I’m pretty excited about this one today :) I’ve been all about the “missions” lately on this blog and in my life, and while some fade away faster than a scalded dog, others stick around for the long haul and become absolute game changers.
And I’m hoping/praying/anticipating this will be one of them!
If there’s two things I’ve really wanted to conquer lately, it’s owning less stuff and making more money. And this new “Craigslist Rule” accomplishes both. Here it is:
Every week I must list one new item for sale on Craigslist.
Why just one thing? Because every time I look at my damn basement and see those boxes to donate/ sell/give away, I’m overcome with anxiety and just want to punch my own face for never doing anything about it. Who has 18 hours to go on a Craigslist binge? And who’d want to even do that if they did?
So instead of repeating this stressful cycle over and over and over again, we’re gonna take it step by step going forward and kill it all softly. 100 things is overly impossible to accomplish, but just one? Well, that’s easier than falling off a log.
(You like all my vintage similes going on? Haha… I got tired of hearing my own all the time ;))
Why every week? Habit, habit, habit. I’m awesome at accomplishing tasks when it’s life threatening or on a deadline, but you tell me to go do something “whenever I have the chance,” and it’s highly likely that chance will never come. I need hard dates and guidelines and I’ll rock that task like no other.
[UPDATE: You can now see everything I’ve sold and earned here: Craigslist Tracker]
So from now on “whenever I have the chance” means “this week.” And, more specifically, “this Friday.”
And just to make sure I don’t forget, I’m even making a calendar item in my Gmail to remind me to do it before lunch time every Friday – when everyone’s looking for an excuse to go online and start spending their hard-earned money, ;) With the weekend directly after, it’ll be prime time shopping too.
Here are other tips I’ve learned work well for Craigslist Selling:
- Adding up all of the specs (measurements, colors, sizes/etc)
- Keeping the post light and happy (the more approachable you are, the better)
- Filing it with keywords (brands, categories, items that may be similar for better search results)
- Attaching a decent price (good to see what others are selling things for before deciding on a price)
- Assuming I’m going to be bargained down! (That way you don’t block sales right from the get go)
- Not being in a RUSH (when you don’t need the money you hold the power!)
- Making yourself available via phone and email (even though, yes – people are annoying with their random ass text messages! But money doesn’t discriminate, so…)
- And, most importantly – ADDING UP LOTS AND LOTS OF PICTURES!!!
Then, if an item is still around a week later or has expired:
- Renew the old ones that haven’t sold yet
- Tweak the text/price/pictures (sometimes I do this after the first week, and others I do it after the second week if I’m still having no luck… Depends on how well I think it’s priced and how much I really want to get rid of it)
- Go about your day and forget about it!
The last part is key. Once you get the system up and going, it literally only takes a few seconds to tweak stuff as you go. And if you make it a habit to check your listings right after you post up your latest one, it should save you from having to remember yet another thing to do in the process.
And guess where all the money’s gonna go?
You guessed it – our new “Challenge Everything” Account! Knowing it’ll only be growing and growing AND GROWING since I can’t touch any of it for a year will help keep me nice and incentivized. Especially since some of you players will be amping up your game to compete with me too ;) If there was ever a good reason to “keep up with the Joneses,” this would be it! Haha…
It’s all rather exciting. And the beauty with this rule is that it should only take 15-20 minutes tops to get this revenue-producing machine up and humming nicely. I’m sure we’ll run into our fair share of shady/flaky characters throughout the process (it wouldn’t be a Craigslist adventure without them!), but at the end of the day if we manage to rid more stuff and pile on the cash, I’ll call it a win.
Now to figure out which item to list first? Should I go with my brand new $40 backpack I’ve only worn once over the years (is back-to-school shopping over already?), or should I try listing a handful of my vintage LPs instead?
Either way, it’s on as soon as I hit “publish” on this post… Who want to join me??
UPDATE: Check out the total amount of $$$ we’ve earned so far! Craigslist $$$ Tracker
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!