$1,000/Month Passive Income Flipping Items on Craigslist [Beginner Guide]
Let’s be honest, Craigslist hasn’t always had the best reputation in the eCommerce world. And so, in reading this guide on how to make passive income on Craigslist as a beginner, you may initially be a bit skeptical.
Can you make passive income on Craigslist? You can make passive income on Craigslist or any other peer-to-peer classified advertisements platforms. People are making thousands of dollars flipping items on Craigslist and it is not very complicated and does not take a whole lot of their time either. That is why this is such a brilliant passive income idea for beginners.
Not to oversell it the concept, but there are actually people who earn all their living by flipping items on Craigslist! You can also purchase items on Craigslist and resell them on other platforms like eBay. The best part is that you don’ t have to turn this into a full-time gig in order to make some cash. By flipping a couple items every week, you can actually make a few hundred dollars regularly. We share the secrets to making this work for you in this post.
How to Make a Passive Income by Flipping Items on Craigslist
Although flipping items is a pretty straightforward venture, you should make sure you know as much about the business as you possibly can, with a special focus on Craigslist, or any other platform. Don’t have Craigslist in your country? Here is a list of peer-to-peer classified advertisements platforms
1. Choose High Demand Products That Sell Fast
There are things that will sell well on Craigslist and others that will not. To avoid doing too much work pushing your products, you should try and flip items that usually sell quickly. For instance, cars are great as thousands of them sell on Craigslist every day (learn about flipping cars in this beginner guide on our site). But if you are not into flipping cars, you can also try fast-selling things like furniture, technology items, appliances, electronics, mobile phones, home appliances, and so forth.
Obviously, the amount of money you have at your disposal can also determine the kind of products you resell. For instance, you need more money to flip cars than you would need to flip phones. When choosing the kinds of products you would like to sell, you should also take taxes, licenses and so forth into consideration. For instance, to sell cars in some States, you might have to get a dealer’s license. In other cases, you only need the temporary power of attorney. Therefore, to avoid any legal issues, make sure to consult a lawyer in your area.
One way to easily get started is with your own belongings from around your home. If you have some things you never use and want to sell, list them on Craigslist. If they sell quickly for a good price, there may be a demand for it. Further explore how fast that item is selling and purchase a couple (within your budget) to resell them at an added value.
2. Purchase High Resale Value Items
This process is simple – you just go on Craigslist or any other marketplace and find an item you believe will have greater value once you restore it or post it on Craigslist or another platform with better value. Some ways you can provide more value is by taking better product photos, writing a better description or by restoring the item. You can also sell it on another platform where customers are willing to pay more money like Amazon or eBay. Always try to negotiate the price if possible.
You can also use the techniques described in this article about flipping items on eBay (beginner guide here). In this article we talk about how you can carry out product research for popular products on Google Trends. You can also purchase items in garage sales, second hand or thrift stores.
We love how entrepreneur Gary Vanerchuck demonstrates how easy it is to buy and resell products in his episodes of Trash Talk on his YouTube channel. He especially likes to hunt for highly collectable and vintage toys. Check out an episode below.
3. Boost The Item’s Resale Value
You can boost your margin if you can improve the item before selling it. In some cases, you just need to clean up the item properly and you can add a sizable margin to its price. Taking better product photos, writing a more compelling translation or selling it on another, more specialised platform, can boost your resale value. Back when I was purchasing and reselling items, I bought specialty items locally in Europe, and then resold them on eBay USA where the perceived value was much higher than locally.
Selling the items in another language can also add convenience for the buyer. For example, purchasing items on Craigslist in the USA and then reselling them in French on eBay.fr to the French market can boost the resale value. This will also allow you to profit from currency conversion rates. Think outside the box and add more value to the item you are reselling.
4. Sell The Item on Craigslist or Elsewhere for a Profit
Pro-Tips to Maximizing Your Profits on Craigslist
Here are some pro tips to help you maximize your profits when flipping items on Craigslist.
- Take the Best Product Photos Possible: Photos are super important to provide the best possible first impression to potential clients. You can take excellent photos with a cell phone these days. If you want to add extra effects to them, you can use free online software like Canva to embellish them, add text and other features. The camera quality doesn’t matter as much as having excellent lighting. Take photos outdoors on a sunny day if necessary.
- Interact with Customers ASAP: The faster you interact with customers, the more chances they will remember contacting you and will be interested in making a purchase. Use a Craigslist mobile app to get live notifications and reply to customers asap.
- Detect and Avoid Scams: People asking you to meetup in sketchy places? Others telling you that their mother is sick and they just need some money to pay for an operation? Or maybe they want to pay via direct transfer and have it sent to them by drone! Yeah, these sketchy setups are common so if you have any doubts, avoid them like the plague.
- Sell On Your Terms: I can’t tell you the number of times I went out of my way to meetup with a client who never showed. Don’t waste your time and sell on your terms. Meetup in a public place close to your home and make the sale there. If the person is serious, they will go out of their way to show up.
How Passive is Selling on Craigslist?
Return On Investment
How can I make passive income with no money? Flipping your own items on Craigslist or other peer-to-peer classified advertisements platforms can allow you to make passive income with no initial investment. This consists in looking around your own home and selling items you do not use. Reinvest your profits to purchase and resell items until you find one that can provide passive income.
How long does it take to sell an item on Craigslist? Generally, this depends on the item you are selling. But if you focus on high demand items, you can reasonably expect to sell an item every week. Some items may take months or years to sell if they are highly specialised or have low demand in their listing area.
Are there product categories you should avoid on Craigslist? Some product categories might not sell as fast as you would like them to. As with any other market, some products just do not sell well on Craigslist. Also, as a general rule, you should avoid products you know little or nothing about as you are likely to make lots of expensive mistakes buying and selling them.