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How to Make Extra Money for Christmas!

Are you looking for easy ideas for how to make extra money for Christmas? Given that the average family in America spends close to $1,000 for their Christmas shopping, finding ways to make extra money before the holidays is a great way to help avoid Christmas debt and the undue stress that comes from the pile of Christmas bills come January!

When you need extra money for the holidays, there are so many options available today! And the majority of them allow you to work from home if you would like to and choose your own hours so that you can work on your own schedule! That is so amazing! You will find dozens of ideas for how to make extra money is this article!

With these ways to earn money for Christmas, you can easily make $1,000 or more to help you have the best Christmas ever!

In this article I discuss some of the best ways to make money for Christmas!

Be sure to also check out this awesome article with my best tips for how to save money during the holidays!


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The beneifs of making extra money for Christmas

What would your family be able to do with $1,000 extra for Christmas? Could you use that money to help you pay for Christmas without going into debt? Could it help you to have a stress-free Christmas that your family will love? Could it help you to do more of the activities that you would love to do as a family?

And think of what you could do with the extra money if you earned money above what you used for Christmas! Think of how quickly you would be able to get out of debt, build up your emergency fund and save up to pay cash for large purchases if you kept up your side gig(s) or side hustle(s) to make extra money! That extra money earned could be the thing that could help your family finally be able to make ends meet or stop living paycheck to paycheck!

You could even use that extra money just to have as blow money, so that you could take vacations, splurge on dinners out, give to causes you care about, and more without pinching your budget!

There are so many ways that you can make extra money for the holidays! And many of them are really simple, many of them you can do at home, and many of them you can do on a flexible schedule around school, another job, or your kids or other family obligations.



Where can you find opportunities to make extra money for Christmas this year?

Many of the opportunities I will list below are great for those who want to be entrepreneurs and start a small business of their own, but you can also find opportunities for many of these jobs by checking out websites like indeed.com, monster.com, ziprecruter.com, and linkup.com,

Indeed.com is the one that I use the most (though I have used Monster as well). Another great place to find job opportunities is your local online classifieds and sites like Craigslist (just be careful of scams!).

So, like I said just above, you have to be careful of scams, but in years past I have found freelance editing and writing gigs through Craigslist, so it can be a good way to get the word out there that you are looking for work opportunities.

You can also post your gigs on websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com. I have used both Upwork and Fiverr to hire freelancers, and I have had overall good experiences with both. In the past Fiverr was initially a place to find gigs for a fairly small fee (originally, just $5), but now you can definitely post rates a lot higher than that.

All of these are great options when you are looking for legitimate ideas for how to make money for the holidays!



What do you need to have to make extra money for the holidays?

Fortunately, for many of the jobs below, your initial investment can be very small! Many of them require very little equipment, and many of them require little to no training.

If you do not have much money at all to invest to start a business, that is OK! Many of the jobs below require very little money, such as dog walking and pet sitting, baby sitting, house sitting, getting a job at a restaurant, working retail at the mall, and many, many other opportunities listed below.

Read on to learn more about many of the job opportunities available today to make money for Christmas with a side hustle or part-time or even full-time job.

80+ Legit Ideas for How to Make Extra Money for the Holidays

In this list I include some of the best ways that you can make money before the holidays to help you have the best Christmas ever (without breaking the bank)!

1. Make extra money for the holidays delivering packages.

One great seasonal job that you can do to make extra money for Christmas is to get a job delivering mail and packages during the holiday season. There is a great demand for extra mail carriers and postal workers during this time of year, so this can be a great way to boost your income during this time.

Companies hiring for these kinds of positions during the holidays generally include the postal service, companies like FedEx, and companies like Amazon who do a ton of online business during the holiday season.


2.  Clean houses to make money for the holidays.

The holidays could be a great time to find a gig cleaning homes. Many people who might not pay to have their home cleaned during the rest of the year might be willing to part with their money during the holidays, just to have it taken care of and have their house looking sparkling clean for all of their holiday guests. 

You can make good money cleaning homes if you are efficient and know how to hustle. I know of people who charge $25 an hour and more to clean homes.

You do not have to have much money to start this business and you do not have to have a degree, which makes this job a great option for virtually anyone who wants to earn some extra money or make a change in their career path.


3. Play the part of Santa.

If you have the right disposition for it, playing the part of Santa during the holidays to make some extra money for Christmas can be both rewarding and fun and also help you save money for your own financial goals.


4. Shovel snow.

If you are just looking for seasonal work for the winter, then snow removal could be a great opportunity for you to earn extra money for the next month or more.

You can get by with a snow shovel, but you will probably want to invest in a snow blower, as well. But other than that, the equipment needs are minimal.


5. Do yardwork or landscaping to prepare homes for winter.

If you enjoy working outdoors, you could do yardwork or landscaping in the months before Christmas to earn extra money for the holidays. Help people get their yards in tip-top shape for the holiday season!

And if you live in an area that doesn’t get too cold or get too much snow during the winter, you could do yardwork and landscaping all winter long, even beyond the holidays, if you chose to.

Doing yardwork or landscaping does require a little bit of equipment, but if you are a homeowner or rent a home, you likely already have much of this equipment. Of course you will need a lawn mower, as well as possibly an edger, pruning shears, shovels and rakes, and so on.

None of this equipment has to be too expensive, though, and if you enjoy working out in the sunshine rather than being inside a building, then this might be a great option for you!


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6. Walk dogs.

Walking dogs is an even easier way to earn $1,000 or more a month. You do not have to have any equipment at all, as virtually all pet owners will have leashes for their pets. And, as with many of the jobs listed in this article, you can set flexible hours that work with your schedule.


7. Offer pet sitting services.

If you love pets but are not in a position in your life where you want to make the long-term commitment of owning a pet yourself, then pet sitting is a great way to both earn extra income and get your furry fix, as well! A great place to find pet sitting opportunities are Rover, PetSitters.org, Fetch, and Care.com.

Since so many people typically travel for Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays, this can be an especially good time to make money pet sitting.


8. Scoop dog poop.

Though this is definitely not a glamorous job, there are people who are willing to pay to have others scoop their pet poop.


9. Be a pet groomer.

If you love animals, this can be another fun way to earn extra money for Christmas. You do need some basic equipment and supplies, but you do not have to run a pet salon where you rent out space in a building or lease a building space. You can work out of your home or even offer a mobile service that you run out of your van or minivan.

You will need to spend a little bit of money on equipment to be a pet groomer, such as buying shampoos and conditioners, scissors and shears, clippers, nail clippers, and bows and bandanas. But none of the supplies have to be overly expensive.


10. Do house sitting.

Another opportunity where you can make good money (or save good money) is to offer house sitting services. When I was in college my husband and I house sat for my grandparents, and we were able to have free rent for over a year because of it. Pretty sweet! If you are interested in this opportunity, you can check out housitter.com and trustedhousitters.com, for example.


11. Offer moving services.

If you have a van or truck, or if you are willing to rent one, then offering a moving service is another option to make extra money during the Christmas season.

Many people do not want the hassle of of having to rent a moving truck that they load and drive themselves, so if you are able and willing to do the physical labor, you can make good money serving others in this way.


12. Sell stuff around the house.

Selling your stuff is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make money!

If you have sports equipment, kitchen appliances, electronic equipment, toys, books, DVDs, and so on that you or the family do not use anymore or that you rarely use, then selling that stuff is a great way to both declutter your home and make some extra money for Christmas!

You can sell your stuff on your local online classifieds, on Craigslist and Facebook Marketpalce, on eBay, and by using apps like Decluttr.


13. Do freelance editing or proofreading to make extra money for the holidays.

One great option for freelance work is freelance writing and editing. I’m a full-time editor and I’ve been doing freelance writing and editing since before I graduated from college. In the first few years after I graduated from college and before we had children and while we were working to pay off a lot of debt, I was making close to $1,000 a month doing freelance work.

Most of that work I was doing on the commuter bus (my daily commute was more than an hour each way) to and from my regular job, so it was really great to have something to be doing during that time that felt really productive.

In addition to freelance editing, you can also do freelance proofreading. If you enjoy reading and are a detail oriented, conscientious, and thorough person, proofreading could be a great option for you!

If typos in memes and blog posts make your toes curl, then proofrading would likely be an awesome side hustle (or career!) for you!

Sign up for this excellent, free 60-minute workshop by my friend Caitlyn Pyle from Proofread Anywhere to learn more about becoming a professional freelance proofreader. Discover how you can get started and begin earning money as a proofreader today!

Check out Upwork or indeed.com to see the many opportunities available. Turn your passion or hobby into extra income!


14. Wash windows.

Window cleaners wash the outsides, and sometimes the insides, of commercial and residential buildings.

Especially while the weather is good enough to wash the windows outside in your area, this can be a pretty good paying gig.

The pay can be pretty good, ranging from $15 to $20 an hour or more, especially for really tall buildings. Of course with those tall buildings, having the right equipment to wash windows safely is key!


15. Style or cut hair.

If you love talking to people and have the proper training or adequate experience and have adequate space to set up a salon in your home, being a work-from-home hair stylist could be a great opportunity for you. You can work around your own schedule, and you may even be able to work while your children are napping or playing.

Or you can work in a salon already set up, if you do not want to set up your own salon in your home or a rented space.


16. Do junk removal.

If you have a truck or van and are willing to do some physical labor and possibly get a little dirty, you can make good money hauling away trash.

One of the benefits of this job, like many of the others in this list of ways to make money for Christmas, is that you can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want.


17. Do computer tech work.

If you have the skills to repair computers, then this can be a great way to make extra money for the holidays (and throughout the whole year!).

As a computer technician, you might service and repair hardware, install software, or service computer and related equipment. You can receive training and certifications quickly (such as Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate), so this is a great way to start earning a good income quickly.

And the job growth for computer technicians is projected to be faster than average in the next 5+ years at least, as well.


18. Do some freelance writing.

If you love to write, then there are so many freelance writing opportunities available these days! From writing ad copy to working in public affairs or being a communications specialist to being a blogger to writing blog articles for others, you can definitely find something that you love!

Another great option is ghost writing articles or even books for others, and if you have a technical bent or background, technical writing can be a great way to earn money, as well. 

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19. Do freelance virtual assistant (VA) work.

If you enjoy doing administrative work or helping to run social media setup and campaigns, for example, then being a virtual assistant (VA) may be the perfect opportunity for you.

As a VA, you work remotely doing tasks such as online research, business writing, data entry, basic bookkeeping, creating or updating databases, preparing presentations, creating infographics, editing in PhotoShop, marketing, setting up or managing webinars or podcasts, creating graphics or Pinterest pins, and so on.

To learn to be a virtual assistant, you may want to get some formal training. If you choose to go that route, I recommend taking a course like 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, which has excellent reviews. Another good option is Introduction to Running a VA Business, available through Skillshare. And if you love Pinterest, the excellent course Become a Pinterest VA Today! by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might be a great option for you.


20. Do graphic design.

If you have experience as a graphic designer or graphic artist (or just have a knack for it that you have developed from doing it as a hobby) and the necessary software, put your skills to use working for yourself as a freelancer or as a contract or off-site employee.




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21. Do some freelance photography work.

This is another area where you can make good money as a skilled freelancer or off-site employee.

Many families love to get photos for the holidays, so the Christmas season is a great time to do freelance photography work.

Though this can be a more expensive side gig to get into because of the cost of the equipment, starting with entry-level or used equipment can help keep startup costs in check.


22. Work as a freelance or part-time accountant or bookkeeper.

If you studied accounting, business management, finance or a related field, then this job of working to track and manage companies’ finances is a natural fit. Visit indeed.com or a similar site to find job postings in your area.


23. Work as a customer service representative or in a related job.

Working as a customer service rep can be another way to make money before the holidays. Some companies need extra help during the holidays because of increased business, so this is a good time to find this type of work.

Some companies, such as JetBlue, have some of their customer service representatives work from home.

To find current job opportunities, check out your favorite job search site, such as indeed.com or monster.com.


24. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you.

Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently available.


25. Be a home daycare provider, babysitter, or nanny.

If you love children and love to spend time taking care of them, and if you have your own little ones that you want to be able to take care of at home as well, then doing daycare or being a nanny or babysitting in your home can work really well.

If you decide to do home daycare, there are generally state and local regulations that have to be followed depending on the number of children you want to care for, so be sure to do your research beforehand.

Babysitting and nannying are generally a lot easier to get into, and they can still pay quite well.



26. Be a virtual teacher.

If you have expertise in a particular topic and love to teach but don’t want to work in a traditional brick-and-mortar school or need more flexibility (so that you can teach as a second job, for example or teach around your schedule with your kids), look for opportunities to be a virtual teacher for an online school.

With online charter schools and completely online colleges and universities, opportunities are more available than they ever have been.

I have heard great things about VIPKid, where you teach English online to younger Chinese children. The pay is good, and you do not have to have prior teaching experience (but a bachelor’s degree is required).


27. Tutor online.

Online tutoring is another option that can pay well, from $25 and up if you have the right skills and are in the right area. Share your expertise with others and get paid to do it!

Check out indeed.com, monster.com, upwork.com, or your favorite online job site for for current openings.

Again, one company that hires people to teach English online is VIPKID, and I have heard good things about them.



28. Be an audio transcriptionist.

As a transcriptionist, you type recorded meetings (such as conference or seminar sessions or workshops) and other audio material. If you are a fast and accurate typist, you can make good money with this career.


29. Be a translator.

Translators are in high demand for many languages, and skilled translators of these languages can charge great rates. Some of the most high-demand and highly compensated languages include Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian. Check out Upwork and indeed.com for opportunities


30. Teach a foreign language.


Another potential job, besides working as a translator, for those who speak another language is to teach that language to others.

If you have this skill, teaching soming another language can be a fun and rewarding way to (virtually, or in person) meet other people and also keep your language skills sharp.




31. Build websites.

Virtually every business now has a website, so if you know how to create websites, this is a great opportunity to help businesses (and to make a lot of money!). And the pay is good, as well. The average web developer makes $45,000 to $100,000 a year.


32. Design websites.

Related to building websites (and in some cases the same thing) is to design websites. Many people initially bootstrap their business by building their website themselves, and then when they are making a little bit of money they are able to go back and hire someone to redisgn it for them. If you enjoy being creative and working with people, then this can a great job for you!


33. Write resumes.

Writing resumes is a specialized area of copywriting. Because the resume is the first look an employer has into a job candidate’s skills, getting the resume right is important. And for that reason, many people in professional careers are willing to pay to have their resumes written or refined.


34. Manage vending machines.

Managing vending machines can be another great (largely passive) part-time or full-time income stream. Though you do have to take the time to restock the machines once or twice a week (or more, depending on how much traffic they get), this is a great way to make some mostly hands-off income.

And you do not need any particular education to run a vending machine business.

My brother does this as a side hustle, and they are able to make a good side income from it.


35. Rent wedding furniture and decorations.

This business requires more up-front expenses to get started than many of the other opportunities listed here, but it can be another good way to make money for the holidays. And it is something that you could do primarily on weekends if you have a full-time job.

But you will need to foot the initial cost of buying the furniture and decorations and you will need a truck or van to haul the furniture and decorations, so this is a business I would not recommend starting unless you have some money saved that you can put into buying the needed equipment.


36. Rent out your car, or rent out ad space on your car.

Another way to earn extra income as a side job from home is to rent out your car. Especially if you have a vehicle that doesn’t get used very much, this could be an option for putting it to good use through car-renting services such as Turo.

And if you don’t want to rent out your car but don’t mind turning your car into a portable billboard, you can use a service such as Carvertise to earn some extra cash.


37. Rent out space in your home.

If you have extra space in your home, you have a couple of great options for earning extra income for Christmas.

Rent out spare bedrooms for guests to stay in. If you have one or more extra bedrooms in your home (or have a second or vacation home), renting them out on Airbnb, Booking.com, and similar sites can be a great way to earn extra income.

We’ve been using Airbnb for the last couple of years for virtually all of our travel accommodations (when we’re not camping), and they’re awesome. The hosts have been so great, and we’ve really felt welcomed and at home. And of course the savings can be substantial! Sign up for Airbnb here and receive $40 off your first stay with them! 

Rent out storage space. Referred to as the “Airbnb of storage,” places like Neighbor, Store with Me, and Store at My House can be another great way for you to earn extra income from your home. If you don’t want to have to worry about being a host for guests but have empty bedrooms in your home, you should look into this peer-to-peer storage option.

Get a roommate. You could also do a more long-term rental arrangement by getting roommates. Depending on where you live and the rental situation in your area, this might not earn you as much as renting your bedrooms out to Airbnb guests, but you might like the lower-maintenance, more passive income better. So why not get some help paying that rent or mortgage payment and potentially gain a close friend (or more than one) at the same time?


38. Work at a hotel.

There are many different jobs that you can do at a hotel, from the hotel manager to the housekeeping manager to the concierge to the front desk receptionist. Then there are also the general housekeeping staff, the maintenance crew, the night auditor, the sales manager, and more.

Check sites like indeed.com, Monster, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and SimplyHired for opportunities.


39. Drive for Uber or Lyft.

Driving for Uber or Lyft is another great gig when you want to set your own hours. This is a great way to be your own boss, meet lots of new people, and see new places.





40. Be a delivery driver.

There are many opportunities for being a delivery driver these days. You can drive for Amazon, DoorDash, Instacart, Shipt, Dominoes or Pizza Hut, and many, many small local businesses, including furniture and electronic stores, hospitals and medical facilities, restaurants, and more.

Many grocery stores are also starting to deliver their groceries, so if this type of work interests you, be sure to check with your local grocery stores to see if they are hiring for the holiday season.


41. Detail cars.

If you love to make cars look nice and clean, then detailing cars is a great job option for you, if your climate allows you to do that kind of thing during the winter.

Detailing cars includes washing and waxig the car, vacuuming, cleaning the windows, and washing and polishing interior surfaces.



42. Paint rooms or houses.

Painting the interior or exterior of homes can be a great job option, especially when the housing market is booming.


43. Be a substitute teacher.

If you love working with children or youth, being a substitute teacher can be a fun, flexible, and very rewarding job option! 


44. Be a teachers assistant.

Being a teachers assistant is another great option for those who love to work with children.


45. Coach or referee sporting events.

If you are a sports enthusiast, why not make a little extra cash enjoying something that you love?


46. Work as a lifeguard.

Opportunities to work as a lifeguard are available at rec centers in cities throughout the country, at water parks and beaches during the warmer months and even in winter in warmer climates, and sometimes at resorts or fun destinations like hot springs.


47. Sell handmade items on Etsy.

If you are crafty and can make beautiful handmade items, you can make a good living selling them on online stores like Etsy. 

Selling Christmas crafts in the months leading up to December might be particularly good way to make some extra money for the holidays!  


48. Sell printables on Shopify or SendOwl.

Maybe sewing and crafting aren’t your thing, but maybe you can make beautiful printables that you could sell, instead. The great thing is that some design sites like Canva and PicMonkey offer either free or very inexpensive design platforms.


49.  Do freelance work as a computer programmer.

Another job that can be performed online remotely is to work as a  computer programmer. If you enjoy coding, you can make good money (and often really good money) as a software engineer.

Software engineers build software products, develop computer games, and run computer network systems.


50. Do multiple smaller side hustles to make extra money for Christmas.

Another way to earn extra money for Christmas is to do multiple side hustles like those listed below. You might not be able to earn a ton of money by doing any of these items only, but by combining them, the money can add up quickly and could definitely become $1,000 or more a month.


Use money-saving apps to get cash back, gift cards, or similar rewards when you shop!

An easy way to make a little money for Christmas buying is to use apps like Ibotta and Rakuten.

I’ve been a member of Ibotta for years, and they are a fun and easy way to save money whenever you shop! With the free Ibotta app, you earn cash back on purchases you make every day from your favorite grocery and other stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Sam’s Club, Amazon, and many, many more! With the easy-to-use Ibotta app you can get cash back when you shop not only for groceries but also for clothing, home improvement supplies, travel services, and more!

I can even use Ibotta at several of our smaller, local grocery stores, which I love! 

Signing up takes just a minute, and then you can start to save money whenever and wherever you shop, at physical stores and online! Sign up for your free Ibotta account here!



Take online surveys.

If you’re looking for ways to earn a little extra money online and also like to voice your opinion about products and services and potentially influence future products, you might want to try doing online surveys as a side hustle you can do from home. I’m a member of MySurvey, an online survey site where you can earn cash and gift cards for taking short surveys and doing product testing. InboxDollars is another good, reputable survey site. And I have heard good things about SurveyJunkie, as well. Other option that I have seen good review for are Prize Rebel and Vindale Research.

I have to admit, though, that even though I’ve done a few surveys, since there are ways that I can make more money for the time spent (like blogging), I decided pretty quickly to turn to other options.

However, if you like that kind of thing and can do it while you’re watching TV or something like that and you don’t want to spend the time finding ways to earn more income for the time spent, it could be a good option for you.

Swagbucks is another similar option. With Swagbucks, you earn gift cards or cash when you shop online, watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, and find great deals.

Again, as with taking online surveys, I have to give the caveat that you can make more money doing freelance work or doing one of the many other side hustles suggested above. However, if you like taking surveys and doing that kind of thing and you can do it while you’re doing something else such as watching TV and you don’t feel like trying the other options listed above (or you do it in addition to trying one or more of them), then it might be a good option for you.


Charge electric scooters.

If you city has the electric scooters that people can rent and ride around, then you can actually make money by gathering them up and recharging them overnight. You will need to check in your own city, but you can likely make $3 to $5 or more per scooter per night.


Donate plasma.

As a recent college graduate while we were working on getting out of a lot of debt, I would regularly donate plasma a couple of days a week. This is an easy way to make pretty good money; in our area you could make about $200 a month. You can watch a movie or listen to a podcast or do other things while you donate, too.


 Mystery shop.

I have never mystery shopped, but I have heard from others who have, and they say it can be pretty fun. But know that, as far as I understand, you will be paying the money up front to do the shopping, and then you are reimbursed when you are paid after the fact. So if you do not have the cash to spare to do the shopping, this probably is not the right opportunity for you. You can check out volition.com or jobslinger.com to find a list of opportunities. Individual mystery shopping companies with a good reputation (as of this writing) inclulde BestMark, SecondtoNone, and Market Force.



51. Do freelance work as a personal trainer to make extra money during the holidays.

If you love physical fitness and love working one on one with other people and would enjoy helping them to reach their physical fitness goals, then working as a personal trainer could be a great opportunity for you.

Most gyms likely will require you to have a certification to become a personal trainer, but many can be earned in just a few months.

 If you want to keep this gig going after the holidays, you will likely have the opportunity for many new clients come January.


52. Do freelance work as a life coach.

If you love helping people and enjoy helping others to look at and work through challenges or obstacles, then being a life coach could be a great fit for you. Life coaches encourage and counsel clients on a variety of personal and professional matters. Life coaches help others work toward goals and make changes in their lives.

Similar to other coaching positions, you will also generally need a certificate to become a life coach, which you can obtain through organizations like the International Coach Federation. There are different levels of certification available. Depending on the certification program you choose, it could take from 16 to 100 hours or more to earn a certificate.


53. Be a health and wellness coach.

Health and wellness coaches work with people to help them make positive and lasting changes to their health. This might include helping them to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, develop a healthy mindset and habits, and more.

Health and wellness coaches work side by side with their clients to help them achieve their goals.

This is another job that likely does really well if you want to continute doing it into the new year.


54. Be a personal finance coach or counselor.

This is a role that is near and dear to my heart. 🙂 I very seriously considered becoming a personal finance coach at one point. Personal finance coaches help people to learn sound financial principles on topics like saving money, paying off debt, investing, and more. They teach clients how to manage their money well so that they can build wealth over time.

Depending on your time frame, your interests, and the amount of money you want to spend, there are different certifications available that take varying amounts of time to complete.

This is another opportunity that may provide a lot of additional opportunities come January, if you want to continue earning extra money past the holiday season.


55. Be a job coach. 

As a job coach, you help other people to find a career path that they will love and excel at. Depending on your interests, becoming a job coach may require certification or a license.

For example, if you want to work as a job coach at a school, you will have to complete requirements determined by the state where you live.


56. Do maintenance work.

If you have a knack for fixing things, then doing maintenance work could be a great fit for you. Depending on your interests, you could work for yourself and do repair jobs in people’s homes, or you might work for one or more companies and do repair work at office buildings or apartment complexes.


57. Do some car mechanic work.

Another good option if you are mechanically inclined is to work as a car mechanic. There are classes you can take at school to earn certifications, or you could learn on the job or from working on your own vehicles (and I have heard YouTube is a great resource!).

You could work for a shop, set up your own shop (though there are of course costs that would go along with doing so, like buying tools and other equipment), or have people bring their vehicles to your home if you have a way to do your work there.


58. Do catering.

If you enjoy cooking or baking (or both!), catering may be a fun option for you. If you are just getting started and do not have a ton of money, you can work out of your home (as long as you meet local requirements for doing so with food handler’s permits and so forth), or you could get hired working for someone else.

If you want to start your own catering business, you will need money for a vehicle (if you do not already have one or want a separate one for the business), the supplies, and more, so this is another opportunity where it is best to have money saved up beforehand before starting your business.



59. Sell baked goods.

If you enjoy baking and do not want to have a full-fledged catering business or bakery, you could make baked goods and sell them to local stores, or you could sell them from your home (as long as you met local requrements for preparing food and such as mentioned above, of course).

If you enjoy making birthday cakes and wedding cakes and have an eye for good design, then this could be a fun way to make good money selling baked items, for example.


60. Work as a personal chef.

Another option if you enjoy cooking is to work as a personal chef. Personal chefs are responsible for planning, purchasing ingredients for, preparing, and cleaning up after meals for their clients. They have to consider the food preferences and dietary needs of their clients.

Depending on the opportunities you pursue you may not need a special certification, but degrees, certifications, and apprenticeships in culinary arts are available. You can also get experience by working at restaurants or in similar work.

61. Get a job at the mall or do other retail jobs.

If you enjoy working in retail and meeting a variety of people every day, then you might enjoy getting a job at the mall. And many stores need extra help during the holidays, so this is a great place to go to earn money for Christmas.

Many shops do offer employee discounts, so if there is a store that you really love, then this might be a good option for you.


62. Get a job at your favorite restaruant.

Similarly, many restaurants offer their employees a discount, and some even let you take leftover food home after your shift at the end of the day. So if there is a restaurant that you love, then this might be a good opportunity for you. And many restaurants hire frequently, so if there aren’t opportunities immediately available, there likely will be within a few weeks, so check back.


63. Get a job doing fast food.

Working fast food is a common first job. It can be a fun way to make friends and earn money. And it is almost like a rite of passage into adulthood! 🙂


64. Drive an ice cream truck or other food truck.

If you enjoy driving, another option for making money is to drive an ice cream truck, in parts of the country where it is warm enough during the winter.

And if you enjoy cooking (and are good at it) and want to own your own gig, then driving a food truck might be a good option for you. For this one, though, you have to have (or purchase) a truck, get licensing from the city, and meet other requirements. I would not pursue this opportunity unless you have the cash up front to fund it and get it going.



65. Get a job at your favorite store or business.

If there is a store or business that you just love because of what they sell or how they run their business, consider applying for a position with them. If you love shopping there, you may love working there, as well, and you might really enjoy some of the potential employee perks, like discounts or even free merchandise or products.


66. Be a search engine optimization (SEO) evaluator.

 A search engine evaluator is someone who reviews search engine results to determine if they are relevant to a particular search term that a person types into a search engine.

If that sounds like something you would enjoy doing to make extra money for the holiday, then you can read this article about how to become a search engine evaluator to find out more.


67. Do consulting.

If you work or worked in a job that lends itself to doing so, becoming a consultant or coach in the same field is an excellent fit and can be very lucrative. It’s another great possibility for a side job you can do from home. Put all of that experience and knowledge you gained to good use!

Or turn one of your hobbies or passions into a side job by offering consulting related to that topic. Check out indeed.com and similar sites for opportunities.


68. Work as a social media manager.

Working as a social media manager could be another great option for making extra money. If you are good at social media, this could be the perfect job for you.

As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for one or more clients. You might publish (and even write) content for various social media platforms, as well as work in other ways (such as through advertising) to increase social media reach and followers. Check out indeed.com and Upwork for opportunities.


69. Be a virtual job recruiter.

Virtual job recruiters work remotely online to find and screen job applicants and perform job candidate interviews in order to help companies find the best new hires.

They often post jobs, review resumes, negotiate salaries, check references and do background checks, and do other related tasks. If you have a background in human resource or business, you may want to explore this career.


70. Do custodial work.

Working as a custodian may be a great option for you if you need (or want) a job where you work in the evenings, where you do not have to work with a lot of people, where you might be able to have a somewhat flexible schedule where you can come and go when you need to, or where you just really enjoy helping to keep things clean and orderly.


71. Decorate people’s homes or hang lights for Christmas.

 If you love to decorate for the holidays and string lights and things like that, you can make some extra cash for Christmas that way!


72. Wrap Christmas presents.

If you have a talent for wrapping gifts, why not make some money doing it? Many retailers offer gift wrapping for a fee (or sometimes for free with purchase) during the holiday season, so check with local retailers for job opportunities.


73. Do freelance illustration.

If you love to draw and are good at it, you can make good money as an illustrator for books or movie production or the like. Most illustrators do have a degree or certification.


74. Do videography.

If you would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, videography might be a fun gig for you. You can make a good living recording documentaries, trainings, commercials, short films, seminars and workshops, weddings, birthday parties, sports events, and similar events.


75. Buy and resell stuff.

A great way to make some quick cash, where you can make good money especially if you have a good eye for deals, is to buy and resell stuff. You can even start with much of your own stuff around the house that you no longer use!

Some great places where you can buy and sell stuff online include the following (and of course there are many others, as well):

  • Local online classifieds
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Etsy


76. Work as a valet for holiday events.

 In many big cities, you can find venues that hire valets, such as hospitals, sporting event centers, holiday parties and activities, and more. You can also work as a valet for private individuals during their holiday parties and other events.


77. Trade in stuff to Amazon to get gift cards.

Another way to earn a little extra money (or its equivalent) during the holidays is to trade in some of your electronics and such like smartphone, tablet, laptop, and so on to Amazon through Amazon Trade-In, and get Amazon gift cards in return.



78. Sell your photos to make some extra cash for the holidays.

You do not necessarily have to be a professional photographer with a super fancy camera to make money taking photos. You can also sell the photos you take just on your smartphone for easy cash for Christmas. I have read that Shutterstock, Scoopshot, Etsy, Fotomoto, and Snapped4u are good places to sell your photos online, to name a few.


79. Have a garage sale or yard sale.

 Especially if you live in a place with a warmer climate, having a garage sale or yard sale (or even a virtual yard sale through a page on Facebook, for example) can be a great way to bring in some quick cash for the Christmas season.

80. Start a money-making blog!

I include this opportunity last in my list of ways to make extra money for Christmas because blogging generally takes a little time to start bringing in a good income, but blogging is my personal favorite way to earn money!

If you started blogging now, it could definitely be making an awesome side income by next Christmas!

I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, I love, love, love blogging because it’s one of the best jobs ever! 🙂) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money!

And I love blogging because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want! I started my blog a little over a year ago, and it can take some time before you are making a significant income from it. But for the last several months now I have made $1,500 to $2,000 a month consistently, and that is working part-time on top of my full-time editing job, while raising three young kiddos!

If you think blogging might be a fun and rewarding job for you, read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here. I personally know bloggers who make $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and more a month! It’s incredible! With blogging, the sky really is the limit as far as income potential.

There are several ways that you can earn income as a blogger, including the following: affiliate marketing, guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products.

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the inexpensive (it costs less than $100) course that I took to get started as a newbie blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (but not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :)) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.


Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?


Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge? If you are ready for a change and for a potentially fun way to make extra money for Christmas or at any time of the year, then check out this article on how to start a profitable money-making blog.

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.


Final Thoughts on Making Extra Money for Christmas

As you can see, the opportunities for making  extra money for Christmas are pretty broad (and I really probably just scratched the surface here!).

There has likely never been a time when there have been so many great options for being able to earn extra money. So try one of these jobs or side hustles today to help you reach your financial dreams, such as paying off your debt, saving an emergency fund, or beginning to invest for retirement.

For more information related to finding side hustles or side jobs you can do from home, check out these articles on the best online jobs, the best ways to increase your income, and the best work-from-home jobs. And for an informative and entertaining podcast on this topic, I recommend Nick Roper’s Side Hustle Nation.


What opportunities have you pursued to make  extra money for the holidays? What would you recommend that others to to make money for Christmas?

I would love to hear your ideas, so leave a comment below and let me know!


Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

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