craigs list http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10798/all en-US How to Sell Your Old Stuff on Facebook http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4357227835_0d31c600b6_z.jpg" alt="facebook" title="facebook" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have things we don&rsquo;t need or want. The traditional avenues of selling your stuff &mdash; such as Craigslist or eBay &mdash; seem to be overly competitive, or worse, a little unsafe. I&rsquo;ve recently taken to Facebook to get rid of unwanted items and even pick up a few things that would have been cumbersome to buy through those other online channels. Here is how you can use the popular social networking tool to earn cash and clear your home of unwanted clutter! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">15 Places to&nbsp;Sell Your Stuff</a>)</p> <h2>Find a Group</h2> <p>Most Facebook selling and buying groups are local, or at least limited to a state. This is because people within a certain geographical proximity feel more comfortable dealing with folks that are near them, and the more geographically targeted a group is, the more likely it is that you may actually know the person you are dealing with.</p> <p>To find a group, use the Facebook search field to enter your geographic local and &ldquo;buy&rdquo; or &ldquo;sell.&rdquo; If you live in a very populated area, you may also want to narrow your search by the type of item you are looking to sell (used baby items or farming tools, for example.)</p> <p>Note: There are several third-party apps run through Facebook that have a similar buy/sell listing feature. These are more like classified ads and are not considered Facebook groups. As a result, they are not subject to the rules and terms of Facebook, and I don&rsquo;t recommend them as an alternative to buying or selling.</p> <h2>Join the Group</h2> <p>Many groups aren&rsquo;t open to everyone, meaning you&rsquo;ll have to ask permission to join. Some of the most guarded groups &mdash; those that deal in high-end goods, like jewelry, vehicles, or firearms &mdash; may even require that you are friends with someone in the group and be invited personally.</p> <h2>Read the Rules</h2> <p>All Facebook groups should have a set of rules displayed in the &ldquo;Notes&rdquo; tab of the group, viewable once you&rsquo;ve been accepted. The rules will include details on how to post items for sale, how to deal with potential buyers, and what to do when your item has been sold.</p> <p>Other rules will include:</p> <ul> <li>The number of items per day you can list</li> <li>The number of photos that can accompany each listing</li> <li>Types of items that can be sold</li> <li>How to contact a buyer to coordinate the sale</li> </ul> <h2>List Your First Item</h2> <p>Decide what item you&rsquo;d like to sell first, and use it as a test to make sure you understand the rules.</p> <p>If done correctly, your listing will remain up and you should get comments from those interested in buying. Be sure that you are prompt about answering questions or arranging the details of the sale. If you don&rsquo;t feel comfortable selling to a particular person, for whatever reason, don&rsquo;t feel compelled to sell to them.</p> <h2>Follow Through</h2> <p>Once there is a verbal agreement to buy or sell, make sure you stick with it.</p> <p>Unlike eBay, there is no accountability system, and it is possible for deals to go wrong. Pick a public place to make the exchange, deal with cash or money order, and set expectations of what you expect as a seller. Use the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">same safety rules</a> you would with a Craigslist deal, but understand that you can mitigate quite a few safety issues by taking time to get to know the person on Facebook (friending them first, for example), or by dealing only with those you know, or who are acquaintances of those you know. (Facebook makes it easy to see who knows who; use that feature to qualify buying candidates of large or expensive items.)</p> <p>We have purchased several items in our local community, and even statewide, that we couldn&rsquo;t have gotten without the unique buying/selling forum Facebook can provide. We have done repeat business with people that we have had good deals with (100% in our case).</p> <p>In a time when everyone&rsquo;s trying to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">make a little cash</a>, selling through Facebook is a trend that will grow and become even more popular. Jumping on the trend while it&rsquo;s new can ensure that you clear you closet, raise some cash, and build your reputation and your skills before everyone else catches on.</p> <p><em>Have you made a sale or purchase through Facebook? What was your experience like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">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-6"> <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/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</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/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money">5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Make the Most Money</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/6-smart-ways-to-make-it-rain-today">6 Smart Ways to Make It Rain Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income craigs list eBay Facebook sell your stuff Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:48:34 +0000 Linsey Knerl 967507 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. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <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/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</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/write-for-money-online-series-part-i-bukisa">Write for money online series - Part I - Bukisa</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/9-cheap-ways-to-increase-your-knowledge-and-earning-potential">9 Cheap Ways to Increase Your Knowledge and Earning Potential</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/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> craig's list craigs list earning money on craigslist email gigs help wanted ad how to get an odd job job postings make hobby a career make money online Making Extra Cash online hiring online job boards services skills small business ads Fri, 01 May 2009 22:10:50 +0000 Andrea Karim 3110 at http://www.wisebread.com