If you’re strapped for cash this holiday season, here’s how to earn extra just by using the skills you already have. [TWEET]
Most people associate the holiday season with celebrations, but did you know it can also provide you 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. Offer premium services
With the holiday celebrations come very busy times. Between gatherings, parties and all sorts of commitments, many have very little time to get everything done. This means that many people may need help with their shopping, their cooking, their cleanup, or services that are not available on Christmas day or New Year. For example, if you make deliveries, you can charge extra for your services on those days, not only because you are not taking the day off, but because no one else is providing the service that your clients desperately need.
2. 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 have been keeping but not using. If you didn’t remember that you had it, you don’t need it. Then sell it! Check out the five best sites to sell your things online according to Lifehacker. 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. 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 and the business or clients.
4. Pet Sitting
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!