Ryan Finlay is no mere mortal. He is a wise and wealthy Craigslist wizard that has spent the past five years honing his craft on one of the world’s largest buying and selling platforms.
Ryan originally set out to be a contractor, but after getting his license he realized the passion just wasn’t there. Unfortunately, he was $25,000 in debt and had a family of seven to support… so he had to figure out a way to make some dough quickly.
After talking with a few of his friends, he decided he was going to go all in on Craigslist and see if he couldn’t make a living by buying and selling goods on the platform.
Today, Ryan makes well over 6-figures by selling appliances like washers, dryers, ovens, and refrigerators on Craigslist. He’s doing pretty well considering the fact that he recently moved his entire family to Hawaii.
You can read more about his story and how he teaches people to make a living outside the box on his blog ReCraigslist. But today, we are using Ryan and his mad Craiglist skills to show you how to sell on Craigslist, making both money and room for your upcoming move!
While it’s certainly not everyone’s goal to quit their job and become a full-time Craigslist hustler, there is still a lot to learn from Ryan’s story.
But before we get started, let’s answer a question you may or may not be wondering… what is Craigslist?
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple decades, there’s a good chance you’ve stumbled upon the website at some point or another.
But, for those who don’t know — Craigslist is an online classified advertising service that provides localized buying and selling markets. The word “localized” is what separates it from platforms like eBay… and it’s what makes Craigslist such a useful tool.
If you want to get rid of your microwave, you don’t have to FedEx it across the country, you can just sell it to someone on Craigslist that lives in your city.
With that said, this localization can be somewhat sketchy for buyers and sellers, so it’s important to be safe on the platform — you can read more about this towards the end of the article.
This localization is what makes Craigslist the perfect tool for individuals who are about to move. Take a look around your house, your garage, and your basement — what do you see?
Lots and lots of stuff… most of which you probably haven’t used in years.
Moving is a great experience because it forces people to lighten their load a bit and let go of all the hundreds of items they have hoarded over the years. Not to mention, letting go of these items can be pretty lucrative… putting some extra change in your pocket you can spend once you move to your new place.
In this article, we are going to tell you how to sell on Craigslist. Don’t get us wrong, bellhops loves moving your precious belongings for you, but we are always looking for ways to help our customers save money — and, there is a lot of money to be made and saved on Craigslist!
Alright, so you are ready to start selling on Craigslist, but you aren’t sure how to make a Craigslist account. Fortunately, it’s a super-easy set-up. You can have an account up and running in less than 5 minutes.
Steps to opening up a Craigslist Account:
After completing these three easy steps, you will be ready to post your first item on Craigslist. Next up, we’ll teach you how to post on Craigslist along with what items are most sought after on the platform.
Our only qualm about Craigslist is its sub-par level of user-friendliness — posting on Craigslist can be a bit tricky, so be sure you are paying close attention to following steps.
Steps to posting on Craigslist:
Now for the fun part — customizing and hacking your Craigslist posts so that your products are more likely to sell. Here are 5 tips to help you better sell on Craigslist:
For the most part, Craiglist is an extremely safe site and community… but this doesn’t mean there isn’t room to be careful. Before letting you run off and make hundreds harnessing the power of this new knowledge, we want to give you just a few safety tips. Here is how to sell on Craigslist safely:
You now have everything you need to become a Craigslist tycoon. Before you know it, you will have some extra space and some extra change in your pocket for your upcoming move. And, who knows, you may find that you want to make Craigslist a full-time gig… which would mean you would have to move again… to Hawaii.
One of the last steps in any move is deciding what to do with all of your leftover cardboard boxes. You don’t even have to have a lot of stuff to wind up with a lot of them.
You've moved in. You've unpacked (finally). You've heard from your friends "When can I see your new place?" so many times you've lost count. Looks like it's finally time to throw a housewarming party.