Looking at the way things are going, do you think you are going to be a bit strapped for cash around the Christmas holidays this year? If you start now, you could earn all the extra cash you need. Use it to buy gifts for your family and friends, to splurge on a few luxe holiday extras or even just to pad your bank account. Now is a great time to pick up a new cash-earning endeavour – even if it’s just temporary. Here are 9 ways to do just that:
Retail stores everywhere look for extra workers around the busy Christmas holiday season. Shoprite, Melcom and a host of others run annual holiday retail jobs and there is a high possibility, this year is no exception.
The thing about holiday jobs in retail is that stores are hiring right now. They need time to get employees properly trained before the real shopping season hits around the end of November. So if you think an extra part-time gig in retail is up your alley this holiday season, now is the time to apply.
2. Run errands
Got time on your hands and a colour-coded to-do list? Consider starting a holiday errand running a business. You can market yourself to overworked parents everywhere, who have tons of holiday shopping to do but no time to do it. Earn more bang for your buck by offering your services to several clients each weekend, and combine their errands.
3. Offload old stuff
Toadepa and a closet full of unused stuff are your best friends over the holiday season. Now is an excellent time to get rid of clutter. And it’s also a great time to sell vintage or gently-used goods to people looking for a good deal on holiday gifts.
Here’s a tip: Try putting items on Toadepa for a couple of weeks. If they don’t sell quickly, they probably won’t sell at all. After that, Tonaton where you have to deal with sales fees, but you have more potential buyers.
4. Host parents’ nights out
Offering plain-old babysitting services over the holidays is a great idea. But you can up the ante by coordinating a larger parents’ night out. Instead of just babysitting one or two kids at a family home, offer a shopping night (or just a nice night out) for the parents of 10 to 15 kids.
(You will, of course, need some help for this one.)
By charging $15 or more per kid, parents could get a great deal on baby-sitting, and you could make a good chunk of change with just a few hours of work. If you have a large enough network, you could host several parents’ nights out between now and Jan. 1.
5. Sell crafts
Side craft businesses are more popular around the holidays. And sites like Toadepa, Tonaton, Jiji, Jumia make it really easy to sell your wares online. You could also sell products in person by hosting a small craft fair of your own.
Get together with some other crafty friends or even local businesses, and host a holiday shopping night. Locally-made goods are becoming a popular option among shoppers. A small craft fair could be a great way to garner some business – and future clients – for your side business.
6. Ask to cook for friends or family to help prepare meals
Some people don’t have time to make meals for their family gatherings, so see if they want help. You can either cook food at home and bring it to the person, or you may be able to cook in their kitchen. Make sure you charge enough money to offset the price of the ingredients and the amount of time you spent cooking
7. Offer holiday deep cleaning
Is your own house completely spotless down to the baseboards? Maybe you don’t have time or inclination to run a full-time cleaning business. But you could still leverage your cleaning skills to make a few extra cedis this holiday season.
Instead of marketing an ongoing cleaning service, advertise a one-time holiday deep clean. People love to have their homes clean before hosting parties or overnight guests. And since you’re offering deep cleaning, you can charge a higher rate than you would for general weekly or biweekly cleaning.
This isn’t one of the most fun options on the list – especially if you’re not in love with your day job – but it’s a viable option. And it can be the most efficient way to sock away some extra dollars in your bank account this holiday season. If your employer offers overtime to catch up on end-of-the-year projects, take advantage of the opportunity – especially if you get special overtime rates.
9. Wrap presents to help other people with their gifts
If you normally get compliments on the appearance of your gifts, call a local mall or department store to see if they have a wrapping station where you can work. You’ll normally work part-time while the business is open so customers can bring gifts for you to wrap.
- You can also offer to wrap gifts for friends and family if you can’t find a position at a store.
Remember to set aside some time to relax and spend time with your family during the holidays so you don’t feel overworked or stress.
You can always ask for money as a gift if you want to make money quickly.
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We hope this helps. Merry Christmas!!