earning money on craigslist http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10792/all en-US The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000010596717Small.jpg" alt="For sale sign" title="For sale sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of you have no doubt used Craigslist for the usual reasons. Either you&rsquo;re looking for something (a home, used stuff, a job, or maybe a partner) or you&rsquo;ve got something to sell or offer. Either way, there are tips and tricks that you can utilize to make the most of the service. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-shopping-101">Craigslist Shopping 101</a>)</p> <p>In fact, just a little knowledge can make the difference between selling an item in days (or even hours) and seeing it languish in the archives for a month before reposting. Follow these guidelines, and you can get much better results the next time you post something on Craigslist.</p> <p><em>Note: These are tips for getting sales results, not general Craigslist tips. You should of course be careful whenever agreeing to meet people, giving your personal information, and so forth. For those kind of tips, please look at Craigslist's <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/safety">safety&nbsp;</a>and <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams">scam</a>&nbsp;information, and check out the very helpful Craigslist forums on your local site. </em></p> <h3>1. Repost to Keep Your Ad on Top</h3> <p>Wouldn&rsquo;t it be nice if you could just hit a button and your ad from last week would shoot to the top of the page today? Well, sorry, that won&rsquo;t happen. Craigslist has put measures in place to stop that. Mostly it&rsquo;s to stop spam posters from engulfing the site. But there are workarounds that spammers can&rsquo;t be bothered with, and you should consider them if you really want to get your ad noticed. Buyers don't want to go through pages and pages of old posts, and if you wait 30 days to repost (the time is takes for your ad to expire), it could take a long time to get it sold. If you haven't had a response within a few days of posting, it's probably time to repost.</p> <p>The following video will show you everything you need to know, but there&rsquo;s an abbreviated step-by-step guide below.</p> <p><iframe height="390" frameborder="0" width="480" title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NfyAIeSRjWU" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfyAIeSRjWU&amp;feature=player_embedded">Go to the video</a></p> <ol> <li>Make sure you have a Craigslist account before you start posting ads. You don&rsquo;t need one, but it makes life so much easier.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Post your ad in the usual manner (following the tips below).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>On the following day, log in again, right click on the ad you'd like to repost and open it in a new tab.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Right click on &quot;edit this posting,&quot; and open that in a new tab.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Right click on the &quot;category&quot; you have your ad posted in, and open that in a new tab. (All of these tabs enable quick back-and-forth editing.)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Click on the &quot;post&quot; button to the far right and select a category and location.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go back to the tab containing your original ad and copy and paste each section into the new blank template. When done, click continue.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Fill out the annoying captcha code.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Now go back to your old ad (it should be on the second tab) and delete it.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your ad should now be reposted at the top of the category.</li> </ol> <h3>2. ALWAYS Post <strike>an Image</strike> a GOOD Image</h3> <p>We&rsquo;re visual creatures. If you are selling something, whether it&rsquo;s a house, an old TV, or even yourself in a personal ad, post an image. The majority of people will click on image-based ads first. In fact, when I&rsquo;m looking for something used, I filter out the ads that don&rsquo;t have images. My reasoning &mdash; if the person isn't posting a picture, there may be something wrong with the item. And when you post photos of the item, make sure they are good, clear, crisp color photos. Don't take a shaky, out-of-focus photo with your cell phone and call it a day. That just irritates the buyer. They'll move on.</p> <p><img alt="rotten photo" width="605" height="405" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/blurry_craiglist.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo credit: </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumachrome/4716316168/sizes/m/"><em>Lumachrome</em></a></p> <h3>3. Don&rsquo;t Put a Question in Your Headline</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re posting a job, a personal ad, or perhaps a service, it may work to your advantage. People are drawn in by questions if they are appropriate. Questions are really effective for personals. But if you&rsquo;re selling something tangible, like a home, a car, or an object you don&rsquo;t want any more, I strongly suggest you keep the headline purely informational. Consider these two headlines:</p> <p><em>Phillips 27&rdquo; LCD TV, Like New, In Box, $230.</em></p> <p><em>How can you resist this gorgeous new 27&rdquo; Phillips LCD TV? Only $230. </em></p> <p>They basically contain the same information. However, the first is a no-nonsense description. The second feels like salesy marketing talk, and that makes me feel like a used car salesman is trying to sell me an old junker with a new paint job. Be direct, just like any listing in a catalog for Best Buy or Target. That goes double if you&rsquo;re selling a home. Say it like it is, and don&rsquo;t try to be clever. It will hurt you.</p> <h3>4. Be as Specific as You Can Be</h3> <p>Remember, you&rsquo;re trying to sell something that people will have to go out of their way to come and collect. Before they spend the time and the gas money to travel to your home or place of business, they want to know as much as they can about the item. I&rsquo;ve seen listings that had barely one line written about them.</p> <p><em>Bookcase. Quick sale. Cash. $25 FIRM.</em></p> <p>Yeah, great. But an ad that has photos of the bookcase along with dimensions, type of material, condition, history, maker and location, well, that one is far more enticing. It says a lot about the seller too. One could hardly be bothered to post the ad; the other has done a good job. That may not be a true reflection of the type of person you actually are or the condition the item is that you're selling, but on Craigslist, first impressions are everything.</p> <h3>5. Do Your Homework</h3> <p>And you thought homework was all behind you. Craigslist is vast, and many millions of items are posted on it every year. So if you're selling your old sofa, how do you make sure your offer is more attractive? The best way is to spend some quality time on Craigslist. Search the ads, and see what similar sofas are going for. Do you see a sofa that has been posted over and over? What was wrong with it? Why didn't it sell? Price too high? No pictures or bad pictures? Really dig deep. Once you get the lay of the land, you should be able to write a compelling ad. But then there's the other tricky part...</p> <p><img alt="overpriced?" width="375" height="500" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3274/2992919996_432513f527.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo credit: </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/merfam/2992919996/sizes/m/"><em>merfam</em></a></p> <h3>6. Make Sure the Price Is Right</h3> <p>Like most negotiations in life, this one is all about compromising between what you want and what the buyer wants. Buyers want to pay as little as possible, and you want to get as much as you can. So post an item with a price that's way too high, and you'll get no bites. Post too low, and you'll lose your bargaining power. Craigslist buyers will always try and knock some money off, and you'd be wise to factor that in. Generally, I take the absolute lowest price I would be willing to accept and add 20-25% to it. That's not applicable for everything (a home or car for instance), but it's a good rule of thumb. Post your sofa for $300, and take no less than $225. Chances are you'll get $250 for it, and everyone's happy. And most important &mdash; accept CASH only, preferably in $20 bills or less.</p> <h3>7. Pair Up Items That Go Together</h3> <p>It may seem obvious, but many people will list a crib and a glider in separate posts. But chances are if someone's looking for one, they may very well need the other, too. So pair them up. Offer a discount for taking both off your hands. If you are willing to split them, you can mention that as well. Your single ad could sell two birds with one post.</p> <h3>8. Be an Eager Beaver</h3> <p>I'm not a huge fan of instantly replying to emails or calls. But as a seller on Craigslist, you increase your chances of selling your items if you email or call people as soon as you can. Most people will blast several emails out to different sellers, and the first one to respond gets the sale. Make sure you're first, and be polite and enthusiastic. If you're leaving for a business trip or vacation, post your ad when you return. And if you find yourself responding to a deluge of emails, try <a href="http://texter.en.softonic.com/">Texter</a> to minimize wear and tear on your fingers.</p> <h3>9. Consider Trades</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-art-of-the-trade">Bartering</a> is alive and well, and it's on Craigslist. These days, people have a lot of stuff they don't want, and a lot of stuff they do. One man's trash is another man's treasure, so if there's something you want that's as good as cash, mention that too.</p> <p>Following these nine tips should get your items moving faster than sunscreen in a heat wave. And if you have any great selling tips, let us know. Oh, but before I sign off, one final word...</p> <h3>Be a Good Craigslister and Remove Items That Sold!</h3> <p>It's happened to me countless times. I search for something, find just what I'm looking for, and blast off an email. Then I get a reply saying, &quot;Sorry, that sold.&quot; Well, why's the ad still up? Even more annoying, as the days go by, you search for that same item, and that ad's still there! Please, littering Craigslist with your old ads is not helping this invaluable community.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%209%20Secrets%20of%20Highly%20Successful%20Craigslist%20Sellers.jpg&amp;description=The%209%20Secrets%20of%20Highly%20Successful%20Craigslist%20Sellers" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%209%20Secrets%20of%20Highly%20Successful%20Craigslist%20Sellers.jpg" alt="The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-bad-craigslist-seller">How to Be a Bad Craigslist Seller</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-start-flipping-items-for-cash-online">What You Need to Start Flipping Items for Cash Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-changes-to-ebay-that-will-make-you-really-happy">Big Changes to eBay That Will Make You Really Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Shopping craigslist earning money on craigslist selling online Mon, 07 Mar 2011 13:00:14 +0000 Paul Michael 499510 at http://www.wisebread.com Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5183892164_9b675611b1_z.jpg" alt="$20 in front of screen" title="$20 in front of screen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the national unemployment rate creeping toward 10%, it&rsquo;s fair to reason that some of us could use extra cash.</p> <p>Frankly, even if you&rsquo;ve still got a 9-to-5, more money in the bank is never a bad thing. Instead of taking on a second, or in some cases, third job to elevate your earnings, consider making use of these websites that can take you from rags to debatable riches. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a>)</p> <h2>Craigslist</h2> <p><a href="http://www.craigslist.com">Craigslist</a> has long been a freelancer&rsquo;s dream, and there are always tons of projects listed in every region that are ripe for the picking. But the classifieds site isn&rsquo;t just for scoping out potential work. Think about the converse, too &mdash; placing ads touting your services. For instance, I run a home-based copywriting and creative consulting business on a limited advertising budget. To expose myself to prospective clients who are seeking someone like me, I create posts in relevant sections describing my capabilities. As a result, I receive at least one inquiry a week, many of which have turned into steady work.</p> <p>Otherwise, Craigslist is a great way to get rid of unwanted-but-still-valuable junk. Whenever my husband and I upgrade any device &mdash; like our iPhones &mdash; we list the old ones on Craigslist. They&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">sold quickly</a> every time and at the listed price, which is set at what we paid for the new devices. To be honest, there&rsquo;s a buyer for just about anything you list, so long as the item is desirable and in good-to-great condition. Best of all, you get the full amount of your proposed price (even if you have to negotiate here and there), whereas you&rsquo;ll have to pay listing and other fees elsewhere.</p> <h2>Airbnb</h2> <p>Let me start by saying that I think <a href="http://www.airbnb.com">Airbnb</a> is one of the best new websites in recent years &mdash; and I&rsquo;m not the only one: the San Francisco-based startup recently received $7.2 million in Series A funding from investors. The concept is so simple, too, that it makes you wonder, &ldquo;Why didn&rsquo;t I think of that?&rdquo;</p> <p>The concept is that if you have extra space in your home, you can turn it into guest quarters for tourists who will pay you to stay there. All you have to do is list your vacant room, add photos, and complete a profile. Airbnb does the rest, including blocking off reserved dates on your calendar to avoid double bookings and holding rental fees in escrow until guests arrive, at which time you can have the funds sent via check or direct deposit.</p> <p>In the interest of full disclosure, we&rsquo;ve been listing our guest bedroom on Airbnb since its launch in February 2009. To date, we&rsquo;ve made more than $19,000 in extra income (that we duly pay taxes on, by the way. Don&rsquo;t get all hot and bothered, IRS). It&rsquo;s become such a success for us that my neighbors have hired me to manage their properties on the site, resulting in even more dough in my pocket because I charge them a percentage. Winner-winner, chicken dinner.</p> <h2>Agent Anything</h2> <p>If you have ample space in your schedule (and if you&rsquo;re unemployed, you do; playing Angry Birds is not your new job, just so ya know), check out <a href="http://www.agentanything.com">Agent Anything</a>, a service that allows any <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-college-freshman-budget">college student</a> (verified by having a current dot edu college email account) to register to run &ldquo;missions&rdquo; that can include grocery shopping, pet sitting and walking, house cleaning, etc. As a mission runner, you can set your fee by making an offer on a listed task. If the mission poster thinks your fee is reasonable, you&rsquo;ll be hired. Agent Anything currently only serves the New York City area, but it promises to expand soon.</p> <h2>RentAFriend</h2> <p>When I saw <a href="http://www.rentafriend.com">RentAFriend</a> posted on a friend&rsquo;s Facebook page, I laughed. &quot;Who rents friends?&quot; I thought. As it turns out, plenty of people want a paid, platonic companion. According to <a href="http://outofthestormnews.com/2010/12/22/why-be-lonely-on-christmas-eve-because-no-one-from-rentafriend-com-is-available-to-hang-out/">Out of the Storm News</a> (in which I was quoted about my participation on the site), 2,700 lonely folks are seeking play pals. Registering is a breeze and the site allows you to set your fee from $10 to $50 per hour of your time, depending on how much you think you&rsquo;re worth. My fee is set middle of the road at $30 because I&rsquo;m not greedy or an egomaniac, though some may beg to differ.</p> <p>In addition, the renter is required to pay any other fees associated with the outing &mdash; bar tab, tickets, whatever. Although I haven&rsquo;t had any confirmed bookings, I did have one inquiry from a guy who was coming to Manhattan on business and wanted someone to go to dinner and a movie with while he was in town. In the end he didn&rsquo;t hire me, so I&rsquo;m still looking forward to my first RentAFriend experience. Which means that you should pass me along.</p> <h2>Amazon.com &amp; eBay</h2> <p>Much like Craigslist, <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon.com</a> and <a href="http://www.ebay.com">eBay</a> can help you rid your home of unwanted clutter and get you paid for it. Still, there are differences between the former and the latter. Craigslist is great for selling electronics and furniture locally, while the other two sites are more conducive to shilling CDs, DVDs, books, and other shippable wares.</p> <p>When my husband and I moved in together, I had rows of media that I no longer wanted. Hours after listing the items, they were flying off my shelves. I&rsquo;ve been a consistent user of the sites for years now, and in the past 12 months alone I&rsquo;ve pocketed about $500 in cash. In my opinion, that&rsquo;s much better than $500 worth of dust collecting paraphernalia hiding around my house. Translated, the moolah I&nbsp;made paid my cell phone bill for six months. Not too shabby.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fextra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FExtra%2520Income%2520Online-%25205%2520Websites%2520That%2520Can%2520Seriously%2520Pad%2520Your%2520Pockets.jpg&amp;description=Extra%20Income%20Online%3A%205%20Websites%20That%20Can%20Seriously%20Pad%20Your%20Pockets"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Extra%20Income%20Online-%205%20Websites%20That%20Can%20Seriously%20Pad%20Your%20Pockets.jpg" alt="Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-anyone-can-make-money-online">11 Ways Anyone Can Make Money Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don&#039;t Require Skills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income earning money on craigslist extra cash freelancing make money online resell Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 442302 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tips for Landing an Gig Online http://www.wisebread.com/getting-noticed-on-craigslist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/getting-noticed-on-craigslist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3321017488_5c79e2290e.jpg" alt="" title="Run, rat, run!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are looking for ways to earn extra money online, you may have responded to a help-wanted ad on craigslist.org or another free ads site. Working small gigs can be a good way to put away some extra cash when times are tight, and although it's increasingly competitive with so many people out of work, here are some small ways you can improve your chances of getting hired for a odd job when replying to a 'help wanted' ad.</p> <p>Turns out that the things you need to do to get hired for a gig really aren't all that different from tips your might hear for landing a regular full-time job.&nbsp;Because you have to create a first impression via electronic mail, it's crucial that you convey a sense of professionalism and maturity.&nbsp;Whether you're a seamstress or a landscaper, dog walker or budding personal assistant, how you introduce yourself to potential clients can make the difference between landing the gig and being ignored completely.</p> <p>Here are some tips for how to stand out from the crowd of other gig-seeking people:</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> Look to see <strong>how well you qualify for the job</strong>. If you meet 1 out of 5 listed desired traits, don't waste your time or that of the hiring party, unless you are positive that you are <strong>the right person for the job</strong>. Whenever I put out an ad for someone to do a few heavy-lifting jobs, I inevitably get an email application from a wispy woman who makes a living reading tarot cards. While small women can be strong, and there's certainly nothing wrong with making a living reading tarot, it does help your chances of landing a gig if you &quot;fit the bill&quot;.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Have<strong> your own email account</strong>. Some married couples prefer to share email for whatever reason, but some people don't want to respond to <a href="mailto:jimandbarb@whatever.net">jimandbarb@whatever.net</a>, especially if you are, say, a seamstress talking to female clients about measurements.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> Pick out a good email address and <strong>use your own name as your alias</strong>. If this means that you have to set-up a separate email address for work, then so be it. This step is so crucial to normal job searches that I'm surprised that more people don't know about it. If someone posts an ad for a babysitter, and return an hour later to see their Inbox full to the brim with responses, they're probably not going to gravitate to the one with a name like &quot;Sexxy Tymz&quot; or &quot;mushroom maven&quot;. These aliases may be fun or a good indication of your personality, but even if you are replying to a job that requires you to remove garbage from someone's yard, you need to present yourself as a professional. The email address you choose can be cute if you want, but make sure it's appropriate. If you are replying to an ad that seeks help setting up a mycological garden, then &quot;Mushroom Maven&quot; is fine - just be sure to capitalize it.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.</strong> <strong>Email from the account that you plan to use for your job-oriented communication.</strong> Don't email from one account and ask someone to reply to another. Some busy people simply won't deal with the hassle. Also, don't immediately request a phone call. While some people are immediately comfortable pikcing up and calling you, not everyone will feel the same way. Provide your contact information, but allow your potential client the leway to contact you in whatever manner they choose.</p> <p><strong>5.</strong><strong> Choose a staid font </strong>and avoid flashy weirdness within the email. Blingees are fine when you are emailing your friends, but potential clients won't take you seriously if you compose emails in a curly, 17-point purple font.</p> <p><strong>6. Spell check your ad or email response.</strong> I mean, duh. There are some people who will overlook typos, and there are some people who won't. Might as well be safe (lord knows I am one of the worst at this, as is evident by my frequent typos in blog posts).</p> <p><strong>7. Have an email </strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signature_block"><strong>signature </strong></a>that includes your full name, title, business name (if you have one), phone number, and other relevant info, including your blog or web site address. Signatures are a snap to set up, but give emails a polished appearance. If you do link to a blog or web site, make sure that they are appropriate, and if possible, topical.</p> <p><strong>8. Show enthusiasm</strong>. It can be hard to get psyched about weeding sometimes, but I've noticed that I tend to hire people for odd jobs who express satisfaction over the work. Including a brief mention in your job email that says something like &quot;While hauling away rusted metal can be a dangerous job, I take pride in my careful handling of all your scrap, and find satisfaction in leaving you with a clean garage&quot; can be a good way to separate yourself from the ten other guys who wrote &quot;Me Joe. Me have toe truck take you're rusted carz LOL.&quot; Obviously, you don't want to over-express your love for shoveling steer manure over someone's garden, but you get the idea.</p> <p><strong>9. Provide references</strong>, or at least, a promise of references, especially if the job poster has specifically mentioned that they will be required.</p> <p><strong>10.</strong> When you answer the phone, <strong>use a proper greeting that identifies you</strong>. &quot;Hello?&quot; isn't adequate. &quot;This is Barb Jones&quot; is a better start a conversation with a new customer.</p> <p>You can also increase your chances of being noticed first by using <a href="http://www.adnotifier.com/">Adnotifier</a>, a service that alerts you whenever a new ad is posted in a section of help wanted ads that you monitor. It does cost about $10, but may be worth it if you need that kind of alert.</p> <p>Have you had success getting extra jobs online? Share your tips for success in the comments!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-noticed-on-craigslist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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