20 Best Ways to Make Money During the Holidays

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Idea to make money during the holidays can surely prove to be a blessing. Holiday season is the season of giving, sharing and spending time with our families, it is also the season we splurge like crazy. I think I spend the most amount of money during this time buying gifts, purchasing new stuff and going out for holiday dinners or parties with family & friends.

Fortunately, this season also happens to be the time of the year that brings several extra earning opportunities.

Around the holidays, employees start going on vacations, families look for assistance and people generally tend to splurge generously, which we can use to your own benefit. All of these add up for being wonderful opportunities for making a little extra money on top of your regular paying job.

So I am here to list down the best ways to make money on the side during holidays.

I always find myself struggling through the festive period, but this year I made sure I change things around. It is never too late to start.

We are barely a month away from Christmas, if you start now then you might earn all the extra cash you need this holiday season. Find something temporary or permanent, and take complete advantage of these earnings.

I think of this extra income as a gift I have received only to spend on the holidays. So, guilt later.

If you are looking for ways to make extra money to spend on holidays or are in desperate need of saving up money, here are a few ideas my friends and I tried to secure our holiday spirit.

1. Pick up extra shifts

This is the simplest way to earn some extra income. Trade-in with your colleagues, take up some extra weekend shifts and do a little overtime.

The overtime pay-off in some companies is quite substantial. If you don’t want to try other options and are comfortable putting in more hours at your steady job, this is the right choice for you and probably the easiest.

2. Part-time or Freelance

If you do not want to work overtime in your workplace, you can find a part-time job elsewhere. And for those who do not want another job, you can work as a freelancer.

Freelance gigs are pretty easy to find and most gigs pay a decent sum. Plus it adds different work experience and credits to your work profile.

Freelance work gives you the freedom of working on your own time, so you get complete control of your working hours.

Especially over the holidays, local businesses and individuals are consistently looking for professional services for small or one-time project.

These projects could be holiday card design, logo design for their business, house or office repairs, marketing, e-commerce, etc.

A strong resume, targeted LinkedIn profile, and solid portfolio will help you find, or even create, those opportunities.

To find freelance work, create your profile and add gigs at fiverr, upwork, guru, freelancer

3. Declutter and Sell

If you are a hoarder like me, the holiday season is high time you get rid of anything and everything you either don’t use anymore or have no use for it. Make sure they are in working or good condition so they can be sold for a good amount.

For example, I recently sold my handbags on ebay which were in really good condition but I didn’t use them anymore. They were simply taking up space in my closet.

You can sell practically anything online, on sites like eBay which is an excellent site for it.

You can also put up a garage sale or yard sale for such stuff. Millennials are always on the lookout on getting items at great prices. They are not at all skeptical about buying used items in good condition.

Another good place to sell items is etsy which focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies.

I know few people who sell on amazon too but it’s a little complex to list your items there and fees are also high. Moreover if you are only season seller then it may not be a good option for you as it requires some amount of work to really get sales from there.

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Just remember not to forget to take good photos and to be very clear about the state of the merchandise before adding it for sale.

4. Sell DIY Holiday Items

This is for people who are artistic and like arts and crafts. I watch way too many DIY videos on Facebook and YouTube and try a lot of them at home in my spare time.

Last year I made DIY Christmas themed chocolates with my daughter which was an awesome experience.

This year I’m adding in holiday cards service that I can offer to my friends, relatives, colleagues, and neighbors.

This is a great way to make extra income around the holidays. A friend of mine bakes wonderful Christmas cakes, cookies and candies. She earned quite a lot last holiday season.

You can offer diy services and products on etsy or fiverr for reasonable fee.

5. Become a Babysitter

How about helping your friends or neighbors with their kids and making extra bucks in return?

It’s a good money and kids keep you entertained too. The parents get a night off from being full-time parenting and you get a good compensation for taking care of their kids.

If interested, you can sign up for a baby sitting job at sittercity, urbansitter, care, babysits

6. Walk dogs for others

Do you love to spend time with dogs, plus get exercise? If so, you can walk dogs with the Care, Rover.

You create your own schedule to walk dogs. You also set your rate and specify the type and size of dog you prefer. Like other choices on our list, this is an opportunity to make money all year not just during holidays.

7. Rent your Home & Car

Temporarily rent a room, a car, a holiday home or some furniture for a few days and earn some extra cash. It is an efficient mode of earning income without putting in too much effort.

It is as simple as you listing your home or vehicle for a rent. You can rent your home on Airbnb for a great return and your cars, trucks etc on Turo.

I have covered these in more detail in another post at Passive Sources Of Income

8. Wholesale Reseller

I do this whenever I am falling short on cash. I go to wholesale markets and purchase stuff in bulk and then sell them around holidays to those who cannot go or don’t have time to go out shopping.

It can be anything, from clothing to decoration to food ingredients, gadgets or accessories.

You can then either sell them online for a profit at platforms like etsy or just sell directly to your friends, neighbors and colleagues.

In fact, I have seen people who do bulk shopping during thanksgiving sale and sell those items at profit online later, especially during the Christmas season. This could be an easy way to earn quick buck.

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9. Online Surveys

This is one of the easiest ways to make money on the side. Sign up for online surveys for free and get paid to answer surveys and test products.

Register yourself for as many as you can, so in your free time, you can fill these surveys and make money.

Although the payout is not very lucrative initially but as you build a reputation as an online surveyor, you might get good returns.

Here are few which I have used in the past:

Survey Junkie – This is my favorite survey site since they pay you cash directly into PayPal account or let you redeem rewards for Amazon gift cards.

InboxDollars – Earn money for taking surveys or making purchases online. You can also get paid to watch videos on InboxDollars. Get $5 just for signing up.

InboxPays – Looking for a way to get paid to play games online? Not only can you do that with InboxPays, but you can also earn money taking surveys or printing off coupons.

10. Become a Housekeeper

A lot of people are messy and can’t keep up with cleaning their homes all the time. Around the holidays, a lot of people want to clean and organize their house but don’t always have the time for it.

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Volunteer your organizing talent in these houses but for a cash return. If you don’t already know how to do this, several YouTube videos about organizing homes are very helpful. You can use these tips to help people and make extra money.

These jobs usually pay around $15 per hour and you can easily setup your profile and get house cleaning jobs at carehousekeeper.

11. Weekly Gigs to Show-off your Talent

If you can sing, play musical instruments, make people laugh with stand-up comedy, host or anchor events at clubs, restaurants or parties, then advertise your skills/talents.

Get paid to entertain people with your talent on the weekends or whenever you can manage. These gigs pay a great deal.

Put up your specialties on Facebook groups or spread the word through friends and family or simply reach out to local restaurants that let new talent showcase themselves.

12. Become a Driving Partner

Cab services like Uber and Lyft provide a great deal for their driving partners.

In your spare time, sign up for one of these cab services as a driving partner and earn a very good sum before the holidays are here.

A colleague moonlights as a Lyft-driver every night and sometimes makes more in a week than his regular full-time job.

The hours of your work can be set according to your preference and as you drive your own vehicle you feel very comfortable doing it.

The only caveat is that you need to have valid driving license and a car. If you don’t own a car yourself, you can rent a car from hyrecarhertz which offer rental cars to be used for lyft or uber services.

13. Seasonal Customer Service Representative

If your inbox looks anything like mine, you’re being hit hard with promotional information from stores trying to increase their online sales.

In all likelihood, the stores are also being hit hard with thousands upon thousands of holiday shoppers. Because of this, many businesses hire seasonal workers to support customer service activities such as tele-support.

Often you can work from home for some of these jobs such as:

1-800-FLOWERS – Offers seasonal customer service positions. There are currently positions open for representatives to handle customer order calls and to handle issues resulting from product delays and more.

Amazon – Amazon still has work from home customer service positions open. The pay is $10.00 per hour.

The job is open to residents in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Virginia.

Work from home customer service jobs generally require that you have high-speed internet, quality phone service and a quiet place to work. Most of the seasonal work from home jobs will require that you work a specific set of hours.

You can also use a job search engine such as Monsterindeed to search for these types of jobs in your area. Many are advertised locally.

14. Shovel Snow

Depending on where you live you may already be dealing with your fair share of snow. If so, you can capitalize on it and offer your snow removal services. (This is also a great idea for kids.)

You can charge $10-$25 per driveway which could add up to a significant hourly rate depending on the size of the driveway and how many you can handle in an hour.

You can reach out to your neighbors especially look for seniors and working couples. They can be easy clients for your service. Offer them a recurring service plan considering they would need snow shoveling a couple of times in a season.

15. Personal Shopper

If you love shopping, you can turn that passion into a moneymaker by Christmas shopping for those who don’t. 

Advertise for free on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or use word of mouth to offer your services.

You can charge by the hour or per trip, and this can be a terrific way to make extra cash before Christmas.

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If you are serious and want to pursue this as a regular or part-time job then rather work for a company to shop for others. 

Instacart Shopper – You shop for groceries for others and then deliver it to their doorstep. With instacart, shoppers can make between $20 – $25 per hour.

Postmates – another terrific option that allows you to deliver groceries, in addition to meals.

16. Deliver meals

Meal delivery is big business nowadays, especially during the holidays when people are busy shopping or taking care of other errands.

You can make good money before Christmas delivering meals with Uber EatsDoorDash.

Fortunately, delivering meals doesn’t have the same requirements as driving for Lyft. If the weather permits, you can deliver meals via scooter, motorcycle, or bike. Like driving for Lyft, you can set your schedule with Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Postmates is another terrific option that allows you to deliver groceries, in addition to meals.

17. Teach

Teaching is an awesome way to make extra money. If you have a bachelor’s degree or are in your final year of college, you can teach students overseas with VIPKid.

It’s all done online and from the comfort of your home. Not only that, but they also provide all the lesson plans and course materials you need, and you can earn up to $22 per hour. All you need to teach is a computer with a webcam.

Another perk with VIPKid is that you get to set your own hours. They focus on teaching younger students, ages 4 through 12, and you never have more than four students in one class.

VIPKid isn’t the only opportunity to teach from home. There are few more which offer great payout:

Nicetalk – You can teach english to students from China. They offer upto $10 per hour.

Palfish – Another platform to teach english to non english native students and help them prepare for college entrance exams such as SAT, TOEFL, etc. You can set your own work hours and rate. Although they advertise you can earn upto $22 per hour on their website.

18. Be Santa

Do you have a beard and enjoy being around kids? If so, this is a great way to make extra money before Christmas. My neighbor did this for years and earned nice money doing it.

Even if you don’t have a beard like Santa Clause, that’s not a problem in getting a hefty check like $250 to $300 per hour.

You can enroll at gigsalad or hireasanta

19. Test Websites

Testing websites can be a very good extra cash earner for holidays as it does not require any particular skill. You need to know your way around sites. By that I mean you should be able to navigate the website and check the functionality. 

There are a few more where you can post your gigs. You just need a webcam and headphones to speak out your views on the site.

Most of the website testing companies like WhatusersdoTrymyUIUsertesting pay between $10 – $60 per test.

20. Use Signup Bonuses

This is not something new but it’s a good way to make some fast money. There are so many legitimate non-spammy websites out there that give you good signup bonuses. This is in addition to having excellent earning potential from them. 

There are many good websites like GrouponSwagbucksEbatesFushionCash, etc. that give you instant free money when you sign up for them. A quick way to pool up money isn’t it?!

These are a few of the ways to make extra money during the holiday season.

Do you know any more cool ideas, do let us know in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “20 Best Ways to Make Money During the Holidays

  1. Susan1375 says:

    Think you’ve covered all the ways to make money. I use eBay and market research as a way to make some extra money. eBay is great until you get a dishonest buyer or the item gets lost in the post.

    1. dishonest buyers suck, totally aligned with you on that. I keep my fingers crossed everytime an order is mailed out.

  2. These are some awesome ideas! I already do a couple of them. But for times that I could use extra cash without breaking the budget, I can see some more here that I can do. Thanks for making such a comprehensive list!

  3. Great list. There are some good earners here.

    I used to work like a dog during the holiday season. I would pick up hours anytime. Now that I have my son, bump that. I’d rather spend time with him…plus, I barely want to work the shifts I’m scheduled anymore, let alone extras.

    1. I totally agree with you Angela. It’s very hard to manage time with kids. I understood quiet late why moms take time off afer kids 🙂 it’s a good way to go about it.

  4. I used to pick up extra shifts in the hopes of more tips. Sadly, people aren’t as generous here, holidays or not.

    But I never realised the other ways of getting some extra money until this post! Thank you for your insight.

  5. What a list of interesting ideas! I know some people who would need to make some money during the holiday, and this article would be very helpful for them. Thanks for sharing! – Ola

  6. I think the best one for me would be to be a dog walker, especially because I have 4 furkids, I work with rescue, and I’m a veterinary assistant. I have tons of dog experience! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  7. Need to declutter my wardrobe, I have so many things now. I will need to look for something I can sell.

  8. These are some great ideas! I never though of making money during the holidays!

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