As the holidays approach we all feel the pressure to earn extra money to cover the cost of gifts for our loved ones. Maybe your time is limited because you have small children or because you have a full-time job already. If you want to avoid debt this holiday season and pay cash for your holiday gifts, this list of 7 ways to make extra cash for the holidays will help you.
In the fall and holiday months, pet sitting is in high demand. In some areas families are on the road for travel sports or leaving home to watch their favorite college football team play. If you’re staying home for the Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll likely pick up extra pet sitting opportunities. Pet owners need someone to watch their lovable pets while they’re out of town. The benefits of hiring a pet sitter instead of boarding your pet are numerous.
If you have the space, you can host pets in your own home. If not, you can visit the owner’s home throughout the day to feed, water and exercise their pets.
Services like Rover.com make it easy for you to find pet owners in your area who need your services.
Seasonal Department Store Employment
Each holiday season retail stores look for temporary, part-time employees to help field their extra customers and sales. These jobs end after the holiday season, but they provide steady work and flexible hours through the end of the year.
In addition to providing a steady paycheck for several weeks, many retail stores offer a discount to employees that can be used to purchase holiday gifts at a lower price.
You can fill out applications at most retail stores or search online through job sites like Indeed.com for stores that are hiring in your area.
Housekeeping during the holiday season provides you with two options: working for yourself or working for a company. By working for a company, I don’t mean a housekeeping company. Hotels are always looking for a good housekeeping staff. It won’t be difficult to find a job doing hotel housekeeping. Unfortunately, if you work full-time or are a stay-at-home mom the hours might not work well for you. Hotels usual hire housekeepers to work in the morning hours.
If you decide to be an independent housekeeper, you can negotiate your hours to fit your schedule and your clients’ schedules. Check out websites like Care.com to create a profile and get clients.
Babysitting a good option for earning extra cash year around – especially if you offer off-hours care on evenings and weekends. During the holiday season, parents need time to go shopping for holiday gifts or time at home alone to wrap the gifts.
You could offer a parents’ night out at your home for friends or neighbors and charge around $10-15/child for 3 hours. Offer multiple nights throughout the holiday season and get plenty of cash for purchasing holiday gifts.
Shopping and Gift Wrapping
Busy folks who struggle to find time to shop for holiday gifts could use your services this time of year. You can advertise your services on Care.com under errand running.
In addition, you may have family or friends who hate wrapping gifts but are willing to pay someone else to do it. If you have a flair for gift wrapping, this could net you some extra cash this holiday season.
Party or Decoration Set Up
If you enjoy entertaining or have an eye for decorating details, you can get paid to do something you love. Offer to help set up before holiday parties or help with the clean up afterward for a fee. You can advertise your services to friends on Facebook, Craigslist, or local buy/sell groups.
Do you love decorating for the holidays? If so, you can take on the task of decorating homes for the holidays when their owners don’t have the desire or the time to do so themselves. Again, talk to friends or neighbors who might be interested, look for seasonal decorating companies in your area who are hiring this time of year or advertise your service online.
Sell Your Holiday Crafts
Handmade gifts or holiday decor are in high demand this time of year. If you enjoy making wreaths, printables, jewelry, soaps, bath salts or other holiday-themed crafts you can sell them on websites like Etsy.com and Ebay.com for extra holiday cash.
Like pet sitting, housekeeping, and babysitting, selling your crafts online could become a year around money-making adventure, as well.
These 7 ways to make extra cash for the holidays are just the tip of the iceberg. Keep an open mind and use your imagination to think of even more legitimate ways you can earn extra money for the holidays with flexible, part-time hours.