How to Make Extra Money During the Holidays

For most consumers, the holiday season is a hectic and often stressful time that takes a major bite out of their bank accounts. As such, it’s an excellent time for entrepreneurs to cash in on all of that commercial activity. If you’re looking to pick up some extra money during the Christmas holidays, these quick and simple ideas should work splendidly.

Pick Up a Seasonal Temp Gig

If you’d rather collect a check than be the boss, seasonal jobs like taking orders for Honeybaked Ham or working at Macy’s fit the bill. Many companies pay temporary workers higher wages during the holiday crunch. The USPS as well as FedEx and UPS also hire seasonal workers to handle the surge in business.

Cater Holiday Dinner Parties

You don’t need be a master chef to start a seasonal catering business. Just whip up some unique confections, buy the main courses like turkey and yams from a wholesaler and cart it to your clients’ homes. If you don’t want to go whole hog, you can just pick up a server or bartender position with an established caterer.

Make and Sell Crafts

The holidays are a bonanza for anyone that sells crafts. Slap together a few Christmas tree ornaments of your own and put them up for sale on Etsy or eBay. Better yet, set up a kiosk at a local shopping mall or marketplace. In addition, handmade greeting cards, gift baskets and knitted scarves are always lucrative.

Play Santa at the Mall

If you’re a born performer, dressing up and playing Santa Claus is a great way to rake in some decent scratch. Every mall in America has multiple Santas during December and they’re always hiring. Just be aware that a Santa gig can be trying if you’re not a people person with a lot of patience.

Put on a Memorable Show

The holidays are an excellent time to translate a talent such as juggling, dancing or playing a musical instrument into cold, hard cash. For example, you could grab a keyboard or guitar and serenade shoppers downtown for donations. Alternatively, you could book professional jobs as the entertainment at private holiday parties for even more money.

Offer Decoration Consulting

Wealthy households often splurge on elaborate Christmas displays that cost a pretty penny and take a week or more to assemble. If you have a flair for design and like taking on big projects, a seasonal sideline as a decorating consultant or installer is a great fit. Pass out some business cards well in advance and work your magic.

Run Local Holiday Tours

Wherever you happen to live, there’s bound to be many holiday-themed attractions that vacationers will want to see. You can run tours of the local attractions lit up by bright, colorful lights using everything from a van to a dog sled. If you can pull it off, driving a horse-drawn carriage can be a major cash cow.

Grow & Sell Festive Flora

If you have access to a greenhouse, growing poinsettias and other holiday plants delivers excellent ROI on your time and money. You could also buy raw materials from another grower and make custom wreaths with a unique spin for local consumption. Last but not least, there’s always the option of hawking Christmas trees acquired from the forest.

Become a Personal Shopper

Busy consumers with lots of disposable income often don’t have the time to do their own shopping. Even if that’s not the case, many people aren’t great when it comes to choosing unique, memorable gifts for their loved ones. You could start a seasonal business that chooses excellent presents for people based on their preferences and personalities.

Rent Some Space on Airbnb

If you have extra space in your home, renting it to travelers via Airbnb is one of the best ways to rake in the cash during the holidays. If you’re going to be out of town for Christmas, have a friend or family member rent the place for you and split the cash with them.

Stock Up Early & Gouge

Every year, there’s a must-have toy for kids or tech gadget for adults that sells out early. When an item that’s obviously going to be popular goes on sale, buy a slew of them right out of the gate. Wait for the middle of December and list them on eBay or move them via the Fulfillment by Amazon program for a tidy profit.

‘Tis the Season to Profit

Considering the amount of money spent during the holidays, you’d be foolish not to capitalize on that cash flow. Regardless of your areas of expertise or interest, you can make a quick buck without committing to a long-term venture. Pick a good sideline to focus on and make hay while the sun shines.

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