Let's face it. Christmastime is frigging expensive. The cost of presents alone is a killer and even if you keep all of that to a minimum there are still other money draining factors like food and travel to deal with. During this time I know it's so tempting to just whip out that credit card now and worry about it later, but hold your horses, kid! No need to go into debt over Christmas stuff. Try picking up a side hustle. Not just any side hustle...
A holiday side hustle.
Christmas just isn't Christmas without homemade sweet treats but many people don't have the time or skills to get down and boogie with an oven right now. If you're a bona fide Cake Boss or anywhere close to that, make some treats, put them in pretty packaging and sell them or take orders on Facebook.
If you've got a knack for making gifts look like they were wrapped by angels, you should totally start a mini gift-wrapping service right out of your home. Get inspiration for beautiful and creative gift wrap HERE on Pinterest.
I don't mean cooking 1,000-lbs of food for holiday galas and giant cooperate shindigs. I mean cooking simple dishes or hors d'oeuvres for small office parties, family functions and even small weddings. Recruit a friend or family member to help you create large quantities of party favorites like Swedish meatballs, cheese dip, chicken wings, and sliders. Set up shouldn't cost you much if you charge a deposit so you can buy your food and other supplies ahead of time. And dig it, you can find all kinds of beautiful disposable serving dishes and utensils at the Dollar Tree.
Sew custom Christmas dresses for little girls, make quilts and cute hostess aprons. Take orders for custom embroidered gifts like towels, totes, hats and more. Make Christmas crafts for home decor and make beautiful Christmas jewelry. Knit or crochet holiday themed scarves, hats, socks, gloves, etc. Sell your wares at local Christmas fairs, your own yard sale, on Facebook, Craigslist and even Etsy.
▲Write a holiday e-book
You don't have much time left to do it so glue your butt to your computer chair and crank out the steamiest holiday romance you can think of. I get it that not everyone is into writing that kind of stuff and you should definitely write whatever you like, but truth be told, romance e-books SELL. I'm no expert on the subject of e-books so check out these books here if you need help getting started.
▲Take Christmas photos
If you're competent and confident with a camera then try your hand at a little family photography. Many people are looking for someone to do their Christmas card photos right now and the big-names photographers are getting all booked up so here's your chance to shine. Consider taking specialty solos portraits like maternity and "baby's first Christmas" photos. Remember: having a good camera doesn't make you good photographer so please make sure you know to use a camera like a pro to take good quality photos!!
▲Entertain at holiday events or busk
Do you play an instrument? Then play holiday favorites solo, with accompaniment or singer. Got the pipes? Sing solo to good quality karaoke tracks. Use your talents and hire yourself out of holiday events of all kinds. Entertainment doesn't just begin and end with music! There's also skits and short plays, improvisational and stand up comedy, poetry reading, clowning, magic and more! Can't get a gig? Take it to the streets! Set up on a street corner or public park and busk (perform for tips).
▲Hang up Christmas lights
You might not be a house-scaping master but at least you can try. Charge a low price to hang up lights around your neighborhood and local businesses. Make sure you have a staple gun with plenty of staples, a hammer and nails and a good sturdy ladder. Recruit a friend to get the jobs done faster and split the profits.
For people who already live very busy lives, Christmastime can be the straw the broke the camel's back. For them, a little assistance in getting tasks done can go a long way. Start your own errand-running service and do all kinds of tasks like picking up dry cleaning, grocery shopping, picking kids up from school, dropping of mail and anything else your employer needs done.
Rake leaves, mow yards, pull weeds and anything else you can think of to make other people's yards look pristine for the holidays.
Some people are so busy during the holidays that they can barely even find the time to get their houses prepared for guests. That's where you come in! Gather up some cleaning supplies and get paid to do the thing we all hate to do.
▲Be a designated driver with a Uber
With all the eggnog and mulled wine flowing like water at those crazy office parties, there are going to be a few people in need of a ride. Holiday parties start as soon as December hits, so sign up to become an Uber driver ASAP and do your part to help keep the roads safe.
No one wants to do it. You need the money and you have a shovel so go make that money! Don't forget to ask businesses if they need help keeping their storefronts and parking lots clear as well. have fun.
▲Social media management
Many bloggers, online shopkeepers and business-folk of all kinds are stupid busy this time of year and many won't have the time to promote their special holiday deals and events the way they need to. That's where you come in. If you're well experienced with managing your own social media accounts then start your own social media management service. Hey I've got one of those! Come check out my site HERE for a few ideas.
Ok, ok. I know you guys a probably sick of seeing bloggers sneak in Swagbucks signups into every darn "make money fast" post. But here's the thing, if it wasn't legit we wouldn't keep going on and on about it. I literally just cashed in for a $25 eBay gift card; this is the second one I've gotten for Christmas shopping this week. My honest input about Swagbucks: use it from your computer. The mobile app is kind of... um... not good. Also set up an alternate email address just for doing the "sign ups for points" activities. Some of those sites can get a little spammy. For more tips about making Swagbucks work for you, check out my post here: What the Heck is SWAGBUCKS? Myths and Truths of earning FREE gift cards.
You're a dude, you've got the white beard, the big belly and rosy cheeks. You're fluffy and adorable... you're Santa! Hire yourself out to appear at malls, libraries, office parties and even provate home visits. But keep in mind, no one likes a crummy Santa so rent or buy a good quality costume. Or if you or someone you know is handy with the sewing machine, have one made. If you don't have the natural Santa look, no problem. Fake it till ya make it with a complete Santa transformation set.
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