This guide will give you tips on how to start making extra income using the free website, Craigslist. Craigslist is an excellent place to search for desired items for sale, locate professional services, or chat in one of the many forums. The options are endless.

Signing up for Craigslist and posting items for sale is free.

Things You Will Need

Time, Effort, and Energy.

Step 1

Your Home May be a Cash Trove

Many people don't realize that they are sitting on tons of cash in their own home. There are many things sitting around that are hardly used or no longer worth keeping. Never forget that "one man's junk, is another man's treasure." Go through your closets, miscellaneous drawers, old boxes in the garage, any place that holds items that are not in plain view. Do you hold on to clothes that you haven't worn in six months? Do you throw items in a drawer that you never use? Do you have any gifts received that are stored away in a cabinet, unused?

Some people are under the impression that the majority of people only sell items of high value on Craigslist. This is untrue. I have sold items as high as $500, and as low as $5. It all depends on what you're selling and what it might be worth to another person.

Step 2

Do Your Research

Once you have gathered your items, lay them out on a table and start doing your research. One of the mistakes people make when selling their items in an online marketplace, is they over or under value their items. Sure, you might have paid $250 for that Coach purse that has hardly been used, but it won't sell for that much. Take one item at a time, pull up your local Craigslist website, and type the item in. See how much other sellers are selling that item for, and how good of a condition it is in. If your item is not listed, try using other online marketplaces (i.e. Amazon or eBay) to get a feel for the value of your item.

Step 3

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Make sure you take the time to take good pictures of your product. Lay a black cloth down and set the item on that prior to taking the picture. Clean the item before taking pictures. Take as many as you can; Craigslist allows for four pictures in one post. If you're selling clothes, hang them on hangars and sell that way. Also make sure you include any dimensions in your post. People who buy things off Craigslist want it to be a simple buy, they don't want to take the time to communicate back and forth about the item. Include as much information as you can in your post so when someone sees your item, they will agree to purchase it right away.

Step 4

Monitor Your Items

Many items may sell quickly. Many may not. Your post is viewable for 7 days. After that, it must be renewed. Since many people post items for sale everyday, your items will probably get pushed to the bottom of the page after the first day. Hence the reason for detailed information in your post. Create an interest!

Spending a little time going through your household items could turn into extra cash! I have managed to make hundreds of dollars by following these simple steps. Feel out your own area and amend any of these steps to your liking. This might not be for everyone, and it won't make you the big bucks, but it definitely helps to have that extra cash in your wallet at the end of the day.

Tips & Warnings

-Craigslist is a public page. Any information you put on there is viewable by everyone. I never list my address or email address.
-Meet people in public places when arranging the sale of your items. If you are having someone come to your house, greet them outside, or have someone else there with you.
-Keep an eye out for scammers. Some responses on your items might sounds great, but are scams. Feel potential buyers out.