For many Americans, inflating the 12-foot Frosty the Snowman, untangling Christmas lights, and putting the reindeer display on the front lawn are just tasks on a never-ending vacation to-do list.
It’s an expense big enough to start a trend for residents and businesses alike: let someone else do the decoration.
For you, an entrepreneurially minded doer, that means job opportunities – perhaps the most festive gigs of the season.
Here are some ways to find holiday decorating jobs.
Find jobs as a local Christmas decorator as a freelancer
Helping neighbors with tasks they don’t want to get done is the foundation for side appearances. While the door-to-door approach is always an option, check out these locally-targeted online platforms that make it a little easier to connect with people in your area.
Synonymous with online classified ads, Craigslist is an invaluable resource for finding and listing local odd jobs. There are three functions that are particularly useful for Christmas decorators: “Gigs”, “Jobs” and “Services”.
Searching for local work is free via the “Jobs” and “Gigs” functions. Just click on the appropriate section on the home page and a list of local fundraising opportunities will appear. (The website uses your IP address to automatically match the search to your locale.) The difference between the two functions is that an appearance can be a one-time offer from a neighbor, while a job advertisement can be published by a nearby company .
A little money is invested in the Services feature, which is basically a job search ad. Typical entries in this section are $ 5, but it’s a pretty cheap way to get the ball rolling.
When spending cash on an ad, be sure to include key details. What special decoration services do you offer? What’s your hourly rate? Do you supply accessories or decorations?
Unless otherwise stated, all communications through Craigslist are anonymous. When creating an entry, you can specify in the description when and how people can contact you (at your own risk).
Nextdoor is a neighborhood social media website. Locals can chat about what’s going on in town, buy and sell tchotchkes, and get recommendations for nearby businesses or services on the website. This last feature is especially useful for promoting your vacation decorating company.
To join Nextdooryou need to check your address and use your full name. Do not worry. Your address is not publicly available. It is used to categorize you in the correct general neighborhood on the website.
Before firing posts about your decorating skills, make sure to know the rules. You cannot advertise your services in the For Sale and Free section. Only material goods can be sold there. Instead, you can court locals who are specifically looking for business referrals.
If you have some money to spare, consider it a business page and publication in the “Local Offers” section. While it’s free to create a business account, posting on local listings isn’t. This is the only area where you can reveal unsolicited information about your business or service. Prices start at $ 3 but vary based on how long the ad is running and how big your neighborhood is. An average ad is estimated by Nextdoor to cost $ 75.
TaskRabbit works like most freelance websites, except that it focuses on “home help” including personal help, errands, cleaning – and, yes, Frosty bloat.
Become a Taskeras it is said, is free. During the registration process, you will be asked to create a profile, explain your services in detail, set your tariffs and plan a work schedule. Once your profile is ready, the locals can view it, book it, or ask questions.
Prospects can see your reviews and previous tasks as they appear clearly next to your name in search results and on your profile. It may be difficult for new users to get their first Christmas decorator jobs due to the lack of these two differentiators.
To combat this problem, make sure that your profile is well written and that you have offered your services at competitive prices. If you’ve received feedback or recommendations elsewhere, please keep them in your profile description until you get ratings for TaskRabbit.
Since TaskRabbit is a relatively small freelance platform, it may be worth adding other vacation-related tasks to your services.
There is no charge for listing services on the platform, but TaskRabbit reduces revenue by 20% for all completed tasks.
The company was founded in Boston in 2008. Since then, it has expanded to include Taskers in 70 major metropolitan areas in the US and Europe. Before signing up, make sure your city is on the list of available locations.
Work for a company that hires Christmas decorators
If, as a freelancer, you’d rather not fish for clients, consider working for a local company that provides decorating services around the holidays.
With a typical part-time or full-time decorating job, you will likely earn a lower hourly wage than freelancers, but you will have the benefit of predictable schedules and earnings. And when you consider decorating can be dangerous – there are around 200 decorating injuries daily during the holidays, according to government estimates – it could be a welcome bargain for workers to receive compensation.
As with most job searches, it is a good idea to start at Indeed or Glassdoor to learn about your local job market. Check your local jobs section on Craigslist for temporary positions as well.
If you don’t see offers for temporary or seasonal decorating appearances on traditional job boards, contact local companies directly. One way to do this is to search for holiday decoration services Angie’s listthat summarizes local business recommendations. The website will create a list of nearby companies that provide Christmas decoration services. Then you can contact them to see if they need any help.
Start your own Christmas decoration business
Perhaps you’re ahead of the curve and have a pool of fun customers already. The next natural step could be to scale it up into a business. There is a market for it. And there is support along the way.
Just ask Josh Trees, the owner of We hang Christmas lights. (And yes, that’s his real name.)
Trees began its endeavor to hang up Christmas lights in 1997. By the year 2000 – despite many problems – he had made an annual profit of almost 140,000 US dollars. These days he’s traveling the country with a tiny house in tow teaching entrepreneurs how to start light-hanging businesses on their own.
“When we started doing this, people said, ‘Oh, this is a cute little business,” Trees told The Penny Hoarder. “We said,’ Yeah, cute” – they don’t know that people are giving us $ 3,500 pay to light their homes. “
And on December 26th …
We can think of a task more ungrateful than putting up Christmas decorations: removing the weight.
When the holidays are over and the tinsel is slowly sagging (and maybe your tummy too), get in touch with your customers for Christmas decorations and offer to come back and re-cool the lights, deflate Frosty, and all for that to pack next year.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com