If you’re strapped for cash this holiday season, here’s how to earn extra money just by using the skills you already have.

Most people associate the holiday season with celebrations, but did you know it can also provide you with opportunities to earn some extra cash? If you are willing to sacrifice some of what normally would be your free time, you could go through the holidays making money instead of spending it! Below are five ways you can put more cash in your pocket this holiday season.

1. Provide premium services

With the holiday celebrations come very busy times. Between gatherings, parties, and all sorts of commitments, many people have very little time to get everything done. This means that they may need help with their shopping, their cooking, their cleanup, or other services that are not available on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. For example, if you make deliveries, you can charge extra for your services on those days because you aren't taking the day off and no one else is providing the service that your clients desperately need.

2. Dip your toe into online sales

Look around, and you will see many things you hardly ever use. Look a bit deeper, and you will be surprised at all the things you've been keeping but not using. If you didn't remember that you had it, you don't need it. Sell it! Check out the five best sites to sell your things online according to Lifehacker, and don't forget to take good photos and to be very clear about the state of the merchandise! This could be the beginning of a profitable job.

3. Offer personal services

Are your gift-wrapping abilities so good that people feel sad tearing off the wrapping paper? Put together a resume that shows off how good you are at boosting the gift-giving experience and approach local gift shops. Do you love cooking? Offer fine catering services for friends, family, and organizations. Good with tools and following instructions? Your new job title is Toy Assembler! Use your imagination, scout your neighborhood, start networking, and create packages and ideas that will benefit both you, businesses, or clients.

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4. Become a pet sitter

Many people like going away for the holidays, and most of them can't or don't want to take their pets along. If you're not going anywhere, need some extra cash, and love animals, this is your opportunity. Create flyers and create a LinkedIn account or update your old one. Use all means available to spread the word.

5. Go freelance

Businesses and individuals are consistently looking for professional services for small or one-time projects over the holidays. That could be logo design, computer repairs, house/office repairs, copywriting, marketing, ecommerce, etc. A strong resume, a good and targeted LinkedIn profile, and a solid portfolio will help you find, or even create, those opportunities!

Whatever you decide to do to make more money, it is key that you spread the word. Tell everybody you know that you are offering your services. A true entrepreneurial mind is one which never stops producing ideas and sees opportunities where others abide by traditions. It doesn't necessarily mean that you will abandon your family and friends during the festivities. Just think what works best for you in terms of your personal and financial goals, decide your money-making strategy, and go for it before others do!

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