We are barely out of the summer season and already holiday items are on the store shelves. If you’re like a lot of Americans, the holidays can really set you back financially. The average American will spend $805 at department stores during the holidays. To help you gain some extra cash this holiday we have comprised a list of the best side gigs to make a little extra dough.
Got a clean car, a driver’s license, and a good driving record? Around the holidays is the best time to take advantage of the increased need for transportation services due to the spike in social events. Use your car to make extra money through companies like Uber or Lyft. The best part is you are your own boss and you make your own schedule.
Retail Seasonal Worker
With more people rushing to department stores during the holidays there is a greater need for seasonal workers. Since these positions are seasonal, usually the employer will be flexible with schedules so you can still work your regular 9-5. Don’t wait till Thanksgiving or Christmas to apply for these positions through, stores hiring seasonal workers start taking applications in late September to fill the need for extra workers.
Bring out your inner Martha Stewart and make homemade holiday décor. If you’re already crafty then this should be an easy one, but if not there are tons of tutorials online to guide you in creating unique and customized ornaments, wreaths, signs, and other crafty holiday décor. Utilize sites like Etsy to get your side business going and advertise via social media. You’d be surprised how much you can make from people wanting customized ornaments and other décor.
Love to bake? Use that love for making cookies and cakes into extra cash. The holidays are the best time to sell baked goods to those looking for desserts and treats to serve at holiday parties. Advertise your services on Facebook groups and make sure to include pictures of your beautiful masterpieces.
The USPS delivers around 15 billion pieces of holiday mail, which means like malls and department stores they are also looking for seasonal workers to help out during the busy holiday season. Go to the careers page of USPS, FedEx, and UPS to see if they have openings for seasonal part-time workers.