4 Holiday Side Hustle for extra cash

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The holidays are such a busy time that you might not think about taking on a side job. It’s the perfect time to do it because you’re not the only one who’s stretched to the limit. Everyone goes in ten directions at once; now is your chance to step in, lend a hand and make some excellent side hustle money. Maybe you want to earn for that weekend trip during the cold winter months or pay off those piping hot credit cards after the busy shopping season. Let’s look at some great seasonal side hustles that will also let you enjoy the holiday fun.

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1. Take your e-business live at a show or festival

The holiday season is full of craft fairs and shopping festivals. Here you have the chance to combine a side hustle with valuable business research. My company, Hollywood Sensation Jewelry, has been an online business from the start. This year, my genius husband Anthony Hood suggested we attend the Sunset Market, a large outdoor market in Oceanside.

Quite economically, we rented a booth, set up a tent and spent four hours selling Hollywood Sensation merchandise in public. I admit, I was doubtful that this would work for us, and I was even nervous about the public interaction. But if you’ll pardon the pun, the results were startling! We sold more than enough to cover our expenses. More than that, but we got live feedback from real customers that we could talk to one-on-one.

If you have a product you’ve never taken off the e-store, check your community calendar for upcoming festivals, conventions, and trade shows to bring in a new revenue stream and free market research. The cost of renting a stand will vary depending on the popularity and attendance of the event. I recommend starting small and scaling up if things go well. Be sure to choose an event that fits your brand. We might not want to bring Hollywood Sensation Jewelry to a plumbing show, but that sunset beach vibe was perfect for a little glamour.

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2. Take your skills to the masses

Do you have a flair for holiday decor? Interested in gift wrapping? Event planning? Lovely baked goods? Well, not everyone does, which is why they need your services, especially this time of year. Maybe you have a holiday cake or cake recipe that gets rave reviews everywhere. Let people in the office and church community know that you are available to bake one for them too.

Use social media to get your name out there as someone who can put up a beautiful Christmas tree (indoor or outdoor) and otherwise decorate the halls. And don’t forget – while many people love to decorate for Christmas, almost no one loves to take it down again. Are you willing to untangle, repackage and box all the holly and mistletoe? Perhaps you have a truck and can transport trees for responsible disposal.

Sites like TaskRabbit.com allow you to create an account as a helping hand for an unlimited variety of tasks and get customer reviews to build your reputation and get even more business. For example, TaskRabbit offers the following average costs for these services: “Party Clean Up” for $49-$80, “Toy Assembly” for $40-$99, and “Christmas Decorations” for $48-$86. You can even get paid to queue for someone else. I’m not kidding!

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3. Get the benefits of a seasonal job

Stores and delivery companies are always looking for reliable help for the season. Showing yourself as an excellent seasonal employee means you can almost certainly be welcomed back the following year. And don’t forget – many stores offer their regular employee discounts to seasonal workers. If you’ve spotted an expensive purchase, you can get an additional 10% or more of the cost. My friend worked for five weeks at a home improvement store and saved his family a package for new flooring and a refrigerator.

Here’s another option: parties get noisy this time of year, and they need people to prepare, decorate, serve, check in guests, take coats, valet cars, run board games, and clean up afterward. I have a friend who offers blackjack at holiday parties and likes it. She attends several fancy parties every year, hears the bands, meets funny people who all have a blast and get paid to do it.

Seasonal job salaries depend on where you live, but here are some examples. On average, delivery companies pay about $16.00 per hour, warehouses about $13.80, and retail gift wrappers make about $12.00 an hour. When searching stores with an eye on buying, ask if their employee discount extends to seasonal help.

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4. Be a sitter

What does the holiday season bring besides good mood? Travelers! People have places to go and things to do, whether it’s for a night out, a busy shopping day away from the kids or two weeks out of town. Ease their travel stress by being the person holding down the fort. Reliable and friendly childcare, elderly care, housekeeping and pet care takes a load off everyone’s mind.

It’s a relief to know someone is there to keep an eye on the house or check in on elderly relatives to make sure everything is safe. Once again, several gaming sites allow you to register as a sitter (check Rover.com or Care.com for example). Or become established in one neighborhood as a fantastic house – or a pet sitter, and you’ll get more offers. Word gets around quickly on homeowner websites, and having multiple gigs in the same neighborhood makes it easier for you.

Enjoy your holiday

A holiday side hustle is more than just a way to supplement your income. Getting into the holiday spirit is a great way to enjoy the spirit of the season, relieve stress for others and help create wonderful memories. Of course, it’s better to give than to receive, but if you can do both at the same time with a busy side, it’s a good reason to celebrate.

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