Like most, this year went by in a blink of your eyes and the holiday season is upon us already. Even though this Christmas season brings the glitterying lights and jolly carols, it might also bring on stress over finances. It’s the time of year when you feel obligated to purchase gifts for all of your friends and family members. The problem is, you’re running a little short on extra spending cash.
Luckily, there’s plenty of ways to make extra money for the perfect holiday gifts. One of the best ways to make extra money is to look for seasonal gigs. Need some ideas? Check out our list of the best side hustles that will fatten up your wallet this year!
10 Safe and Best Holiday Jobs
Looking for jobs during a pandemic is tricky, but it isn’t difficult. Fortunately, many companies have increased their need for employees or new businesses have started and need tons of help. Seasonal jobs are great for temporary work during the holidays and typically go from November-Mid January.
Ranked #2 on Forbes Best Employers List of 2020, the powerhouse supplier has grown their business exponentially due to more people shopping online versus in-store shopping. With growth, means the increased need for people to help package and ship.
They’ve continued to open up warehouses around the country as well as plenty of remote positions. They’ve also developing their own COVID-19 testing capacity and offer company-subsidized child and adult care.
Babysitting is an ideal way to make some extra cash on the side. This year more parents are required to work from home, which means they need someone to watch their kids or help them with school while they work.
Remember to wear protective masks and practice safe social distancing when around others outside of your family and the family you’re caring for.
You can also opt for virtual babysitting jobs through platforms like Care.com, SitterCity and even Ziprecruiter. What does a virtual babysitter do? Virtual babysitters can hop on a video conferencing service while the parents are often working from home.
From toddlers to teens virtual babysitters can give parents some peace of mind during a busy meeting or call by entertaining with virtual games, songs, and even homework help.
Home Improvement Stores
It seems like everyone was doing home improvements during the pandemic and that tread is continuing throughout the holiday season. Head over to Home Depot, Lowes or ABC Warehouse and see if you can get a job helping stock, cashier, or doing curbside service.
Restaurant and Delivery Services
Doordash, UberEats, Instcart and PostMates have all boomed this year. Almost all restaurants and grocery stores are offering their services to customers and people are loving it. Signing up for one of these side hustles is super easy and you can start delivery almost immediately.
Let your family, friends and neighbors know you are available to take their furry friends for a walk or run. Especially for the elderly community, this could help them get their animals the exercise they need. While this will add some extra responsibility to your daily routine, it’s a relatively easy way to make a few extra bucks each day.
Helping decorate during the holiday season is a great way to make some extra cash on the side. Many families need extra hands to help them deck out the outside of their homes and bring the holiday cheer. You could find a company who offers this service and you might end up loving the exhilaration of creating different holiday displays and could start your own business!
Although holiday parties are on the decline, it doesn’t mean household aren’t keeping their cookie making traditions going. Many Grocery stores have seen an increase in grocery shopping and curbside pick-up and most always have a need for temporary holiday jobs as well. Head over to your local grocery store and see if they could use some help.
You can become a brand ambassador during the holiday season. Find a brand you love and post about them on your social media platforms. Social media and E-commerce is steadily becoming the way in which people shop and find out about new brands. This is a thrilling job to do during the winter, but you could also do this year round. If you’re outgoing, friendly, and passionate, people will love to find out more about what you have to share!
Customer Service/ Call Center
Many companies like Apple are preparing for the holiday rush by hiring call center employees to manage their phones. Many people are purchasing products for gifts and need help troubleshooting – which means there are more jobs for you! There’s an increase in demand for customer service representatives or call center employees during the holidays, so make sure to cruise job offerings online.
Many landscaping companies switch over to snow removal services in the wintertime. Check around to see if they are in need of extra workers to be on call or service businesses in your area.
Safe Ways To Have Fun While Making Extra Cash
The holidays have rolled around and everyone needs the extra money to get gifts for their loved ones. While many of these positions are short-term, they can be fun and a great way to make your holiday spending money or to start off the new year with more cash in the bank!