How to Find Side Jobs on Craigslist (The Non-Creepy Way)

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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 hustles via 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’ve discovered that cutting my expenses wasn’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, sadly it will take 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

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…..

Keep digging – there are a few legit jobs on the site that can offer you ways to make cash

  • If you live in a mid-sized to large town/city-you should be looking at Craigslist daily for side hustles.
  • Be clear about what you won’t do.
  • Be aware that there are sketchy, scary, shady [email protected]@ people out there. 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.
  • If you feel sketched out TRUST YOUR GUT FEELING!
  • 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!)

Here's what I found…

  • Mock Jury-just did one today!
  • Surveys-am currently doing one now.
  • Lawn Watering-I did that for two weeks.
  • Cleaning houses. 
  • 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.

 

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.

 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on August 7th, 2013. It has been updated in 2018. 

 

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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: http://shopmyclosetproject.com 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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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    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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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    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
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    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
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      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
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    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
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      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
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    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
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      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
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    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
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      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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