How to find Craigslist gigs

I am a web developer.  Jobs are plentiful.  Craigslist is a great tool to find jobs, but searches for computer gigs isn’t the easiest thing to when it comes to searching outside your local area.  There are a few sites that claim to allow you to search the entire United States, but all it is, is a Google search.  Not exactly the desired results, as they may not or not be related to your search, and they might not be current.

So what I did (and what I’ll be showing you) is utilize Craigslist to produce results for any city in the country with your specific search.  If you’re not comfortable with editing HTML, you might find this a little hard, but I’ll try explaining it as easy as possible.

Since there is no Craigslist API to tap into, I had to get a little creative.  Attached is the sample that you can build upon.  I will break it down for you, so that you can edit it to your liking.

Extract the zip and then open the HTML file in a simple text editor like Notepad.  You’ll notice right away that there is a small bit of javascript in the <head> section.  There is one line you should look at right away:

var origsearchParam = ‘/search/cpg?sort=date&query=’;

This is a variable I’m assigning with a specific string.  The string is the same url you see when you perform a Craigslist computer gig search.  I’m assigning it to this variable, so that I can form my own url for each city I want to search.  The “query” paramater at the end of this, is where I’ll tack on the term you will be searching.

Next down the page, you’ll see many, many links.  Each of these represents a city.  The link attribute “href” represents where you’ll be taken when you click on the rendered link (i.e. http://abilene.craigslist.org).  Add or remove as many as you’d like for the city you wish to search in.

After you are done, save the file.  Return to the folder where this HTML resides in, and double-click on it to have it render in your browser (i.e. Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc).  You should see a long list of links with a search box at the top.  Enter a search term in the box and click “Submit”.

What you’ll see next will look strange, but I promise, it is normal.  For each city you listed to show results for, your browser will open a new tab for it.  I have about 50, so I have 50 tabs open in my browser.  Each tab will show the results for that particular city for the search term you provided.  At this point you can quickly see if there are any related gigs.  If not, close that tab and move onto the next.

This is a down and dirty way of performing a global Craigslist search.  You can do this for any Craigslist category, as well.

Enjoy!

 

 

How to Turn Your Freelance Side Hustle into a Full Time Job

Recently I was listening to one of my many podcasts, and I started listening to a personal finance podcast that was set in terms of a side hustle.  The interview was with Eric Rosenberg.  It was in line with what I’m trying to accomplish, so I went to go learn more about Eric.

Curious how he made his money through freelance writing, I saw that he participated in a speaking engagement in Alabama.  From the article, you can click a link to go see his video on “How to Turn Your Freelance Side Hustle into a Full Time Job”.

Most things he spoke about I have tried to incorporate into my quest:

  • Get a website
  • Network
  • Find your niche
  • Advertise yourself

I’ve been freelancing for over 7 years now, and at this moment, I have 2 stable clients, both are marketing agencies who need a web developer “on staff”.  While this is good, I could handle more.  I have several websites to help advertise my services, but I don’t nearly spend enough time advertising them.  Maybe it’s self sabotage not to do this (for fear of becoming too busy), but I imagine the transition to full time self-employment would seem more possible once I did.  Only time (and effort) will tell.

One way to overcome entrepreneurial roadblocks

A fairly common quote I use is “The grass is always greener”.  This translates into not really ever feeling satisfied, no matter what you wish.  In the context of being a solopreneur, for me, it means that when I have plenty of work, I wish it was slower.  And when it’s slow, I wish it was busy.  I let myself become complacent, and laziness quickly sets in.  I’ve been guilty of this recently, but I can tell you guilt is setting in.

A few things that help break up the log jam of laziness for me is catching up on podcasts.  I added a new one to my list recently:  ProBlogger.  It is an Australian podcast that contains a wealth of knowledge of how to build, promote, and monetize your blog.  It’s a great resource.

When I get lazy, setting aside a block of time thinking about my passion always gets me fired up.  I identify what my road blocks are, and then I break them into small chunks.  For instance, lately I’ve been thinking about how to get the word out about my business.  I think about networking events, and then I immediately think of the road block…I need business cards.  So I enlisted the help of my wife, who went out to Moo.com and bought a nice set.  I then think about how I need to have a website to send people to, from the business cards.  I took a few days to look through WordPress templates, buy hosting and domain, and then install the WordPress site.  I settle on BlueHost, but I’ve also had a good support experience with InMotion.  Both are USA based (links below).  I was even able to import demo content from the theme company, so that I didn’t have to rebuild the site.

Hosting Options:

BlueHost InMotion

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Vending Machine

Vending Machine

I was at work the other day, when I entered the break room.  Lined up along the wall was a series of vending machines.  As I looked at them, I couldn’t help but notice that most items cost between $.90 to $1.00.  There is at least 400 items in one vending machine.  If there were no cost involved, $400 would be a nice profit for doing a little upfront work.

Then I started thinking how a paid mobile app costs roughly $1.00 usually.  One of my ideas was to build a mobile app.  The pool of my buyers is much greater than the snack people.

Then it hit me…Why would I wait any longer to build a mobile app?  It’s the definition of passive income.

I have to get off my lazy butt and figure out how to do this…