My name is Ryan Finlay and I’m 34 years old. I’ve been married to my wife Candice for almost 10 years and we have 3 boys and a two sweet little girls. In 2010, after getting my contractor’s license and realizing that I had no desire to be a contractor, I quit. There was no use in delaying the inevitable. The problem was I had no clue in the world what I was going to do. I had no money, tons of debt and a family to support.
So I got together with a few friends of mine, and after talking for awhile, we decided that I should give buying and selling on Craigslist a serious run.
I started off buying and reselling anything you could imagine. Electronics, computers, tools, appliances, anything that I could make money on. I did well the first week and have only gotten better every week since. I’ve migrated from buying a little of everything to buying appliances almost exclusively. Probably 90% of my transactions are washers, dryers, ovens and refrigerators. I’m on pace this year to buy and sell a thousand appliances.
Along the way I was featured on one of Time magazine’s best blogs of 2011, Getrichslowly.org, JD Roth’s outstanding financial blog in this post.
I got another mention from JD in this Time Moneyland article
I’ve also guest posted for Priceonomics.com about How to Make it on Craigslist
LifeHacker.com published my story of How I Earn My Living Buying and Selling Appliances on Craigslist
Consumerist.com had this nice write up Tricks Of The Trade From A Craigslist Appliance Salesman
Most recently my site was recommended to others by former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul.
A few years ago, a friend of mine told me that as I got better at what I was doing, I would be tempted to start adding to the scope of my business. He told me to instead, focus on the most profitable area and master it. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing, and I would pass on the advice to anyone. It’s taken my most profitable area (appliances) and made it even more profitable. I’m working less and making more than I ever have.