Craigslist is good for laugh every now and then.
Usually it comes in the form of someone looking to hire someone to develop a site “Just like MySpace” with a budget of $500. Or “I have a great way to run auctions online, a real Ebay killer. Need you to implement my ideas. Budget $1000 plus equity in the new company.” LOL.
But you can get a good laugh too by posting your own listing and reading the responses. For example, I posted recently looking for someone with experience integrating business systems with quickbooks. I wrote that, initially, I just wanted to sit with the person for a few hours to point me in the right direction, and to talk about some of the best practices for doing tihs type of work, but I might have them do some of the development work.
Here is one of the responses I got:
** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html
That is a hard program to automate, but I do have some experience with it when I worked for a large union construction company. You are better off not using it, I have some better methods of keeping your affairs in order using Excel. Call me if you want at XXX-XXX-XXXX for any questions. Marty