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How to Earn Extra Money for Holiday Shopping

November 1, 2018

Been looking for ways to earn little extra cash for the holidays?  If you start now, you could earn that extra cash you need.

Holiday season is the most festive, yet often stressful.  Not just because of gift shopping but also to fund holiday grocery shopping, or holiday traveling and necessities like increased utility bills due to cold weather. The best way to get started is to set a goal that you want to accomplish.

Regardless of why you need the extra cash, here are ways that will help you earn that money for the holidays.


Sell Your Unwanted Items

selling vintage items

Check your basement, closet and garage for unwanted items like furniture, brand clothes, fitness equipment and any other stuff that is in good condition and that people would buy.  List them on Craigslist or host a yard sale. You can sell vintage items at your local flea market or have a yard sale.


Sell Crafts

sell crafts

Do you love crafting, then you can sell your crafts on sites like Etsy or you could sell your products at craft fairs.  Handmade and locally made products are becoming popular among shoppers.

Related: How to Start Selling on Etsy

Run Errands

running errands to earn extra money for the holidays

If you got time on your hands, consider starting a holiday errand running business.  There are many people who would love to get some help with their shopping, decorating, and other holiday related errands.

Direct Selling

direct selling

Do you like hosting little parties and do you have good seller pitch? Signup with direct selling companies like Stella & Dot.  Signup with companies that sell items that you love, this will help you make better sales.  The best part about this opportunity is that you can set your own hours. You can use your Friday afternoons and weekends to meet with groups of people and sell them your products.  Now is a great time to sell  since holiday season is approaching and many would like to buy fabulous products at an affordable price for their loved ones. 

TIP: When selling, focus on the client satisfaction rather than money.  This way you will be able to sell more, and the money will find a way to you. Don’t get frustrated or lose hope if you are unable to make a sale.  Keep trying and stay positive. 

Make Money Writing

Do you love writing and have good grammar and research skills?  You can use these skills to write articles and charge certain amount per articles.   The best way to start is by signing up with freelance websites like Fiverr.  By visiting sites like this, you can get an idea of how some freelancers are providing their writing services.

There are many bloggers who don’t have time to write blog posts and need help and there are many who are new to blogging and need some good articles to get started. 


Work as a Virtual Assistant

Working as a virtual assistant helps to make extra money year-round. As a virtual assistant you can help people with tasks like data-entry, emailing newsletters, setting appointments, scheduling meetings, typing letters memos, managing social media and research.

If you’re interested in starting your own freelance VA business, sign up for this course to learn how you can start earning money as a VA.

Check out our article: 38 Legitimate Ways to Make Money At Home for more ideas.


Deliver Meals

Meal delivery is becoming a big business, and there is a lot more demand for this during the holidays when people are busy shopping or taking care of other errands. You can make good money by delivering meals with DoorDash or Uber Eats.  Check out their websites for more details.  This is a good way to make money during your free hours.


Wrap Presents

If you love wrapping gifts, you can offer your services at a decent charge.  Some retailers charge $5 and more for wrapping gifts, and by offering this service at a more affordable price you can attract lot of customers.  Share your service with your family and friends, and if you have social media channels like Instagram or Facebook, post pictures or stories to give people an idea of what they can expect. Be artistic and use resources like YouTube videos to learn tips and tricks to your gift wrapping an elegant twist.

Hang Christmas Lights

hanging holiday lights

This service is getting more popular nowadays, especially for people who have big houses. Many homeowners hire professionals to decorate their house and yard and this is a great way to offer this service and make some extra cash.


There are many other ways to earn extra cash for the holidays. Choose a way that you like and comfortable with.  Enjoying while doing something will help you earn more plus help you stay healthy and happy.

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