I don’t know about you but time seems to go much faster for me once the busyness of the holiday seasons hits. That means those seven weeks are going to be up before we know it. If you’ve yet to save anything for Christmas, you still have plenty of time to earn some Christmas spending money.
Here are 23 ways to earn extra cash for Christmas this year.
Profit From Your Knowledge
If you excel academically in any one area you may be able to earn some extra cash from your knowledge with these ideas.
#1 Sell Study Guides on FlashNotes – Flashnotes is a site where students can buy other student’s notes, study guides, and even webinars. If you’ve been taking excellent notes and excel in any area academically you might want to try giving a shot at profiting from the work you’ve already done.
# 2 – Become a Tutor – In addition to making money on Flashnotes, offer tutoring services to specific demographics who are in need of your knowledge.
Perform Micro Tasks/ One-Off Jobs
These type of jobs are perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to feel tied down with a side job and wants a super flexible extra income schedule.
#3 – Fiverr – Fiverr is a site where you can offer almost any service you can think of starting at $5. No matter what your skillset there’s a chance someone on Fiverr will want what you offer. After you land a few clients and receive high ratings you can then start increasing the price of your service.
# 4 – Agent Anything – Agent Anything is a site that outsources small tasks but is tailored to local students. You can find a wide variety of tasks to perform at varying pay rates.
# 5 – Utilize Amazon’s Mechanical Turk – Mechanical Turk is a site set up by Amazon that allows users to perform “HITs” which are small micro tasks. While each task might not pay a lot many take only minutes to do. Here’s a list of HITS worth looking at.
# 6 – Become a Website Tester – Did you know that companies will pay you to test their website for usability? You can sign up with a place like UserTesting.com and earn up to $10 for each website you test. Most tests take less than a half an hour to do.
# 7 – Participate in Medical Studies – You can contact the psychology department of your school to see if there are any medical studies you can participate in. This could earn you anywhere from hundreds to thousands.
# 8 – Become a Brand Ambassador – As a brand ambassador you can earn $15-$20 per hour by attending events on behalf of a company and passing out free items from the company. Melanie suggests to start your search by looking up “Brand Ambassadors (In Your City)” on Facebook.
# 9 – Fill Out Online Surveys – Online surveys aren’t going to make you oodles of money. But if you’re looking for something that is really easy, flexible, and won’t eat up much of your time, you may be able to earn a little pocket cash before Christmas rolls around.
Here are some survey sites to check out:
- Survey Junkie – One of the best online survey sites that pays for filling out surveys.
- Harris Poll – This company is run by Neilson, and gives great rewards for filling out surveys.
- Opinion Outpost – Earn cash for filling out surveys.
- Survey Spot – Earn cash and rewards for filling out surveys and sharing your opinion.
- Pinecone – You can earn $3 per survey you complete.
Both of these sites will award you points for searching the internet, filling out surveys, playing games and more. Inbox Dollars also has a feature where you can “read” emails for money.
While neither of these sites will make you rich I easily earn a couple hundred from each throughout the year with very minimal effort.
If you like to drive and have spare time these side jobs will suit you!
# 11 – Join TaskRabbit.com – Task Rabbit is a place where you can find small errands and tasks to do for others in your area. These tasks can be all sorts of things including taking someone to the grocery store or even helping someone moving.
# 12 – Become a Postmate – Postmates is a service will pay you up to $20 per hour to deliver food. You can check on their site to see if they need drivers in your area.
# 13 – Drive for Uber – If you live in a city where on-demand ride shares are popular and you have a car you can drive for Uber in your spare time. Here’s how Sam from Financial Samurai was able to make $100/hour with Uber.
Make Money Selling
If you’re good at finding deals, have a source for wholesale products, or are crafty enough to make your own products here are some selling ideas to try.
# 14 – Sell on eBay – At one point Robert was making around $3,000 per month selling on eBay as a side business. He scoured garage and estate sales and bought the items he thought would bring a profit.
# 15 -Sell Crafts on Etsy – If you make homemade products like crafts, candles, clothes, soaps, or jewelry you can set up an Etsy store and make your handmade items. You will need to market your business to draw customers into your store.
# 16 – Sell on Amazon – Amazon’s FBA service has become quite popular with side hustlers and small business owners. With Amazon FBA you can send in products directly to Amazon (for a small fee) Amazon will store your inventory, ship when it’s purchased, and handle returns on your behalf. You, of course, will need to find a source of profitable products to make this work.
I tried my hand at Amazon FBA this year and almost everything I sent in sold within a month.
Freelance Income Ideas
Freelance income is my favorite source of active income. As a freelancer you can turn your skills into a very profitable side business.
# 17 -Write for Money – There are a ton of ways to earn money by writing. And the good thing is that once you find yourself some clients the income is pretty immediate. Here are 14 ideas to make money by writing.
# 18 – Become a Virtual Assistant – Virtual assistants do things like setting up appointments, editing blog posts, posting on social media and more. If you’re skilled in several areas and want a flexible side job that you can do from home, start contacting businesses who may need your help and pitch your services. You can also set up a profile on a place like Elance, just don’t take less money than you’re worth.
# 19 – Babysit or Housesit – Tried and true, babysitting and housesitting are known ways to earn some extra income. During holiday breaks when kids are out of school babysitting is more in demand.
# 20 – Become a Dog Walker/Dog Sitter – While you wouldn’t traditionally think that dog walking or dog sitting is a profitable side business endeavor, it really can be. Especially in the colder fall and winter months. Many dog owners are willing to pay to have their pooch walked on a daily basis.
# 21 – Hang Christmas Lights – Here’s an idea specific to Christmas – advertise a Christmas light hanging service on Facebook or Craigslist.
# 22 – Design Websites – If you’re good at graphic design you have a skill that is in demand. To make good money from your skill you just need to make sure you’re marketing your services to the right people.
# 23 – Video Editing – If you have video editing skills put them to use and offer your services to those who need them. Video content is becoming increasingly popular on the internet and you could help everyone from small businesses to popular bloggers. Pick a market and pitch your services.
You Still Have Time to Earn Cash for Christmas
There are millions of way to earn extra income. If you took any some of these ideas and spend a few hours per week on them you should be able to earn enough cash to cover your Christmas expenses this year.
Do you actively earn extra cash for Christmas or save all year?