Regardless of whether you’re buying gifts this year, the holidays can be a great time to pick up extra work and earn more cash. If you’re looking to make some money for holiday purchases or just want to boost your income, here are a few ways to get you started.
1. Sell your stuff.
Have some things that you want to get rid of? Host a garage sale or post your gently used items online. It may be just the thing that someone else is looking for. As a famous rapper likes to say, “One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.” Besides, clearing out your home will help you de-clutter, while putting more money in your wallet.
2. Work in retail.
People go into shopping overdrive during the holidays, and many retailers need additional staff to accommodate the higher traffic. That’s why there are usually lots of seasonal job openings. It’s only temporary, so you should be able to find something that works within your schedule.
If you have a marketable skill like writing, graphic design, or web development, you may want to think about doing some freelance work to pad your finances. There are clients who may be willing to pay for your services. In many cases, you can determine your own schedule and work from the comforts of your own home.
4. Do odd jobs.
Don’t mind doing various things here and there? Sites like TaskRabbit are perfect for people looking to earn extra money by helping others do random tasks (clean house, run errands, fix plumbing issues, etc.). Or you can apply to be a Lyft driver, so long as you don’t mind having a fluffy, pink mustache attached to the front of your car!
5. Do odder jobs.
If that’s too boring for you, or you simply have a quirky, specialized service to offer, you can advertise it on sites like Fiverr. Example – get paid to write someone’s name on rice, sing “Happy Birthday” in 10 different languages, or beatbox a holiday message! It may sound a bit odd, but it can also be a lot of fun.
6. Sell hand-made goods.
Are you good with crafts? Perhaps you’re amazing at making origami! Post your hand-made goods on sites like Etsy. I’ve seen people selling everything from reusable sandwich bags and fuzzy leg warmers, to ocean driftwood collected from the beach. You never know – buyers are in the market for all sorts of things!
So long as you’re willing to put in some effort, there are plenty of ways to earn extra cash for the holidays (or for the rest of the year)! Have fun, be creative, and let us know your ideas for supplementing income this season.