The cooling of fall triggers the holiday season. It’s the time of pumpkin and peppermint goodies, and holiday displays. It’s also an expensive time of year. The obvious expense is shopping for presents; however, then there’s travel, increased electric bill from all the holiday lights, food, etc. If you’re counting pennies and would like to make and save money, here are some great ideas to help.
1) Seasonal Home Based Customer Service Work
Many companies are hiring extra help with customer service and order taking during the holidays. Many are flexible and part-time, allowing you to work around your current job. If you do well, you might be able to parlay a temp customer service job into something more permanent in the new year. For more information, check out Seasonal Work At Home Customer Service Jobs plus 9 companies that hire seasonal customer service agents.
2) Save and Earn Programs.
There are a ton of programs and apps that can not only help you save money on your holiday buying needs, but also pay you cash or rewards (i.e. gift cards). Some resources to check out include
3) Sell Your Stuff.
Holidays often mean guests, which means cleaning and decluttering your home. Why not make money from the unused and unwanted items you find as you clean? There are may websites that will pay for your used books, clothing, electronics, accessories and more. To get a list of commonly sold items and a list of over 50 places you can sell your used stuff online, check out, Spring Clean Your Home for Extra Cash
4) Start a Holiday Related Business.
The holidays are a busy time and many people and businesses hire extra help or need additional services to help them get through. A few holiday themed businesses you can start include:
For more ideas and tips, read 7 Holiday Business Ideas You Can Start Now
5) Do Mini-Tasks
Many businesses need extra help during the holidays as their workers take time off. Other businesses have an increased work load during the holidays. You can help them out by becoming a micro-worker. Your tasks can be varied from doing online research, data entry, writing, and more. Learn more about microwork plus get a list of 24 sites that offer microwork.
6) Take Surveys
You won’t make a regular income taking surveys, but they can be a nice way to get cash back or earn Amazon gift cards to use for Christmas shopping.
7) House/Pet Sit
Many people travel over the holidays and need someone to keep an eye on their home and their pets. If you plan to stay home during the holidays, consider house sitting or learn more about pet sitting.
8) Start a direct sales business
Many people are leery of direct sales, but they offer a great opportunity to earn an income part-time from home. Plus, if you pick a business idea that naturally lends itself to the holiday (i.e. a product people would by as a holiday gift), starting a direct sales business during the holidays is great way to jump start your income. Before choosing a business opportunity, be sure to read 6 Criteria for Choosing a Home Business Opportunity and How to Build a Successful Direct Sales Business.
More Extra Income Ideas and Resources
Still want more ideas and resources to save and make money during the holidays? Here are few more articles to check out:
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Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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