Looking to make some extra money for the holidays? Look no further. Here is a list to get you started. With a little creativity, some hard work, and word of mouth, you’ll be able to give the gifts you want without going in debt.
Ways to Make Extra Cash for the Holidays
Mystery Shop – There are legitimate companies that pay you to evaluate customer service and fill out a report. Most fees range from just reimbursement and a couple bucks to $20-30. I’ve did these for banks, furniture stores, home stores, etc. But there are mystery shop opportunities for all sorts of places. It’s also a great way to get the oil changed on your car for free! By only choosing the ones that pay $20-30, you could easily make a couple hundred extra bucks. You’d need to get started quickly if you want the money in time for Christmas though, most of the companies pay the month after you do the mystery shop. Check individual company sites for details. A few of the companies I have found to be legitimate are Bestmark, Market Force, Second to None, and isecretshop.
Get paid to review and give feedback on websites with User Testing. It pays $10 for each review and each review takes 15-20 minutes. Best of all, you can do it from the comfort of your own home. You do need a quiet space, however, as it records your voice as you talk aloud as you look around the website to complete tasks. They pay via Paypal seven days after you complete the test.
Earn free gift cards with Swagbucks.
You’re not going to make a lot of money here, but you can earn enough for some gift cards. You’re awarded points for watching videos, answering polls or surveys and for doing online shopping through them. An easy way to earn points is to make it your default search engine. You earn points just for doing your normal searching on the internet.
Check your rewards programs. This isn’t really earning cash, but it is still a good time to see if you can cash in your rewards for some gift cards you can use for shopping, which is extra cash in your pocket.
Sell things you no longer need. Now is a great time to get rid of clothes that no longer fit and toys that no longer get played. Go through the house and gather up things to sell. Things like toys, board games, video games and consoles, clothes, and anything related to the holidays like decorations would sell great before the holidays. You can list items on Craigslist, eBay, Offer Up and Facebook swapping and selling groups.
Get a part time holiday job. Stores are gearing up for the holidays and hiring extra help NOW. You need to get on this if you plan to take on a traditional part time holiday job. They need time to train you before holiday shopping starts. Check at all your area retail stores but there are other places that need extra help around the holidays, too. Try UPS or FedEx for delivery jobs. There can be a need for more store security workers and even restaurants are extra busy during the holidays.
Offer Fall yard clean up service.
If you enjoy being outdoors and don’t mind physical labor, you could let your neighbors know you’re available to rake leaves, clean gutters and do other yard work. You could post flyers in the neighborhood or go door to door and just ask if they need any yard work done. Have an idea of what you want to charge so you can tell them up front. You don’t want to leave this to chance until you finish.
Take holiday photos. If you already own a nice digital camera and have basic photography skills, you could save other people money by offering to take their holiday photos for them. It will be cheaper than them using a professional photographer, and you’ll make some cash.
Put up holiday decorations. If you love to decorate for the holidays and people compliment your style, you might consider getting paid to do it for others. People feel short on time as the holidays approach and some people would rather pay someone else to take care of the decorating for them. Post your service on Facebook, advertise on Craigslist or post flyers around town.
Hang Christmas lights.
If you don’t mind climbing ladders or roofs and enjoy putting up Christmas lights give this a try. Put flyers in doors and advertise on Craigslist and social media to get the word out. There are plenty of people that would rather pay someone else to do this holiday chore.
Work holiday parties as a server or bartender. You may need to sign up with a temp agency or catering business for this but it can be a quick way to get some cash in your pocket.
Babysit. People need someone to watch their kids over holiday breaks when they’re home from school. There are also holiday parties to attend and shopping to finish. This means there are more opportunities to babysit for extra cash than usual. Let people know you’re available.
Start a gift wrapping service. Again, everyone is short on time around the holidays. This means they will be willing to pay you money to do things for them. This article gives some good tips on How to Start a Part-Time Gift Wrapping Services.
Do holiday baking for others. Put your baking skills to work and sell your baked holiday treats. Advertise your service around town. If you have a specialty item everyone raves about, make that. You could also have a list of options for customers to choose from.
Clean houses. Even people who don’t normally pay to have their house cleaned are more likely to around the holidays. With parties to host, family coming to visit and a lack of time already, having someone else get the house clean and in order is a service many would welcome. Offer a “deep clean” so you can charge more than just a regular weekly cleaning.
Drive for Uber. With the holidays comes a need for designated drivers to get party goers home safe. Sign up with Uber or Lyft if they are in your area and you can make money and keep the roads safe. You’ll need to be okay working late nights for the most customers unless you live in a highly populated area where there may be a greater need at all times of the day.
Are you noticing the theme here? Offering a service that others don’t know how to do, don’t have time to do, or just don’t want to do is the ticket for picking up extra cash around the holidays. Be creative. Think of what you know how to do that others might be willing to pay you to do for them. Who knows, it could even be the start of a year round side hustle depending on what it is. At the least, you’ll have money in your pockets for the holidays which means you can avoid charging up credit cards and that’s always a good thing.
What other ideas do you have to earn extra around the holidays? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear them and someone else might try your idea.