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Another Use Of Craigslist for Online Entrepreneurs

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Another Use Of Craigslist for Online Entrepreneurs


Previously, we have explored some ways that you can make some money off Craigslist by promoting an e-commerce site that you own, as well as providing services. These are some great uses of this free classified ads site. However, there are some other ways that you can use it to your advantage as an online entrepreneur. Here are some more ideas:

 

  • Find Temporary Staff to Help You With Your Projects

 

While you can definitely do this on internet marketing forums, you can also use Craigslist to build up your virtual team of staff members. There are a few advantages of doing so: first of all, the people who respond to your ad will usually have a genuine interest in earning a bit of money for small, part time jobs and will be less likely to be scammers. By getting some staff members on Craigslist, you will also be “creating jobs” for your local city, even if they are just temporary positions. Also, since these people are local, you are far more likely to find people who understand and can write in proper English, as they will be located in your city.

 

Let’s say you need some regular blog posts for your business blog. You can hire someone and pay them $10 a day or so to create 2 or 3 blog posts for you. Or, if you need someone who can create simple web pages cheaply, you can hire a web designer for $10 to $15 an hour, instead of paying a professional design firm 10 times that amount. There are many unemployed people or students who are looking for part time job opportunities on Craigslist and who would be quite happy to find a legitimate opportunity to work from home and earn a few extra dollars.

 

But unfortunately, there are plenty of people who are still spamming MLM offers or some other scam programs on Craigslist. For these reasons, avoid using the words “make money online” or “work from home” in your ad. It will often be seen as spam/scam by viewers and will be flagged down rather quickly. Be as descriptive and professional as possible to avoid this.

 

Here is an example of a bad ad:

 

Make money online! Looking for people who can work from home today! Email Bob for more details.

 

Here is a better one:

 

We are an online advertising firm looking to hire 2 workers for the creation of promotional content. Must have excellent written English skills. Knowledge of web hosting industry is an asset. Contact Bob @ Acme Inc. if you are interested in this position.

 

Many people ask if you can still use Craiglist for affiliate offers. The answer is yes, but there are a few things that you should do and other things to be avoided if you want to see any kind of results from this. We will take a look at other uses of Craiglist for online marketing tomorrow.

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 4

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 4


We’ve taken a look at how useful having a virtual team of staff members can be for your online business. In theory, everything seems easy, as all you have to do is to find people who are capable of doing what you are looking for. In order for your business to run smoothly, there are a few last things you need to take into consideration. Remember, your reputation will largely depend on the quality of your workers, so these are things to take seriously.

Try Out Your Workers First

When you are recruiting new people, you need to assign them a small project for you to be able to see if their work is of good quality and whether they can deliver on what they promise. For example, if you need 100 articles written and have 5 people interested in doing the work, you will ask each of them to write 1 article. Then, you will split the project up and hire those that did the best job. So if you are left with 2 people who write really well, you will assign each of them 50 articles.

Avoid Getting Scammed

One mistake that people often make is to hire someone based only on work samples that they have provided. While they may be useful in guiding your choice, samples are definitely NOT the only thing you will want to consider. Think of it: anyone could grab someone else work and then claim it as their own. Another thing is all too common with article writers is people who can’t really write in decent English hire someone who can to write sample articles for them and then show it to their clients as examples of their own work. If you are not careful, you will soon realize the hard way that they actually have no clue as to how to write.

To avoid misunderstandings, be sure to tell the staff member exactly what needs to be done and by when you need the work completed. If you have found people on a forum or freelancing site, check their reputation, such as their feedback and the previous posts they made on the forum. If you see that all their posts are nothing but filler such as “Nice share” or “Yes, thanks for the info”, it is probable that they are just increasing their post count in the hopes of getting people to trust them.

Taking Things Further

One of the advantages of online business which I have repeated time and time again is that you have the potential to earn as much, or as little money as you want to. If you are satisfied with this making you only a few dollars a day, then that’s fine. But if you want to expand this into a full time business, it can be done as well. Some people have turned the ideas that I mentioned into an enterprise that earns in excess of six figures a year in profit. These people have started out in exactly the same way than you. All you need to expand is to get more staff and more customers who will pay for your services. If you manage the operation properly, you can definitely turn this into a great money earner.

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