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The holiday season is such a busy time that you might not think about catching a hustle gig. It’s the perfect time to do it because you’re not the only one whose time is stretched to the limit. Everyone is going in ten directions at once; Now is your chance to step in, lend a hand, and make some excellent extra cash. Maybe you’d like to earn for that weekend getaway during the cold winter months or pay off those steaming credit cards after your busy shopping season. Let’s look at some tremendous seasonal hustles that also let you enjoy the fun of the holidays.
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1. Take your e-business live to a show or festival
The Christmas season is packed with craft fairs and shopping festivals. This is your chance to combine some extra hustle with valuable business research. My company, Hollywood Sensation Jewelry, has been an online business from the very beginning. This year, my resourceful husband Anthony Hood suggested that we participate in the Sunset Market, a large open-air market in Oceanside.
Very cheaply, we rented a booth, set up a tent, and spent four hours selling Hollywood Sensation merchandise in public. I admit that I had doubts about whether this would work for us, and was even nervous about the public interaction. But if you’ll excuse the pun, the results were sensational! We sold more than enough to offset our expenses. More than that, however, we received live feedback from real customers with whom we were able to speak one-on-one.
If you have a product you’ve never checked out of the eShop, check your community calendar for upcoming festivals, conventions, and fairs for a new revenue stream and free market research. The cost of renting a booth will vary depending on the popularity and participation of the event. I recommend starting small and scaling up if things go well. Be sure to select an event that matches your brand. We may not want to wear Hollywood Sensation Jewelry to a plumbing expo, but that sunset beach setting was perfect for a bit of glamour.
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2. Take your skills to the masses
Do you have a gift for Christmas decorations? Do you feel like wrapping gifts? Event planned? Delicious baked goods? Well, not everyone does, and that’s why they need your services, especially at this time of year. Maybe you have a Christmas cake or cookie recipe that gets rave reviews everywhere you go. Let people know at the office potluck and church social that you’re available to bake one for them, too.
Use social media to get your name out there as someone who can put up a beautiful Christmas tree (indoor or outdoor) and grace the halls. And don’t forget: while many people love to decorate for Christmas, hardly anyone loves taking everything apart. Are you willing to untangle, repack, and repackage all that holly and mistletoe? Maybe you have a van and can transport trees for responsible disposal.
Sites like TaskRabbit.com allow you to create an account to help with an unlimited variety of tasks and get customer reviews to build your reputation and generate even more business. For example, TaskRabbit offers the following average costs for these services: “Party Cleanup” for $49-$80, “Toy Assembly” for $40-$99, and “Holiday Decorating” for $48-$86. you can pay him to queue for someone else. I’m not kidding!
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3. Take advantage of a seasonal job
Stores and delivery businesses are always looking for reliable seasonal help. Showing up as a great seasonal employee means you can almost certainly be welcomed back next year. And don’t forget: Many stores offer their regular employee discounts to seasonal workers. If you have your eye on a big-ticket purchase, you can score another 10% or more off the cost. My friend worked for five weeks at a home furnishings store and saved his family a ton of money on new flooring and a refrigerator.
Here’s another option: Party companies are packed this time of year and need people to set up, decorate, serve, register guests, bring coats, valet, play board games, and clean up afterward. I have a friend who deals blackjack at Christmas parties and he enjoys it. She attends several fancy parties each year, she listens to bands, she meets fun people who have a lot of fun and gets paid to do it.
Seasonal job wages depend on your location, but here are some examples. On average, delivery companies pay about $16.00 per hour, warehouses about $13.80, and gift wrap shops make about $12.00 per hour. When you apply at retail stores with a view to shopping, ask if the employee discount extends to seasonal help.
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4. Be a caretaker
What do the holidays bring besides a good mood? Travellers! People have places to go and things to do, whether it’s for a late-night party, a busy day of shopping away from the kids, or two weeks out of town. Relieve your travel stress by being the person who maintains the fort. Child care, elderly care, pet care and pet sitting are trustworthy and friendly.
It’s a relief to know that someone is there to watch the house or check on elderly relatives to make sure everything is safe. Again, several gig websites allow you to sign up as a caregiver (check out Rover.com or Care.com, for example). Or, settle in a neighborhood like a great home, or pet sitter, and you’ll get more deals. Word spreads quickly on homeowners’ websites, and having multiple concerts in the same neighborhood adds to its convenience.
Enjoy your vacations
A vacation side hustle is more than a way to supplement your income. Getting out into the festive atmosphere is a great way to enjoy the spirit of the season, relieve stress for others, and help create wonderful memories. Of course, giving is better than receiving, but if you can do both simultaneously with a festive rush, it’s a good reason to celebrate.