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The Ultimate Guide to Making Extra Cash for Christmas

It’s never too soon to start thinking about Christmas… The winter holidays make money disappear so fast, don’t they? It’s wise to plan so as not to miss any opportunities to generate some profit during the holiday season. Luckily, there is a job for everyone—for highly trained and specialized individuals to unskilled and/or inexperienced people alike. So, regardless of your profile, you don’t have to worry about how to make extra money for Christmas this year—maybe even in a way to make the world a better place.

Let’s get started so that you can finish this year with a debt-free Christmas!

  1. Be a modern Rudolph and drive people around

  2. Spend your free time in supermarkets shopping for others

  3. Delivery drivers are a kind of Santa Clauses

  4. Squeeze in some extra work on your way home: charge scooters

  5. Watch the kids while the parents run their errands

  6. Become your city’s ambassador: work as a local tour guide

  7. Take surveys and participate in market research

  8. Give someone a hand in the end-of-the-year rush: work as a virtual assistant

  9. Use your creativity to make cash for Christmas

  10. Share what you’ve got with others

  11. Declutter your closet to make space for the Christmas presents received

  12. Find a seasonal job in town

  13. Get inspired by others!

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Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash. Are you ready to make some CASH FOR CHRISTMAS?

1. Be a modern Rudolph and drive people around

No, we don’t imply that your passengers will all wear a Santa Claus costume, but you would transport them as Rudolph takes Santa everywhere. As a designated driver, you pick them up and drop them off somewhere in the city. Driver jobs have become part of popular culture, several protagonists in films and TV shows also drive with Lyft or Uber to make cash for Christmas or to simply make an income. If you don’t wish to contribute to climate change by completing a large number of rides weekly, try carpooling with Waze or Liftshare—in the morning when going to work and in the evening when going home.

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2. Spend your free time in supermarkets shopping for others

Shopping may sound fun for you but not everyone feels joy when the automatic glass door opens in front of them. More and more add their shopping lists via an app and have a grocery shopper purchasing the items in supermarkets. Do some research on the jobs in your city to find out whether you could earn some cash for Christmas this way. Some shoppers only do the actual shopping, others may extend their list of tasks with grocery delivery. Delivery drivers often receive (massive) tips from customers. The weeks just before Christmas may become extremely busy as families juggle to finish everything before the holidays. If you don’t celebrate Christmas or have support at home putting up the decoration, cleaning, etc., go online and do more shifts with Instacart or Shipt. These jobs tend to pay fast.

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3. Delivery drivers are a kind of Santa Clauses

According to Statista.com, the Christmas shopping season starts as early as September in the US. In 2013, 768 thousand more employees were hired throughout the United States to compensate for the holiday rush. Today online shopping prevails—and not only in the US, but probably all over the world. Therefore, there is an increased need for delivery drivers throughout the year. If you own a vehicle in great condition, delivery driver jobs could help you raise enough money for Christmas. Read up on Amazon Flex, Postmates, Senpex, goPuff or Roadie among other platforms. Would you rather deliver food? That’s a possibility with DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, or Stuart.

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4. Squeeze in some extra work on your way home: charge scooters

A few years ago, no one would predict that electric scooters would conquer the streets of major cities worldwide. With the e-vehicles arose the demand for scooter chargers who locate, collect, charge, and deliver scooters in a pretty flexible way. While you may find a few scooters with a low battery during the day, you would mainly do your shifts around 9-10 p.m. and 5-7 a.m. Riding an e-scooter is trendy, even though many cities have already taken the initiative to regulate the use of them. If you live in a city where city dwellers enjoy the scooter rides, you can try and supplement your income by charging scooters part-time. For example, you could fetch scooters on your way home and take them to designated areas on your way to work. Or as you wish. We’ve heard about cases where friends teamed up and worked together.

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5. Watch the kids while the parents run their errands

During the preparation for Christmas, parents many need an extra hand more often to make sure everything is done on time. Babysitting jobs are by no means peculiar to a season. If you have some affinity for children and can imagine yourself looking after kids, share your profile on College Nannies + Tutors, Sitter.com, Sittercity or Care.com, for example. To land the right job as fast as possible, customize your page: let parents know what type of babysitting job you’re looking for: short-term, long-term, part-time, full-time, weekend, etc.

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Photo by Hisu lee on Unsplash. Do you feel experienced enough to look after two siblings?

6. Become your city’s ambassador: work as a local tour guide

If you like talking about your city and don’t mind socializing with strangers, we would recommend local guiding jobs to you. Some of the online platforms functioning as a hub for amateur (and professional) local guides require people to work a minimum of hours a week, but not all. Whether you need a license to lead tours or not, you should find out before joining a community. Generally speaking, you don’t have to be trained or experienced to make additional income as a tour guide. Your passion for your city will equip you to plan and realize tours in a semi-professional manner. As a beginner, listen to your guests’ feedback and adjust tours accordingly, so you can make cash for Christmas easily, without worrying so much about your performance. Share your tours on Pick Your Day, U2GUIDE, GuruWalk or ToursByLocals.


7. Take surveys and participate in market research

As more people spend money on services, products and experiences approaching the holidays, many companies decide to do some market research at this time of the year. It’s indeed an intense market research period. Companies design surveys to learn about customer habits and to receive feedback on a variety of things related to their brands, which help them better develop their products and services. They spread these surveys and look for people who want to complete them. If you need Christmas money and want an easy, remote job, take surveys with Survey Junkie, Hiving, Surveys on the Go or test products, websites, etc. with UserTesting. Alternatively, you may give a boost to your Christmas budget by doing gigs as a mystery shopper visiting stores, photographing items and prices, or become an an affiliate marketer. (FYI: Appjobs also has an affiliate program.) None of the jobs will take much of your time.

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8. Give someone a hand in the end-of-the-year rush: work as a virtual assistant

A few years ago it would have sounded a bit strange if someone had started to discuss the advantages of hiring a virtual assistant. A personal assistant or secretary did deal with all the admin work—ranging from booking dinners, flight tickets to updating calendars. Nowadays it’s quite normal that a person remotely supports the work of someone else or an on-site team. We’ve seen plenty of job ads lately. Fancy Hands is one of the popular platforms dedicated to connecting clients with reliable and hard-working virtual assistants who are capable of arranging anything—especially before the holidays. Relevant work experience can enhance your chances of getting hired but what truly matters is that you possess great communication skills.

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9. Use your creativity to make cash for Christmas

If you’re an artist creating handmade products, you’ve probably already thinking of crafting holiday gifts: cute Christmas sweatshirts, snowman-shaped jewelry, Santa candles, and so on. Lock yourself in your workshop, start creating, and then sell your objects on platforms such as Etsy. Not only craftsmen but also graphic designers, illustrators, lettering artists, writers, photographers, and any kind of content creators can sell their work online to individuals or companies from anywhere in the world. To maximize your time, put together a list of media outlets that may commission your work at some point during the year. This is a great opportunity for full-time and part-time freelancers to build new business relationships that could result in more paid projects later on. Find any type of remote work on Fiverr, Freelancer.com, Upwork, or Hubstaff Talent.

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10. Share what you’ve got with others

Have you inherited a lot of things from your parents? Do you like fixing things on your own so your garage is full of equipment? Do you like not being reliant on anyone so you have to look up and purchase everything you might need in life? Even if you reply no to all three questions, you must have obtained something you can live without for a shorter time. You can think of your vehicle, for example your car, bike, scooter, motorbike, etc. Not to mention your home and other types of empty spaces you could rent out with Airbnb, HomeAway or Pavemint to earn passive income. Renting out your car could go just fine with Turo, Getaround, and Zilok, Rentcharlie and Fat Llama are three alternatives to rent out anything you own. Are you an avid surfer? List your boards on Surfy Nomads and let others boost their adrenaline, too!

Another way of sharing something you have is becoming an online teacher giving English lessons, for instance.

11. Declutter your closet to make space for the Christmas presents received

An average person tends to store a lot of clothes and other types of items in their homes. They don’t necessarily hoard things, life just happens. One day you need a drill, the other you feel like buying a new dress for an important interview or date. Then months later your closet is full of things you will never use again. Write an inventory list, decide what to keep and what to let go, and start finding new homes for your things. You may make extra cash for Christmas with Letgo, OfferUp, or Vinted. Then you can use the extra space created to place those gifts your loved ones have bought you after consultation. Or do they always know what to surprise you with?

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Less is more in your home, but more dresses sold means more cash for Christmas.
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.

12. Find a seasonal job in town

Even if you live in a relatively small town, the local stores, restaurants, supermarkets, etc. may need some help to manage the increased number of customers showing up, just like during Halloween. Many of them welcome students and pensioners as well. You can find these jobs online or offline. We’ve seen business owners leaving a note on the shop window looking for extra help. It’s worth considering your stamina and interests, which helps you decide to become an ordinary retail worker, a warehouse worker, a shelf-stacker, a caterer, or someone who wears a silly mascot to promote a business. (For example, we’ve seen in a TV show that a teenager was wearing a mattress mascot while working during Halloween.) One of our colleagues worked in a bookstore during the holiday season and enjoyed every minute of it. If you love books and enjoy talking to people about them, that would be a great part-time job when you need money for Christmas. We’ve also heard about people helping out in interior design stores.

13. Get inspired by others!

You’re not pleased with our selection of jobs that could bring you some cash for Christmas? That’s alright. Talk to some people in your city. If you manage to find either a seasonal or an app-based job, let your friends and others know how you did it. Sharing is caring—especially before Christmas.

(Christmas)

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Paulina Bajorowicz joined Appjobs in November 2018 and she is now the Content Marketing Specialist. She manages Appjobs blog and social media channels, coordinates outreach activities and cooperates with journalists and content creators around the gig economy.