can coach anyone!
Do You Love Working Outdoors?
18. Mow Yards!
If you already own a mower, why not make some extra money with it?
If you have an eye for outdoor flower beds, water gardens, or fish ponds – then offer to design the perfect outdoor oasis for those of us who aren’t gifted in that area.
20. Shovel Snow/ Rake Leaves
Pick your season – or offer both. No one likes to do these, but they always need to be done.
21. Weed Removal
Offer to clean up other people’s yards so they don’t have to! Especially people who are trying to sell their home and want to make their yards more appealing.
22. Start and Maintain a Garden
I hate gardening! I love the idea of gardening – but I don’t have a green digit on either hand! I would love to outsource a garden and not have to do the work!
Do You Like Kids?
23. Start an In-Home Daycare
If you have littles of you own and you already stay home, why not make some extra cash by offering to watch other people’s kids too?
24. Offer 3rd Shift Babysitting Services
This can be in HIGH demand, especially in larger cities. Plus, for the most part, the kid will be sleeping – so it’s a little easier in some ways than a daycare during normal awake hours.
25. Gutter Cleaner
Just make sure you’re not afraid of heights!
You can even rent a machine. You can power wash houses, decks, business establishments, etc.…
27. Deck Stainer
We recently just outsourced this job at my house!
28. Clean Houses
29. House Sit for People on Vacation
30. Small House Repair Jobs
Offer to fix things before people spend money replacing them!
31. Wash Windows
32. Clean Cars
People would pay for this – especially if people are trying to sell their used vehicle.
33. Pool Maintenance
Keep those bugs out!
34. Plumbing Services
It’s a dirty job – but someone has to do it!
35. Paint Houses
36. Offer to do People’s Chores
I know my kids would pay for you to come clean their rooms!
Are You an Organized Person?
37. Personal Organizer
You can keep someone’s calendar, email folder, and bill payments organized! Or you can literally organize their physical stuff!
38. Budget Keeper
Everyone needs to know how to keep and maintain a budget. But the truth is, it’s not very fun. Offer to keep other people’s finances in order for them.
39. Personal Assistant
Just offer to ‘do it all’ for people. All those jobs they hate doing – from running errands to answering emails and screening phone calls!
40. Social Media Manager
Small businesses need to focus on their customers and their business. You can offer to manage their social media accounts so they can focus on what really matters!
41. Event Coordinator
Offer to book wedding services, funeral services, graduation parties…the possibilities are ENDLESS.
42. Make and Sell Jewelry
43. Sell Your Used and Unwanted Items
44. Buy Other People’s Unwanted Items – and Resell them
Open an online thrift store or virtual garage sell.
There is a millionaire in my hometown who made his money by buying and reselling chickens and chicken coops!
45. Good O’Fashioned Bake Sell
If your cookies rock, let them make you money!
46. Wedding Cake Maker
If you’re creative and can make an eye pleasing cake, offer to make people’s cakes for those special occasions.
Anything from Weddings to Senior Pictures to Baby’s First Photos – if you invest in a decent camera and have an eye for photography, THIS could be your next business!
48. Graphic Designer
If you have an eye for digital design – offer to do some website designs for small businesses.
49. Private Investigator
Be sure to always be safe and smart when performing these types of tasks!
50. Psychic Reader
I don’t really go for this sort of thing – but this was a REAL service I saw that was advertised on my local Craigslist page.
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What was your favorite way of starting your own Craigslist Business? Let me know in the comments below!