How to Make Extra Money Around the Holidays


Who doesn’t need extra money around the holidays? Buying gifts, taking trips and entertaining all require money so it should come as no surprise that our wallets may feel a bit thin during this time a year. 

Fortunately, there are also several ways to make money during the holidays. Read on to find out about what you can do to counter your expenses. 

Apply as Holiday Help at Retail Stores 

The holiday rush means retail stores will be super busy and in need of extra help. Applying for a temporary position can be a great way to boost your income. 

However, it’s important to remember not to wait until the last minute to apply for these jobs. You may start feeling strapped for cash in early December, but most stores do the crux of their holiday hiring early, starting in late October and going through to Thanksgiving.

Review job boards like and to find opportunities near you.

If you missed that window, you may still be able to get a position, but these will be extremely short lived.

Run Errands

The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone and people need help so they can get everything done. You can bring in extra income by offering to run errands for people including doing some much-needed holiday shopping. Try looking on sites like Craigslist Gigs or to find opportunity!

Sell What You Have

During the holidays, people are looking to buy gifts and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s why it’s a great time to look through your closet to determine what items will make good gifts. Then you can bring in extra income by selling them on Facebook Marketplace, Craig’s List or eBay.


With social calendars filling up, it’s should come as no surprise that holidays are a time when parents need babysitters more than ever. And with a lot of people busy and going out of town, babysitters may be hard to find. 

You can capitalize on this by offering babysitting services locally.

To make your services even more desirable, offer to host a parent’s night out. Choose a day, like the Saturday before Christmas, when you think a lot of parents will be wanting to go out and celebrate. Then tell them you will be available for group babysitting on that night. 

If you offer a low rate, like $15 a child, parents will benefit by getting cheap babysitting and you can still bring in a considerable amount of cash.

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Sell Crafts

Used items can make great gifts, and so can homemade ones. 

If you are creative and have the skills to make your own crafts, you can sell them on sites like Etsy or at a holiday market that features local vendors.

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Insulate Homes for the Winter

During wintertime, temperatures begin to drop. Homeowners that feel drafts may want to add insulation to their houses during this time of year. If you’re good with caulk, you could make some extra money by providing this valuable service.

Other handyman services that are in demand during the winter months include lawn raking, gutter cleaning and installing weather stripping. Use digital media and methods of outdoor advertising to get the word out about your services and see how much extra income you can generate. Sites like Thumbtack and TaskRabbit are a great place to start looking.

Offer Holiday Cleaning

With so many people having guests over, it should come as no surprise that they will want to get their houses looking their best. Take advantage of this by offering services for a one time deep clean. If people want to continue having their houses cleaned on a weekly or biweekly basis, this could become a source of steady income. Check out gig sites like TaskRabbit and Thumbtack. Don’t forget about Craiglist too.

Offer Organizational Services

With everyone leading a busy lifestyle, there is an increased demand for personal organizers. This is especially the case around holiday time when people are dealing with an influx of gifts. 

A good organizer will help make a home look its best for guests and, considering how busy we all are at this time of year, being organized can also help with time management. 

Let’s also consider that getting organized is a popular New Year’s resolution. 

If you have a gift for being well organized, use it to your advantage by advertising your services to bring in extra income during the holidays.

Try the freelance market places and advertise your services on your local websites. Taskrabbit, Thumbtack, and Facebook are also a great place to start.

Work Overtime

Sure, this may not sound like a lot of fun, but if your company has any end of the year projects they need to wrap up, they may be looking for overtime help. If you are willing to put in some extra hours, this can be a great way to generate income.

The holidays may be a time when we are all spending more money, but fortunately, there are also plenty of ways to bring extra money in. Which of these options sound good to you when considering how to boost your income for the holidays? 

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