4 Ways to Make a Little Extra Money During the Holidays


With the holiday season approaching, this is a great time to start earning extra money for related expenses, such as gifts, decorating, and entertainment. Capitalize on your entrepreneurship skills to stay on top of holiday expenses by considering money-making opportunities like these.

Homemade Gifts

If you get compliments on your handmade fudge, crafted artwork, or woodworking toys, set up a website and sell them for the holidays. You can also offer them to coworkers, neighbors, and friends. Create a flier or brochure that describes how they’re made, their value, and their cost, and then distribute the fliers locally to schools or other services. You may be able to post them, with permission, at supermarkets, doctors’ offices, and other nearby businesses.

Unused Gift Cards

You can also sell gift cards you receive that you do not plan to use. Visit a gift card purchasing service online, ensure that your particular gift cards are accepted, register for an account, type in your card number and available balance, and you will receive a purchase offer that you can accept or refuse. If you accept the offer, pick your payment method and follow processing instructions. Shortly, you will receive payment that can used for other things.

Support Services

During the busy holiday season, families sometimes need a helping hand to take elderly loved ones to doctor appointments, run errands or do shopping, and transport pets to the groomer’s shop. Housecleaning and organization assistance are more ways to help people who want to update their homes for holiday guests. Leaf raking and snow shoveling or plowing are likely to be in demand with the change in weather. If you have experience in painting or minor household repairs, your skills may be of service to those who need them.


If you enjoy writing and have a fair knowledge of how to write professionally, you may be able to write blog posts as a guest writer. You can also write Web content for professionals who periodically seek updated website information. If poetry is your preference, write greeting card verses for major companies or design your own. You might be able to land a tutoring job helping students learn basic grammar rules or write essays.

Whatever your interests or abilities, there’s a good chance you will be able to find a temporary or part-time job to earn cash during the holiday season. Start planning now so you can effectively market your skills and services.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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