I realize there are still Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge…but I promise, it’s never too early to talk about earning extra holiday cash! This is the time of year when some extra cash can come in very handy. Presents to buy, people to see, places to go….it all adds up!
So if you’re finding it tough to make ends meet, or if you just want a little more breathing room during this expensive holiday season…here are some suggestions to help boost your cashflow this festive season. Most of the ideas are simple to do and don’t require a lot of supplies to get started.
Get rid of unnecessary clutter! Besides the benefit of making some extra space, here are some handy ways to earn money, too.
Try out these six ways to find hidden cash. Chances are pretty good that you’re sitting on some cash you don’t even know about!
Consider becoming a secret shopper! Here’s a list of benefits, as well as some reasons that secret shopping may not be for you.
Make handmade gifts instead of buying them! Not only will you save money, you will delight your family and friends with meaningful handmade gifts.
Little things add up quickly! Check out this list of 29 creative ways to spend less and save more.
Offer your services for pay. Chances are some of your neighbors will take you up on a “Holiday Deep Clean,” having you prepare their home for holiday guests and paying you for a one-time service. You could become a real lifesaver for those in a crunch who are too busy, too old, or too tired to do a thorough deep cleaning before the guests arrive. Some might even hire you again to clean up after the guests leave too!
Offer a “Christmas shopping babysitting service” for harried friends and neighbors. A few hours in the evening so mom and dad can shop and run Christmas errands without their little ones tagging along would be very popular in my neighborhood! :-)
Gift-wrapping Service. Some people may find gift-wrapping a chore, so you can step in and offer to do it for them for a fee. Charge per package or per hour. You could also provide additional services like picking up or delivering the gifts.
Mail Christmas Cards. Some people still like to send out Christmas cards in the mail, but don’t really have the time to do it themselves. If you are good at calligraphy (or just have decent handwriting,) you can make some money writing out Christmas and New Year cards and mailing them out on time.
Looking for a more serious income? Seasonal retail jobs are available at many stores! Check snagajob.com for listings.
Place an add on Fiverr.com. The website is just for small jobs and services that pay $5. There are lots of fun ideas there already, so take a look and get creative!
Test Websites. Website owners, like me, want to know if our sites are easy to navigate, so we submit our sites to anonymous users so they can then give their initial response and thoughts about each site. You can apply here and earn up to $10-$15 per site.
Some of these services could easily be turned into a year-round side job or they could be dropped as soon as the holidays are over.
How do you earn extra money during the holidays?