The holidays are a great time of year to spend with friends and family, but all the parties and festivities and gift giving can be very expensive. Instead of racking up credit card debt, taking out loans or forgoing grocery shopping in order to afford the holidays, try to find a way to snag some extra income.
There are plenty of ways that you can easily earn some extra cash for the holidays without having to take on another full-time job. The following are seven great ways to earn some extra income in order to pay for your holiday plans.
1. Sell some belongings.
An easy way to make some extra holiday cash is to go through all of your closets, attics and basements and find the items you no longer need. Then, place these items on Craigslist or eBay in order to make some extra cash. Not only can you earn this extra money from the comfort of your own home, but you also get to clean your home in the process and make room for all the new stuff you and your family will get during the holidays.
2. Get a part-time seasonal job.
Since retail stores tend to get much busier during the holiday season, they are often looking for extra seasonal help. You can typically work as much or as little as you want, and in most cases, you’ll even get to partake in the company’s employee discount program, giving you an extra incentive for working there during the holidays. Most companies will start to hire their seasonal help right before Thanksgiving, so be sure to get your applications in early.
3. Start your own part-time business.
There are plenty of things you can do around your neighborhood on a part-time basis that can help you make some extra cash for the holidays. For example, if you live in a snowy area, offer to shovel your neighbor’s driveways for a small fee. If you’re good at baking, offer to bake cookies and holiday treats so your friends and family members don’t have to do it. Are you good at decorating for the holidays? Charge a small fee to decorate your neighbors’ homes for the holidays. You can even offer to babysit for your neighbors while they get some holiday shopping done. These are all great part-time jobs you can easily do in order to snag some extra holiday cash.
4. Join craft fairs.
Are you crafty? If so, take your designs and head on over to your local craft fair and try to sell your items. You’ll be surprised at just how much extra cash you can make at a craft fair by selling your crafts. Just keep in mind that some craft fairs will require you to pay a fee in order to rent a booth, so you want to try and be sure that you’ll see enough items in order to not only cover the fee, but to also make some extra holiday cash.
5. Donate your bodily fluids.
There are plenty of places that will pay you for donating blood, plasma or even semen, so if you truly want to make some extra holiday cash, this could be a great option for you. Just keep in mind that most places have restrictions on how often you can donate, so if you’re looking to make a lot of money, you’ll have to start early. It’s a good idea to contact the organizations you’re considering donating to in order to find out exactly how much they pay and how often you can donate.
6. Rent out your home.
People are always traveling during the holidays, and you can rent out a room in your home to someone who is traveling to your area. If your friends or family members are having family in from out of town, offer to let their relatives stay in your house for a small fee. You can also use websites like Couchsurfing to offer your extra bedroom (or even just your couch) to a complete stranger.
7. Find a part-time work from home job.
If you don’t want to rush home from work in order to head to another job, try finding a part-time job that will allow you to work from home. Many companies hire people to work from home and provide customer service to their customers. LiveOps is a trusted work from home customer service job. These types of jobs can be done either on the phone or via online chats. If you’re good with typing, you can get a job at Rev and become a work from home transcriptionist. You can also join eJury and become an online juror for a mock trial, or become an online survey taker.
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