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Can You Earn A Living With Craigslist?

Feb 26, 2008
Can you earn a living with Craigslist? The short answer is, yes, you certainly can. Indeed, if you're an entrepreneur who is willing to work hard, there are plenty of opportunities on Craigslist for you to market yourself and your products or skills to those who need them. And unlike a conventional job, where you are given a set salary for the services you offer, you have no such limits on your income if you are an independent contractor. The drawback to this is, of course, that you don't have a guarantee of income, unlike a salaried job.

There are basically two ways you can make a living with Craigslist. One is that you can offer services as an independent contractor, or you can offer products or services as a small-business owner. You can also use Craigslist to get a permanent full-time job or a part-time job through Craigslist's jobs section. In this article, we will discuss what types of opportunities exist for small business owners and independent contractors on Craigslist.

Using Craigslist for independent contractors

If you offer your services as an independent contractor on Craigslist, this can be an excellent opportunity, because many will see your ad and can respond to it if they are seeking your type of services. In fact, there's a lot of work that's being outsourced both by large businesses and small. This means that there is an opportunity for these businesses to take advantage of outsourcing sources. Independent contractors can use Craigslist to find these opportunities by placing ads for services offered and by responding to ads for those who want contract employees.

In addition, Craigslist specifically offers a section for those who want to place ads for services offered. Under this section, you can offer services under a number of different categories. As an independent contractor, you can place a posting under the most appropriate category to reach a particular target audience. If you are a small-business owner, you can also place an advertisement in that particular category if you can't find another category for the type of service you want to offer. However, keep in mind that if you place your ad in a general category, it's probably going to be more difficult to reach your target audience.

As an independent contractor, you can also find business opportunities by responding to ads that seek contract employees on Craigslist. As you search for a job on Craigslist, you can start with a location and then browse through different types of job by category. The easiest way to find a contract position is to use the search feature and then check the contract box so that those types of jobs are included in your search criteria. This will help make sure that your search results return only contract positions.

Using Craigslist as a small-business owner

If you are a small business owner, you can also use Craigslist to reach your desired audience and grow your business. If you have a small business, you can especially use Craigslist to your advantage. The most obvious way to do this is to post an advertisement about your business in the appropriate category under the either "services" or "for sale" sections. This can be very effective, because Craigslist usually has more than four billion page views a month. This means that you can have a very large potential audience if you use Craigslist.

As a small-business owner, you can also use the discussion forums on Craigslist to gain customers for your business. However, make sure your promotions and discussion are not seen as spam. If you post information in a way that's informative to readers, that's fine, but don't simply spit out useless posts whose sole purpose is to promote your business. Spamming is not only irritating to readers, but it makes it very likely that Craigslist moderators will at least delete your posts, and maybe even act more severely against you.
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