The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and with it come additional expenses for travel, gifts and decorating. For many families who are already barely getting by, the holidays are a time of financial stress. However, you can offset the expenses of the holidays by earning extra income on the side. Here are three ways you make money without incurring upfront expenses.
1. Sell Your Unused/Unwanted Items online– Moms and Dads on a budget are visiting eBay and Amazon to do their Christmas shopping, so now is a great time to get rid of stuff you don’t want that could be of value to others. eBay is great for clothing, toys, electronics, household items and novelty gifts. To get the most from your eBay sales, take great photos and write descriptions that accurately describe the item. Amazon is perfect for selling books and DVDs and is easy because you don’t have to take pictures. Simply enter the item’s name, write a description of its condition, pick a price and list. eBay and Amazon are not free, but you don’t have to pay anything until your item sells and the fees are reasonable. In terms of how quickly you can make money, eBay and Amazon lead the pack.
Also check out local Facebook yard sale groups-you can get some some good deals! Also post what you are looking for as well!
2. Provide a service – The holidays involve a lot of extra work for families and businesses, which means many opportunities to make extra cash. Ideas include babysitting while families shop or while the kids are on break, home or business decorating and tree trimming, handyman or cleaning services, photography, baking and addressing cards. One local family offers a drop off and shop several Friday and Saturday nights during the holiday.
3. Get a seasonal job - Many retail stores pick up during the holidays and need additional help. For example, many companies hire extra customer service reps during the holidays.
The trick to making extra money during the holidays is to know what you can offer and be proactive in offering it. Work-at-home opportunities don’t show up on your doorstep. You need to create the opportunities yourself. And with the holidays right around the corner, now is a great time to get started.