Holidays may sometimes mean unnecessary expenses. To keep up with this season without sacrificing your budget, here are side hustle ideas to earn more cash before the holidays.
This is not my favorite but if you could spend long hours at work, that’s an extra money for you.
Sell anything. Opportunities are wide this season because somehow, the holidays get everyone in buying mode.
If you love to bake, offer your neighbors, colleagues, and friends your homemade cakes, cookies, brownies, and pastries. Make it extra special by decorating or customizing them.
Parties are all over the place during holidays so if cooking is your passion, plan a menu, and offer to cater food. You can start with limited food choices since you are doing it part-time. Who knows? This may be the start of your full-time catering business.
If you have a good to extraordinary skills for crafting, turn it into money. Be creative. People love unique gift ideas. Take high-quality photos of your works and sell them on Facebook, eBay, Etsy and other online platforms.
You can sell used appliances or pieces of furniture that are still in good condition online.
If you don’t have the talent and time for do-it-yourself products. Do buying and selling. Look for bargain products and sell them at a higher price. Research and study what is the market trends. If you have a good eye for saleable products, you can definitely earn bucks.
3. Be a part-time agent
Real Estate Brokers, Insurance, and Sales Executives are usually hiring sub-agents. Earn a commission or referral fees if you have successfully recommended a client.
If you have unique talents such as playing musical instruments, baking, cooking, martial arts, singing or dancing, why not teach others for a reasonable fee? Conduct seminars or you may set a one on one sessions or group classes.
Teach English to foreigners in your area. You can also find clients online who are willing to pay for an English language teacher online. You can teach via Zoom or Skype.
Are you good in Mathematics or Physics? Teach students who are having a hard time with these subjects. The rate for tutoring is usually on an hourly basis.
5. Lyft or Uber
Register for Uber or Lyft. You can drive on your way home or during your spare time. If you don’t have a car, offer your driving services.
6. Yard Sale
Time to declutter your home. Look for items to sell such as old clothes, shoes, and bags.
Tip: You may ask your friends to contribute their old belongings too.
7. Writing Gig
Writing an article for a specific website or blog is a flexible and enjoyable sideline if you love to write. Get paid by submitting your article to different sites. Some even pay you more depending on the number of views your article got.
8. Web Design
This is very much in demand right now. If you are a good graphic designer, pitch in your services to local business owners or websites that you frequent.
9. Be an errand guy
Your neighborhood will be very busy during the holiday season. Offer your services to do tasks like house repairs, putting up Christmas decors, deliveries, or grocery shopping. You can also babysit especially that children are on a holiday break at school.
10. Get a part-time seasonal job
Restaurants, shops, bars, and stores are busiest this season. Schedules are hectic and most of the time, their regular staff can no longer accommodate the season demands. Businesses usually hire assistants to keep up with the added rush. Take advantage by extending a hand if you have extra hours after work or during weekends.
You still have lots of time to earn extra cash before the holidays. Just remember to spend moderately. Celebrating holidays doesn’t need to be too extravagant. Enjoy, have fun! But at the same time, be financially wise!
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Joy Collado is a freelance writer and loves to write about personal finance, self-help, and digital marketing.