Are you a Christmas superfan who can’t get enough of Santa, snowmen, Christmas music, and even holiday muzak?
Or are you staring at your gift list, the synthesized version of “Sleigh Bells Ring” playing in the background, and feeling broke?
A seasonal side gig can be just the thing to get you through December with your mind and finances intact. Here are seven Christmas jobs and holiday gigs to put some more jingle in your pocket.
1. Sell baked goods
If baking is your thing, this time of year is your time to shine. Almost everyone loves to indulge in extra delicacies around Christmas (calories? Who counts?). But let’s face it: baking is time consuming, it’s hard work, and it’s easy to make mistakes.
You can save your neighbors, your employees, and your farmers’ market buyers with pre-made goodies. Read This is how you make money selling your baked goods.
2. Deck someone else’s halls
Decorating is a bit like baking because it’s fun, yes, but it’s also a chore. (Yes, we said it.)
Climb a ladder to hang lights, untangle those lights, and drag them over the eaves to find you are running out of cord. It is a very good time before you actually do it.
This is where the savvy seasonal side hustler comes in Christmas decorator jobs in your neighborhood or on a platform like Task Rabbit or Craigslist, where you can hang up Christmas lights, cut trees and even wrap presents. You could also find a gig at a professional decorating company.
3. Get a retail job
Large retailers hire thousands of seasonal workers. And thanks to the low unemployment rate, they have to compete with each other so that workers can cast the gigs. That means better pay and better performance.
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4. Make friends with a senior
Because of the social distancing that separates families this holiday season, there are many seniors who may feel isolated and need additional help.
Papa, a company that connects older adults with young people to tackle isolation and loneliness, has been expanding its services and attitudes as a pandemic hit.
While the company primarily operates in 25 states, candidates can Apply from anywhere in the United States and provide virtual support with camaraderie, technical troubleshooting, and much more.
5. Sell your homemade Christmas crafts
You can warm up in the vacation spirit, practice your artistic side, and at the same time make some cash by making and selling Christmas crafts. Pinterest is full of ideas.
Here are some of our favorites.
6. Shovel snow
Think of this as your source of income for the vacation and Your winter training program to keep December weight gain in check. Win win!
Shovler is an app similar to Uber connects willing diggers with buried driveways. (Actually the owners of said driveways.) They shovel, they pay.
7. Take family portraits
If you have a good eye and an above-average camera, then you can offer your services to capture the ubiquitous family photos of everyone in matching plaid pajamas.
If you can imagine an original image, so much the better. And if you can get all of the kids to smile at the same time … please, please share your secret fairy dust because we literally never made it.
Here is what you need Make money from family photos.
Molly Moorhead is the Senior Editor at The Penny Hoarder and the mother of two young boys who squirm and make faces during photo sessions.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com