Christmas is fast approaching and we couldn’t be more excited about it! It’s a special time of the year where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, families get together, and we share gifts with one another.
Even though Christmas should never be about the money, somehow it almost always seems to be a financial burden. I’m sure the crazy Black Friday deals and the commercialization of holidays do not help. Even then there are travel expenses, huge meals to prepare, and experiences to share.
It’s always a good idea to increase your income around the holidays to cover the extra costs. We call it earning Christmas money.
Here are 6 simple ways to earn extra money before Christmas this year.
Start Taking Paid Online Surveys
One of our favorite ways to make some extra money before the holiday’s is completing some paid online surveys.
The best thing about this way of making extra money is that you can do it from the comfort of your home. You also won’t need any special equipment besides your computer, mobile phone, and a good internet connection.
Bear in mind that a typical survey takes 5 to 35 minutes, which means these are quite easy to do. You can even do them while watching your favorite TV show.
Our favorite highest paying surveys:
- Swagbucks ($5 sign up bonus)
- Pinecone Research
- Inbox Dollars ($5 sign up bonus)
- Survey Junkie
Start a Pet Sitting Side Hustle
A lot of people choose to travel both before and during the holiday season. And when they travel, they usually don’t bring their pets with them. This is where Rover comes into play!
Working as a Rover pet sitter is a great way to increase your Christmas money. Of course, in order to be able to do this, you simply have to love animals.
Depending on the job, you will either be at the owner’s home or at your own place, which means being a pet sitter is quite a flexible job.
When it comes to your duties, you will be expected to walk the pets you’re looking after, feed them and keep them safe while their owners are away.
You can find these types of jobs through Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, or even just talking to friends and family.
But the best way to go about making extra money pet sitting is signing up for a FREE account on Rover. They will help you set up an account and link you with families looking for pet sitting all year round. Think about it like Airbnb for pet sitting.
Earn Extra Christmas Money By Shopping Online
If you have not heard of Ebates yet you have been missing out, big time!
Ebates is a cashback app and chrome extension you can use right on your phone or laptop when doing your online holiday shopping this year.
Ebates will automatically find you the best deals, cash back rewards, and coupons to use to help you put the most amount of money back where it belongs, your pocket!
We have been using Ebates since 2009 and have earned hundreds upon hundreds of dollars cashback.
You can sign up for an Ebates account today and earn your first $10 cash back for FREE!
Start Teaching English Online
If you’ve worked as a teacher or you’re just good with children, you can always consider the idea of becoming a tutor.
Think about what you’re good at and use that to make some extra money for the holidays. You can start by placing an ad in the newspaper and later have your students recommend you to their friends and family.
Today, you can even tutor online. Again, all you’re going to need is a PC, an internet connection, headphones with a mic and expertise in the field you’re going to teach.
Earn Christmas Money With Freelance Work
Another side job many people in today’s digital society turn to is freelancing. You can now easily monetize your skills online from the comfort of your home. Anything from writing, editing, graphics design, administrative work, copywriting, Facebook ads, and more. You name it you can make money doing it for others.
This is actually the first thing I did when I quit my job to become a full-time blogger.
If you decide to become a freelancer, it’s always a good idea to set a regular schedule unless you want to find yourself all over the place. So, if you go to work in the morning, you can write for a few hours before you go to bed. Just remember that your schedule won’t magically work itself out.
Also, since you’ll be working for a lot of employers, it’s always a good idea to keep track of your income.
Some of our favorite sites to find freelance work:
You can also network with online business owners through Facebook groups and pick up a ton of work. Just be yourself, build a relationship, and start to offer your services.
Make A Profit While Others Are Christmas Shopping By Flipping Flea Market Items!
An awesome (and fun!) way to make some money for the holidays is to visit flea markets (or thrift stores) in your area and find some excellent but low priced items to resell for a profit.
This is a great side hustle to start at this time of year since you’re obviously going to be out and about shopping anyway — what’s a quick stop into the thrift store on the way?
If you decide to start flipping these items, you’ll want to make sure you’re being particular to “manage your inventory” and carefully track your spending so you don’t find yourself spending a ton of money before you start making money. You’ll also want to plan ahead of making room to store some inventory if needed so that you can grab a great deal when you see it and not feel like you have to miss out for lack of space!
You can definitely get started on your own, but you’ll probably want to fast-track yourself to success by investing in a little training to hone your eye for spotting an ok deal vs a great deal.
You can learn pretty much everything you need to know to run this business by taking the course offered by Flea Market Flipper, over at Flipper University! The couple that runs this course runs this thrifty finds business as their full-time income, making over 6 figures a year!
BONUS: Start A Money Making Blog
I started our blog with ZERO knowledge on how to run a website, market it online, or even write a proper blog post.
That’s why blogging is so awesome, anyone can do it! A blog does not have to be overwhelming to start and the income potential is limitless. We took our blog from making $0 a month to over $10,000 in just over a year.
All you need to start a blog is simply decide what you are passionate about, create some awesome content to share, drive traffic, and monetize. You won’t become an overnight success, but with some hard work, your income is unlimited.
Kelan created a step-by-step blog tutorial on how to get started with your own blog. If it’s something you have ever been interested in now is your chance to get started. Head over to our Facebook group Blogging with Purpose to network and learn from others making full-time incomes from their blogs.
Click here to start your blog now for only $2.95 per month.
Remember What is Important During Christmas
Make sure to always remember what the holidays are all about. The birth of Jesus and spending time with the family.
A good way of doing this is to avoid all the holiday spending on material items that get thrown out a month later.
Instead, focus on creating memories by planning experiences with each other.
We have been doing this for years with our families. Instead of buying everyone a gift we plan a big night out, vacation, or even just a game night to get together and make memories with.
Don’t Wait Too Long! Start Earning Your Christmas Money Now!
No matter which of these options you go for, you should be able to make enough money to enjoy your holidays. And who knows, you might even end up turning your pre-holiday side job into a real career and making some serious money out of it.
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