15 Ways to Make Some Holiday Cash

The holiday season is upon us! Like many people you might be wondering where you’re going to find the extra cash to purchase gifts for your friends and family members. Here are nine ways you can make some extra money to pay for those holiday presents.

Work retail
Most retail stores hire extra workers for the holiday season. Now is the time to apply if you choose this route to make extra cash. Working nights and weekends will be to your advantage.

Work overtime.
Don’t have the time or flexibility to take on another job? Maybe you can work more at your existing employer. This might be a great option if you really like your job, and you’re an hourly employee. Check with your boss and see if your employer is offering any overtime hours.

Sell crafts.
Are you creative? Do you make things in your spare time? Locally-made goods are increasing in popularity as gifts. Turn your craft hobby into a side craft business. Consider selling your items on Etsy or similar online sites. Also, look for holiday craft fairs where you can set up a booth and sell your wares.

Get rid old stuff.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Clean out your closets, garage, attic, or storage area and sell it on Craigslist, eBay, or another site. Now is a great time to sell vintage or gently-used items because people are looking for great bargains on holiday gifts. Just because you never use your Xbox anymore, doesn’t mean someone else won’t.

Clean for the holidays.
Many people like to deep clean their homes for all the holiday company and visitors they’ll have, but they don’t have time to do it. If you know how to deep clean, offer a one-time holiday cleaning service in your area. Could be a great way to get some quick cash for the holidays.

Getting others organized.
Are you organized? You’d be surprised how many aren’t. If you believe everything has a place and there’s a place for everything, then hire yourself out as a personal organizer. Promote your service as a way to clean out old stuff before the new stuff arrives with the holidays. This is also a great side business to launch this time of the year because many people make “getting organized” a New Year’s resolution.

Help people get in shape.
Are you a personal trainer or nutritionist? The holidays are a terrible time to start a diet, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the holidays and be healthy too. At the very least, you’ll be getting your name out there so when everyone adds “diet” to their New Years resolution, they’ll have someone to turn to.

Sell your baked goods.
If you enjoy baking and making holiday treats, why not offer to make things for other people? Plenty of busy people buy baked goods at the grocery store during the holidays to save time. You could help people offer real homemade goodies instead of storebought ones.

Become a Task Rabbit.
Think about all the things you need to do to get ready for the holidays — decorate, grocery shop, and buy gifts. Everyone else is just as busy, so turn that to your advantage. Task Rabbit is a platform full of people willing to help busy people with a wide variety of tasks. Check it out and see what tasks you can help with.

Drive people around.
Have your car start paying for itself! If you’re available nights and weekends, you could make a lot of extra cash by driving people around in your area through as a Lyft or Uber driver.

Help others from your home.
If you’re organized and comfortable searching and using the web, being a virtual assistant could be an option for you to make some extra cash. I’ve used FancyHands for years, and they’ve helped me with various tasks, and I have yet to be disappointed.

Rent out a room (or two).
If you have spare bedrooms that aren’t be occupied, use Airbnb to rent them out to people who are coming into town for the holidays. It’s much cheaper than a hotel for them and quick cash for you.

Car Wash & Detailing.
Offer to come to people’s homes to wash and detail their cars. This would save them the time of bringing it anywhere. You’ll need to buy your own supplies, and because you’ll be using their water, you should charge less than the local car wash.

Babysit/Parents Night Out.
Offer parents’ night out to friends, family, and acquaintances who have children. You can do this for any number of families, but get help for larger groups of kids. Charge $15 — $20 per kid for a few hours of babysitting. Parents get a great deal while you make extra cash.

Do some yardwork.
You could offer to rake lawns, clean gutters or wash windows. Maybe even split wood for firewood. The work may not be glamorous, but it needs to get done, and people are willing to pay for it.

Whatever you do to make extra cash at the holidays, leverage your skills, talents, and interests. Who knows you may even launch a side business that makes you extra money year round!

What opportunities did I miss? How are you making extra cash for the holidays?

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