Do you want to make extra money this holiday season? You might have a goal of earning a specific amount of money to purchase gifts for your loved ones that you know will put smiles on their faces. Even if money is tight and you feel like the money earned from your job is not enough, there are several ways for you to make extra money on the side. You can apply for these flexible positions that will allow you to earn more money to set aside, save, and use during the holiday season.
#1. Become an Ad Rater
If you have internet access and a working computer or smartphone, you might want to become an ad rater. The role of an ad rater is to analyze information found on search engine websites. You will grade the content based on its relevance to a search.
There are some requirements to get approved for this position, but if you meet those requirements, you can start earning money on a flexible schedule. LionBridge is one company that hires ad raters from all across the United States. In addition to LionBridge, other companies known to hire independent contractors to provide ad rating services include:
#2. Write Content
Do you have good writing skills? While writing is not for everyone, it is something you can do if you are passionate about it. It helps if you have a good understanding of the English language, know how to spell well, and have a good concept of grammar.
If you can write, there are several places that are known to quickly hire freelance writers to create content on a variety of different topics. Some of the topics might include health and fitness, legal, industrial, and gardening topics. If you are just getting your feet wet, there are a few good places to get your start in the freelance writing world, such as:
- TextBroker. Textbroker offers the perfect opportunity for beginners. If you are a citizen of the United States, have an ID card, and can provide a writing sample, you can apply for Textbroker.com. Someone will review your sample, provide a rating for you, and then give you access to content that you can find on the website. The higher the rating, the more you can earn and the more articles you may find. You can get paid weekly for the work you do.
- BKA Content. While Textbroker is more of a content mill that quickly hires people to write content, BKA Content is slightly different. You can complete an application that someone will manually review for getting back to you and explaining the way that the company works. If they like your writing style, you can gain access to different articles that are available, including SEO and Premium articles.
Writing content is a great way to make extra money. There will always be people who need the content for their websites and social media accounts.
#3. Help People Make Hotel Reservations
Would you enjoy helping people make reservations at different hotels? The hotel industry makes a lot of money because people are constantly traveling. People travel to different places for various reasons, such as vacations, visiting sick family members, and work-related purposes. If you want to help people make hotel reservations with ease, you can get paid for doing so.
HotelPlanner offers flexible remote positions that allow agents to make commissions each time someone books a hotel. Before becoming an agent, you would need to complete an application on the website, go through the training program, and then sign in to the system to see the calls that are available. It is truly that simple. While it is a commission-based position, you can log into the system both day and night to help make reservations for clients. It is a simple and stress-free way to earn more money during the holiday season.
#4 Dear Santa Christmas Letters
You can find free templates online on how to type up and send Dear Santa Claus response letters. Children love to get a reply back from Santa Claus along with a little trinket in their envelope.
You need to develop a price per letter for your Santa letters. Roll all costs into your price, including postage, so you present one price per letter. Create multiple letter templates to be used on Christmas stationery. If children are in one home, or if there are several children from the same neighborhood, you will want each child to feel as though he’s received a personalized letter. Create between 15 and 20 templates to use for your letters.
#5 Gift Wrapping Service
If you have a lot of free time and enjoy wrapping gifts, you could offer a gift-wrapping service. You don’t need to be a professional, you just need to be creative and neat with your packaging. Offer to help your family and friends and be sure to post in local mom groups to make some extra cash this holiday season.
#6 Baking Holiday Goodies
People lead very busy lives these days and don’t have a lot of time to spend in their kitchens baking breads, cakes, pies and cookies. If you enjoy baking, you could offer to do the baking for your family and friends.
I suggest taking orders ahead of time. You will need to share photos on your social media, have your family and friends share, and post in local Facebook groups and on Facebook marketplace.
Make sure to abide by local cottage laws.
#7 Babysitting Service
Parents are always looking for a few good babysitters so they can run their errands, do their gift shopping, and attend parties.
You will need to be flexible with your time and offer evening and/or weekend babysitting hours. Offer your services to family, friends, and post in local groups on Facebook.
#8 Greeting Cards Service
If you have nice penmanship, you could offer a greeting card service. You would have your customers purchase their own greeting cards and hand you their mailing list. You fill out the cards, address and stamp them and then mail them off for your customer.
Many companies like this service for a personal touch for their clients.
#9. Provide Customer Service From Home
If you have some customer service experience, Alorica is an option for you. It is a flexible 1099 position that allows you to help others while earning a decent wage. Those who become independent contractors for Alorica will have opportunities to advance in the industry, work from home, and work hours that are best for them.
Both full-time and part-time positions are available. Those who work for Alorica can even receive bonuses for referring other hardworking individuals to the company. Whether you want something to do on the side or something with more hours, Alorica is a great choice.
#10 Pet Sitting
Many people travel every year for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and they are looking for pet lovers who are responsible to care for their pets while they are away.
You are usually required to walk, feed, water, and play with the pet while the owner is away on vacation and pop in a couple of times a day for dogs and once a day for cats. Most pet sitters also charge an extra holiday surcharge.
#11 Gift Shopping
If you like to shop and don’t mind fighting the crowds in the stores, then perhaps this is an option for you. You can have your customer give you a list of the items they want and you go out and purchase them for those on the customer’s holiday gift-giving list.
Many people do order online these days but not all, especially the elderly. For others, you can offer a service of finding the best deals.
I know several homeowners who hire seasonal housecleaning help. Some just want a break, and others need help cleaning up after parties.
If you enjoy cleaning and if you are only looking to do it for a handful of weeks, this would be a nice option to earn some extra money.
If you are creative and talented in the crafting medium, there is no better time to host your own craft show. If hosting one is not your cup of tea, you can find numerous Holiday bazaars and craft shows in your own community to participate in.
#14 Party Host Services
Do you love to throw parties? You may as well get paid for it! If you enjoy entertaining guests and assisting a party host, this is a great opportunity to earn some extra money.
I hope these 14 ideas to make extra money this holiday season have sparked some creative ideas of your own. If you are looking to make some extra money this holiday season now is the time to prepare a plan, print up some flyers, and spread the word about whatever type of service you plan on providing this holiday season.