Over the years, people have found new ways of making a living using just a laptop and an internet connection. However, it took a long time for people to realise that Craigslist was one of those options. For a long time, Craigslist has been known as a site where nearly everything could be found to purchase or sell. Nowadays, people are learning just how fruitful the site can be and how to best utilise the resources on offer.
In a traditional job, you are often given a salary and no matter how hard you work, you will never go above this salary. On Craigslist and other internet sites, there is no such cap because you can always welcome new work and hike the prices as you gather experience. At first, it may be hard to get recognised in the millions of people that use the site but it is possible with a bit of effective advertising.
Ultimately, there are two different ways of approaching Craigslist – as an independent contractor or as a small business owner. Without further ado, let’s explain and dig a little deeper;
Independent Contractor – If you choose to go with this route, you will be offering services on a contract basis and Craigslist is a great arena for this because you can utilise advertising and respond to buyer requests. In recent years, more and more companies are choosing to outsource certain sections of their business and certain individuals have made the most of this by offering to take the jobs on as a ‘freelance’ worker. By placing adverts for their services and responding to buyer requests, they have built themselves a customer base who regularly require certain services.
When it comes to Craigslist itself, it is the perfect site for offering services because there is a specialised services section as well as different categories within this section. As an independent contractor, you can place an advert under the appropriate category to try and reach your niche. If you don’t find any categories that apply to what you’re offering, there is an area for small businesses that you can use.
Furthermore, the search function can also be used for people who are looking for help. After browsing through numerous pages within a certain category, you will find opportunities to offer your services. If you click in the search box and check ‘contract’, this will be included in the criteria and you can sift through the various contracted positions.
Small Business Owner – As Craigslist has stayed at the top of its game for such a long time, small business owners are also starting to realise that there is an audience to be reached on the site. Firstly, the easiest way to do this is to place an advert in order to promote your product or services. With four billion page views per month, you can really hit your target market as long as the advert is a good one and is set in the right category.
Aside from this, there are also forums in the community section of the website where you can reach out to customers on discussions. However, this needs to be completed with caution because it may come across as though you are spamming the forum. If you are going to contribute to the forums, you will have to make sure that you also provide useful information to people as opposed to simply advertising 24/7. If you just spam, you will be overlooked and the Craigslist moderators can even delete your posts which renders the whole exercise useless.
So there we have it, Craigslist is a superb site that needs to be used more often. If you haven’t yet utilised the famous site, why not have a look today and see how you can gain from it?