My Story

Ryan and one of his beautiful daughters
How I went from being broke and unemployed to earning a very good living buying and selling on Craigslist alone.

My Story

My name is Ryan Finlay and I’m 36 years old.  I’ve been married to my wife Candice for almost 12 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/selling and repairing appliances almost exclusively.  Probably 90% of my transactions are washers, dryers, ovens and refrigerators.

Birth of this blog

When I first started, I googled to see if there was anyone else doing this that I could learn from. I found nothing. So I started sharing the stories along my journey and some great people started taking notice.

Featured on one of Time magazine’s best blogs of 2011,,  JD Roth’s outstanding financial blog in this post.

I got another mention from JD in this Time Moneyland article 

My guest post for GetRichSlowly picked up by Forbes

I’ve also guest posted for about How to Make it on Craigslist published my story of  How I Earn My Living Buying and Selling Appliances on Craigslist had this nice write up Tricks Of The Trade From A Craigslist Appliance Salesman

Site recommendation from former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Real Simple magazine in The 10 Commandments of Buying and Selling Furniture Online

Next steps

A friend 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 focus on the most profitable area and master it.  That’s exactly what I did with the appliance business, and I would pass on the advice to anyone. It’s taken my most profitable area (appliances) and made it even more profitable.  It’s great advice that is opening up the door to a number of other ventures. (Eventually going wide by forcing yourself to go deep first.)

This is just the beginning of my story. It will be exciting to see what this turns into in the months and years to come.  Sign up to my email list on the main page to receive new posts and updates as they come.  Thanks for stopping by!
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