Now that we’re into December, chances are, all of the seasonal retail and restaurant jobs have been filled. However, there’s still hope for those of you who are looking to make some extra money during the holiday season. Whether you need a few more dollars to cross everything off your shopping list or you want to make up for your paycheck being short if your job is closing for the holiday, there are a few non-traditional seasonal jobs that you can consider over the next few weeks to make extra money this Christmas season during the holidays.
Ways To Make Extra Money This Christmas
Cook for others: With all the cooking that happened during Thanksgiving, many families are not looking forward to being in the kitchen for hours for a feast just weeks later. If you love to cook, you can offer your services to cater for families for the winter holiday season. Come up with a menu of food you plan on making, set a price on the number of plates or complete catering orders, and get started! If you don’t want to make full meals, you can make your specialty such as pies, and sell them a la carte.
Secret Santa Shopper: The malls are going to be absolutely packed every day up until Christmas Eve, and some people simply don’t have the time or the patience to deal with the crowds. If you don’t mind them, offer your services as a personal shopper for someone. They give you a budget of how much to spend, and a list of gifts to buy, along with a shopping fee for you to pocket, and you get all the gifts they wanted to get but couldn’t. This is also a great idea for people who are great bargain shoppers, and can save their customers a few bucks with their services.
Babysitting: Many offices have holiday parties for their employees, and not everyone can go because they have little ones. Offer your babysitting services to parents who need a night off from the children to enjoy some holiday cheer. It won’t be hard to find clients during this busy time of year.
Gift Wrapping: There are many people who admittedly are not good at wrapping presents. However, if you have the gift for folding and taping to perfection, you can wrap people’s gifts for some extra cash. Your expenses won’t be much but the job would be much appreciated.
Hanging Christmas lights: The tradition of Christmas lights never gets old. Help a family decorate their home with Christmas lights, especially those who have no experience or may have more home to cover than they have time for. Some neighborhoods have decorating contests, and award the family with the best light decor. You can start by posting fliers with your contact information, and people will reach out to you to get their decorations up in a flash.
Be Santa Claus: The spirit of St. Nick will be alive this month, and children will be expecting to give their list of wants to Santa Claus. If you can play the part, dress up as Santa for your local mall or even a private event where kids will be present. You can also offer to write back to kids, as Santa Claus, telling them you got their Christmas list, and will make sure they’re on the nice list to receive them.
Whether you need a just a few dollars or a whole lot this holiday season, there are several non-traditional seasonal jobs and even a few extra traditional ones as well that you can consider over the next few weeks to make extra money this Christmas season and during the holidays. You just need to get a little creative at times.