There are easily over half a million people who search for ways to earn some extra cash during the holidays. It’s always a good time of the year to have that extra income source. You can never do too much for underprivileged children, or homeless shelters at this time. And I know my children’s Christmas list is miles long, despite the fact I try my best to teach them what the true meaning of the holidays truly is, I still enjoy buying them a ton and seeing them open their gifts on Christmas morning. Whether it be gifts for the kids, warm clothing for the ones who need it most, or children’s homes, that extra cash is a nice thing to have for the season. Ok, and maybe it’s for those amazing winter boots and matching sweater. No judging here.
Although many seek extra shifts in retail stores or shipping companies, others create their own source of income by utilizing their talents and social media. Here are some creative ways to make some extra cash:
Sell a wacky service and Monetize your skills. That’s right. Any wacky service will do.! Fiverr.com allows users to sell and buy services for $5. It’s one of the trendiest ways to make a quick buck. The best advice? Since you’re only going to make $5 a pop, sell a service that you can provide easily and quickly. Once you build up some good reviews of your work, the website allows you to upgrade your offerings and charge more than $5.
Maybe your skills aren’t so wacky, and they happen to fall within the extremely savvy digital media realm. There are several websites can help you find potential clients who are willing to pay for your work. Elance.com, Odesk.com, and Freelancer.com which you can do from the comfort of your home at all hours of the night. This is one of my methods of choice, as I prefer to work when the kids are asleep in total peace. To get started, explore the websites to see what might be a good fit. You can also stick to the more traditional approach and use Craigslist.org, which allows users to post advertisements for your services, ranging from household labor to music lessons.
For the SUPER artsy! Design T-shirts. Websites such as CafePress.com and Zazzle.com allow people to design and sell T-shirts for a cut of the profits. Some popular users manage to earn enough from sales to support themselves, but it’s not always easy, but its extra income, your own business, and your own hours.
Hold a garage sale. Virtual, friends, or your own. Clear out your garage and sell your goodies online or on the street. Be sure to write appealing product descriptions and take high-quality photos to increase the chance of sales, or put adds of your physical sale in craigslist. eBay is easy to use, but you can also stick with Craigslist or other local sites. There are also MANY FB garage sale groups ranging from cheap to posh.
Sell other people’s products. Many companies nowadays are always looking for new sales representatives and affiliates to sell their products. “If you don’t have to make a big investment to get into it, it’s probably not a bad idea,” says Marcia Brixey, author of “The Money Therapist.” Find a company you like, with a mission and products you love, and your job will be easier. For a list of companies rocked by moms, check out: The Momtrepreneur Network
Start NOW. Earn NOW. Good luck and Happiest of days to you! For a full listing of ways to make extra money, click here
Written by Angela Christu. Happy Momtrepreneur. Author and Nutrition Advocate.