With October over, the holidays are now just around the corner. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in all of the holiday excitement from Thanksgiving into New Years. Being with loved ones, making delicious food...
6 Ways to Make Money for the HolidaysDecember 1, 2017 - Financial Articles
- Open a Holiday Savings Account
- Take up Extra Work
- Sell Your Clutter
- Pet Sit
- Become a Secret Shopper
- Sell Crafts
1. Open a Holiday Savings Account
By opening a savings account exclusively for the holiday season, you can safely store your holiday funds without ever having to worry about accidently dipping into them. This financially responsible choice can allocate a portion of your paychecks to the account and earn interest over time. Some banks still have a Christmas Club savings program which began in the early 20th century. This saving program allows you to deposit set amounts of money into the account, which the bank will then return to you at the end of the year. However, if you try to take money out early, you will need to pay a fee.
2. Take up Extra Work
If your job lets you work overtime, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get a fatter pay check. If you can’t work overtime at your job, consider taking up a temporary side job. During the holiday season retail stores hire extra staff to meet the holiday demand. You can also work as a virtual assistant, allowing you to work on your time and from the comfort of your home. Websites such as fiverr list a wide range of freelance jobs you can choose from, including translation, writing, graphic design and working as a virtual assistant. As a virtual assistant, you might be help to answer emails, proof read articles, manage social media or coordinate calendars among other tasks.
3. Sell Your Clutter
Do you have too many things cluttering your home that you haven’t touched in a while? Now is the perfect time to sell your old items that are collecting dust. The general rule of thumb is that you have not touched something in a year, and it is not sentimental, you should get rid of it. Rather than tossing out old electronics, gently worn clothing and excess furniture, find places where you can sell them. This way, you will have a tidier house and extra funds in your wallet. There are many options to sell your things such as auction websites or online ads. But when it comes to selling high-end items like diamonds, jewelry and watches, you want to ensure that you are working with a reputable buyer. WP Diamonds can help you safely and easy sell your valuables for the best possible price. We provide honest prices for diamonds, jewelry and watches. Our process is both quick and safe: get funds in as little as 24 hours after completing our simple online form. With an A+ rating from the BBB and positive reviews from hundreds of customers, we strive to make selling stress-free. Find out how much your valuables are worth by clicking the button below to get your quote today.
4. Pet Sit
For many pet owners, their animals are simply another member of the family. During the holiday season, owners might be traveling or too busy to give enough attention to their pets. This is the perfect opportunity to help stressed pet owners out, make the holiday more enjoyable for their pets and earn some money. If the owners are going away for vacation then you can pet sit. Whether you need to walk the dog, clean up after the cat, or feed the fish, there are many ways you can earn money by taking care of animals. Also, if the owners are too busy to be with their pets during the day, you could take their dog on walks. Some dog walkers earn $30 dollars per dog, so if you are an animal lover, you can easily make a steady amount of money by walking a few dogs a week.
5. Become a Secret Shopper
Did you know that you can get paid to shop? By becoming a secret shopper you can get hired by companies to shop and review the quality of their service. You can be a secret shopper for places like clothing stores, cafes, movie theatres, electronic stores, hotels and amusement parts to name a few. For each shop you visit, companies will pay you an allotted amount of money which can range from $5 to $25. The companies might also reimburse you for a portion of your purchase. According to one secret shopper they had to, “interact with sales associates in two different departments, ask about a plasma TV or a GPS—and see if they engaged in conversation, were helpful or only answered questions in a cursory way.” This shopper earned about $14,000 a year in earnings alone, not counting reimbursements. As a secret shopper, you could dedicate a day to shop at different locations then write up their reports. Since you are able to select the stores you shop at, you might be able to do some of your holiday shopping and get paid for it. Some things you might be tasked with reporting are:
- If you were greeted in a timely manner
- The speed of service
- Appearance of the store
- Listing of services from staff
No previous experience is required to become a secret shopper, but detail oriented people with excellent writing are preferred. Be sure to avoid any secret shopper companies that sound like a scam, especially if they are asking you to pay a fee. If you earn more than $600 a year with one company, will you will need to report that income on your tax returns.
6. Sell Crafts
If you are a crafty person, it’s easier than ever to sell your creations. Whether you are a pro at prepping baking mixes, making holiday decorations or customized jewelry, there are plenty of online stores and holiday bazaars where you can set up shop. Now you can enjoy making your creations and earn money for things you are passionate about.