The Guide to Finding Legit Side Jobs on Craigslist

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I just made $111 dollars for 3 hours of work. I was fed a sandwich, a cookie, and even given coffee to perk me up. What was I doing? I was participating in a mock jury. I can’t tell you what we talked about, but what I can say is that it was engaging, stimulating, and fun. What was I doing? Making extra money on Craiglist by participating in a mock jury. I can’t tell you what we talked about, but what I can say is that it was engaging, stimulating, and fun. After several months of finding side jobs Craigslist, I’ve definitely made money and discovered a couple of things so here's my own guide on how to find side jobs on craigslist.

Craigslist isn't just for selling your stuff or meeting randos.

I’m on the journey to repay my debt.

Sadly, I discovered that cutting my expenses aren’t going to generate enough money to pay off my debt at the pace that I’ve set for myself.(And I don't want to consider debt consolidation or refinancing.)

I needed to make extra money and I needed to make extra money as quickly as possible. I would prefer to make extra money using the internet only, but sadly it takes awhile to really build up the contacts that I need to start generating money via online sources only like with an online side hustle.

Because of this, I decided to turn to another avenue for finding jobs: Craigslist.

How to Find Side Jobs on Craigslist

First, there's a lot of junk out there

  • Comfortable cleaning someone’s house with your top off? Then there are a ton of jobs for you.
  • If you would like to donate your eggs and happen to meet the recipient’s criteria then there is a lot of money to be made (especially if you’re blonde!)
  • Like kids? You can be a low paid nanny or mother’s helper! People are looking!
  • Do you like to drive? Then you can drive people to their final destination in exchange for 420. For those of you who don’t know what that is: it’s ganja, the demon weed, or pot. Hey, I live in Colorado.
  • Do you enjoy giving massages? People are always asking for them!

……For some reason, I felt that the jobs listed above wouldn’t work for me…..


Obviously, it's Craigslist. There's weird stuff out there. But if you can wade through, there are tons of legit side gig opportunities available. 


  • Mock Jury -just did one today!
  • Surveys -am currently doing one now.
  • Lawn Watering -I did that for two weeks.
  • Cleaning houses – With my top on, obviously.
  • Helping Run Events -There are a ton of festivals, parties, etc. in Denver/Boulder. They are always looking for help running booths, set-up and clean up.
  • Scavenger Hunt -I had to do a run through of a scavenger hunt and check that the clues were clear, if things had been moved around, and note any confusing information. I had tons of fun doing it!


Other side jobs on Craigslist You May Be Interested in (That aren't Sketchy….)



  • Office projects – I would like to do short term office projects. I work in an office so I don’t want a long-term project.
  • Wrapping my car with an ad – only if I believed in the product. I don’t have a car…but, if I did!
  • Event Promotions -but, not the grocery store promotions. Hungry people are annoying so I prefer handing out samples. I love it when I get them.
  • Golf Event Ambassador-I LOVE golfing. I’m serious. I really enjoy it! I don’t have car right now so I can’t do this one.


Below are a few other gems I found specific to those with certain skill sets. 


Craigslist side jobs for creatives




Using your creative skills to earn extra money could be quite lucrative in the long run. And it might be something you would actually enjoy spending your time doing.

A quick search yielded Craigslist jobs that creative-types already do for a hobby. For instance:



Freelance Photography 

Regularly occurring local events (block parties, holidays, etc.) can be a goldmine of opportunity for the aspiring photographer! Look to support the desperate last-minute needs of specialty celebrations like weddings, reunions, or birthday events.

Graphic Design

If you’re good with creating logos, website headers, or making stickers for political rallies, itfyou can find someone on Craigslist looking for help. If you are in and are talented with a pen/stylus then whipping up quick designs might be an easy way to make some extra money while sipping your morning coffee.

Web Design

 These days you don’t have to be a coder to make websites. Many templates are available to help you along the way and most people trying their hand at increasing their business by creating their first website just need something tidy that can get their name out there.

Video Editing (Videographer) 

If you’re good with editing videos, look for people or local organizations (like church groups, the VFW, or other local groups) that need someone to stitch together footage on something or someone they are honoring or remembering. It would be great way to practice your skills for the vloggers of the world.

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist

Look for special events requiring people who can bring out someone’s best with hair and makeup.



Craigslist side jobs for those okay with manual labor




Manual labor never goes out of style and if you are a skilled laborer, a professional do-it-yourselfer, or just someone who doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, then Craigslist may be a great way for you to start building your own client list.




Most people with lawns will require regular maintenance. As long as you can do the work for a good price then you might be able make it a regular gig on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.


Dog Poop Service 

Believe it or not you can get paid for providing “Dog Waste Removal Service” to those with pets who don’t want to pick up their pet’s poop. It’s an honest AND lucrative way to earn money.


Handyman Projects 

Basic handyman projects like changing a ceiling fan or light fixture, or doing small renovations to unpowered structures like sheds or gazebos would be a great way to earn extra income for any able-bodied person in a pinch and wouldn’t require you to have a General Contractor License (depending on your local laws). Painting is also a very lucrative option in this category and supplies are relatively cheap to get started.


General Laborer 


Usually, a non-specific type of labor like construction site cleanup, shop laborer for local businesses, or laundry attendant for motel chains can be easy to find and doesn’t require your own tools or supplies in order to get started.


Academic craigslist side jobs




For those of you that are handier with a science or history book (rather than power tools) start by looking for opportunities to teach.

Even if you are not a teacher by trade, if you’re passionate enough in a particular subject, you can pass that enthusiasm on to somebody that struggles in that academic area.


School-age children aren’t the only ones in need of tutoring. Adults starting school again might need help remembering those long forgotten algebra and science subjects learned back when they were in high school.


ESL Instructor 


So long as you aren’t starting from scratch with a client (where there is a language barrier to break) practicing pronunciations should be a walk in the park for any native English speaker (or other applicable languages including American Sign Language).


Library Assistant

 Schools (public and private), universities, and local public libraries might be in need of people who know their way around books and filing systems. These gigs can be as simple as organizing and putting away returns. Libraries may also need extra help during special events or certain times of the year.


The most important tips for finding side jobs on craigslist


Craigslist has gotten a reputation for being a bad place for getting jobs and a good place to get scammed. But don’t let that reputation deter you from searching it for legitimate jobs!

Here’s what you can do to be sure you don’t get scammed:

  1. If you live in a mid-sized to large town/city-you should be looking at Craigslist daily for side hustles.

  2. Be clear about how you’re going to be paid. For the Mock Jury, I was given a check and I’m pretty sure that it will clear. For another side hustle, I was paid via PayPal.  I have also been paid cash (I prefer this!)

  3. Really vet the jobs that you’re going after. Tell the poster of the ad that people know where you are.  Leave all contact details with a loved one.

  4. Be cautious when clicking on links within emails. If you need to open links, instead, type the address in a separate browser window (which should have an https:// at the beginning).

  5. Don’t accept payments made through unconventional means (Western Union, cryptocurrencies, cashier’s checks, personal checks). The best ways to accept payments are PayPal (for remote work) or cash (best if you have a counterfeit pen to verify).
  6. Have a letter of agreement or contract in place BEFORE work is started. Have something in writing that explains the scope of work you will be doing, start and end times of the job, how much you’ll be paid for the job, and the method of payment.


Finally, be wary of multiple postings that contain the same language or any type of broken or grammatically incorrect wording. Misspellings, lack of details about the job, and anything about the job that seems suspicious should be a red flag to you.




Learning how to find side jobs on Craigslist doesn't have to be super scary. If you need extra money and aren’t using Craigslist I encourage you to consider giving it a try.


Read next: How to Hustle Your Next $100, $1000, or $5000. 





Editor's Note: This post was originally published on August 7th, 2013. It has been updated in 2019 with additional editorial contributions from Lauren Bowling.




The Guide to Finding Legit Side Jobs on Craigslist

Michelle was raised in Colorado and loves it! On any given day you may find her walking, hiking, riding her bike, talking to random people, or chilling out sitting on one of the many patios located in the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area. She loves to travel and believes travel cures ignorance and is the road to bliss. Check her out at: Or, feel free to follow her tweeter feed: @ShopMyCloset12
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    Another one I like is selling your body to science. If you live in a bigger city, there are sometimes research hospitals that will pay you to participate.

  2. A lot of my friends also earn extra income from their online jobs. But I’m not sure if they use Craigslist, though.

  3. I love craigslist for finding freelance writing jobs. There’s a lot of competition for them, but I’ve written for companies in cities I’ve never even been to!

      • Michelle
      • August 10, 2013

      Huh, I had vaguely thought about looking at listings for other cities. I need to get on it!

  4. Mock jury sounds fun! Definitely going to look into Craigslist more!

  5. Lol at the massage ones. Although they aren’t side jobs, I’m always amazed at the room share postings for free rent that are soooo creepy. It’s obvious that they guy will require you to sleep with him.

    I haven’t had as much success with Craigslist jobs but I should try checking it out again. This post is good inspiration to try again!

      • Michelle
      • August 8, 2013

      The posts that freak me out most are the childcare ones! I saw one the other day where a mother needed someone to babysit her son for 4 hours while she listened to her husband as he did a lecture. She posted it the day before. There is no way she could vet a person and know that they aren’t a creeper in one day! WTF! Then, I was thinking why couldn’t she bring the child to the lecture? Good luck, I’m sure you’ll find some good hustles.

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    As a Recruiter, I’ve actually posted many legitimate full-time jobs on Craigslist and although I had to sift through countless unsuitable resumes, I’ve placed a few great Accountants, Financial Analysts and Office Managers.

      • Michelle
      • August 8, 2013

      I appreciate you mentioning that as a Recruiter you actively use Craigslist. I think that using Craigslist is like looking for gold-you have to dig for awhile and shift throught the crap to find some peices of gold.

    • Done by Forty
    • August 7, 2013

    I have never tried this but will spend some time browsing what’s available in my area. Thanks for all the ideas! I’d be happy to clean a house topless!

      • Michelle
      • August 8, 2013

      I am both appalled and fascinated by all of the ways one can make money via Craigslist. There are also a lot of pervs.

  7. Craigslist does have a bunch of odd jobs, but in addition to the jobs you can try to flip undervalued items for sale. Simply negotiate a better price than what is offered, or if a good price is offered take it and run. Then, relist it for the true value and pocket the difference! It takes a bit more time though and some time to get into the groove of things.

      • Michelle
      • August 8, 2013

      I hadn’t thought about doing that. If I were to flip items I would re-finish old pieces of furniture!

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    I am the queen of craigslist, lol! I’ve found petsitting gigs, apartments, jobs, gigs and previously boyfriends on there, lol! I usually search under ‘gig’s, then under events and find brand ambassador work. I also search the ‘etc’ section. I think gigs is the best for you if you need money right away. You do have to respond within the hour usually to get a job. They go quickly! I’ve stayed in touch with some people I’ve met, and got future work. I LOVE CRAIGSLIST!

      • Michelle
      • August 8, 2013

      You’ve found boyfriends?? What am I doing wrong?! I’ve met some very nice people so far, and I’ve decided to continue thinking that I will only encounter great people and opportunities.

    • Michelle
    • August 7, 2013

    You will be shocked at all of the weird and interesting things that people can do to make money!

    • Jordann @ My Alternate Life
    • August 7, 2013

    I haven’t used Craigslist, but my husband uses Kijiji extensively. His business closes down in the winter time (it’s seasonal) so last winter he painted houses and did dry wall/small repairs for some extra cash. He used Kijiji exclusively to find gigs, and it was great because he could work as much or as little as he wanted.

      • Michelle
      • August 7, 2013

      I’ve never heard of Kijiji! I can’t wait to check it out.

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    I really need to check out Kijiji and Craigslist for some extra jobs.

    • Grayson @ Debt Roundup
    • August 7, 2013

    There are definitely some gems on Craig’s list, but you have to get out the many scams. Nice work on the mock jury.

      • Michelle
      • August 7, 2013

      I am very careful about what I respond to. So far I’ve only been scammed once and that was before I really got started on my side hustles!

    • Dirty D
    • August 7, 2013

    Craigslist is also a great resource to find “services” that save money. I’ve found cheap grooming services from people trying to build their business as well as beauty services. It’s mainly people trying to build their client base so you can get in while prices are really reasonable. The girl that cuts/colors my hair falls into this category and she’s turned out to be a great friend to top it off.

    I’ve looked into selling my eggs, but hormones cause crazy migraines for me – so I was out.

      • Michelle
      • August 7, 2013

      I vaguely thought about selling my eggs, but then I thought of the hassle and decided against it. I hadn’t thought about looking at services. I need someone to work on my lawn.

    • ashley adams from georgia
    • August 7, 2013

    Preach! The best job I EVER had was doing marketing for a home health care company – $14 .00 per hour, family-owned and operated, great working atmosphere. Increase in pay with results. And I got it off craigslist. I would still be at that job if I hadn’t had to move back to GA.

      • Michelle
      • August 7, 2013

      I’ve really enjoyed the side hustles that I’ve found off of Craigslist. My favorites were the Mock Jury, doing the Scavenger Hunt, and watering the lawn. So far I’ve connected with some great people! I’m just glad that I’ve really worked on my vetting process re: what is and is not sketchy!

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