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8 User Reviews
LAST UPDATED: June 17th, 2021
Craigslist has become a household name across the United States, connecting buyers and sellers of practically all kinds of merchandise easily and quickly. However, some may not know that, as online demand for content has increased, Craigslist has also become a source for freelance work and writing jobs. Many clients and writers post their needs and services online every day, making it a great source for those looking to earn money as a freelancer. Because Craigslist is a global company on a large scale, the details of freelance work via Craigslist will vary by area. This means that knowing whether using Craigslist is worth your time or not will require some localized research. However, we've compiled some core features to help writers decide if Craigslist is a worthy source to turn to for freelance writing opportunities. Take a look!

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The Good

  • Easy to use
  • Cost-effective connections
Craigslist is different from other freelance sites, because it acts as a connector, but not really a facilitator. What that means for our "Good" list is that Craigslist is easy to use and access. No registration on the site is required to respond to advertisements (only for advertising services yourself) and new postings appear daily. Additionally, it is cost-free to accept work (no middle-man facilitating fees), and many details (payment, etc.) are determined client-to-provider, giving both parties more control of the process. While other sites control the interactions between freelancer and client on-site for a slice of the fee, Craigslist simply connects the two in a cost-effective manner.

The Bad

  • Little facilitation
Unfortunately, the simplicity of Craigslist is a two-edged sword. Craigslist is a great resource for people to find each other, but facilitates very little. While this can be positive for the reasons offered above, it also gives greater responsibility and liability to the clients and writers who use it. Everything from discussing the project to receiving payment for the project must be planned and enforced by the parties involved, which is a responsibility some would rather avoid.

The Bottom Line

Use Craigslist at your own discretion and practice safe and secure business. While a more of a hands-off service than we prefer, Craigslist provides a decent number of local jobs no matter your location and is a great place to connect with clients.
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Valerie Beus Richland, WA

Easy to search and nice because it is so commonly used (meaning you’ll find a lot of options on there for whatever you are looking for). Easy to search for specific job categories and I was able to find different places to apply for that I was interested in. Would recommend.

8 months ago


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Yanesezah Fenelon Delray Beach, FL

I like how easy the platform is to navigate and use and how promptly an ad is posted after payment. This is a great platform to look or hire people for jobs.

4 months ago


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peter harmatuk Poolesville, MD

Used CraigsList to find products and services. Need to be aware of scammers as they often provide adds that are not true. I have offered merchandise for sell with not much success.

7 months ago

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Tanner Cook Gilbert, AZ

I love craigslist! As a freelance platform, it’s very easy to post your skills/trade, show off pictures of your work, and provides a good layer of anonymity upfront. Definitely my go to for my second source of income.

2 years ago

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Mason Allen Provo, UT

Craigslist was better five years ago before scamming just took over and ruined the entire platform. Now it is too difficult to promote/sell freelance products from small businesses. Each post brings in at least 50% interest from scammers and it is frustrating that Craigslist has not found a way to fix this yet. I do like the platform though. It is easy to use and organized.

9 months ago


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A E B Damascus, MD

Terrible site, worse community. Its just spam and scams. Legitimate posts get flagged repeatedly. No sense in using a site/app that doesnt work, you cant contact anyone for help with the site.

5 months ago

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Kenneth Okerlund Orem, UT

Most of the offers that I have looked at are misleading don't seem to be written with the intended purpose as the offer-er changes their mind on what exactly they are offering you.

4 years ago

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Kathie Bowman Lakeside, CA

Posting jobs is relatively easy to do. I usually get a decent number of responses, however not everyone responds with a resume which can be frustrating.

2 years ago

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