How to Make Extra Money During the Holidays

The period from November to January is so festive, so funny and so expensive. There are gifts for your family and friends, new outfits for dinners and parties, booze and food for your own parties, airline tickets or gasoline, holiday cards … the list goes on. At least in my house, the credit bills at the end of January always pay a horrific payback and promise that things will be better next year.

But if, like me, you really don’t want to cut your spending, you have another option: make money this holiday season. Even if you manage to tighten a little more than usual, it makes up for that awful minus column and might even keep you out of the red in January. Below are a few holiday earning schemes to help balance your budget this season.

Hand over your place

If you are traveling to visit your family, chances are that someone is traveling from afar to visit the family near you. If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb yet , here’s how to get started , but if it all takes a lot of effort, try Craigslist, SabbaticalHomes if you’re in academia, or better yet, ask your local social media friends if they need a place. where the family could break up in the city.

Bartenders / Catering Festive parties

If you have the right black and white clothes, in the next couple of months you will be able to earn some money in the catering industry at private and corporate parties. Call local restaurants, catering companies, and event venues and ask for a hiring manager. And I can tell you, as a veteran waiter job, you have more work to do if you’re ready to play at any moment – jobs like this are often canceled at the last minute, so check in regularly and get your clothes ready for work.

Seasonal retail

All of these buyers mean that stores need more help. Your local mall will be looking for greeters, gift wrapping, Santa Clauses – though I’d rather die than have so many kids pounce on me – and temporary trading partners. If you have Target, Kohl’s, Walmart, etc near you, this handy guide will show you where to start; If you’re more of a foodie lover, Whole Foods employs 6,000 people . Think about what local businesses might be ramping up this time of year, like bakeries (Christmas cookies!), Theaters and cinemas (holiday blockbusters!), And drop in for a resume and offer of help. You might be lucky and someone will immediately offer you a job.

Personal shopper / assistant

People have a lot of things they want to outsource this time of year – sending out packages, wrapping gifts, cleaning the house for guests, even hanging up holiday decorations. You can register to become a personal shopper products Instacart or assistant / assistant at TaskRabbit , or even just hang flyers and post information on social networks that you are willing to help and prepare to leave the job.

Pet sitting / Sitting on plants / Sitting at home

If your neighbors are traveling and you are not, you can earn a few dollars by walking around Fido, refreshing Tabby’s catnip and watering the plant. If you’re lucky, you don’t have to scrape tartar off a cat’s teeth or have a snarling dog swallow a pill — all I’ve risked my life doing for other people’s pets.

Sell ​​things

I get nervous around this time of year because I know we’ll have an influx of clothes and toys with nowhere to put them. So I start posting overgrown things and toys that I haven’t played with on Craigslist, eBay, and my local parents’ Facebook group. He never brings a ton of money – a few bucks here and there – but I keep the cash in an unmarked envelope in my drawer. And then, when January rolls around and the credit card bills aren’t as bad as they used to be, I get a pedicure or some small treat. Because if you’re not at a loss in January, you deserve to spend a few dollars on yourself.


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